Preflight Check List
Challenger II
by Red Stokes

PILOT (PIC) PERSONAL CHECKLIST

Note: This is the time for the “Attitude Check”, are you ready to fly?

A. I llness (Physically able – Mentally stable)
B. M edications (Legal or illegal)

C. Stress (Home – Work – Wife – Kids – etc.)
D. Alcohol (No alcohol at least 8 hours prior to flight)
E. Fatigue (If you are tired – do not fly – REST)
F. Emotion (Check your attitude – don’t fly angry)

AIRPLANE PRE-FLIGHT CHECK LIST

Inside cockpit:

A. Front inboard wing attachment point, Rony, bolt and nut.
B. Front rudder pedals, hardware cables and cross tube.
C. Front stick, hardware, brake actuator assembly and brake line.
D. Rear rudder pedals.
E. Instrument Panel, instruments, switches, throttle, enrichener (choke) handle
and cable, radio, GPS, push to talk switch, intercom, headsets and wiring.
F. Nose gear and cross tube.
G. Rear throttle assembly and cables.
H. Rear stick, cables and hardware.
I. Tilt rear seat and seat back forward and inspect rear strut nuts through
longerons, gas tank, electric fuel pump, gas lines, electric wiring and all
connections contained within the gas tank compartment.

Airplane Pre-Flight Check List (continued)

Starting at nose of airplane:

A. Nose cone, nose tire (46 psi) and nose fork and hardware.
B. Windshield rivets and windshield. Pitot tube.
C. Left front strut Rony, bolt and nut – longeron bolt and nut.
D. Left gear leg weldment, bolt and nut.
E. Drag cable, bolt and nut, both on longeron and gear leg mid cuff.
F. Axle cuff, bolt and nut.
G. Brake pads, lines and rotor.
H. Main tire, wheel, lug bolts and nuts and tire pressure (40 psi).
I. Cross cables for wear and tension.

Airplane Pre-Flight Check List (continued)

Starting at nose of airplane: (cont.)

J. Leading edge of left wing.
K. Jury strut and hardware.
L. Outboard front left strut bracket and hardware. Wing tip.
M. Trailing edge surfaces and aileron alignment.
N. Outboard aileron hinge. Outboard rear strut bracket & hardware.
O. Middle aileron hinge, rear of jury strut and hardware.
P. Outboard aileron hinge. Inboard aileron hinge.
Q. Inboard rear strut Rony, bolt and nut.
R. Wing attach point, Rony, bolt and nut to Root Tube.
S. Both top and bottom strobe lights.
T. Comm and ELT antennas and rear and center sections of 3 piece gap cover.
U. Aileron push rods and hardware.
V. Firewall plate and quick disconnects to include battery cables & 15 amp breaker.

Airplane Pre-Flight Check List (continued)

Engine, Redrive, Belt and Prop:

A. GPL starter motor, housing and bolts.
B. Engine former plate and SS rivets.
C. Spark plugs, plug caps, wire ties and CHT connectors.
D. Carburetors, throttle cables, enrichener (choke) cables, air cleaner, mechanical
fuel pump, fuel lines and intake manifolds.
E. Engine shroud and bolts.
F. Engine mounting bolts and Lord mounts.
G. Re-drive bearing and 8 mounting bolts. (Check for adverse belt wear
and oil seepage from seals).
H. Prop for cracks, dings or damage.
I. Upper and lower drive belt cogs and cog belt.

Airplane Pre-Flight Check List (continued

Side and Rear Fuselage Areas:

A. Dorsal fine and hardware.
B. Elevator control horns and hardware.
C. Elevator push rods.

Airplane Pre-Flight Check List (continued)

Tail Feathers:

A. Front of horizontal stabilizer to include Rony brackets to
vertical stabilizer, horizontal stabilizer strut, mounts and hardware.
B. Rear of horizontal stabilizer to include Rony brackets to vertical
stabilizer, horizontal stabilizer strut, mounts and hardware.
C. Elevator/horizontal hinges (3) and hardware.
D. All control horns and hardware.
E. Tail wheel and hardware.
F. Vertical stabilizer.
G. Rudder, rudder hinges, hardware and cables, trim tab and hardware.

Airplane Pre-Flight Check List (continued)


Right Side of Engine and Muffler:

A. Exhaust manifold, elbow pipes, muffler, muffler mount, & safety wire.
B. EGT probes and leads to firewall.


Continue inspection of right side of plane in reverse order of left side inspection.

ENGINE START CHECK LIST

A. Prior to starting the engine, secure the seat belt and shoulder harness,
comfortable fit the headset and microphone. Check ATIS for airport information.
B. Put the electric fuel pump switch to the on position to prime the carburetors.
C. Check the areas on both sides of the engine for clearance.
D. Yell “Clear Prop”.
E. Engage starter and the enrichener. When the engine starts and stays running,
add throttle to keep the engine running smoothly.
F. Monitor the instruments, EGT’s, CHT’s ,RPM (tachometer), fuel gauge, as the
engine warms up to operating temperature.
G. Check areas around both sides and the front of the plane before taxiing to
the end of the hangers.
H. Contact ATC (ground) for clearance to the active runway.
I. Proceed to the active runway when clearance is given by ATC (ground).
J. Hold short of the active in the run up area and prepare to do the Pre-Takeoff Check list.

