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Flight Instruments

One of the most intimidating parts of learning to fly for student pilots is the flight instruments panel.  Your first introduction to the instruments panel can be a headache inducing experience.  But, in order to learn to pilot an aircraft safely, the student pilot must learn, in depth, the functionality of each and every gauge, button and switch on the flight instruments panel for his aircraft.

From the altimeter to the OAT gauge, every instrument is important in piloting your aircraft safely and accurately.  Understanding how each flight instrument works, and what to do in the event of a malfunction will further your ability to fly with confidence.  Its not only important to understand that your airspeed indicator only shows your true airspeed, not your ground speed, but you should also know that an airspeed indicator also uses both the pitot tube, as well as the static system.

The articles listed below will give you a functional knowledge of the flight instruments in your aircraft, and help build a stronger foundation in which you can become a better pilot:

51DPcJTcMwL._SX381_BO1,204,203,200_Learn more about all of your flight instruments with the Instrument Flying Handbook. This is the FAA’s primary pilot resource for instrument flight rules (IFR) covering everything pertinent to operating an aircraft in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) or without reference to outside visuals, relying solely on the information gleaned from the cockpit.