November 14 (Wed) 7:00pm What Every Pilot Needs to Know About Operating Turbo Aircraft

Event Date: 
Wednesday, November 14, 2018 - 7:00pm

Turbochargers compress the ambient outside air, providing a denser oxygen-rich input to the combustion system.  More oxygen can burn more fuel. More burn means more power. More power means more skills and knowledge required of the pilot.  If the most power you’ve flown with is a 180HP Cessna, you’ll need to learn many new things to safely operate our new Turbo Saratoga and Turbo 210.


Attend this seminar to learn about turbocharged engine systems and operating procedures, and how to keep a turbocharged engine safe and happy. We'll highlight how turbocharging systems have evolved over the years from primitive and workload-intensive to complex and pilot-friendly. We'll also demystify concepts like critical altitude, bootstrapping, and upper deck pressure.


You will learn that turbocharging demands changes in engine operation compared to normally-aspirated engines, from engine start to shutdown. Finally, we'll sample some actual turbocharged aircraft installations and describe how their differences are perceived and managed by the pilot.


We asked SCFC CFII Brian Eliot to create a training path for pilots to begin to understand turbocharged engines, in anticipation of new aircraft checkouts.  He’ll review the basic principles of a turbocharger, the various implementations we see across aircraft types, and the critical phases of engine operation. This is a must for pilots new to turbocharged systems.  And even if you’ve already flown a turbo aircraft, you likely will find value in Eliot’s presentation.


Come ready with your questions or to share your personal experience.


Brian Eliot is San Carlos Flight Center’s resident expert for IFR training and Garmin G1000 avionics. He has been flying since 1995 and received all his training in the Bay Area. Brian previously worked as a broadcast engineer, a software developer, and taught computer science at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He regularly presents at San Carlos Flight Center safety seminars and has a reputation for making complex concepts easy to learn and understand.


This event qualifies for FAA Wings credit.

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