PRE – TAKEOFF CHECK LIST

A. Check all control surfaces.
B. Check the rudder movement.
C. Check the elevator movement.
D. Position the flaperons for takeoff.
E. Run up the engine to 4000 rpm and do a mag check on both mags.
F. Check the EGT’s (do not exceed 1200 deg. F) and CHT’s (do not exceed 480 deg. F), Altimeter, compass, fuel gauge, Air Speed Indicator,
Radio and GPS.
G. Check that the seat belt and shoulder harness is secure.
H. Check the headset is secure and working properly and fits comfortable.
I. Check the intercom volume settings. (Make sure the switch is set to the Pilot position).
J. Check the radio frequency. (You should be on the tower frequency before approaching
the Hold Short Line.
K. When you are #1 at the Hold Short Line, contact the tower for takeoff clearance.

PRE – LANDING CHECK LIST

A. Check ATIS for airport information.
B. At the prescribed reporting point, contact the ATC with your landing intentions,
position, etc.
C. Follow the ATC directions for approaching the airport prior to landing.
D. After landing, exit the runway, report to the ATC you are clear of the active and
follow the ATC directions for taxiing.

SECURING AIRCRAFT CHECK LIST

After shutting the engine down, exit the plane (letting the tail wheel down gently to the asphalt, if you are tying down the plane, secure the plane to the tie down points.

If you are putting the plane in the hangar, open the hangar door and move the plane to its parking position within the hangar.  Put the prop in the horizontal position (this prevents any moisture in the wooden prop from running to one tip or the other and causing the prop to become out of balance.

Secure wheel chocks, cover the pitot tube and cover the carburetors. Fill out your log book with that days flight information.

LOST PROCEDURES (3 C’S)

1. C limb up and look for known landmarks
2. C onfess (1’m lost)
3. C ommunicate (Radio – Cell Phone)

Have an ATC with radar “paint” you and tell you where you are.

4 – W’s

1. W hom you are calling. i.e. – Glendale Ground
2. W ho you are. i.e. – Experimental Challenger 107 BW
3. W here you are. i.e. – At the South Hangars with information “Hotel”
4. W hat you want to do. i.e. – Taxi to runway 1 for SE departure.

VFR CRUISING ALTITUDES (3000 ft. to 17,999 ft MSL)

0 degrees to 179 degrees

ODD thousands plus 500 ft (i.e. – 3500; 5500; 7500, etc.)

180 degrees to 359 degrees

EVEN thousands MSL plus 500 ft. (i.e. – 4500; 6500; 8500, etc.)

V – SPEEDS


Vso = Stall speed in landing configuration (35 mph)
Vr = Rotation (solo = 37 mph - dual = 45 mph)
Vx = Best angle of climb (48 mph)
Vy = Best rate of climb (45 to 50 mph)
Vfe = Maximum flap extension (N/A)
Va = Maneuvering speed (60 mph)
Vno = Maximum structural cruising speed (75 mph)
Vne = Never exceed speed (100 mph)
Vmax = Maximum glide speed (53 mph)

PERFORMANCE DATA

AIRSPEED POWER (RPM)

Rotation (Vr) 37 6400
Climbout 45 6400
Cruise Climb 55 5400
Cruise Level 60-65 5200 – 5400
Cruise Descent 65 5000
Traffic Pattern 60 5200
Final Approach 50 Idle (2200)
Landing Flare 50 Idle (2200)

OTHER LOCAL AIRPORTS

LOCATION IDENTIFIER FREQUENCY ELEVATION RUNWAYS PATTERN LENGTH TYPE

Phoenix Regional A39 122.9 1300 03/21 Left 4000x50 Asph
Buckeye Muni BXK 122.8 1021 17/35 Left 5500x75 Asph
Casa Grande Muni CGZ 122.7 1464 05/23 Right 5200x100 Asph
Forepaugh 44E 122.9 03/21 7200x100 Dirt
Gila Bend E63 122.8 778 04/22 Left 5200x75 Asph
Pleasant Valley (Turf)P48 122.9 1580 05/23 Left 4200x100 Dirt
Wickenburg Muni E25 122.8 2386 05/23 L/5-R/23 5050x75 Asph
Chandler Muni CHD 126.1 1243 04R-22L R/04R-L/22L
04L-22R L/04L-R/22R
4850x75 Asph
Goodyear Muni GYR 120.10 968 03/21-R/21 L/03 8500x150 Asph

SELF ANNOUNCE PROCEDURES


Practice your self announce procedures: approach to airport airspace; leaving the airport airspace; entering/ the pattern; Takeoff (Upwind); Crosswind; Downwind; Base (Left or Right); Final.  Due to the helicopters using the opposite pattern as the fixed wing aircraft at Glendale, the Examiner may check you on the Base leg i.e. Left or Right Base.

