Student Pilots and Inactive Pilots:
The cover will support
student pilots' and inactive pilot's efforts to practice, independent
of an instructor, simple one instrument partial panel work for short
periods of time.
While active pilots
are taught to trust their instruments, active pilots know that no instrument
is immune from partial or complete failure. Placarding a non-functional
instrument is required by regulations. Doing so insures that the instrument
won't be relied upon during the next flight, and may remind the pilot
that flying with a particular non-functional instrument would not be
safe at all. Every VFR pilot should have at least one aircraft
instrument covers in his or her flight bag. An alert pilot is a safe
Every CFI knows
that teaching partial panel work is a required and vital part of cockpit
management. Conclusion's drawn from practicing how to operate an aircraft
with covered instruments substantially increases a student pilot's understanding
of each instrument's function. Experienced CFI's always have some way
to cover an instrument. Our cover serves that CFI need by being inexpensive
Beginning IFR Students
Losing an instrument
during an IFR flight is even more critical than during an VFR flight.
Use of a cover will quickly remind the pilot that an instrument
can not be relied upon and probably needs repair at the earliest opportunity.
Every IFR pilot should have at least two aircraft instrument covers
in his or her flight bag.