for the pilot, the Aircraft Discrepancy Book (ADB) is a designated maintenance binder for each
T-6A aircraft on the line and is available at aircraft issue. Specifying that aircraft's maintenance
actions over its last ten flights, the ADB is primarily used for pre-flight operations by aircrew to
check the aircraft's maintenance status. Aircrews use an electronic Maintenance Action Form
(MAF) to document aircraft discrepancies. The electronic MAF is used to ensure an accurate
record is kept of all maintenance performed on an aircraft. Your instructor will show you how to
access this information.
All discrepancies are assigned either an UP or DOWN status. A discrepancy assigned an UP
status does not impair the safety-of-flight or mission capability of the aircraft. An airplane may
be flown with outstanding (not yet corrected) UP write-ups or gripes, with no danger to the crew.
An example of an UP gripe would be "paint peeling off leading edge of starboard wing just
forward of primary pitot tube." Notice the specific details used in this example. Detailed
discrepancy reports foster a closer working relationship between aircrew and maintenance and
save both time and money.
A discrepancy assigned a DOWN status immediately "downs" the aircraft until it is fixed. You
must be able to interpret an outstanding MAF and determine whether the aircraft is safe for
flight. Besides any uncorrected write-ups, discrepancies recorded over the past ten flights should
be reviewed as a minimum.
It is mandatory to use checklists to inspect, start, and ensure aircraft systems are operating
properly. There are no excuses for lack of checklist discipline. Checklists ensure the
standardization of all operating procedures pertaining to the aircraft and provide a logical, safe,
and precise sequence to follow.
The accomplishment of a safe, productive flight begins with a thorough T-6A NATOPS Preflight
Check before the crew enters the aircraft. The varied ground checklists ensure the aircraft is
properly prepared and ready for flight. Always with safety in mind, remain vigilant and
disciplined when executing the ground checklists. The majority of your initial checklist training
will take place in the Cockpit Procedures Trainers (CPTs) and simulators prior to your first
flight. By C4001, you are expected to conduct all the checklists as per the NATOPS manual and
In-flight Guide (and/or wing checklist guide equivalent).
The checklists will be conducted in the challenge-action-response format. This means you report
the challenge, accomplish the required action, and state the appropriate response. As you check
each item, place your hand on the item to ensure the desired position is selected. Although never
conducted from memory, checklists must flow efficiently and precisely.
Contact 1001 is ground training you receive, from a qualified instructor, to help prepare you for
your first flight in the T-6A. C1001 may be accomplished individually or with two or more