Clearing is essential to safe taxiing. People, support equipment, fuel trucks and fire bottles are
among some of the most common hazards. When ready to taxi out of the line area, clear the
taxiway, left and right, for other aircraft, fuel trucks, ground personnel, etc. Continually scan the
entire forward area from wingtip to wingtip. At any time, if there is doubt about obstruction
clearance, STOP! Most taxi accidents are easily prevented if someone makes the right decision
to stop and re-evaluate the situation.
Overspeed Governor Checklist: the overspeed governor check will be conducted at designated
run-up areas in compliance with local procedures. In the absence of a designated area, find a
non-congested area and attempt to position the aircraft into the wind. Ensure the nose wheel is
straight before adding power.
Before Takeoff Checklist: check and report each item on the Before Takeoff Checklist to your
instructor while in the run-up area. Before you contact the tower, conduct a departure briefing
for the appropriate takeoff runway.
After Landing Checklist: once clear of the duty runway, contact ground control in accordance
with local course rules and complete the After Landing Checklist. Do not change the aircraft
configuration or the radio frequency until completely clear of the hold short line. Prior to that
point, you are still under the tower's control.
Engine Shutdown Checklist: once the aircraft has reached the parking spot, do no select PCL -
OFF until the plane captain has signaled the chocks are in place. Wait to acknowledge the plane
captain with a thumbs up and perform the Engine Shutdown Checklist. Do not secure the
navigation or anti-collision lights until the propeller has ceased rotating. Respect the ejection
seat when leaving the cockpit.
Before Leaving Aircraft Checklist: as with all checklists, open to and accomplish each item of
the NATOPS Before Leaving Aircraft Checklist. Verbally confirm the CFS pins are installed.
Check the exterior for signs of damage, such as from a bird strike, tail strike, etc. Confirm you
have all of your flight items--no foreign object damage (FOD) left in airplane. Be safety
conscious leaving the flight line.