Questions tagged [flight-instruments]

Flight instruments provide the pilot with information about the flight situation of that aircraft, such as altitude, speed and direction; and are of particular use in conditions of poor visibility, such as in clouds, when such information is not available from visual reference outside the aircraft.

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Is Cessna 150 with incorrectly marked ASI airworthy?

I've looked a bit at the CFRs trying to determine this for sure, but haven't found a clear answer.. One of the Cessna 150s that I rent from the local FBO had it's airspeed indicator swapped out four ...
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Does an instrument exist to measure the different types of drag?

Does a 'drag meter' exist that separately shows total, induced and parasite drag? If it doesn't, and in theory, would it be possible to build one?
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How do AHRS systems meet the “gyroscopic” requirement of 14 cfr 91.205.d?

EDITED Among the instruments listed as required for IFR operations in the US FAR is are various "gyroscopic" instruments, including those for the turn coordinator, attitude and heading. In ...
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What do pilots landing on aircraft carriers do when the ship is not visible due to weather?

Say an aircraft takes off of a carrier to do a mission somewhere, and upon returning to the carrier the pilot comes to find that a thick layer of fog has formed just above the surface of the water in ...
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What is 'level' to a G1000?

I used to fly a Cessna 550 with 'steam gage' mechanical gyros. The Attitude Indicator always had its flight director solidly on the horizon in level flight -- to the extent a mechanical instrument ...
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Artificial horizon - “horizon bar” or “symbolic airplane adjust”

(Student pilot, ~ 22hrs training) On a box-standard AI in a C172 there is a knob that allows you to move the symbolic airplane up and down. I've never managed to ask what it is for, but have now been ...
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When flying on a glide slope, does the G meter show 1G or less?

If your angle of attack in landing pattern is 14 degrees but your vertical velocity is 600 feet/minute, does the HUD show you 1G or not? Why?
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What's a normal response delay for a paragliding vario?

I'm a paragliding pilot with P4 licence and I've purchased a 2nd-hand FLYMASTER B1NAV flight instrument for XC flights – mainly for logging the flights (route, distance, max. speed etc). It is an ...
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How does a failed turn and slip indicator behave if the gyro isn't spinning at all?

I have my own theories, but I have never experienced a turn coordinator or turn and slip indicator's gyro failing first-hand. If the gyro isn't spinning, would the instrument behave like a weak ...
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Are magnetic compass acceleration errors due to the southern side of the compass being weighted?

When I was in college, I had an instructor who taught me that the acceleration errors in a magnetic compass were due to a counter-weight installed on the south-facing side of the compass that was ...
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What is the name of the Instrument that indicates roll?

What is the name of the instrument that would indicate whether the wings are level or tilted (one higher than the other) as when flying IFR? Is it the inclinometer?
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What is the Saint-Venant formula for calculating equivalent air speed (EAS)?

I'm studying some ground exams (for a lapsed IR). In the course notes it says that EAS (Equivalent Airspeed, i.e. a compressibility-corrected airspeed) is calculated (e.g. by an aicraft's Air Data ...
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How is a confusion possible between Western and Russian Attitude Indicators?

Yesterday I watched a documentary on Crossair Flight 498 accident. One of the factors that might have contributed to the accident was the confusion of the pilot on interpreting the attitude indicator; ...
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Why don't both black boxes hold the same data?

As I understand, there are two black boxes on-board an aircraft. One black box, the Cockpit Voice Recorder holds the cockpit conversations and the other, the Flight Data Recorder holds essential ...
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Why was the WWII RAF fighter joy stick loop design not used widely?

WWII RAF fighters had a loop on top of the joy stick in case of hand loss or injury - Anyone know why the Allies didn't copy this very helpful idea?
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How can pilots fly inside a cloud?

I heard that sometime an aircraft fly inside a cloud, and I'm wondering how that works - how clearly can the pilot see while inside the cloud? What if a cloud is "too large"? (Is there a maximum size ...
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How does a horizontal situation indicator (HSI) work?

I am trying to understand the Horizontal Situation Indicator. To my understanding there is a slaving transmitter, usually in a wing (the left wing in the Piper Archer and Seminole), which sends ...
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How could “aggressor” pilots fly foreign aircraft without speaking the language?

Context I watched a couple documentaries recently and found one where they were mentioning the training of American forces against Mi-24 that were captured and brought back to the US to test fly them....
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When is Minimum Safe Altitude Warning triggered?

I know that Minimum safe altitude warning (MSAW) alerts ATC and pilots if an airplane is under the risk of controlled flight into terrain. But when is this alarm triggered? What is the minimum ...
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What does the balance ball actually indicate?

Given answers and comments from a previous question, I realize that I need to clarify what the ball actually measure. I think it does not measure side slip but sideways acceleration, but I'm not quite ...
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How does sideslip indicator react during crosswind?

I will basically consider two types of sideslip indicator: the yaw string and the marble/ball inside a curved tube. I don't know the exact aeronautical term for both and I don't know if other sideslip ...
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Is a magnetic compass required for VFR (day) flight in powered aircraft?

As the title suggests, Is a magnetic compass required equipment for VFR (day) flight in powered civil aircraft? I have always been under the impression it was. My question arises from reading CFR ...
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How do I follow an ILS glideslope on the ADI in Falcon BMS?

I'm currently flying the ILS landing mission in Falcon BMS, I'm practicing landing using the instruments (head down) and although I'm mostly OK with the LOC, I struggle to maintain a 2.5 degree ...
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Why are there two red lines on the G-meter in the MiG-29?

