When considering the airplane engine, there are many factors you have to think of to make sure you’re safe in the sky.
You don’t want engines overheating, but you don’t want them cooling too fast either.
You could form carburetor ice even in 80° weather because you’re going so fast, and when that happens, you flip the carburetor switch when you suspect sluggishness from ice.
Of course, it could be your fuel air mixture which you have to constantly adjust as you change altitudes because the air is less dense, and you need to also reduce your fuel mixture too.
Too much fuel can cause fouling of spark plugs, your engine runs cool believe it or not, and you won’t be getting maximum power from your engines.
Not enough fuel will make your engine burn hotter, because of the excess oxygen, the combustion will produce more heat and less energy.
If you do check your carburetor ice, remember to hold that heat for at least four seconds to allow melting before you bring it back.
Maybe your angle of attack is too aggressive and your engine is having a hard time because it’s cutting higher resistance as opposed to a low angle of attack.
Your alternator could be performing less than optimal, could be you need to open your cowls, could be landing gears are still down and you got hella drag because you forgot to lift your wheels up.
Could be your engine.
And as you go through this chapter of flight instruction, you realize aerodynamics is fucking arithmetic compared to needing to know your engine!
Gotta make sure there’s enough pressure in the manifold, you are ensuring optimum power, you are controlling the temps of your craft not just through secondary systems but also how you are flying your craft!
Winds is nothing compared to ice and pressure!
You have to make sure you don’t freeze your engine during landing by turning down your rpms too far, it could cause warping in the engine or any of the dozen components around it!
You are a trekkie if you followed me this far, or a sky jock in which case, how did I do?
This shit is crazy, I’m not sure if I’m ready for ground school.