Examining the Left Wing

Examining the Left Wing

You’re almost back to the pilot’s door. Just one more wing to go. It has some extras that the other wing didn’t, so let’s take a look:

  1. Inspect the top and underside of the wing for obvious damage.
  2. Check the level of fuel in the wing tank, if equipped, making sure the gas cap is securely in place and the cap vent is clear.
  3. Check the condition of the wing’s leading edge, looking for damage, excessive bugs, or ice.
  4. Check the stall warning indicator (if installed) on the leading edge of the wing, following instructions in the craft’s operating handbook.
  5. Inspect the pitot tube below the wing’s leading edge, making sure that the orifice isn’t blocked with debris. Some pitot tubes have protective covers that must be removed before flying; others must be pulled out for operation.
  6. Disconnect the tie-down from the wing.
  7. Inspect the wingtip and light lens for condition.
  8. Carefully check the right aileron for smooth movement, and inspect the cable and hinges that control it.
  9. Inspect the flap surface, control rod, and hinges for condition, if the plane is equipped with them.
  10. Inspect the tire for proper inflation and leaks.

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Congratulations on completing your preflight inspection! It’s a vital part of safe flying and as you get more proficient you can reduce the time needed to finish, but never take shortcuts. This is your last chance to do anything about problems that could ruin an otherwise fine day of flying.

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