Pre-Flight Tips & Safe Flying Practices
Pre-Flight Safety Can Reduce Aircraft Maintenance Costs
At Executive Flyers Club at Sacramento Executive Airport, we want to emphasize that experience is no substitution for maintaining diligence in pre-flight safety checks. When it comes to flying, making sure even the little details of a pre-flight safety are done correctly can affect the safety and pleasure of your flight or that of the next pilot. Whether you own your own plane or rent, take no shortcuts in your pre-flight. It doesn’t matter if you think you “know” your plane or are renting club aircraft, be detail oriented!
This Weeks Pre-Flight Tips & Reminders
1. Make sure to use your funnel properly when adding oil (make sure the funnel is inside the filler neck)
– Oil on the engine increases fire hazards and could migrate to windscreen and impede crucial visibility.
2. Use the red rag for checking oil and the white rags for cleaning window
– Using the wrong rag to clean windows could hinder visibility in flight.
3. Make a note on the blue sheet if there is not enough spare oil in the baggage compartment
– Blue sheets are important to advise us of necessary aircraft maintenance or supply needs.
4. Don’t overly tighten oil cap
– Screwing in the oil cap too hard when the engine is warm creates an almost impossible situation for removing caps when the engine cools down
5. Make squawks for every problematic issue you find in pre-flight
– You want to fly, we want to make sure planes are prepared and safe. Squawk away!
6. Heals to the floor unless braking for turn or stopping. Otherwise, don’t ride the brakes.
– Use this as a mantra: “Keep your heels on the floor unless you are braking for landing, or parking!” Period. At times of high workload, if you lift those feet up, you will press brakes without realizing it.
In general, It is very important to treat these planes like they are your own. Repairs are very expensive.
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