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Preflight Planning/Overview

Lesson Objective

During this lesson, the student/candidate will become familiar with the preparation required before walking out to the flight line. This includes weather preparation, understanding weather services, go/no decision, required documents for the pilot.

Regulatory Requirement

Pre-Solo pilot (Student Pilot and Transition Pilots): §61.87(i)(1)
Private Pilot Test Candidate: PTS Area of Operation IA, IB

Content

  • Collecting information required for this flight
  • Weather Information systems
  • Required Documents in possession of the pilot

See Also

Completion Standards

When complete, the student will

  • use DUATS and/or WX-BRIEF to obtain a weather briefing
  • be able to make a go/no-go decision based on weather briefing information
  • be able to explain the hazards associated with flight in the vicinity of thunderstorms
  • understand the different types of Aviation Weather services, as defined in AC 00-45G
  • exhibit knowledge pertaining to required documents when acting as a pilot in command (pilots license, photo ID).

Prerequisite Study

  • PPL Practical Test candidates should be familiar with AC 00-45G Aviation Weather Services
  • Glider Flying Handbook, pages 9-25 through 9-40
  • 14 CFR §61.3 Requirement for certificates, ratings, and authorizations.
  • 14 CFR §91.103 Preflight action.

Required Homework

  • Register as a user for one of the approved pre-flight briefing services, and get a briefing for the day you will fly:
  • Dial in to 1-800-WX-BRIEF and get a standard VFR weather briefing for a local flight at Front Royal for the hours you plan to be flying.

 


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