by Bob Violett
|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
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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