5.8. In-Range Check

[Although we have titled this section as "In-Range Check", the title is largely arbitrary. Use whatever best suits your operation and aircraft. In designating items for the In-Range Check consider the desirability of completing items as early as possible to minimize the Before Landing Check when the workload is likely to be higher.]

The purpose of the In-Range Check is to transition from initial descent to operations in the destination terminal area in preparation for approach. In order to address some of the items that were affected during the After Take-off check, the In-Range Check shall be completed any time that an After Take-off check was done. An In-Range Check, therefore, need not be done for short flights where a "Downwind Check" is to be done. The In-Range Check is ideally completed before commencing an Instrument Approach. For a Visual Approach, Contact Approach, or VFR Circuit, the In-Range Check should be completed 15 to 30 NM or 10 to 15 minutes from landing. [The distances and times mentioned in the previous sentence should be adjusted to suit your aircraft and operation.] At the completion of the In-Range Check the cabin and passengers should be secured for landing. The expanded In-Range Check follows.

  • Ignition - a/r
    • Ignition may be set to NORMAL or MANUAL at the Captain's discretion. It must be set to MANUAL for flight in any icing, heavy rain, or moderate or greater turbulence.
  • FASTEN BELTS Lights - ON
  • Harnesses (PF/PNF/FA/Cabin) - Secure
    • If without a FA, the PF shall visually confirm the security of cabin and passengers' harnesses.
  • Altimeters (PF/PNF) - Set
  • In-Range Check - Complete

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