Almost all of the airplanes today being powered by turbofan engines, we can lay all our doubts to rest as far as reliability is concerned. They are designed to provide a trouble- free service through the years, but there always remains a question of ‘if’. When that occurs several thousands of feet up in the air, there remains nothing to do but pray. But, you could avoid that if you could diagnose engine malfunctions before you took flight. Not that an engine can’t start malfunctioning all in a sudden up above, but hints come aplenty when you are still grounded.
With an advanced and accurate aircraft engine Data Analyzer and Management system, you can monitor the piston engines from your cockpit. It is a combination of a flight engineer, a maintenance manager and flight-data backup system that saves you from facing mid-air explosions.
The most advanced Electronic Data Management Systems have several features to assist the pilots during their flights. On one hand, they include built-in, pilot-programmable alerts, while on the other, provides engine diagnostics and records the data (for later reviewing by maintenance crews). These also come with a hands-free learning assistance and scalable EGT bars.
Consider the aircraft engine analyzer an extension of your eyes in the cockpit. They are never tired and never fail to notice even a single flinch in the critical engine parameters. They always keep you updated on the engines’ RPM, manifold and oil pressure, Gyro Vacuum, voltages and amps and the rate of flow and pressure of the fuel, compression, air-fuel ratios and even ignition! The aircraft engine analyzer also helps you to fly a plane on the lean or peak sides by displaying the peak temperature for every cylinder, thereby allowing you to regulate fuel flow in every cylinder.
Additionally, they allow for setting program alarms for each of the individual functions (CHT, EGT, EGT Gauges differential limit etc.), which is vital due to cylinders with varying operating ranges. The advantage of programming directly from the face panel of the instrument in an easy and straight-forward manner is a boon to the pilots. Even to them new in the business and just a little help from the diagnostic manuals should be enough to operate on an aircraft engine analyzer.
Usually, an aircraft engine analyzer shows its readings through bar-graph displays, the advantage being it provides for an instant view of the engine-health. If something comes up all in a sudden, it enables an instant switching over to a view that’s more precise and focuses particularly to that function. This data is recordable and downloadable to computers through USB cables and allows for getting straight into the problem without losing time on figuring out what’s wrong.