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6. DO THINGS ONCE. Work with your instructor to
refine your checklist so less-critical items are called
out only once. There's no need to set the heading
indicator right after starting the engine, when it's only
going to precess and require a reset prior to takeoff.
Just wait and make that second time the first time.
Many airplanes have unique items like this. There's
nothing that says you can't make the checklist work
the way you want it to.
7. USE MEMORY AIDS. As you get more into using flows,

certain memory aids can really help. A personal favorite
is CIGAR for Control check, Instruments set, Gas
quantity and proper tank, Attitude or trim, and Runup.
It covers all the critical items, it's easy to remember, and
fast to do. After you use CIGAR, pull out the checklist to
verify you checked each item.

8. KNOW YOUR BIRD'S HISTORY. Was the airplane
just flown? Has it been sitting in an ice-cold hangar
all night? What happened immediately prior to your
flight will dictate what you do right before and during
the engine starting process. Fuel-injected airplanes
don't do warm or hot starts particularly well. If things
are really cold, you may need to preheat. The guidance
on how to work your way through most of these issues
can be found in the manual, so get acquainted with it
early and review it often. It will save your battery as
well as your pride.

STEVE KARP

9. LEAN BACK. Not every checklist includes one
important item that will save you time and make the
airplane's owner very happy-leaning the mixture for
taxi. The engines in many small trainers run rich at
lower power settings. If you don't lean the mixture
for taxi, the spark plugs become covered in carbon
deposits. That results in a bad magneto check and,
eventually, maintenance on the surprisingly expensive
little sparkers.
10. LEARN AT HOME. Buy a poster of your airplane's
cockpit, or take a good photo and enlarge it, then hang
it on your office wall. Next, sit and play pilot. It sounds
embarrassing, and to a certain extent it is a bit funny,
but the effort will be worth the family's snickers.
Chair flying does a decent job of mentally preparing
pilots for maneuvers, but it does a stellar job of preparing them for all the jobs that happen between the
preflight and the takeoff. Run through the sequences
again and again, and you'll have no trouble doing it for
real in the airplane.
Ian J. Twombly is the editor of Flight Training magazine.
JANUARY 2015 FLIGHT TRAINING

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