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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 ...
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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. (source: valkaviation.com) In some aircraft, you can ...
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