Downwind checks, just what should they be and how long. Our school has a very long list which contains things the aircraft does not have such as undercarriage etc..
Roger Thane,Student, Formby — taken from a pilots forum!!
Thanks Roger we all had a laugh reading the posts! Forums love this type of question and the range of answers vary from amazing to ridiculous!
BUMPFHHC I think were the ones in question.
First I should say never call pre-landing checks downwind checks otherwise when you join crosswind or final you may miss them out.
For our money the least amount of checks you do in the circuit the better because the circuit is one of the few places that so many aircraft operate together within close proximity of each other, so you want to be eyes outside as much as possible.
The most important pre-landing check is to make sure you do not bump into anyone else!
The one check however that is vital on each downwind leg in the circuit is a check for carburettor icing and you must leave the heat on for a minimum of 15 seconds.
Our check is
Carb air full hot
Undercarriage down (OK we havn’t got a retractable but it keeps the pneumonic going and gives people something to argue about on forums!)
Mixture full rich
Fuel correct tank/sufficient (minimum landing fuel = 45 mins for students)
Carb air full cold
The above check takes around 15 seconds but we do each CHECK then--LOOKOUT— CHECK slowly
While doing checks keep an ear on the radio and and eye on the circuit!
AVIATE – NAVIGATE – COMMUNICATE in that order!
Ts and Ps–When selecting full power always very quickly glance to see that we have full take off power and combine it with a quick Ts and Ps check. When we level out we aways do a quick Ts and Ps check. So that means we do not have to do this downwind its already been done.
Some schools/clubs add even more to it–you need to do what the school teaches you but when you get your licence do what needs doing and look at the manufacturers flight manual or handling notes for guidance as well as applying some non-forum common sense.
Pre -Landing Checks Downwind