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Loss of Airspeed indicator and power

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Recently I've been experiencing an issue with my Carenado and Microsoft C-172's where I suffer a loss of power and the Airspeed Indicator drops to zero, usually shortly after takeoff.  Turning on the carb or pitot heat sometimes help.

 

I'm a bit confused why this is happening because I don't have failures turned on and it just seems to have started occuring for no reason.

 

Any thoughts as to what might be causing it?

 

Thanks,

Ernie

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Carb and pitot heat are usually your go-to answers. I'd turn carb heat on almost right after take-off, and turn pitot heat on while still on the ground.

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Perhaps flying from a high altitude airfield without the mixture leaned or climbing close to the 172's ceiling?

 

IAN

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The ASI falling to zero definitely sounds like ice in the pitot tube.  Falling engine power can also be a sign of icing as well as incorrect mixture setting.  Fuel injected engines actually do not suffer from carburetor icing, but in MicroSoft's flight sims they do.

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I had assumed that neither Microsoft or Carenado modeled failures unless they were explicity specified.  I keep learning. :-)

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