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Aircraft SystemsAircraft Systems


Aircraft are extremely reliable when properly cared for and can deliver years of safe flight. But not all pilots know as much as they should about the proper care and maintenance of their aircraft’s engine, propeller, and pneumatic system—all critical to the safety of flight. Do you read and understand the POH for your aircraft and keep up with all recommended maintenance for every system on your airplane?

This safety spotlight examines an airplane’s piston engines, propellers, and pneumatic systems, and how to keep them in the best condition possible.

You’ll review:

  • The basics of engine operations
  • Leaning techniques
  • Proper propeller care
  • Engine inspections and overhauls
  • Propeller types and propeller preflight
  • Pneumatic system backups and redundancies
  • How to recognize signs of pneumatic system failure

California Aeronautical University

CAU prepares students for exciting careers in aviation. Serving students from all over the country, the University offers professional pilot degree programs and other aviation-related training programs from its unparalleled purpose-built flight training facility at Meadows International Airport in Bakersfield, California, as well as its Flight Center locations in Oxnard and San Diego, California. The University has developed career opportunities for its graduates with airlines across the nation, and offers financial aid and scholarships to those who qualify. For information, visit or call (661) 615-5915.