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CIGAR for safety
Developing a flow-which is
similar to a checklist, but does not
involve a piece of paper-is yet
another way to ensure you are
ready for departure. A common
acronym for the pre-takeoff flow
is CIGAR:

Carb heat: Off
Allows the engine
to produce full power
on takeoff.

Primer: In/Locked

Fuel Selector: Proper tank
Left or right, whichever
is fuller.

Heading and attitude indicator/altimeter: Set
Attitude indicator should show no turn, climb, or descent. Heading
indicator should be aligned with the magnetic compass. Altimeter should be set to the most recent reading from the automated
weather observation system, or the field elevation.

Electric fuel pump: On
Keeps fuel flowing to the
engine during takeoff
should the engine-driven
pump fail. (On a gravity-fed
fuel system such as those
on Cessnas, this step is not
needed.)

Seatbelts/harnesses: Fastened
Common sense here, and
because the regulations (FAR
91.107) require it.

Engine instruments: Normal

Transponder: On/Alt
The unit should be turned on
and reporting altitude. ADS-B
should be on so that the GPS
acquires satellites and syncs
with the ADS-B before takeoff.

Oil pressure and temperature,
fuel pressure and quantity,
should be within normal range.
In cold weather, you should not
take off until the oil temperature
is within a specific range.

To prevent the primer from working its way out and filling with fuel.
An open primer allows excess fuel to get sucked into the engine, and
that creates an excessively rich mixture and a loss of engine power. An
open primer line also can cause the engine to continue running after
you've pulled the mixture knob to idle cutoff.

Controls-free and moving;
Instruments-indicating correctly
(and ensuring the directional gyro
and magnetic compass are aligned
to the correct runway);
Gas-both quantity and proper
tank; Gear in the proper
configuration;
Attitude-flaps and trim set;
Radio-tuned to the correct frequency or Runup (to ensure you
conducted one).
Some pilots add TIP: Trim set
for takeoff; Interior doors and
windows closed; and Propeller set
for takeoff.

Anticollision lights,
landing lights: On
If flying at night, navigation lights
should be turned on at engine
start; protect your and other
pilots' night vision by leaving
anticollision lights off until you're
ready to depart.

Clearance: Obtain
If departing a towered airport,
get permission from the control
tower to depart. If departing a
nontowered airport, look and
listen for incoming aircraft and
announce your intention to take
off, and direction of flight.

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