May 25 (Wed) 7:00pm Making Your Own Checklists

Event Date: 
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Modern pilots use checklists as a way of correcting for the failings of human memory.  Even for important tasks that may be completely memorized, a good pilot will back up memory by referring to a checklist.  It’s likely that every year accidents are avoided and lives are saved because pilots were reminded of important settings and procedures that had been inadvertently missed.

The manufacturer’s FAA-approved flight manual or pilot’s operating handbook (POH) is the foundation for safe operation of the aircraft, but many manufacturers’ checklists seem stark to some pilots. and a variety of other aviation publishers have created commercially available checklists that augment the ones in the aircraft POH, with additional items that many pilots find a common part of their flight process.  Some aircraft owners, flying clubs, and flight schools have created their own checklists for use by their pilots.

How much checklist is enough?  Which checklist is right for you?  Have you ever thought of making your own checklist?  Have you had it with the laminated checklist that says Beacon On before even turning Master On?  It may be time for you to make your own checklist.    Many pilots find that the process of creating their own checklist forces them into a deeper understanding of the aircraft and its safety features, and makes them a safer pilot.

SCFC invites all pilots to join us for a discussion about making your own checklist.  We will talk through the benefits that custom checklists bring to single-pilot resource management, and the safety pitfalls to guard against. 

Randall Walliser is a CFI at San Carlos Flight Center and has been flying since 2011. He holds a commercial pilot's certificate rated in single and multi-engine airplanes. He is a recent graduate of the Western Michigan University College of Aviation, and has also been a competition pilot in the National Intercollegiate Flying Association's annual Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference.

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