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Bush Pilot in Training Podcast – Checklists

In this episode I’m going to deal with checklists rather than study notes for things that will be on the written exam.

These are the checklists that I have to do while the aircraft is moving. The post-landing and pre-flight things I’m leaving out.

Originally when I started I just followed the checklists, but Jason Miller of The Finer Points Aviation podcast (which I highly recommend, btw) clued me into the redundancy factor of memorizing the checklists so that you do them by memory, and then use the written checklist to make sure you haven’t missed anything.

I’ve got 10 checklists here. A lot of the things on them repeat, but its about safety through redundancy. BTW, I made these checklists from a combination of ones I encountered. I might be missing some things that should be on them, and if so, drop me an email through bushpilotintraining.com.

1) Pre-start check
Hobbs time – record
Loose articles – secure
Harnesses & doors – secure
Circuit breakers & fuses – in
Avionics & electrics – off
Controls – free & correct
Fuel – on

2) Start Check
Carb heat – cold
Throttle – set 1/4″
Mixture – rich
Prime – as required
Brakes – on
Master – on
Beacon light – on
Prop & area – clear
Magnetos – on/start
Throttle – 1,000 rpm
Oil pressure – green with 30 seconds
Alternator – charging

3) Pre-taxi check

Mixture – ground lean
Flaps – up
Radio – on
ELT – check VHF 121.5
Transponder – standby/1200
Instruments – check & set
Dead mag check – both-left-right-both
Radio – set frequency
ATIS/taxi clearance – check & obtain
Transponder – set code
Brakes – test
Instruments – check during taxi (hug indicator & compass)
Controls – wind correction

4) Run up check

Aircraft – into the wind
Nose wheel – straight
Brakes – on
Fuel – on
Mixture – rich
Oil pressure – green
Oil temperature – normal
Area – clear all quadrants
Control column – full aft
Throttle – 1700 RPM
Oil pressure – green
Oil temperature – normal
Suction 4.5-5.5
Carb heat – hot (RPM? Ice?)
Mixture – confirm function
Carb heat – cold
RPM – confirm 1700
Mags – check left/both/right/both max drop 175 rpm max dif 75 rpm)
Carb heat – hot
Throttle – idle (500-700 rpm)
Throttle – 1,000 rpm
Carb heat – cold

5) Pre-take off check
Primer – in & locked
Master – on
Mags – both
Fuses – in
Circuit breakers – in
Carb heat – cold
Mixture – as required
Oil pressure – green
Oil temperature – normal
Fuel – on and sufficient
Trim – check & set
Instruments – check and set
Doors and windows – secure
Harnesses – secure
Controls – free & correct

6) Crew Briefing
Departure procedure – discuss
Take off considerations – discuss
During take off roll I will confirm:
-full power
– gauges green
– airspeed alive
– rotate

In the event of any malfunction prior to lift off I will abort take off:
Throttle to idle
Flaps up
Apply brakes.

In the event if an engine failure after lift off:
Nose down/ best glide speed
Seat belts tight
Under 300′ land straight
Over 300′ minor turns
Over 800′ available runway if practicable

7) Runway checklist

Heading indicator – set
Lights – as required
Transponder – alt
Flaps – as required
Departure time – record
Wind sock – confirm direction
Radio – frequency set
Departure clearance – obtain

On take off I will verbally confirm:
Full power
Gauges green
Airspeed alive

Through 200′ I will verbally confirm:
Gauges green
Positive rate of climb

8) Cruise check

Throttle – as required
Mixture – leaned as required
Lights – as required
Heading indicator – set
Engine gauges – normal
Map – orient

9) Downwind check/pre-landing check
Landing clearance -obtain
Primer – in and locked
Master – on
Mags – both
Circuit breakers/fuses – in
Carb heat – hot
Mixture – full rich
Engine gauges – normal
Fuel – on
Flaps – as required
Brakes – check
Harnesses & doors – secure
Loose articles – secure

10) Balked landing
Power – full
Carb heat – cold
Flaps – 20 degrees
Speed – minimum Vx
Altitude – safe
Flaps – retract in stages.

There you have it – 10 checklists to memorize if you’re flying my 150. Your checklists probably vary, and if you don’t have checklists, get some. If you think I need some changes in mine, drop me a line through the website, bushpilotintraining.com

My name is Rob Chipman and I’m a realtor and pilot based in Vancouver, BC. I AM NOT A FLIGHT INSTRUCTOR AND I AM NOT OFFERING FLIGHT INSTRUCTION! I am sharing my study notes and other things I’ve learned while getting my education as a pilot. You’re welcome to make use of this information, but do not treat it as expert advice.

I really enjoy flying, real estate and the Chilcotin.  My company is Coronet Realty Ltd., located at 3582 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V5K 2A7. I have a C-150L that I own with two other pilots, based out of Pitt Meadows. Do not hesitate to contact me by email if I can help you do anything, especially if its likely to be interesting or concerns selling remote property in British Columbia.

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