Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Postflight, Securing, and Servicing

Aflight is never complete until the engine is shut down and the airplane is secured. Apilot should consider this an essential part of any flight.

After engine shutdown and deplaning passengers, the pilot should accomplish a postflight inspection. This includes checking the general condition of the aircraft. For a departure, the oil should be checked and fuel added if required. If the aircraft is going to be inactive, it is a good operating practice to fill the tanks to the top to prevent water condensation from forming. When the flight is completed for the day, the aircraft should be hangared or tied down and the flight controls secured.

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