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Bruce Pritchett's PPC checklist

Note: this checklist was created for a Harmening High Flyer and may not be complete for other models.


A few notes about the lists. First, these are assuming an air-cooled engine. For a 582, you would need to add steps on checking coolant, radiator, etc. Second, the lists are assuming line cleats. If you don’t have em, modify. Other little things, like "wheelpants", "instrument pod", etc. may need to be modified for your machine. Also, the preflight checklist is not ALL inclusive. By that I mean that as you pass around the plane, you should be looking for loose nuts everywhere, not just checking the things on the list. The things on the list are critical things that must be checked in addition to inspecting for loose nuts, bent tubes, etc. Please let me know what I may have missed here. I really believe these could be a valuable tool for both new flyers and instructors working with new flyers. In fact, I am writing this up as an article that I will be submitting to Ultraflight.

Here are the checklists:

Pre-Flight Procedure (assumes start at front and proceed around left side)

1. Front wheel secured and properly inflated?

2. Steering functions?

3. All nuts present and tight under main front connection?

4. (to left) Steering bar and steering line secure? (check quick connect)

5. CG tube and bolts tight and in good condition?

6. All nuts, pulleys, and connections at main connect point tight?

7. Rear wheel and axle okay? Properly inflated? Wheelpant secure?

8. Muffler springs all present and unbroken? Safety wires intact?

9. Muffler clamp and main bolt secure?

10. Shake muffler for confirmation.

11. Engine cowling secure? Any loose screws?

12.Spark plug caps pushed on tight?

13. Check prop for nicks. Shake prop from hub for verification of tightness. Safety wire in place?

14.Visually inspect gearbox for leaks.

15. General condition of prop guard and engine mount okay?

16. Electrical connections all in good shape?

17. Carbs and air cleaner secure? Shake them.

18. Fuel lines all connected?

19. Fuel level in tank sufficient?

20. Rear wheel and axle okay? Properly inflated? Wheelpant secure?

21.AII nuts, pulleys, and connections at main connect point tight?

22. CG tube and bolts tight and in good condition?

23. Do throttle and mag switches appear to work? (Check them)

24. Steering bar and steering line secure? (check quick connect)

25. Check instrument pod, seatbelts.

26. Proceed to warm-up procedure.

Warm-Up Procedure

1. Thoroughly preflight the craft using the preflight procedure.

2. Brace the front wheel against a car tire or other immovable object.

3. Secure chute lines in safe place. Strapped into the seat or laying on the ground. (NOT in the cleats.)

4. Turn on mags.

5. Properly prime engine.

6. Visual check for prop clearance. "CLEAR PROP!"

7. Start the engine and run at 2,500 rpm until CHT is up above 150.

8. Check strobe for proper function.

9. Move throttle to full throttle momentarily and back down to idle.

10. One at a time, check the mags to make sure each works.

11. Shut the engine down using both mags.

12. Proceed to the flightline procedure.

Flightline Procedure

1. Make sure Preflight procedure and warm-up procedure have both been completed.

2. Move to the flightline, determine proper takeoff path, and line craft up directly into the wind.

3. Unpack the chute and lay it out behind the craft.

4. Spread the chute out as instructed, inspecting for any rips, frays, tears, etc.

5. Lay the cables/lines in the side cleats.

6. Starting at the steering bars, perform a four-line check on each side.

7. Check all quick connects for tightness.

8. Mount the machine, making sure your seatbelt is fastened. Also make sure any unused seatbelts are also fastened.

9. Plug in intercom, perform radio checks.

10. Visually check for prop clearance. "CLEAR PROP!"

11. Flip on mags and start the engine.

12 . Take off and have fun!