Pilotís recommended pre-flight check list

Designed for general aviation pilots but useful to any pilots.


IFR Checklist
A- ATIS
A- Set altimeter to ATIS
H- Set Heading Indicator to compass
C- Comm #1 to approach control
C- Comm #2 to tower
N- Nav #1 on approach
N- Nav #2 on intersection/missed
D- DME on approach
A- ADF on approach
T- Timer set
M- Markers on/tested
M- Missed memorized
H- Verify final heading
A- Verify DH or MDA
Prelanding checklist
G-Gas
U-Undercarriage DOWN
M-Mixture RICH
P-Prop FULL SPEED
H-Carb heat ON
I-Instruments NORMAL

Landing environment
-Approach lights ON
-Runway lights ON
-Landing lights ON

Planning "Do-Lists"
--For just about every phase of flight - including preflight.

Airports - Review in AFD, AOPA Diagrams, Approach plates, Departure Procedures, SIDS, STARS
Weather -
Options - (Go, NoGo, Go Elsewhere, Go another route)
Notams -
Route and altitude -

Airplane - Certified IFR for approaches, runway length, etc
Weight and Balance - .
Alternates - IFR alternate required (123 rule)? If so, which one...Plan - Plan and file...
Airways, Highways or Direct -

Especially flying IFR the NOTAMS are critical. There may be navaids that are INOP, approach minimums that have changed (FDC NOTAMs) and frequency changes. 


Briefing Checklists
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Problems can be managed by anticipation of a situation's options.
Runup
--Flap position
--Mixture for density
--Fullest tank
--Trim set for climb out
--Instrument/annunciator check

Pretakeoff
--Abort plan
--Runway options
--Lift-off options
--Airspeed alive
--Acceleration to Vr
--Instruments green

Airborne Options
--Return?
--Stop tires
--Gear up
--Climb positive
--gear load ammeter

Pre-Approach (5-A's)
--ATIS
--Altimeter
--Airspeed
--Approach speed
--Avionics

Crew Callouts
--localizer intercept or established
--Glideslope intercept or established
--Six T's
--Turn
--Time
--Twist
--Throttle
--Track
--Talk

--Altitudes to minimums
--Minimums
--Clock position of runway
--Brake check

Approach (14 Items)
--Ident approach/set volume
--Set missed navaid
--Course and heading bug
--FAF altitude
--GS altitude at FAF
--Missed point/when to turn/where
--DA and minimum visibility
--Time
--VDP math
--No flags/gauges
--Cockpit secure
--Flaps and gear
--Prop, Power and airspeed

Missed approach
--Pitch and power
--Climb rate
--Flaps and gear
--When to turn
--Call missed