Situational Awareness starts with being aware of the speed, altitude, heading and general performance of your aircraft at any given time. Throw a glance at your cockpit instruments every now and then to determine your status. At first the array of dials and readouts may seem intimidating and difficult to read, and sometimes hard to find – however, with experience you will soon learn to find the correct gauge in the blink of an eye, and learn that there are primary and secondary instruments.
- Primary instruments: altimeter, airspeed indicator, compass
- Secondary instruments: engine and fluid gauges, attitude indicators, landing gear indicator
Once you are familiarized with the instrumention in one type of aircraft you can be fairly certain to find your way around any other aircraft type, for they are largely similar in appearance.
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