I am just in the process of doing a bit of study in the hope of doing my Basic Gas Turbine Endorsement in the next few months, and just wanted some feedback/comments/discussion on the major hazards associated with starting, managing and shutting down a PT6 Turbine Engine (PT6 as it is the most common used Turbine Engine on an aircraft I will touch for this endorsement).
Mainly, what I am looking at is during the start - If the EGT raises above the evil 700* mark, what is the best course of action to prevent "melting the turbine"?
During Climb/Cruise Operation - What are the most common failures, and their indications?
Maintenance/Shutdown - What are the most common methods of recording Cycles? By landing or by Start/Shutdowns?