Safety Review: Takeoff and Landing Checklist

Safety Review: Takeoff and Landing Checklist from Business Aircraft Center Inc.

By: Business Aircraft Center Inc.  05/01/2015
Keywords: Private Jet, Business Jets, Business Aircraft

With the warm weather flying season underway, now is a good time to review takeoff and landing safety protocols. Even if you’re a veteran pilot and know your plane inside and out, don’t let complacency create dangerous conditions — go through a checklist on takeoff and landing. It’s a good idea to say it aloud, and refer to a written checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything. Here’s a suggested checklist for takeoff and landing. Also refer to your pilot’s operating handbook and/or aircraft flight manual, as it may differ slightly. Before takeoff checklist Altimeter — set Auxiliary fuel pump — off Directional gyro — set Engine idle — checked Flaps — as required Flight controls — free and correct Fuel gauges — checked Instruments and radios — checked and set Landing gear position lights — checked Magnetos — checked Parking brake — off Propeller — exercise Seat belts/shoulder harnesses — fastened Trim – set Final checklist Action — engine instruments checked Camera — transponder on Doors and windows — locked Lights — landing, taxi, strobes on Mixture — full rich unless above 3,000 feet MSL Before landing checklist Cowl flaps — as required Directional gyro — aligned with magnetic compass Fuel selector — fullest tank Mixture — full rich unless airport above 3,000 feet MSL Seat belts/shoulder harnesses — secure Final checklist Flaps — as required Landing gear — down Propeller — high rpm A note about bird strikes Bird strikes are a serious problem that cost the U.S. civil aviation industry at least $500 million annually due to aircraft damage and more than 500,000 hours of aircraft down time, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. In addition to the financial costs and mechanical damage, bird and wildlife strikes have also caused airplane crashes, injuries and deaths to pilots and passengers, underscoring the seriousness of a growing problem. Although Canadian geese are often the culprits due to their size and large numbers deer, coyotes and other animals wandering onto runways are also a potential danger during takeoff and landing. Bird strikes have increased exponentially over the years due to various factors. One is that planes are faster and quieter. Also, there are a greater number of birds due to successful conservation efforts. At the same time, many species have been forced to move into suburban and urban areas due to urban sprawl. So what can pilots, aviation professionals, airports and FBOs do about bird and wildlife strikes? We can’t control the increase in populations or aircraft traffic, but we can become aware and knowledgeable about the issue. Knowing the facts and following standard operating procedures can reduce the risk of bird and wildlife strikes. For more information, read "Bird Strikes on the Rise: What Pilots and FBOs Can Do" from The BAC Bulletin & DA News archives.

Keywords: Business Aircraft, Business Jets, Private Jet

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