Flight Test Items – 3. Pre-Flight Inspection

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To determine that the candidate can complete checks of the powered para-glider in accordance with the operating manual and demonstrate practical knowledge of the model of powered para-glider.


The candidate will be required to determine that the powered para-glider is ready for the intended flight.

All required equipment and documents will be located and, so far as can be determined by pre-flight inspection, the aircraft will be confirmed to be ready for flight. Visual checks for proper fuel/oil quantity and grade will be carried out in accordance with the operating manual. Checks for fuel contamination will also be made whenever possible.

Candidates will be required to verify that the canopy, rigging lines, riser system, brakes and trim are laid out properly and in condition for inflation.

After the candidate has completed the pre-flight inspection, questions relating to the flight test powered para-glider will be asked. The candidate will be expected to explain what appropriate action would be taken if an unsatisfactory item were detected or described by the examiner during the pre-flight inspection. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of the consequences if such items were undetected.

Note: The powered para-glider checks must at least cover all the items specified by the manufacturer.

The candidate will be required to conduct an oral passenger safety briefing. Should the candidate omit the passenger safety briefing the examiner will ask the candidate to provide one.

Performance Criteria

Assessment will be based on the candidate’s ability to:

  1. use an orderly procedure to inspect the aircraft including at least those items listed by the manufacturer or aircraft owner;

  2. confirm that there is sufficient fuel and oil for the intended flight;

  3. verify that the aircraft is in condition for safe flight;

  4. describe the appropriate action to take for any unsatisfactory item detected or described by the examiner;

  5. identify and verify the location and security of baggage and required equipment;

  6. organize and arrange equipment in a manner that makes the items readily available; and

  7. perform an effective passenger safety briefing that will include:

    1. smoking limitations;

    2. use of harnesses and seat belts;

    3. items specific to the aircraft type being used;

    4. action to take in the event of an emergency landing;

    5. the location of the emergency locator transmitter and fire extinguisher, if applicable; and

    6. other items for use in an emergency.
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