Preflight Inspection Checklist

Your Plane is Ready for Takeoff — Are You?

Are you a nervous flyer? If so, you’re not alone! People fear flying for many reasons, including the following:

Airplane flying above tropical sea at sunset
  • Lack of control 
  • Fear of heights
  • Fear of crashes
  • Claustrophobia
  • Not understanding how flight works

In reality, flying is an extremely safe form of transportation. Much advice has been offered about ways to overcome or at least manage the fear of flying. Replacing negative with positive thoughts, distracting yourself before and during the flight, and knowing the facts can help you ground your anxiety about flying. 

In addition to reading about the science of flight and reviewing the latest safety statistics, many flyers are reassured by learning about the mandated preflight inspection. While the requirements may differ slightly by airline and plane model, all pilots and air crews perform pretty much the same checks before the plane is cleared for takeoff. 

The accompanying infographic illustrates the typical preflight inspection protocol. Every part of the plane is examined — from nose to tail and everything in between. While the flight crew prepares the interior of the plane, the exterior and the cabin are undergoing a detailed visual inspection and being readied for the flight. 

Paperwork is verified. The plane’s skin is checked for damage. All exterior components are thoroughly scrutinized. All electronics and controls are checked. Switches are put in the right positions for takeoff… and much, much more! You can rest assured knowing that your aircraft has been checked and deemed flight-worthy before takeoff.  

Courtesy of National Aero Stands

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