You might have heard several flight safety lessons over and over again. Some of you aspiring pilots may find this tedious and often boring, but this actually is the whole essence of being a good pilot. And yes, safe flying can be fun as well.
Every successful aviator should know the importance of safety flying. While most of you may find this kind of stiff, well this is just the same as saying there is no fun in flying. If it is, why do you think we pursue flying as a career in the first place? Even if you ask any pilot or anyone in the aviation industry, you get series of flying adventures, the mixed emotions of freedom in the air, and the whole “carpe diem” thought flight—safety, and the protocol required for it have always been part of the process—those you think that are redundancies in the pre-flight check, general aviation safety and FAA regulations.
Any flight—whether a short trip to an adjoining airfield or a long distance flight, should undergo a thorough pre-flight check. Most of the time, many pilots become complacent with their perfunctory pre-flight checkups. This can impose a lot of risks. Always bring a list for your aircraft and stick to your routine all the time. This routine should always include sumping, fuel and oil check, tightness on the belts, looking for any dents or compromises in the air frame, and a full check of the landing gear. You should also examine the empennage and ailerons. You should also check the pitot tubes. Remove any debris that may cause clogging. This is actually a basic outline, and may vary depending on the type of aircraft. There may be more areas you need to check, especially on the bigger aircrafts. Never change the familiarity breeds contempt to familiarity leads to laziness. This is why our team always remind everyone—both aspiring and even the vets to avoid the lousy habits when performing pre-flight checkups.
The RIGHT attitude towards safety
Yes, by now you should know that a good pilot should always have the right character and attitude. Ethics should always be addressed, recognized, and corrected. These characteristics would be your benchmark if you wish to be a safe pilot who lives to fly another day. Be polite when making or taking orders. Have the initiative to ask the senior pilots for tips and other vital information, and NEVER take them for granted. Remember, experience is more important than what you have learned in the handbook.