WSC Preflight and Ground Operations

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Preflight preparations should include the overall evaluation of the:

  • Pilot: experience, sleep, food and water, drugs or medications, stress, illness
  • Aircraft: certificates/documents, airworthiness, fuel, weight (does not exceed maximum), performance requirements, equipment
  • EnVironment: weather conditions, density altitude, forecast for departure and destination airfields, route of flight, runway lengths
  • External pressures: schedules, available alternatives, purpose of flight

Often remembered as PAVE, it is important to consider each of these factors and establish personal minimums for flying.

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