Checklist for Before Takeoff

//Checklist for Before Takeoff

Going traveling with a chopper is not everybody’s cup of coffee. In order to avoid and reduce the risk of nasty surprises, you have to get really prepared. Doing these top 20 things that I have listed here before you take off will make your life easier.

  • Auxiliary fuel pump — Turn this off as it won’t be needed along with the flight.
  • Instruments and radios — Checked and set to the required frequency so that you maintain a stable communication pattern.
  • Landing gear position lights — Checked and confirmed to work properly and that they are highly visible.
  • Altimeter — Set and make sure it works. It will determine the altitude that you are flying on.
  • Directional gyro — Set to help you determine the direction to which your light is headed to and also to help you in picking the coordinates.
  • Fuel gauges — Should be checked to determine if you have enough fuel for the distance that you intend to cover or if you might need a refill.
  • Propeller — Exercise the propeller to determine if it is working properly or in case there is some fault.
  • Flaps — If you are using a plane with flaps then you should ensure that the flaps perform efficiently and as required.
  • Seat belts/shoulder harnesses — Make sure that all these are actually fastened and that they work properly.

Other Items

  • Parking brake — Off
  • Trim — Set
  • Flight controls — Free and correct
  • Magnetos — Checked
  • The engine idle — Checked

Final items

  • Doors and Windows — Locked
  • Mixture — Full rich unless above 3,000 feet msl
  • Lights — Landing, taxi, strobes on
  • Camera — Transponder on
  • Action — Engine instruments checked

Before Landing Checklist

  • Fuel selector — Fullest tank
  • Directional gyro — Aligned with the magnetic compass
  • Seat belts/shoulder harnesses — secure
  • Mixture — Full rich unless airport above 3,000 feet msl
  • Cowl flaps — As required

Final items

  • Landing gear — Down
  • Propeller — High rpm
  • Flaps — As required

The segmented checklist will enhance your personal ability to manage the cockpit and also comply with the required standards of operating procedures. It is good at avoiding possible accidents.

By |2019-04-25T09:26:50+00:00March 10th, 2019|Travel|0 Comments

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