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What are these engine gauges in the Comet 4 for?

What are these gauges on the Comet 4's engine-gauge panel (between the captain's and first officer's instruments, above the throttle levers), marked "POWER LOSS INDICATOR", for? (Sorry for the blurry ...
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Are steam gauges more reliable than glass panels?

I have always had a deep appreciation for technology and the future and I encourage that technology should move us forward whether that be in aviation terms or otherwise but one question has been on ...
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How accurate must fuel gauges be for VFR flight?

All Private Pilots should know the acronym TOMATO FLAMES for the Minimum Equipment List (MEL). On that list, F means Fuel Gauges.But what exactly is required of fuel gauges? Yesterday, my rental ...
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What kind of low pressure causes abnormal RPM variations?

I was wondering what kind of low pressure indication causes abnormal variations in the RPM of a Lockheed L188 Electra. I was told one of the engines was presenting low pressure readings at certain ...
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Why not have Pitot Heat always on?

Most (all?) aircraft have a Pitot Heat Switch which must be turned on in certain conditions. Seems Pitot Heat is one of those things you don't want to forget to switch on when it's needed, or worse, ...
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Where does the altimeter measure from?

During the landing flare, the cockpit can sometimes be twenty/thirty feet or more above the rear landing gear, especially with larger aircraft. http://valkaviation.com/news/wp-content/uploads/...
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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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Still using knots, nautical miles, inches of Hg. Is that impossible to switch to SI units? [duplicate]

Why doesn't the aviation industry use SI units?. I believe only a few countries use meters and other SI units in air transportation, including India and China (please correct if wrong). Using kts ...
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Can instruments be fixed via a swift punch?

I remember reading a book about private piloting techniques, (I can't remember the title; it has been so long; perhaps I can check my library history or something to see later), and I saw something ...