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PREFLIGHT»

AFTER THE CHECKRIDE

Take up a passenger
Make a great first impression
ONE OF THE things we anticipate is taking up our first
passenger. Who will it be? A spouse or partner, a parent,
a longtime friend? Choose wisely and plan thoroughly.
You want your right-seater to have a great time so that he
or she will clamor to join you again.

PLUS View the Air Safety Institute
passenger briefing video.

CHECKLIST...
Destination. For your first time, keep it short. Even a trip or two
around the pattern can determine if your passenger is comfortable
with flying in a small airplane. If his or her prior experience with
aviation is restricted to the middle seat on an Airbus, the movements of your smaller airplane could seem alien and possibly scary.

an abbreviated preflight to demonstrate the care that you take to
ensure the airplane is airworthy.

Weather. Calm and smooth is the best prescription. A morning
flight to a nearby airport for breakfast makes a great first-flight
opportunity.
Preflight. Ask your passenger to stand by while you perform an
uninterrupted preflight, free of distractions. Then you can offer

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Passenger briefing. Your passenger needs to know how to fasten
and unfasten a seatbelt, and you can include other items such as
opening and closing the door, using the headset, and sterile cockpit.
Download a customizable passenger briefing card (www.aopa.org/-/
media/Files/AOPA/Home/Online_20Education/passenger_safety_
briefing_card.pdf).
In the air. Engage your passenger in the flight. He or she can look for
traffic, hold a chart and follow your route, or learn some "aviation speak."

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