This checklist has been taken from the Skyway Code, an important document that’s worth a read. It’s designed to act as a quick reference that supplements the more detailed information provided later in the publication. It should cover most basic pre-flight items, although you are encouraged to adapt it to suit your own needs.
– Licence and rating are appropriate, valid and carried.
– Medical certificate or declaration valid and carried.
– 90 day rule completed (if carrying passengers).
– Current to fly under rules for club or group.
– Fit to fly the aircraft and in satisfactory physical and mental state.
– Passengers briefed.
– Airworthy condition.
– Certificate of Airworthiness or Permit to Fly valid, supported by a valid Airworthiness Review Certificate or Certificate of Validity.
– Equipment (including survival) appropriate and operative.
– Fuel and oil adequate for the flight and any foreseeable diversion.
– Mass, balance and performance within limits for aircraft and aerodromes.
– Documents required onboard.
– Insurance valid.
– Pre-flight inspection complete.
– Weather conditions checked and suitable.
– Charts current and reviewed.
– GPS map current and route programmed.
– Destination and alternate aerodromes planned and adequate.
– Prior Permission obtained for aerodromes (if applicable).
– Border Force and/or Special Branch notified (if applicable).
– Overnight weather checked for high winds, frost or snow (if aircraft to be left outside).
– Flight plan filed (required for international flight).
! Have you assessed the risks of the flight?
Use the PAVE checklist.