Pilot's Guide to Aircraft and Their Systems by
the early days of aviation, an aviator had to be pretty much a mechanic as well
as a pilot because the airplanes and engines were less than completely
dependable. When a pilot had a forced landing away from help, it was up to him
to find and fix the problem to get the airplane back into the air. Fortunately
these 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.
These technological advances have been accompanied
with additional complexities and demands that 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.
Maintenance technicians must thoroughly understand the aircraft and its systems
to keep them functioning as they were designed and built to do.
This book has been prepared to furnish pilots and
armchair aviators with explanation and insight into what the aircraft,
powerplant, and each of the systems do. In this way, the book may also serve as
an introduction to the ASA Aviation Maintenance Technician Series of books that
go further in depth to explain exactly how the aircraft and its systems work —
textbooks for Aviation Maintenance school curriculum. But most importantly, A
Pilot's Guide to Aircraft and Their Systems will help pilots enjoy their flying
and make them safer and more efficient aviators.