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View Poll Results: What kind of checklist do you use?
Checklist from memory 67 22.64%
Printed manufacturer's checklist 26 8.78%
Electronic (PDA device) manufacturer's checklist 4 1.35%
Printed custom checklist 196 66.22%
Electronic (PDA device) custom checklist 18 6.08%
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Old 12-25-2008, 08:26 AM
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SMART PILOTS USE A PRINTED CHECKLIST.
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Old 12-25-2008, 10:41 AM
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This is my small (3 1/2 * 5 1/2) --- get to the point-- checklist. I did away with the long version before the first flight. Yet while RV flying; I've seen a fuel cap left off, alternator left off, transponder never on, flaps partially deployed for a good 10 minutes, and canopy not locked. This simple laminated list is quick and helpful.

P.S. --- looks like I may have spelled abbreviated wrong..

L.Adamson --- RV6A

Following Phase 1 flight, I have not used a written checklist in my RV-6 (~900 hrs) since it has a simple VFR panel and I arranged things on the panel so it lends itself to a good flow check.

However, I like Larry's checklist so much, and since there is empty space on the latest rendition of the panel, the following checklist was printed into 2.5" x 3.5" size and now resides on the panel:




I like the idea of the abbreviated list that includes only the stuff most likely to be overlooked. For some reason, a checklist seems a bit more appropriate now that it did a few years ago........
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Old 12-25-2008, 10:51 AM
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I like the idea of the abbreviated list that includes only the stuff most likely to be overlooked. For some reason, a checklist seems a bit more appropriate now that it did a few years ago........
Hey, I resemble that remark!


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Old 12-25-2008, 12:15 PM
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Agree with Scott -- really helpful stuff!

Great ideas for my version 3, and simpler than ever
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Old 12-25-2008, 04:25 PM
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Yeah, me too! Although one of my favorite "back seaters," a lovely lady 737 captain, always responds to my pre-takeoff "are you ready?" with "the cabin is secure captain." Makes me smile every time.

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Old 01-24-2010, 02:11 PM
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Does anyone in the VAF have a Microsoft Word checklist template they're willing to share? Just bought N401R and would like to have a checklist, but would rather fine tune a racing tire than re-invent the wheel.
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Old 01-24-2010, 02:21 PM
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Does anyone in the VAF have a Microsoft Word checklist template they're willing to share? Just bought N401R and would like to have a checklist, but would rather fine tune a racing tire than re-invent the wheel.
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Thanks, I found one at the following link

http://www.vansairforce.org/POH/

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Old 01-24-2010, 04:44 PM
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Yes, always. Pre-takeoff checklist is always done from the printed checklist. Pre-landing is normally done from memory. I fly this way both in the airplane and glider.

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Old 01-25-2010, 12:18 PM
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I always use a checklist... A real one - not the pilot written one that only has 6 items written on it.

I usually take a commercially available one and modify it with a few of my own notes with a magic marker.

Seeing a pilot not use a checklist or relying on a 6 item convenient one makes me nervous. I've been on a few of those flights, but only once... Never flew with them again.

Whether they're missing things or not in their head, I think a non-existent or intentionally short list reflects poorly on pilots understanding of the risks involved and judgment.

Not saying they're stupid, because that's a matter of opinion. But I am saying I don't care to be dangling in the air at 3,500 and held hostage by their abilities and judgment.

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Old 01-25-2010, 12:38 PM
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At my company we have been transitioning from a many-item written checklist to checklists that only cover the "killer" items. Let's face it, the RVs are pretty simple airplanes and as long as the engine is running you can pretty much do whatever you want during normal operations and not hurt yourself.
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