ABC of Aviation; A Complete, Practical Treatise Outlining Clearly the Elements of Aeronautical Engineering, with Special Reference to Simplified Explanations of the Theory of Flight

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1918 Excerpt: ...any prospective pilot to good advantage. IMPORTANT HINTS 1. Remember that "A stitch in time saves nine." 2. Always inspect the motor thoroughly before starting. 3. Always have plenty of oil, water and gasoline before trying to start; all three are vital. 4. See that the radiator is full of water before starting. 5. Keep oil and gasoline clean, and free from water. 6. Oil all exposed working parts daily. 7. Be sure to retard magneto before starting; otherwise a serious accident may result. 8. Turn on switch before trying to start. 9. Start the motor with the throttle only part way open. 10. Run the motor idle for only short periods; it is wasteful and harmful to run idle too long. 11. Watch the lubrication constantly, it is most essential. 12. Remember that the propeller is the business end of the motor; treat it with profound respect when it is in motion. 13. When the motor is hot allow it to idle a few minutes at low speed before turning off the switch. This insures the forced circulation of the cooling water until the cylinder walls have cooled considerably and also allows the valves to cool, preventing possible warping. 14. Avoid that destructive disease known as "tinkeritis"; when the motor is working satisfactorily, leave it alone. 15. Be sure to inspect daily all bolts and nuts. Keep them well tightened. 16. Stop the motor instantly upon detecting a knock, a grind, or other noise foreign to perfect operation. It may mean the difference between saving or ruining the motor. CHAPTER X UNCRATING, SETTING UP AND ALIGNING AIRPLANE To Unpack Curtiss Biplane--How Parts are Packed--Examination of Parts before Assembly--Assembling Landing Gear to Fuselage--Panel Assembly--Main Panels Joined to Fuselage--Adjustment for Dihedral--Methods of Ch...
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