Q: What do pilots look for in their visual inspection?
Tony Martins, Calgary
A visual or “walk-around” inspection must be done before every flight. Nearly 120 items are checked, from tires and navigation lights to access doors and engine intakes. Since many service vehicles approach aircraft, we also scan for dents and bumps, and during winter, we scrutinize the exterior for snow and ice. You’ll see pilots wearing a bright fluorescent vest during this safety check. This check is usually completed by mechanics on the wide-body fleet.
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P.S I noticed enRoute has a period at the end of the email address. It works from my MAC but maybe not from a P.C. Calling all you techies, does it matter if the period is there?