May 2018 Issue

Tiedown Tales

Like everything else, there’s a right way and a wrong way. Just be sure the airplane is untied before turning the key.

As the oft-paraphrased aphorism goes, all is well when the ties that bind us are stronger than the stresses that can separate us. The same goes for parking an aircraft. When we properly secure it after a flight, it’s reasonable to expect it’ll be there when we return. Once we release the ties that bind it, our aircraft will again provide us with reliable transportation. Most of the time, that is how it works. Other times, just a little inattention and improper securing of the aircraft—or improperly reversing the process during the preflight inspection—can and does lead to accidents.

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