Autopilot/Electric Trim Circuit Breaker

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Re: Autopilot/Electric Trim Circuit Breaker

Post by Steve » Mon May 20, 2019 6:19 pm

reinhardj wrote:
Mon May 20, 2019 4:52 pm
There is a FAA SAFO regarding black and white collars as they can cause confusion about the CB status (SAFO 14006).
I read that advisory, and I believe that it refers to using Ty-Wraps to make circuit breakers off/inoperative. Their explanation of why this could be bad is right-on. That is one reason I use these:
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when I have to fly with a particular circuit inactivated.

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Re: Autopilot/Electric Trim Circuit Breaker

Post by TwinStarScott » Wed May 22, 2019 8:26 am

Several years ago, I decided to color code the CB panel by system, while in some cases attempting to add a memory aid too - such as:

White is lights
Green for gear
Blue = Avionics / G1000 (as in Garmin Blue)
Red for critical items - A/P / fuel reserves / continued flight in IMC conditions near the freezing level. . .

This might be viewed as overkill by some, yet if flying single-pilot in IMC, a color coding scheme committed to memory can allow for more quickly identifying the area of failure from the left seat.



On a related note, after attending a webinar around this same time by the now 2019 National Instructor of the Year (Gary Reeves), my thinking changed back then on the topic of circuit breakers.

Which is:
to never reset a CB in-flight and to perform any further troubleshooting once safely on the ground.
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