Flight Test Exercises - Preparation for Flight

3. Pre-Flight Inspection


To determine that the candidate can complete internal and external checks in accordance with the operating manual and demonstrate practical knowledge of the aircraft.


The candidate will be required to determine that the aircraft is ready for the intended flight.

All required equipment and documents will be located and, so far as can be determined by pre-flight inspection, the aircraft will be confirmed to be ready for flight. Visual checks for fuel quantity, proper grade of fuel and oil level will be carried out in accordance with the operating manual. Checks for fuel contamination will also be made whenever possible. If the aircraft design precludes a visual check, fuel chits, fuel logs or other credible procedures may be used to confirm the amount of fuel actually on board.

Powered parachute candidates will be required to verify that the canopy and riser system is laid out properly and in condition for inflation.

After the candidate has completed the pre-flight inspection, questions relating to the flight test aircraft will be asked. The candidate will be expected to explain what appropriate action would be taken if an unsatisfactory item were detected or described by the examiner during the pre-flight inspection. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of the consequences if such items were undetected.

Note: The external and internal checks must at least cover all the items specified by the manufacturer.

The candidate will be required to conduct an oral passenger safety briefing. Should the candidate omit the passenger safety briefing the examiner will ask the candidate to provide one.

Performance Criteria

Assessment will be based on the candidate's ability to:

  1. use an orderly procedure to inspect the aircraft including at least those items listed by the manufacturer or aircraft owner;
  2. confirm that there is sufficient fuel and oil for the intended flight;
  3. verify that the aircraft is in condition for safe flight;
  4. describe the appropriate action to take for any unsatisfactory item detected or described by the examiner;
  5. identify and verify the location and security of baggage and required equipment;
  6. organize and arrange material and equipment in a manner that makes the items readily available; and
  7. perform an effective passenger safety briefing that will include:
    1. the location and use of emergency exits, emergency locator transmitter, fire extinguisher;
    2. smoking limitations;
    3. use of seat belts;
    4. items specific to the aircraft type being used;
    5. action to take in the event of an emergency landing; and
    6. other items for use in an emergency.