THE 6 PACK

COCKPIT INSTRUMENTS VS YOUR PLANE CURIOSITY

THE ISLAND DISAPPEARED QUICK! HOW FAST AM I FLYING?

AIRSPEED INDICATOR

Gives you the aircraft speed relative to the air in KNOTS (1 Knot = 1.68781 foot per second). It actually shows the speed of the air moving above the aircraft.

  • Never Exceed Speed (Vne)
  • Caution Speed Range (for Smooth Air only)
  • Normal Operating Airspeed Range.
  • The Flaps Operating Range
DOORS ARE SUDDENLY IMPORTANT! HOW MUCH IS THE AIRCRAFT TILTED?

ATTITUDE INDICATOR

Shows if the wings of the aircraft are level with respect to the horizon. It also tells whether the aircraft is climbing or descending, or flying straight and level. The attitude of the aircraft is indicated by a pair of wings on the dial.

THAT LINER LOOKS SO TINY. HOW HIGH AM I FLYING?

ALTIMETER

Shows the altitude at which the aircraft is flying above the sea level. The airplane’s height above the ground is determined by the pilot.

HOW MUCH ARE WE TURNING? WE HAD TO CIRCLE THE HILL!

TURN COORDINATOR

Gives the direction and rate of turn. A centered ball at the bottom of the meter indicates a coordinated flight (as in the above picture) without slipping or skidding.

WHICH DIRECTION ARE WE HEADED? SUN IS RIGHT IN MY EYE!

HEADING INDICATOR

Also known as the Directional Gyro or Heading Gyro, this instrument tells the direction of flight. No, it doesn’t have a magnetic compass, though it needs to be calibrated with it at regular intervals.

FEELS LIKE ZERO GRAVITY! IS THE PLANE DESCENDING TOO FAST?

VERTICAL SPEED INDICATOR

Shows the rate of climb & the rate of descent of an aircraft. It is measured in Feet Per Minute (FPM) and displayed in Hundreds of FPM.