Ground 6 - Operation of Systems


The purpose of this lesson is to develop the pilot-in-training’s ability to determine the airworthiness of an airplane and recognize and manage airplane system and equipment malfunctions.


Ferry Flight for a friend

You are a private pilot who has been asked to fly an unfamiliar airplane to deliver it to a friend. This airplane also has an induction system and fuel system that you are unfamiliar with.
  • Study these chapters in the Jeppesen Private Pilot Textbook and answer the end-of-section reviews.
    • Chapter 2 - Airplane Systems
      • Section A: Airplanes
      • Section B: The Powerplant and Related Systems
      • Section C: Flight Instruments
  • Prepare for the knowledge test by studying these sections in the ASA Private Pilot Test Prep book.
    • Chapter 2 - Aircraft Systems
    • Chapter 3 - Flight Instruments
  • Study your training airplane's POH
    • Chapter 7 - Airplane Systems
  • If training in the Evektor SportStar, please also study:
Learning Objectives
Aircraft Systems
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Describe Reciprocating Engine
Describe Induction Systems
Describe Ignition Systems
Describe Fuel Systems
Describe Oil Systems
Describe Cooling Systems
Describe Exhaust Systems
Describe Electrical Systems
Describe Flight Manuals and Pilot Operating Handbooks
Describe Flight Control Systems
Flight Instruments
Desired Outcome Task/Knowledge
Describe Pitot-Static Instruments
Describe Gyroscopic Instruments
Describe Magnetic Compass
Describe Digital Flight Instruments
Completion Standards
The lesson is complete when the pilot-in-training can:
  • meet the desired outcomes listed in the learning objectives table.
  • diagnose and troubleshoot engine and system malfunctions.
  • interpret flight instruments to determine aircraft orientation and performance.
  • describe the operating characteristics and common malfunctions of flight instruments and their supporting systems.