Flight Test Items – 4. Engine Starting and Run-Up, Use of Checklists

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To determine that the candidate can complete engine start, warm-up, run-up, and systems checks in accordance with the checklists or placards provided by the aircraft manufacturer or owner, completing at least those items recommended in the operating manual.


The candidate will be required to use recommended procedures in engine starting, warm-up, run-up and check aircraft systems and equipment to determine that the aircraft is ready for flight. The candidate will be asked to demonstrate or explain how to correct any unsatisfactory condition encountered or specified by the examiner.

Performance Criteria

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

  1. demonstrate an awareness of other persons and property before and during engine start and run-up, as well as, for aircraft equipped with a clutch system, when the propeller begins rotating;

  2. use the appropriate checklist provided by the manufacturer or aircraft owner for engine start and warm-up procedures;

  3. accurately complete the engine and powered para-glider systems checks;

  4. check flight controls for freedom of operation and correct movement; and

  5. take appropriate action with respect to unsatisfactory conditions.
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