Preflight Checklist MUSTS
Updated: Apr 10, 2019
Directly from the AOPA website blog titled, “CHECK AND DOUBLE CHECK A FEW THINGS ARE TOO IMPORTANT TO EVER TAKE FOR GRANTED”: “A well-worn—and well-justified—rule of thumb is to do an exceptionally detailed and rigorous preflight inspection of any aircraft that’s just had maintenance performed. Airframe and powerplant mechanics are as human as the rest of us, and mistakes are rare but hardly unknown.”
Many professional pilots, if not most, only run through the full preflight checklist before the first flight of the day. This doesn’t necessarily come from laziness, but rather comfortability in the normal check-in process. As humans, there are a lot of things in life we take for granted that we don’t realize until it’s too late. Completing a full preflight inspection can be one of those items.
On that preflight checklist are a few items that merit repetition any time the engine is shut down and restarted. For example, the magneto test before takeoff is one, and a big one at that. Checking the oil level is another. Under other circumstances, it wouldn’t be difficult to imagine skipping this check in item after a flight that lasted only five minutes long. Why check something when you’re just flying for a couple minutes? Well, to be blunt, the one time you miss that section will be the one time you wish you hadn’t cut corners. This is a great argument and reason for doing it unconditionally before every engine start. Thirdly, verifying healthy readings on the engine instruments, especially the oil temperature and pressure gauges, before advancing the throttle should be another checklist item you should never miss.
Just like the AOPA website says, check, double check and check again everything within your flight’s initial check in prior to firing the engine up and getting in the air. You’ll be glad you made it a habit to triple check everything before enjoying some air time, we’ll promise you that.
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