Questions tagged [preflight]

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What is the most overlooked item during preflight inspection?

Have there been any studies that gathered statistics on overlooked items on preflight inspections, or even statistics on how many pilots actually perform a good preflight (following a checklist, etc.)?...
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How do you handle frost on a plane?

If you plan to fly on a cold morning and there is frost on the plane, what needs to be done? Do you have to remove the frost from the windows? wings? tail? fuselage? How should you remove a thick ...
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How do seaplanes do run-up checks without brakes?

Usually on run-up you want to check the response of the motor when changing for example the carb-heat (if existent). At least we did so on my intro flight (yey!). To prevent us from rolling onto the ...
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Where to do the Run-up and Safety on the Return Flight?

At my home airport, we do the run-up on the ramp, but I guess each airport has its own preference. What is the "standard" run-up location? If I recall from my training early on, you can do it at the ...
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Do pilots use electronic checklists?

I read that pilots often use printed checklists. Is this a legal requirement, or are there also electronic versions available?
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What level of damage to an aircraft is acceptable to let it depart?

Yesterday (28 June 2016), a Bombardier Q400 from EPGD to EPWA made an emergency landing because of a blown tire, spotted by a passenger. Everything went smoothly and the plane landed successfully ...
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Do pilots of airliners and jumbos do a walk around preflight check for every flight?

Do pilots of airliners and jumbos do a walk around preflight check for every flight? How do pilots of large airliners and jumbos do sumping. If its not a requirement because of aircraft design, why ...
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Is it legal to take off with an iced windscreen?

Looking at this video on Youtube, I'm wondering if it is actually legal to take off with a windscreen iced like that? For VFR this is a no go, but what about IFR and under what conditions?
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Should you sump fuel tanks when the fuel system is below freezing?

I recently saw an argument in a forum I frequent that sumping the tanks when the system was below freezing was a bad idea, as you can't drain solid ice from the fuel system, and there is a chance that ...
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Before a flight, what are the most important things to check in an aircraft (walkaround)?

During the pre flight inspection, usually the copilot checks many parts of the aircraft. Which are the parts and Why do they check them?
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What should I do with fuel drained from the sumps during preflighting?

What should one do when done sumping a small amount of fuel during a pre-flight? Should it be dumped on the ramp? Or is it considered necessary to find the container far away from the airplane? Is it ...
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What are the best practices for gathering preflight weather and information?

As a VFR student pilot, I'm still developing a pre cross-country flight routine. Weather has without a doubt been the most difficult portion of my preflight information to digest, as there are so many ...
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In an aircraft with tab-flown control surfaces, how can a jammed surface be detected during preflight examinations or flight control checks?

Some aircraft use control surfaces that are driven indirectly through a flying tab system -- this is used to aerodynamically boost control forces, and works well enough in the normal case. However, ...
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Participating with “flight following”

What is the proper procedure for participating with "flight following" when leaving a non-control towered airport?