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Before Take-Off Checklists

Level off

Instrument Approach, Holding

Nearing the Destination Airport

Position Report

Mandatory Items to be Reported under IFR

Before Landing Checklists

Final Approach

Shut Down Checklist

Quick Shutdown Checklists

Securing the Aircraft

Orientation Lost

Emergencies

Oxygen Systems

 

Before Take-Off Checklists

C I G A R
 Controls Free, full travel and correct
 Instruments Engine- and flight instruments, altimeter
 Gasoline Fuel-Selector, Fuel-Pump
 Attitude Flaps and Trim set
 Runup Engine run-up, magneto check

 

C I G A R E S
 Controls Free, full travel and correct
 Instruments Engine- and flight instruments, altimeter
 Gasoline Fuel-Selector, Fuel-Pump
 Attitude Flaps and Trim set
 Radios COM and NAV frequencies set for departure
 Emergency Briefing
 Safety Doors closed and locked, Seatbelts & Shoulder harnesses

 

B L I T T S
 Boost Pump ON
 Lights ON as required
 Instruments Set
 Transponder ON
 Takeoff Time recorded
 Seat Belts Secured

 

Level Off

P T T
 Pitch level off at cruising altitude/flight level
 Power set cruise power
 Trim trim the aircraft

 

Instrument Approach, Holding

T T T T T T  - the 6 T's
 Turn to proper heading
 Time to hold or approach (or navigation leg for VFR)
 Tune or Twist the OBS to the appropriate course
 Transition, or
 Throttle
to the proper configuration and airspeed
for power reduction
 Talk to air traffic control
 Test the directional gyro by comparing it to the compass

 

Nearing the Destination Airport

W I R E  T A P
 Weather ATIS, ASOS, AWOS, etc.
 Instruments set, particulary the Altimeter
 Radios tuned and identified
 Elevation altitude for the Final Approach Fix
 Trimming to the missed approach point
 Altitudes for Descision Height or Minimum Descent Altitude
 Procedure for the missed approach

VFR pilots can substitute Elevation with traffic pattern elevation/altitude and omit the TAP mnemonic.

 

Position Report

A  P T A  T E N  Remark
 Aircraft identification
 Position name of the fix
 Time crossing the fix
 Altitude  
 Type of flight plan, VFR or IFR
 Estimated time of arrival at the next reporting point
 Name of the next reporting point
 Remark any remarks, such as unforecast waether conditions

 

Mandatory Items to be Reported under IFR

H A M S A C C
 Holding time and altitude entering and leaving
 Altitude changes VFR on top and leaving assigned altitudes
 Missed approach  
 Safety of flight anything that affects it
 Airspeed changes of 5% or 10 knots
 Communication or navigation capability loss
 Climb rate when unable to maintain a 500 ft/min climb

 

Before Landing Checklists

G U M S
 Gasoline Fuel-Selector, Fuel-Pump
 Undercarriage Check down and locked
 Mixture Rich
 Switches Landing light, NAV lights, Pitot Heat
 Safety Seatbelts & Shoulder harnesses, passenger briefing

 

G U M P S
 Gasoline Fuel-Selector, Fuel-Pump
 Undercarriage Check down and locked
 Mixture Rich
 Propeller High RPM
 Switches Landing light, NAV lights, Pitot Heat
 Safety Seatbelts & Shoulder harnesses, passenger briefing

 

B U M P F I C H
 Breaks Test
 Undercarriage Check down and locked
 Mixture Rich
 Propeller High RPM
 Flaps Landing configuration
 Instruments Directional Gyro, Compass
 Carburator Heat Check
 Hatches & Harness Secure

 

Final Approach

M P G
 Mixture Set
 Propeller High RPM
 Green light on landing gear indicator

 

Shut Down Checklist

R E M M M    - Rememember to shut everything down
 Radios All radios OFF
 Electrical All electrics OFF
 Mixture Idle cut-off
 Master Switch OFF
 Magnetos OFF

 

Quick Shutdown Checklists

S L I M
 Switches All electrics OFF
 Lean Mixture idle cut-off
 Ignition Magnetos OFF
 Master Switch OFF

 

M M M M M  - the 5 M's
 Music COM- and NAV-Radios OFF
 Magnetos Verify short-circuit is functional
 Mixture Lean
 Magnetos OFF
 Master Switch OFF

 

Securing the Aircraft

M I D G E T
 Master Master Switch OFF
 Ignition Ignition/Magneto switch OFF
 Doors Doors and Windows latched
 Gust Gust Lock installed
 ELT Emergency Locator Transmitter OFF
 Tiedowns Tiedowns secured

 

Orientation Lost

C C C C C  - the 5 C's
 Circle  
 Climb  
    if still unable to recover orientation:
 Communicate  
 Confess  
 Comply  

 

Emergencies

A B C D E
 Airspeed Best Glide
 Best field Pick landing site
 Checklist Restart, fire, etc.
 Declare emergency Squawk 7700
 Execute emergency
   landing
Fuel OFF, doors open, etc.

 

Oxygen Systems

P R I C E
 Pressure  
 Regulator  
 Indicator  
 Connector  
 Emergencies  

 

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Revised: 2017-10-28

152408 20 AUG 2000