The Basics of Buying a Bird
How great would it be to buy that new airplane for the holidays? If you’re in the market for buying a new or used aircraft, be sure to have a look at Sabrina Woods’ article “From Aeronca to Zenair: The Basics of Buying a Bird” on page 18 of the Nov/Dec 2013 issue of FAA Safety Briefing. It is chock full of helpful tips to guide you during the buying process. Find it online at http://www.faa.gov/news/safety_briefing/.
Airman Testing Web Page Updated
The Airman Testing Standards Branch of the FAA’s Regulatory Support Division launched a new web page that streamlines the process of getting information regarding airman testing. Some of the site’s features include:
A "What's New and Upcoming in Airman Testing" section;
A "Submit an Airman Knowledge Test Question" button;
A "Questions & Answer" section; and,
A "Contact Us" button
The site (http://www.faa.gov/training_testing/testing/) also includes a subscription feature which will notify you anytime there is an update to a handbook or the practical test standards.
I've noticed several people are inconsistent with their use of carb heat. The best procedure is to add carb heat before reducing power out of the green arc. This applies maximum available heat to the carb. When adding power, like for a go-around, the procedure is full throttle first followed by carb heat off. Refer to your POH.
Some aircraft are more likely to get carb ice than others and aircraft that use Auto fuel are more likely to get carb ice.
What are the initial indications of carb ice? Loss of RPM or MP.
Do you have a carb ice gage, How do you use that? Keep the needle out of the yellow.
Can you predict the chances of getting carb ice? Sure, refer to the carb ice probability chart.
I've had carb ice kill an engine three times in my career. Once in a C-150 running on auto gas and the second and third time in a Piper Apache flying IFR.