T-39 FLIGHT PREPARATION
the situation. Once the aircraft is clean, the pilot shall respond with "gear up, lights out." The
student shall then call for landing/taxi lights.
Once the first two items of the after takeoff checks are complete, check your nav, clear
ALL turns and call departure (not necessarily in that order). With all this going on, do NOT let
the pilot exceed the speed limit (250 kts) on the landing/taxi lights. Above 1500 feet AGL, call
for ignition and thrust reversers.
During climb out from a field or low-level, monitor engine instruments (EPR, Oil, EGT,
RPM, etc.) to ensure the engine is within operating limits throughout the climb. Give the pilot a
cruise EPR/IMN 1000 feet prior to level off at assigned altitude or any intermediate altitude.
Perform the Climb checks at 10,000 feet MSL. Check cabin altitude and pressure differential are
following the schedule. Passing 18,000 feet, ensure aux air is off and altimeter set to 29.92.
Remember: Aviate, Navigate, Communicate, and Checklists.
Student should periodically check the items on the Cruise Checklist and report the checklist
complete. This is NOT to be done in a challenge and response format.
Approximately 100-150 NM prior to the destination IAF, you should get ATIS, brief crew
of wx and initiate the Descent checks. Use of anti-ice will be predicated on whether the flight is
going through, or expects to go through, visible moisture with the temperature below
The Crew Brief will include destination weather, field and approach brief, wave-off EPR,
reverse thrust EPR, and Vref. Final approach speed is figured as follows: Vref = 11,700 lbs +
200 lbs/person + EPR at the FAF (which is EPR at the IAF minus 400 lbs). When looking up
Vref for the resultant weight, be sure you do not accidentally look at the stall speed columns to
the left of the Vref column! Also, if the aircraft is single engine, no flap, or stuck slat, be sure to
add the appropriate amount to you r Vref. In a T-39G, set cabin controller pressure to 250 feet
above field elevation.
This checklist should be initiated passing FL180, or when cleared for the approach. Use
ATIS altimeter setting if the current setting is not yet received from Approach. Do NOT forget
altitude calls: 15K MSL, 10K MSL, 5K AGL, 4K MSL, 3K MSL, 2K MSL, 1K MSL, 1000 feet
prior to any assigned altitude above 1000 feet, "Rad Alt Alive" (radio altimeter is active at 2,000
or 2500 feet AGL depending on model), 200 feet prior to any altitude below 1000 feet AGL, and
MDA or DH. STUDENT SHOULD PREDICT THE MSL ALTITUDE AT WHICH THE
RADALT WILL COME ALIVE BASED ON TERRAIN ELEVATION. Radar altimeter should
be set to HAT/HAA (HAA if expecting circling approach).