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Red's FLIGHT BAG for X-Country


First Aid Kit
Extra Water
Tools
Spark Plugs
Safety Wire
Anti-Seize
Blue Loc-Tite
Flash Light w/fresh batteries
Matches/Cigarette Lighter
Fireproof Blanket (Can double as a panel marker)
Mirror for Signaling
Energy Bars
Gloves
Jacket/Coat
Flight Suite
Cell Phones (Make sure each person has the other persons cell numbers
Rubber Duckie Antenna for Handheld Radio
Extra GPS Batteries
Extra Intercom Batteries
Plastic Wire Ties
Extra Fuel Filters
Extra Small Screw Clamps
Let others know about any existing medical problems and or medications and take the medications along.
Wear Medic Alert Bracelets on where required
Ball caps for eye shade
Bicycle Tire Pump
Extra Oil
Snake Bite Kit for desert pilots)
Pencil or Ink Pen
Knee Board
TAC Chart
Sectional
Eye Glasses / Prescription or Sun Glasses
Cash
Camera (?)
Tie Down Ropes and stakes


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Red's Kneeboard Cheat Sheets

EXPERIMENTAL CHALLENGER
414 LIMA SIERRA

OUTBOUND:

Check ATIS: (119.425) for Runway & Winds _____/_____
Glendale Ground: (118.00) Experimental Challenger
414 Lima Sierra at North Hangars with
Information_____________________________
Request taxi to Runway 1 or 19 departing SE or
Closed Left Traffic 19/Closed Right Traffic 1)

(Ground to Experimental Challenger 414 LIMA SIERRA)
Taxi to Runway 1 or 19 and hold short.
414 LIMA SIERRA (Repeat Instructions)

AFTER RUNUP:

GLENDALE TOWER: (121.00) – Experimental Challenger
414 LIMA SIERRA at Hold Short Line ready to
depart to the SE or Closed Left/Right Traffic

414 LIMA SIERRA (Repeat Instructions)

INBOUND:


Check ATIS: (119.425) for Runway & Wind _____/_____
Glendale Tower (121.00) Experimental Challenger 414
LIMA SIERRA over I-10 and Loop 101
or Arrowhead Mall inbound for landing (1 or 19)
Have information ___________________

(TOWER to Experimental Challenger 414 Lima Sierra)
Enter downwind on a 45 for Runway 1 or 19
414 LIMA SIERRA (Repeat Instructions)

TRANSITION:


Goodyear Tower – Experimental Challenger
414 LIMA SIERRA – Over the Trotter Track
at 2500 feet – request transition your airspace
from (West to East). Destination Glendale Airport.

Report location, altitude, intentions.
414 LIMA SIERRA (Repeat Instructions)


Plane to plane communications:
Northwest Traffic – North of I-10 = 122.750
Southwest Traffic – South of I-10 = 122.850
Multicom = 123.45

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ULTRALIGHT CHALLENGER
014 LIMA SIERRA

OUTBOUND:

Check ATIS: (119.425) for Rwy & Winds _____/_____
Glendale Ground: (118.00) Ultralight Challenger
014 Lima Sierra at North Hangars with
Information_____________________________
Request taxi to Rwy 1 or 19 departing SE or
Closed Left Traffic 19/Closed Right Traffic 1)

(Ground to Ultralight Challenger 014 LIMA SIERRA)
Taxi to Rwy 1 or 19 and hold short.
014 LIMA SIERRA (Repeat Instructions)

AFTER RUNUP:

GLENDALE TOWER: (121.00) – Ultralight Challenger
014 LIMA SIERRA at Hold Short Line ready to
depart to the SE or Closed Left/Right Traffic

014 LIMA SIERRA (Repeat Instructions)

INBOUND:
Check ATIS: (119.425) for Rwy & Wind _____/_____
Glendale Tower (121.00) Ultralight Challenger 014
LIMA SIERRA over Tolleson
or Arrowhead Mall inbound for landing (1 or 19)
Have information ___________________

(TOWER to Ultralight Challenger 014 Lima Sierra)
Enter downwind on a 45 for Rwy 1 or 19
014 LIMA SIERRA (Repeat Instructions)

TRANSITION:
Goodyear Tower – Ultralight Challenger
014 LIMA SIERRA – Over the Trotter Track
at 2500 feet – request transition your airspace
from (West to East). Destination Glendale Airport.

Report location, altitude, intentions.
014 LIMA SIERRA (Repeat Instructions)


Plane to plane communications:
Northwest Traffic – North of I-10 = 122.750
Southwest Traffic – South of I-10 = 122.850
Multicom = 123.45

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