Aircraft care tips
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 11:19

Aircraft careAs any owner knows, your Mooney is a hand-built precision aircraft that will respond positively to the proper care, ensuring its long life and dependability. The following are a just a few tips to keep in mind...

* Don’t clean your windows with paper towels. The best material to use is cotton flannel or a well-washed cotton T-shirt.
* Don’t store your aircraft in direct sunlight. The ultraviolet rays weaken the composites materials and the synthetic and natural fabric covering. It’s best to keep your Mooney in a hangar, but if one isn't available, any type of covering will work.
* Protect all your aircraft’s systems by keeping water out while washing the aircraft.
* During flight, always listen to the engine and keep an eye on fluid levels. If you notice any change, be sure to have it checked out.

When pilots enter an aircraft, they become an integral part of the man-machine system and are just as essential to a successful flight as the controls. The following are some reminders before you hit the skies.

What To Do

* Be thoroughly familiar with your airplane and be current in it, or get a check ride.
* Pre-plan all aspects of your flight — including weather. Fly your plan.
* Use services available — FSS, Weather Bureau, etc.
* Pre-flight your airplane thoroughly.
* Use your checklists.
* Have more than enough fuel for takeoff, the planned trip and adequate reserve.
* Be sure your weight loading and C.G. are within limits.
* Be sure articles and baggage are secured.
* Check freedom of all controls.
* Maintain appropriate airspeed in takeoff, climb, descent and landing.
* Avoid other aircraft wake turbulence.
* Switch fuel tanks before engine starvation occurs.
* Practice engine out, emergency landing gear extension and other emergency procedures at safe altitude — preferably with a check pilot.
* Use caution in mountainous terrain.
* Keep your airplane in good mechanical condition.
* Stay informed and alert, fly in a sensible manner.

What Not To Do

* Don't take off with frost, ice or snow on the aircraft surfaces.
* Don't take off with less than minimum recommended fuel, plus reserves.
* Don't fly in a reckless, show off, careless manner.
* Don't fly in thunderstorms or severe weather.
* Don't fly in possible icing conditions. If you encounter icing conditions, alter altitude or course to minimize exposure.
* Don't apply controls abruptly or with high forces that could exceed design loads of the airplane.
* Don't fly when physically or mentally exhausted.
* Don't trust to luck.


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