Why are there two red lines on the G-meter on the MiG-29 aircraft? One at 7.5G, another one is at 9G. Also on the AOA scale the red line is at only 15 degrees. That is max AOA. It looks very low to me....
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Why do the GS and LOC indicators blink?

So, the question is in the title. Specifically referring to this video. At around timestamp 2:10 in the video, you can see the GS and LOC indicators blink. Why does it blink?
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What is that A340 cockpit panel on the glareshield?

I want to know the panel's name and how it works. This picture is an Iberia Airbus A340-600
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What do these instruments do?

This is sort of the reverse of an aircraft-identifcation question. I am attempting to build a virtual model of a Gee Bee R1 (for fun). Unfortunately I haven't had much luck finding plans or images of ...
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What is this instrument above the EGT in the Boeing 737?

I would like to know what is this instrument that is above the EGT of the Boeing 737. What does it indicate?
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What is the VAC indication?

I pilot the plane cessna in the simulator for a long time, and I always saw this VAC indication next to the Ammeter. What is VAC for and how to read it?
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Do any aircraft have a “self-contained ILS”?

The ILS is an invaluable aid to pilots, especially those operating to/from the many airports where poor weather is common (low-visibility operations would be completely impossible without an ILS); ...
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Is it possible to calculate lateral acceleration from pitch/yaw/roll rates?

Can you calculate an aircraft's lateral acceleration from the aircraft's yaw, pitch and roll rates? If so, how? This is to implement a digital slip indicator.
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Why does the Boeing 777X have a flight deck similar to the 787 and not to the previous 777?

Almost 3 years ago I posted this question, Why didn't the A330neo and A320neo share the cockpit of the A350?, and short answers were: "it's what the market wanted" "there is a huge ...
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Why are primary and supportive instruments in instrument flying different depending on the phase of flight?

For example, in straight-and-level flight, the power's primary instrument is the Air Speed Indicator (ASI), and the supportive are the engine instruments. In another example, straight constant-...
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What do the green, white and yellow bands mean on an airspeed indicator?

what are these green and white and yellow bands in the Airspeed Indicator use for ?
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What Are these in the PFD? [closed]

I marked them with white circles. What are they for?
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What is this in the primary flight Display?

What is this in the primary flight Display ?
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Why are the colors of the MiG-15's attitude indicator inverted?

Why are the colors of the MiG-15's attitude indicator inverted (blue on the ground side, brown on the sky side)? Source: http://www.warbirdalley.com/mig17.htm
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Is a Cessna 172S still airworthy if factory-installed instrumentation not required for day VFR flight is inoperative?

A C172S I occasionally rent had the EGT gauge placarded INOP when it had a JPI EDM-700 engine monitor installed. The placard sits on the gauge so you can no longer see the needle. Probably the single ...
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What details do EICAS systems provide?

I was reading this article about EICAS: Engine-indicating and crew-alerting system (EICAS) includes instrumentation of various engine parameters, including for example revolutions per minute, ...
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Can the pitch be very different from the angle of attack?

How much the pitch (horizontal orientation) can differ from the angle of attack? I am trying to understand the claim that "angle of attack indicator was unfortunately not available", contributing to ...
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When resetting the heading indicator to match the magnetic compass, do I need to use the compass deviation card?

At least every 15 minutes we set the Heading Indicator's number to match the number of the magnetic compass. In this situation, should I consider the deviation card below the compass card or not?
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Can you turn off the instrument panel lights?

Do general aviation aircraft generally allow the turning off of the instrument panel lights? By lights I am referring to any screens, bulbs or other devices which shine a light within the cockpit.
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Is there a good resource for ACARS messages?

Is there a good place to find out all the types of data that ACARS can send and receive? I've seen high level descriptions, but I'm looking for the data that actually gets fed from or to the Flight ...
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If you were to fly an ILS in a knife edge would you receve GS and LOC be flipped?

because LOC and GS work the same way, if you were to fly one at 90 degrees bank would your information be displayed on the wrong indicators?
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What is the purpose of the Dash 8’s “TOUCHED RUNWAY” warning light?

The DHC-8-400 (and possibly other DHC-8 variants) has (or, at least, had in late 2007, according to Appendix G of this AAR) a warning light labelled “TOUCHED RUNWAY”. The extract of the DHC-8-400’s ...
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Is Turn and slip indicator a good back-up for the attitude indicator?

I was reading my Aircraft general knowledge book, and noticed something peculiar that was written. The book described that the turn and slip indicator works as a back-up in case of a malfunctioning ...
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Is it illegal to fly a Cessna 172S under day VFR with an inoperative vacuum gauge?

Let's say my vacuum gauge is not working on my C172S and I want to go day VFR flying. There is no MEL. 14 CFR 91.213 details procedures for inoperative instruments, and I think the following ...
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Why does a turn and slip indicator matter?

I'm studying the principles of flight, and I'm having some unanswered questions in my mind regarding the turn and slip indicator. I'm reading that a turn and slip indicator displays the slip or skid ...
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Formula for calculating turn indicator (deviation from coordination)

being more a professional programmer and less prof pilot, I am building a small Android EFIS and I'm able to calculate quaternions, yaw, pitch, roll, TAS, acceleration values etc. I am stuck ...
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How useful are the AOA Indexers and indicators for jet pilots and civillians?

I dont see them neccessary unless you are landing on a aircraft carrier. I just don't know a lot about them. I understand what they do but they just dont seem neccessary unless you are landing a jet ...

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