StandardOperatingProcedures-FixedWing.doc

That the deferred items do not render the aircraft

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That the deferred items do not render the aircraft unsuitable for the planned flight or series of flights. That all required equipment and documents are on board. AIRCRAFT PRE-FLIGHT CHECK Pre-flight checks are to be accomplished by a pilot in accordance with the type-specific Aircraft Flight Manual. Upon completion of the pre-flight check, the pilot completing the check shall make an entry in the current Aircraft Maintenance Log. USE OF MINIMUM EQUIPMENT LIST (MEL) The FAA requires that all systems, components and equipment must be in operating condition prior to aircraft dispatch unless allowed to be deferred by an FAA-approved MEL. An FAA approved copy of the MEL will be carried on board each Department aircraft. If an aircraft system becomes inoperative away from the home maintenance base, the pilot will enter the discrepancy in the AML. Any maintenance, operational action or installation of placards or mechanical stops, etc. required by the MEL must be completed prior to the next flight. VOR CHECK The Trip Captain or designee shall complete, or verify completion of, a VOR check in accordance with FAA regulations. If a VOR check is due, the pilot shall complete the check and make an entry in the AML: In the Discrepancy block: “VOR Check Due” In the Corrective Action block: “VOR Check Completed” Date Place Bearing Error Signature & ATP Number After completing the AML entry, the Pilot shall initial and date in the appropriate block of the “VOR Check” sticker located on the inside cover of the AML log binder. COLD WEATHER OPERATIONS Department aircraft should be hangared when freezing precipitation or snow is anticipated. If the aircraft is exposed to accumulations of frost, ice or snow, the contamination will be removed in accordance with the aircraft manufacturer’s recommended procedures and industry-standard methods prior to flight. The aircraft should be pre-heated, when possible, prior to attempting to activate any of the aircraft systems. Cabin systems (water storage, food and drink containers, coffee-makers, etc.) must be properly handled (removed and stored in heated area, serviced with anti-freeze, etc.) to prevent damage from freezing or during defrosting. Aircraft parked outside should be headed into the wind when possible to minimize the accumulation of frozen precipitation in the openings around flight control surfaces. Covers and plugs must be installed to protect the engine inlets from accumulation while the aircraft is parked. The parking brakes must be released after the aircraft has been chocked to prevent damage due to temperature changes. FROST, SNOW AND ICING No pilot shall attempt a takeoff if the aircraft has frost, snow or ice adhering to any, windshield, powerplant installation, flight or rate instrument system, wings, control surfaces or other areas that could affect flight characteristics or performance.
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