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Questions and Answers – Pitot and Static Checks

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May 2012

 

Q: Hi Steve,

I am pretty new to airplane ownership and I have a question about a test my mechanic told me my airplane needed. He said that the pitot static system needed to be checked. He also told me that I would have to fly 35 miles away to the only avionics shop around here to get the check.

I know that the pitot tube is connected to the airspeed gauge and the static system is connected to the vertical speed indicator, the airspeed gauge and the altimeter.

No one has touched those instruments since last annual, so why do I need to pay $250 for this test?

—Testy

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