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In this presentation, you will learn what a preflight inspection is, the proper way to conduct one, what to look for, and how to address a problem you may find upon conducting the preflight......

In this presentation, you will learn what a preflight inspection is, the proper way to conduct one, what to look for, and how to address a problem you may find upon conducting the preflight inspection.

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  • 1. Preflight Inspection
  • 2. Essential Questions
    What is preflight inspection?
    Why do we conduct a preflight inspection?
    Why is it important to go in order of the checklist?
    What sorts of things am I looking for specifically during the preflight inspection?
    What should I do if I find something that is out of the ordinary?
  • 3. Who Preflights?
    we, Cessna pilots, preflight
  • 4. Who Preflights?
    helicopters preflight
  • 5. Who Preflights?
    airline pilots preflight
  • 6. Who Preflights?
    yes, even the navy preflights… get used to it
  • 7. Preflight Inspection
    The preflight inspection is an inspection that we perform on the plane before each and every flight to ensure the safety and correct operation of all aspects of the airplane.
    cover everything on plane
    test systems and instruments
    etc.
  • 8. Preflight Inspection Diagram
    Begin
    1. cabin
    2. tail
    3. right wing
    4. right fuel tank
    5. nose
    6. left fuel tank
    7. left wing
    8. more left wing
    End
  • 9. Why do we conduct a preflight inspection?
    make sure airplane is 110% safe to fly
    make sure everything is running normally and correctly
    test systems to ensure their operation is safe for flight (engine, instruments, radios, etc.)
  • 10. How to Conduct Preflight Inspection
    Remember:
    do a good job
    don’t rush
    be thorough
    DO NOT GO OUT OF ORDER; if anything is missed, it may be unsafe
    preflight inspection is one of the most important phases of flight - don’t mess it up
    when in doubt, check it again; once you’re sure, check it again; once you’re positive, check it one more time
  • 11. How to Conduct Preflight Inspection
    Categories of inspection
    check - look at it and make sure it’s correct
    ex. lights ………………… check - check to make sure lights are functioning properly
    on/off - turn switch on or off (as specified)
    ex. master …………………… off - turn master off
    set - set it for takeoff
    ex. all trim tabs ………………… set - set any trim tabs to the takeoff setting
  • 12. How to Conduct Preflight Inspection
    section of preflight in which v you are checking
    ^ specific thing you’re looking for
    check for this on the ^ topic you’re looking at
    All three of the above red boxes say that in the cabin, the master switch should be in the off position. This works the same way throughout the entire checklist.
  • 13. What You’re Looking For
    the purpose of the preflight inspection is to ensure the plane is safe for flight; therefore, look for:
    dents
    holes
    cracks
    chips
    anything that looks out of the ordinary
  • 14. What To Do
    What if I find something that doesn’t look right?
    TELL THE PIC (pilot in command) or any other pilot of your flight
    In this case, Rohan.
    Anything that looks weird, feels weird, or is just weird, tell PIC. If you have a feeling or you are doubtful of anything, let someone else know. There could be serious consequences for something that’s left unsaid.
  • 15. Quiz Time!!
    Q: You’re conducting the preflight inspection and you see that one of the screws inside the engine cowling is missing. You know it’s not a major concern. What do you do?
    A: Tell PIC/any other pilot
  • 16. Quiz Time!!
    Q: You see a dent in the aileron that looks symmetrical that matches and is in the same place as another dent in the other aileron. Although the dents are questionable in size, you assume this is part of the design of the plane, so you ignore it and worry about it. Is this the best choice?
    A: Absolutely not. It’s a dent and it looks and makes you suspicious, so you should definitely ask about it.
  • 17. Quiz Time!!
    Q: As you’re checking the oil, you notice that it’s just barely above the 6 quarts line (the minimum is 6). Should you mention this to possibly add another quart of oil, or should you ignore it because the oil level is adequate and meets the requirement?
    A: Tell PIC/any other pilot
  • 18. Quiz Time!!
    Q: As you’re checking the strut, tire, and brake of the right landing gear, you notice that the tire seems just a bit flat. It may just be you, or that the plane hasn’t been flying in 2 days and the weight temporarily flattened it. What should you do?
    A: Tell PIC/any other pilot - The tire pressure is supposed to be 29 PSI but it was only 15. Good call!
  • 19. Essential Questions
    What is preflight inspection?
    Why do we conduct a preflight inspection?
    Why is it important to go in order of the checklist?
    What sorts of things am I looking for specifically during the preflight inspection?
    What should I do if I find something that is out of the ordinary?
  • 20. Any Questions?
    Email me any time at:
    logan@centennialaviationclub.com