JOINT ADVANCED MULTI-ENGINE T-44A
While performing preflight cockpit checks, it is recommended you set the audio panel as required in
the Before Start Checklist.
If no OBS is assigned, the last crewmember entering the aircraft is responsible for locking the cabin
Before Start Checklist. Accomplish the Before Start Checklist in accordance with NATOPS and
NOTE: If a lineman is not standing by when ready to start, turn on the avionics master and contact "Peg Base"
(138.775). A start brief shall be given. Instructors may accept a "standard" brief during subsequent evolutions
with the same student.
Start Procedures. Start engines in accordance with NATOPS and Appendix E. If starting during
darkness, the CP should use a flashlight to provide extra illumination of the gauges (especially Inlet
Turbine Temperature (ITT)). Panel lights may dim significantly when the starter is energized.
NOTE: Should an Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) start be required, see Section III of the NATOPS Manual.
After Start Checklist. Accomplish the After Start Checklist in accordance with NATOPS and Appendix E.
Taxi. Accomplish taxiing in accordance with NATOPS. From a slow taxi, close the power levers and
smoothly apply brakes to obtain a brake check. Further taxi without a radio call may be commenced in the
immediate line area as dictated by course rules. Ensure the aircraft is held well short of any active taxiway.
Whenever possible, commence turns after moving forward. It is extremely difficult to begin an immediate
turn from a dead stop. When rolling out of a turn, use opposite rudder, power, and brakes as necessary;
anticipate the need to neutralize all inputs. Reverse is neither required nor desired to stop the aircraft from
a normal taxi speed. When coming to a stop, do not leave the power levers behind the detent. Set the
parking brake whenever stopping for longer than a few seconds. However, do not set the parking brake at
position and hold on the runway.
When under the direction of a taxi director, follow signals exactly. However, if you feel that
compliance with the director's signals will jeopardize the aircraft, adjacent equipment, etc., stop
and investigate. Utilize "wing walkers," have the aircraft towed, or take other appropriate action
prior to continuing. The PIC has primary responsibility for safety of the aircraft at all times.
Do not utilize Beta/Reverse in the line area.
Utilize minimum reverse required to verify proper operation.
After FAM 4, at the IP's discretion, the CP may continue taxi to the run-up area while the P
begins checking RADIO/NAVAIDS (Navigational Aids). If possible, note specified
radial/Distance Measuring Equipment (DME) at a marked checkpoint on the field.
The Pilot At The Controls (PAC) should not normally tune RADIO/NAVAIDS, but direct the Pilot
Not At The Controls (PNAC) to accomplish the desired action.
At the intersection of all major taxiways/runways or when commencing airborne turns, the PAC
will call "Clear left" or "Clear right" as appropriate. Upon hearing the call, the PNAC will
clear his/her side and respond without request.
Whenever transferring controls, on the ground or airborne, utilize the following terminology:
"You have the controls." "I have the controls." "Roger, you have the controls." This positive
three-way transfer is always required when exchanging control of the aircraft. The P giving up
control may also give some guidance, such as, "keep us on this heading and altitude".
Engine Run-up. Accomplish the Engine Run-up Checklist in accordance with NATOPS and Appendix E.
Taxi into the run-up area and stop with approximately 15' wingtip distance between the next aircraft and
yours. Ensure the nosewheel is not cocked and is aligned with runway heading.