idiot light


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idiot light

A warning or caution light in the cockpit, in lieu of an instrument, which shows the functioning or malfunction of a certain system. Idiot lights may be provided in lieu of ammeters, the engine oil pressure gauge, etc. In these instances, they will indicate that the generator is not charging and the oil pressure is low, respectively. Also called a nondiscrete indicator. The term, however, is rarely used.
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The cockpit styling is neat and functional with a large speedo, smaller rev counter in the bottom right corner and idiot lights around the outside.
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The view from the saddle is of a single speedometer with small idiot lights underneath.