Aviation is more than just a passion. It is a discipline. Because it is a discipline, it is a must that a private pilot develops good habits from the days of being a student pilot and during the days that he is operating as a private aviator. Unfortunately, some individuals in the aviation industry forget some crucial steps during their practice. To add insult to injury, these things they forgot are very important in maintaining a reputation as a safe and good private pilot.
I cannot stress enough the importance of maintaining safety during every private pilot flight that you undertake. Safety is especially a concern when you are ferrying passengers, and you are responsible for both their lives and yours. Here are three things that you should keep in mind and that you should always be doing in the cockpit in every flight.
Check Engine Instruments During Flight
Some pilots forget to continually check the status of their engines when they are in cruise. This is true both for the private pilots and the student pilots.
Checking engine gauges regularly during a flight is important. By keeping your eye on the engine gauges, you are also making sure that your aircraft is free of problems. If any problems do arise, you must spot it before it is too late.
Use Your Checklist For More Than Just Takeoff
The checklist is important not just for takeoff and landing procedures. It is also useful for performing procedures when you are on air. Some pilots take the checklist for granted when they are still en route or before they initiate landing procedures. Just think of the checklist as a guide. All the answers that you need are in the checklist, so always keep it handy.
Brief Your Passengers About The Airplane
A preflight briefing is important not only for pilots, but for passengers as well. Small private aircraft need a passenger preflight briefing, since they don’t have the PA systems that big airlines do that teach aircraft what to do in case of an emergency landing, what to do before takeoff or landing, etc. However, some pilots do neglect that for a lot of reasons which can result to more problems if something happens in air and the passengers have no idea what to do.
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