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The light is a tail-strike indicator. Touched Runway system The Touched Runway system provides a warning light in the flight compartment. It illuminates when the aft fuselage makes hard contact with the runway on take off or landing. The system consists of a frangible1 switch located at the bottom of the aft fuselage, activating the ...


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The props are done before starting because you need to make sure the blades and spinners are fully cleaned off while they are stationary. Otherwise, they'd vibrate like hell when starting and shed bits of ice all over. Also, if you just sprayed the props while running the engines would ingest a lot of glycol, which, if it doesn't make the engine flame out, ...


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To supplement Transistor's answer: The reason for the light is that tailstrikes are very easy to do on the 400 due to the stretch of the rear fuse with not enough landing gear lengthening to compensate, so they are more limited to the deck angle when landing and taking off than most a/c. This isn't a problem on the other shorter -8s and is mostly unique to ...


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Ice flying off the propellers can damage something, or someone. Also unbalances the propeller assembly overall, leading to vibrations. Little bit of ice left on the fuselage is not bad, only causes some extra drag until it sublimates off, and of course a little extra weight. Ice Will impact the lift created by the wings, that is very bad, unless the ice is ...


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It is a mechanical checklist where each item on the list can be flipped to indicate that is has been checked. You can see it in operation in this YouTube video (which I believe is where you got the image from). Each of the 6 stacks can be extended to check the items and then collapsed again in order to not obstruct the pilot's view. It is not a default part ...


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There is no point to use autofeather when there is no great benefit of that because: Multiplying the phases where you rely on it, is multiplying the risk to forget it armed, and this feature being forgotten has been a source of incidents that could have turned into dramatic accidents. Please refer to the following very interesting Website: https://assets....


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