A Pilot's Guide to Aircraft and Their Systems, by Dale Crane

A Pilot's Guide to Aircraft
and Their Systems

by Dale Crane

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The more you know about your aircraft systems, the better you fly.

Early aviators had to be both mechanic and pilot... early airplanes and engines were less than completely dependable. In a forced landing situation, they had to find and fix the problem themselves in order to get the airplane back in the air fortunately their airplanes were not complex in their systems, nor complicated to fix. In the more than half a century since World War II, aircraft have become a vital component of our transportation system, developed and finely tuned to become the fast, efficient, dependable, and safe machines they are today. But technological advances have brought additional complexities that demand the aircraft be operated in exactly the way the designer intended. To do this, pilots must understand what each handle or knob controls and what he or she can expect from each system. A Pilot's Guide to Aircraft and Their Systems furnishes pilots and armchair aviators with explanation and insight into what the aircraft, powerplant, and each of the systems do, and does so in language they can identify with.

Dale Crane covers everything in A Pilots Guide to Aircraft and Their Systems, writing in an easy-to-grasp style, from single-engine pistons to multi-engine turbines, including:

  • principles of flight, the forces acting on an airplane in flight
  • control surfaces and their operation
  • aircraft structures and materials
  • systems hydraulic, electrical, fuel, ice protection and instrument
  • turbine and piston engine theory and operations
  • propeller forces, construction and controls

Understanding their aircraft's systems will help pilots enjoy their flying more, and make them safer and more efficient aviators.


  • Principles of Flight
    • forces acting on an airplane
    • axes of an airplane
    • stability
    • secondary controls and devices
    • phases of flight
    • basic rotary wing
  • Aerodynamics
    • rotary systems
    • helicopter flight controls
    • stabilization systems
  • Aircraft Weight and Balance
    • determining loaded weight and center of gravity
  • Aircraft Structures
    • types of structures
    • structural load
    • structural materials
  • Aircraft Hydraulic and Landing Gear Systems
    • hydraulic principles
    • hydraulic fluid
    • hydraulic systems
    • hydraulic brakes
    • landing gear
    • aircraft wheels
    • aircraft tires
  • Aircraft Fuel Systems
    • aircraft fuel
    • refueling safety
  • Aircraft Electrical Systems
    • electricity and the aircraft
    • DC generation systems
    • aircraft electrical systems
    • electrical systems troubleshooting
    • aircraft batteries
  • Aircraft Instrument Systems
    • flight instruments
    • gyroscopic instruments
    • powerplant instruments
    • instrument marking
  • Avionics Systems
    • communication
    • navigation
  • Environmental Control Systems
    • heating systems
    • cooling systems
    • oxygen systems
    • pressurization systems
  • Aircraft Ice and Rain Control Systems
    • ice control systems
  • Fire Extinguishing Systems
    • protection and detection
  • Aircraft Piston Engines
    • theory of operation
    • piston engine construction
  • Aircraft Turbine Engines
    • types of turbine engines
    • theory of operation
    • turbine engine construction
    • turbine engine systems
  • Piston Engine Induction and Fuel Metering
    • induction systems
  • Piston Engine Ignition and Starting Systems
    • aircraft magnetos
    • ignition leads
    • aircraft spark plugs
    • starting systems
  • Piston Engine Lubricating and Cooling Systems
    • aircraft engine lubricating oil
    • lubrication system service
    • cold weather operation
    • cooling systems
  • Propellers
    • propeller aerodynamics
    • types of propellers
    • propeller construction
    • feathering propellers
    • turboprop propellers
    • propeller servicing
  • Glossary


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