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Systems Malfunction
2010-03-18

Systems Malfunction Use of checklist
Power loss
Rough or hot engine
Carburetor or induction icing
No oil pressure
Fuel starvation
Electrical malfunction
Instrument malfunction
Control malfunction
Door/window problem
Fire in cockpit or engine

Malfunctions are a part of flight training introduced by instructors by simulation of what might occur in an in-flight situation. Simulation of an engine failure is a multifaceted opportunity for the instructor to expose the student to checklist use, area orientation, airspeed control, decision making and system symptoms. Occasionally a malfunction will announce itself with a thundering silence; more often malfunctions approach on cat's feet. A series of very minor events accumulate until a crisis exists. Regardless, the pilot is responsible. Good judgment if the best malfunction preventative.

1. Check for proper maintenance
2. Check systems before flying actual IFR.
3. Preflight for every flight
4. Know the weather, especially that's coming.
5. Know your limits
6. Plan your flights
7. Monitor PIREPs and enroute weather
8. Prepare for every instrument approach before departure.
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