June 2016 Issue

Inoperative Equipment

If something’s not working during the preflight inspection, you may still be able to fly. It depends on what broke and the flight conditions.

The overall reason we conduct a preflight inspection is to verify everything on the airplane is both present and working. We check fluids, tire and strut inflation, look for damage and wiggle things like ailerons and rudders to ensure they’re working as they should. Once we’re satisfied the airplane is ready to fly, we mount up and launch. But what if we find a piece of equipment that’s not working? Can we still fly?

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