Starting, Taxiing, and Runup

Once seated in the airplane and prior to starting the engine, arrange all items and materials to be used during the flight so they will be readily available and convenient to use. Take extra caution at night to assure the propeller area is clear. Turning the rotating beacon ON, or flashing the airplane position lights serves to alert persons nearby to remain clear of the propeller. To avoid excessive drain of electrical current from the battery, it is recommended that unnecessary electrical equipment be turned OFF until after the engine has been started.

After starting the engine and when ready to taxi, turn the taxi or landing light ON. Be aware that continuous use of the landing light with revolutions per minute (rpm) power settings normally used for taxiing may place an excessive drain on the airplane’s electrical system. Also, overheating of the landing light is possible because of inadequate airflow to carry the heat away. Use landing lights only as necessary while taxiing. When using lights, consideration should be given to not blinding other pilots. Taxi slowly, particularly in congested areas. If taxi lines are painted on the ramp or taxiway, follow the lines to ensure a proper path along the route.

Use the checklist for the before takeoff and run-up checks and procedures. During the day, forward movement of the airplane can be detected easily. At night, the airplane could creep forward without being noticed unless the pilot is alert for this possibility. Hold or lock the brakes during the run-up and be alert for any forward movement. An instrument check should be done while taxiing to check for proper and correct operation prior to takeoff.