1.9. Checks, Checklists, and Drills

  1. General — Checks, Checklists, and Drills have been developed for the operation of the [insert Aeroplane type] Aeroplane to ensure that the required actions are not inadvertently omitted or completed in an inappropriate sequence. In this manual a check is a series of actions; a checklist is the physical written document that is associated with the check. A drill is a check for an abnormal or emergency situation that requires immediate action and is therefore, carried out from memory without reference to the checklist. Copies of the abbreviated checklists are found in annexes following the applicable chapter. The checklists are expanded upon in the body of the chapters. The expanded checklists provide additional detail (if applicable) for each checklist item. The abbreviated form of the checklists are found on [insert whether abbreviated checklists are on cards, a quick reference handbook, or both, or whatever is used for this type of Aeroplane] that shall be carried onboard the Aeroplane.
  2. Completion of Checks and Drills — All checks and drills once initiated shall be carried out in the sequence that they are listed until complete. No items may be deleted nor the order be altered. Generally, the only memory procedures are for emergency drills that require immediate action; and checks that are typically done in a high workload environment where a memory procedure would be advantageous.
  3. Checklist Verbal Procedures — When initiating a check item or response, the saying of specific wording in the checklist may be used, saying or speaking may aid in checklist completion.
  4. Situational Awareness — Control of the Aeroplane at all times is paramount. Checks and drills are specified as either verbal or non-verbal and should only be completed while the Aeroplane is in control. Verbal checks are so designated to further the situational awareness of and to provide a measure of monitoring for the single pilot.
  5. Layout of Checklists — Checklists are laid out using the following conventions:

    [The following are the conventions that are used for checklists in these generic SCSOPs. The conventions that your organization uses may differ. However, they should be described here.]

    1. The title block is printed at the left margin with the title in bold, underlined, uppercase text. Any symbols (such as bullets) are to the left of the title by two spaces.


    2. To the extent practical, the actual text of labels that are found on switches or controls are used in the checklists. If a label is available for the setting or position that a switch or control is to be moved to, the actual text of the setting or position is used in the checklist. When the actual text of a label is used in a checklist it is printed in uppercase type. When other than the actual text of a label is used, the item is printed in standard title format, ie. first character uppercase and remaining characters lower case. Any symbols (such as bullets, 24 hour check indicators) are to the left of the item by two spaces.
    3. The subject or target of the desired action is shown at the left side of the checklist in normal type (not bold).
    4. The action to be taken is shown on the right side of the checklist in bold face type.
    5. The items on the left and the items on the right side are joined by dot leaders.
  6. Types of Checks and Drills — The checks and drills for the [Aeroplane type] are divided into two primary categories: Abnormal/Emergency Procedures, and Normal Procedures.
    1. The Abnormal and Emergency checks and drills are found in the second part of the checklist document and can be differentiated from the normal checks by [insert the method used to differentiate Abnormal Checks and Drills, ie., different colour of paper or red tabbed pages]. The Abnormal and Emergency checks and drills are expanded upon and discussed in the chapter dedicated to those procedures.
    2. The checks for Normal Procedures can further be divided as follows:
      1. Non-verbal checks — These checks are completed silently with or without reference to the printed checklist. The following are the Non-verbal Checks for the [insert Aeroplane type] Aeroplane. All checks are to be completed verbally.

        [Typically, the external before flight check, the flight deck geographic check, and the internal before flight check, would be non-verbal checks.] [Insert the names of the non-verbal checks for your type of Aeroplane.]

        1. Pre-external Check;
        2. External Check;
        3. Internal Check;
        4. Flight Deck Geographic Check (Pilot);
        5. Flight Deck Geographic Check (Co-pilot);
        6. Flight Deck Geographic Check (FE).
      2. Verbal or Confirmation Checks — These checks require discipline by the pilot to complete the checklist in order. [Insert the checks for your type of Aeroplane . Verbal or Confirmation checks are indicated by the words in the title block of the check.
      3. "*" in the title block for the check or by a medium bullet "*" next to an item. Checks that are done from memory are done in the same manner as non-memory checks except that the action is issued from memory
      4. Verbal Action and Confirmation Checks — The checks are carried out by one person either from memory or by reference to the checklist. Checks that are to be carried out from memory are indicated with a large bullet "*" in the title block for the check. Verbal Action and Confirmation Checks are typically completed in the following manner:
        1. The check is called for by the PF.
        2. At the completion of all items of the check the PF will say the name of the check and that it is complete.

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