Gas in the tank – Check. Tires round, top and bottom – Check. Two wings, two tail surfaces, one rudder – Check. Correct number of propeller blades – Check. Looks like we are ready to go.
Well, I hope that your preflight checklist covers more than this. I hope that it covers everything that the POH says that it should cover. And then you add into that the various FAA FlySafe acronyms that remind you to check the weather and your own physical and mental health. And just when you thought that there was nothing more that could possibly be checked, here I am to suggest another area – electronics.
Oh, I know that your current pre-takeoff checklist probably states “Nav and Comm – set and checked”. But just because you went all-electronic with your maps at Christmas this year, don’t think that that you can ignore all of those pesky map requirements. In fact, it is probably a bit harder to comply than it was before.
Back in the day when you carried paper in flight bag, you checked the expiration date on your sectional or IFR charts and on your approach plate books. If they had expired, you just made yourself a note to pick up current charts and plates when you went to the airport. Then, when you settled yourself in the plane, you got out all of your paper charts, all neatly folded and ready to go. And you put your neatly printed flight log on your kneeboard, and you were set. Well, there is more now. Here are some of the things you might want to keep in mind if you are an electronic sort of pilot. (And thanks to Sporty’s for helping me remember some of these items.)