A Pilot's Guide to Aircraft and Their Systems by Dale
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.
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.
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.
- 2010). Dale Crane was involved in aviation for more than 50 years. His
credentials included Airframe and Powerplant Mechanic, Designated Mechanic
Examiner, Commercial Pilot, Flight Instructor (airplanes), and Advanced and
Instrument Ground Instructor. He received the FAA's Charles Taylor "Master
Mechanic" Award for 50 years of service in and contributions to the aviation
maintenance industry, and the recognition of his peers for his excellence in
aircraft maintenance as a leader, educator, and aviation safety
began his career in the U.S. Navy as a mechanic and flight engineer in PBYs.
After World War II, he attended Parks Air College. After college, he worked as
an instrument overhaul mechanic, instrument shop manager, and flight test
instrumentation engineer. He spent the following 16 years as an instructor, and
then became director of an aviation maintenance school.
the past 30 years, Dale was active as a writer of aviation technical materials
and a consultant in developing aviation training programs. He participated with
the FAA in the "Aviation Mechanic Occupation Study" in the 1970s, which was key
to the major revision of Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 147, and the
Aviation Mechanic Textbook Study. ATEC presented to Dale Crane their special
recognition award for "his contribution to the development of aviation
technicians as a prolific author of specialized maintenance
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