Exercise 4 — Taxiing

Aim

To determine that the trainee can manoeuvre the aeroplane safely and avoid unnecessary interference with movement of other traffic.

Description

The trainee will be expected to taxi the aircraft to and from the runway in use and as otherwise required. Provided that traffic and other conditions permit, the trainee shall taxi along taxiway centrelines where they exist. The trainee shall position the flight controls appropriately for wind conditions. During calm wind conditions, the examiner will specify wind speed and direction in order to test this ability.

While taxiing, the trainee shall confirm the proper functioning of the flight instruments. Should the candidate omit the flight instrument checks, the examiner will ask the candidate to complete these checks prior to take-off.

Performance Criteria

The trainee will:

  • perform a brake check immediately after the aeroplane begins moving;
  • safely manoeuvre the aeroplane, considering other traffic on aprons and manoeuvring areas;
  • use appropriate taxiing speeds;
  • adhere to local taxi rules, procedures and Air Traffic Control clearances and instructions;
  • use flight controls and brakes correctly;
  • confirm the proper functioning of the flight instruments;
  • identify and correctly interpret airport, taxiway and runway signs, markings and lighting;
  • after landing, clear the runway/landing area and taxi to suitable parking/refueling area;
  • park the aeroplane properly, considering the safety of nearby persons or property.
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