Engine Shutdown
by Bob Violett
December 2000

Fighter pilots spend many hours in a cockpit simulator memorizing the exact location of dozens of switches, triggers, knobs, dials and circuit breakers. When a problem arises in a jet fighter there just isn't time to go looking, his life may depend on his ability to activate or shut down a system - even in the dark.
We have one important control to be able to activate in an emergency situation - the engine shutdown switch (knob, etc.). When a flight control problem arises, this is the first item to attend to, because just a few seconds of cool down time will substantially lower the possibility of igniting a fire upon impact.
A caller (helper) should also be instructed on how and when to activate the shutdown should the pilot get too busy trying to save the model. Saving our sport is more important.

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