THE INTRICATE WORK INVOLVED in the installation of the electrical equipment is illustrated by this photograph of part of the wiring in a Short Empire Flying boat. When corners and right-angle bends have to be negotiated, care is taken to run the cables in an easy curve so that undue strain and the development of mechanical breaks are avoided.
The Link Trainer
THE PILOT IN THE LINK TRAINER is in communication with the instructor at the desk by means of a microphone and headphones similar to those he would use when flying an air liner. Special electrical apparatus enables the instructor to transmit signals which sound identical with those heard by the pilot when flying.
INTERFERENCE PRODUCED BY ENGINE IGNITION tends to reach the radio apparatus by induction from the various wires in the aeroplane. To reduce this induction to a minimum the cables are screened and the sparking plugs are hooded with metal covers which are bonded with the other metal parts of the aircraft. This photograph shows some of the wiring in the vicinity of one of the engines of the Ensign air liner being fitted into place.