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The first inspection you’ll make is a very thorough preflight inspection, checking the fuselage, wings, tail, landing gears, and control surfaces for wear or damage. Examine the outside and as much of the inside of the plane as possible. Check for rust, deterioration, and loose rivets. If the skin is metal, check for serious dents and creases. Inspect the paint for underlying corrosion. If the plane is fabric covered, have a mechanic test the fabric for strength. Also inspect controls for free and easy operation, instruments for proper operation, and electrical systems for condition and obvious additions and repairs. Make sure you examine all tubing and hydraulic lines for age and wear.
"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."
-- Andre Gide