Right, I know I should probably know this already, but I may as well stop trying to be 'proud' and actually try and further my understanding.
Now obviously, for my aircraft technical written exam, I had to know a certain amount about variable vs fixed pitch propellors. Having only flown a c150, i.e. fixed pitch, I dont actually know how to control a variable pitch aircraft's propellor.
I know the basics (at least, I think I do). The pitch of the propellor is changed rather than the throttle (which is only changed slightly) and the different pitches allow for different amounts of thrust, and also cruise at a higher altitude.
Now, firstly, are variable pitch props the same as constant speed props? (Im thinking the are, but best to get this clear from the start )
Secondly, how do you actually control a variable pitch prop? When do you set the throttle, what, exactly, does the 'blue lever' do? And what is manifold pressure, and how is that important to the pilot (if I recall correctly, from a short flight in the rear seat of a Seneca I had over a year back, manifold pressure is more important than rpm).
Thanks for this. I know I ought to know it, but before you start going 'what an awful pilot, hes so dangerous etc', bear in mind that I havent actually been trained on complex types yet. Its just always been a grey area of mine.