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October 30, 2009 - Demystify Turbocharging with Cessna Pilots Association

Demystify Turbocharging with Cessna Pilots Association

           The Cessna Pilots Association (CPA) will hold a one-day seminar on turbocharging at its headquarters in Santa Maria, California. The seminar will be held on Saturday, January 23, 2010.

            CPA Executive Director John Frank says that the impetus behind this seminar is that rarely do aircraft owners know the components or understand the detailed workings of popular Teledyne Continental turbocharging systems, specifically those used on the Turbocharged 210 Centurion, the Pressurized P210 Centurion and the turbocharged TU206 Turbo Stationair (manufactured from 1966 through 1986), the TP206 Turbo Super Skylane and the T207. 

            “Most operators of turbocharged aircraft understand the basics of turbocharging, which is exhaust turns a compressor which forces more air into the induction system,” says Frank.

            The seminar will give owners, operators and mechanics a thorough understanding of the TCM turbocharging system. CPA’s expert instructors will break the system down into its basic components and their functions.  From there, they will move on to system setup, rigging and adjustment.  Operational Flight Test, Critical Altitude Check and detailed troubleshooting will be highlighted.

            More than just a classroom lecture, this seminar will include a special hands-on demonstration presented by Phil Kirkham of Coastal Valley Aviation that includes details of proper leak checking of exhaust and induction systems.

            As a bonus, the seminar will include information on the physiology of high altitude flight and oxygen system use, along with high altitude flight planning, climbs, cruise control, leaning and use of engine analyzers.  There will be an additional section on the special considerations on intercooler equipped aircraft.

            The cost of the seminar is $250 for CPA members and $305 for non-members. Attendance is limited, and registration may be arranged by calling the Cessna Pilots Association at 805/934-0493 or at CPA staff can arrange overnight accommodations.


Based in Santa Maria, California, the Cessna Pilots Association has 14,000 active members who rely on the association for technical support about their aircraft, including access to the most extensive technical library on Cessnas outside the factory.