Know Your Airplane
- How do you learn about your new airplane type? Before you fly it? On your first flight? After each flight?
- What do you ask about each of the aircraft systems? Where do you find the answers?
- In order of importance, what are the aircraft systems you have to know about? (Hydraulics, Electrics, Landing Gear, Flight Controls, Avionics, Heat and Air Conditioning, Flaps, Fuel, De-icing)
- How do you put these in order of importance?
- What is (are) the authority (ies) for this knowledge?
Flow and Cockpit Knowledge
- What is flow?
- How do you get familiar with a new cockpit?
- Where do you get your checklists?
- How do you integrate checklists and flow?
- How do checklists and flows work in a two-pilot crew?
Flying Technique (and a bit of test-pilot stuff)
- Does attitude flying work?
- Does flying by the numbers work?
- What does control harmony mean?
- What is roll moment? Can you tell before you fly it if an aircraft is going to have high roll moment?
- What is pitch moment? Can you tell before you fly it if an aircraft is going to have high pitch moment?
- How does a high roll or pitch moment affect the pilot?
- What can happen if I switch tanks right before takeoff?
- What would prompt me to switch tanks right before takeoff?
- What other systems do I lose if I have a complete electrical failure?
- What other systems do I lose if I have a complete hydraulic failure?
- How do I try to avoid landing gear up?