Getting started in aviation? You will find there are a few acronyms to memorize. You will want to memorize then sooner than later because you will quickly find that searching for and tying to read a checklist while in flight may not work out so well for you. Keep your focus on flying both in and out of the cockpit and not focused on checklist cards.
Say these out loud if you use them, don’t just try to remember them. What do I mean by this? You will find that if you say these “checklists” out loud as you are flying in specific scenarios that you are less likely to forget or skip a step. (as an added bonus, your “Instructor/Passengers/Checkride Examiner” wants to know what you are doing anyway, so do this by habit).
Here are a few of the more popular:
|ABCDE||engine out emergency||Airspeed,
Best place to land,
|ANDS||compass changes||Acceleration causes the needle to swing northerly, deceleration southerly|
|APES||night VFR||Anticollision lights,
Spare fuses or circuit breakers
|ARROW||before entering a/c||Airworthiness certificate, Registration, Radio license, Operating limitations,
Weight & balance
|BLITTTS||line-up check||Boost pump on, Lights, Instruments set, Transponder on, Take-off time noted, Tanks – fuel, Safety – seat, belts, doors secured|
|CIGAR||before takeoff||Cowls, Instruments, Gas, Altimeter, Run up|
|FAMEP||IFR flight||(mandatory reports:) Fixes: arriving or leaving,
Equipment: loss or problems,
Performance: poor climb/descend, TAS change
|FAST||in-flight piston restart||Fuel, Air, Spark, Terminate|
Source of electricity
|GUMPPSS||before landing||Gas, Undercarriage, Mixture, Prop, Pump, Switches, Seat belts and harnesses|
What other acronyms do you have/use?
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