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Old 10-26-2010, 12:17 AM   #11
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Re: What does your Preflight Checklist include?

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if the wings are on and the engine is running you are good to go.
I hope if you're an instructor, your students are not reading your comment!

AND your statement is not always true my friend. Went to our club funfly one summer and everyone was anxious to get started. We always had this thing where the first one to fly had bragging rights for the day.

One fellow got his plane out of the car and assembled in record time, started the engine, quickly taxied out, turned into the wind and took off. Darn! He had beat me by almost a minute...........But wait!

Being in such a rush to be the first one up, he'd neglected to bolt the wing on and the wing had just sat on top of the fuse. About 30' off the ground the wing lifted off the fuse and the fuse under full power lawn darted itself about 6" into the runway, completely destroying itself. The wing however slowly fluttered to the grass with narry as scratch.

No preflight checks, no range check, no horse sense, no airplane! Haste makes waste and it could have resulted in a lot worse happening than the loss of his airplane.
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Old 10-26-2010, 06:54 AM   #12
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Re: What does your Preflight Checklist include?

There are some great suggestions here, I do a basic preflight before I leave but more often then not Ill for get the one screwdriver, or glow plug wrench.. etc that I need. I think Ill make a checklist to actually go through before I leave the house and at the field.

Had I done a better preflight last weekend, not the usual range check, batteries charged, etc, I wouldn't have spent this weekend fixing the gear that tore off and went through the wing of my extra... It was a smooth landing too, I was alone and even said out loud to myself on approach this is going to be a nice landing. As soon as the wheels touched the ground they tore off, the left strut went though the wing busting a couple ribs. totally unexpected. oh well its fixed now, Live and learn.. checklists are your friend.
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Old 10-26-2010, 07:13 AM   #13
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Re: What does your Preflight Checklist include?

It was mentioned but I think it bears mentioning again...don't just wiggle the control surfaces to check them...make sure they're going the right way! I've seen 2 crashed from a reversed elevator...not pretty.
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Old 10-26-2010, 09:07 AM   #14
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Re: What does your Preflight Checklist include?

I log my flights, so after so many flights, I do a thorough inspection. Very impressed with what I have read so far. My biggest problem has been being in too big a rush to get in the air. My goal this year was to simply check all control surfaces for proper deflection before my first take off of the day. I was in a rush for some reason on Sunday, did not check and took off with only one aileron working. Of course this quickly got my attention. I was lucky this time and made it down safely but another lesson learned. It is very important to have a set routine and do not rush or get distracted from it.
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