Inspecting Your Aircraft

It’s said there are old pilots and bold pilots, but no old, bold pilots. This is especially true when it comes to preflight inspections. Pilots who are in a hurry to get flying and don’t bother to do the preflight, run a much greater chance of in-flight problems than those who take the time to do the job right.

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What is the right way to inspect your aircraft before flying it? There are a variety of methods and your instructor will show you what he or she prefers. However, most are built around the same procedure; starting inside the cockpit, and then working around the aircraft in a counter-clockwise direction until you’re back to the pilot’s door and ready to start the engine. Your flight school or instructor may provide you with a printed checklist for your trainer aircraft. If not, check a pilot shop for a checklist for the make and model you are flying.

"Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore."
-- Andre Gide

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