Whether you are a frequent flyer or just someone who appreciates the science of aerodynamics, you probably know that flight crews must carry out several routine inspections before taking off. Among the most important of these are the checks that take place while the aircraft is waiting to taxi down the runway. They typically take place before or during boarding and are crucial for ensuring a safe trip. Understanding what these inspections look for can provide you with peace of mind the next time your journey takes you aloft.
Outside the plane, technicians look for any visual signs of trouble. These may include missing bolts, dents, exposed cables or worn tire treads. The wings and tail section of the plane also receive a thorough examination to ensure that they are airworthy. If anything appears to be out of order, the plane must be repaired immediately. Inside the cabin, the pilot and copilot conduct their own inspections, which include the fuel tanks and all internal doors.
Even if you’re not a nervous flyer, knowing all the diligent effort that goes into checking and double-checking every part of the aircraft can help you relax and enjoy your flight. For a more detailed rundown of the required preflight inspections, take a look at the accompanying checklist.
Author bio: Allen Jones is Chief Operating Officer of National Aero Stands, a world leader in engine stand leasing — founded with the purpose of providing aircraft engine transportation stand support. Jones, who has more than 20 years of experience in the industry, currently oversees daily business and leasing operations.
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