Airplanes are a very popular form of transportation. While planes are becoming more common and accessible, not many people know just how much goes into the preparation and safety measurements taken before every single flight.
Inspection of Parts
The manufacturer’s checklist is followed to check around the entire aircraft and inspect the smaller parts like aircraft rivets and bolts. Brakes need to be checked before every flight, down to their grooves and thickness. Every brake pad should be checked, no matter how newly replaced it might be. Along with the brakes, all tires are double checked that they are free from any flats, cracks or damages.
Propeller blades must also be inspected for any damages and cracks. Strict safety protocol is crucial to enforce since this area is delicate and can be dangerous. If not checked and maintained properly, the propellers can leak oil or malfunction.
In order to legally fly, all planes must have the proper documentation stored with the pilot. Among these included documents are a certificate for airworthiness, the registration, license for radio station use, operating limitation documents and weight information, commonly remembered by the acronym ARROW. The plane should also keep an aircraft log to ensure all inspections are current and accurate.
Clean and tidy up
Lastly, the entire plane needs to be cleaned from the inside out. Everything from the windows to the floor are cleaned and cleared of any debris or trash. Aisles need to be kept clear and windows as clean as possible. Once the entire plane is tidy and cleaned up, the plane is ready to get going.
Each step in a pre-flight inspection is crucial to maintaining the safety of the crew and passengers aboard the plane. Proper maintenance and care of an aircraft ensure this method of transportation can continue functioning for years to come.