11 PREFLIGHT PREPARATIONS

 

11.1 Policy

The PIC is required to obtain and review all available information about the planned flight per 14 CFR 91.103. This includes making use of weather reports and forecasts, runway condition and length, aircraft performance and fuel requirements, and weight and balance. It is the pilot's responsibility to assess his or her piloting skills and the aircraft's capability against the current and forecast conditions. Safe alternatives in case the flight is delayed or cannot be completed should always be considered.

11.2 VFR

11.2.1 Visibility

The vast majority of weather-related accident reports read VFR pilot attempted continued flight into IFR conditions. A premature landing in the face of deteriorating weather is a lot easier to explain to passengers than the obvious alternative.

11.2.2 Wind

Although the air is clear, do not underestimate the force of strong winds and turbulence, especially over mountainous terrain.

11.3 IFR

11.3.1 Preflight

Inspect aircraft logs for currency of altimeter, pitot-static system, and transponder checks. Be sure either alternate engine air or carburetor heat, as well as pitot heat, are all working properly. Check that all navigation instruments are within IFR tolerances and that any required log entries for navigational checks have been made.

11.3.2 Pilot Currency

Club currency requirements are the same as those specified in 14 CFR 61.57 (c).

11.3.3 Ice

Be sure to check for any reported or forecast icing conditions prior to departure. None of our planes are certified for flight into known icing (FIKI) conditions. It is illegal to fly our aircraft into known icing conditions.