How To Perform A Visual Pre-Flight Check On An Airplane (I)

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Before staring the engine of an airplane it is necessary that the pilot in command takes some time to visually check the vehicle in order to be sure that everything is in order.

Starting a flight without checking that things are working correctly, the plane's paperwork and that of its crew, passengers or cargo are in order and that all other administrative chores like migration control or customs (if applicable), flight plan presentation, etc. have been fulfilled could entail serious legal consequences.


In most Cubs the visual pre flight check will start on the starboard side.
In most Cubs the visual pre flight check will start on the starboard side.

But besides the legal and formal aspects of flight preparation, there is one that is even more important, and that is the safety of the operation. It would be imprudent in extreme to go fly like when someone takes a car out of a garage and hits the road.


Other planes like this Cessna Aerobat have the PIC door on the board, or left side.
Other planes like this Cessna Aerobat have the PIC door on the board, or left side.

It is indispensable for one's own safety to check the aircraft thoroughly even before starting the engine, and that is the concept behind the visual pre-flight check. This task should be performed once all preventive maintenance - like, in its simplest expression, cleaning the ship - and administrative formalities have been fulfilled and completed.


Pre flight checklist for the PA-11 LV-YMI.
Pre flight checklist for the PA-11 LV-YMI.

As its name indicates, this is an inspection that has to be done visually by walking clockwise - it is the convention - around the plane. The idea is that in this fashion, the procedure becomes a habit and so passing by some aspect or part of the plane becomes increasingly unlikely thus maximising flight safety. It is appropriate to remember that the best way to survive any emergency is by doing everything at your hand to avoid getting into such a situation.


Magnetos key in the OFF position.
Magnetos key in the OFF position.

So, you will have to work following a certain path around the plane; if you would be able to look at it right from above, you would see yourself starting at the cockpit and walking around the aircraft in a clockwise fashion, starting at the door that leads directly to the pilot in command's seat. There will be some differences according to make and model because some planes have a door on the left side, while others have two or just one on the right.



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