You’ve probably caught a glimpse of the cockpit as you board an airplane and see the pilots focused on soᴍᴇᴛʜing. We’ll highlight some of these duties in order to demystify the procedure if you’ve ever wondered what exactly they’re doing up there. The interior preflight and the outward walkaround are the two main components of the preflight examination. Although both are crucial components of the pilots’ training, we’ll focus on the internal part of this essay. Airlines crews must conduct a number of tasks before pushing back to make sure the aircraft is safe and compliant for the impending flight.

Pilots will consult the Aircraft Log and the Flight Log after reading the Flight Release. The crew is making sure that all necessary checks are current and accurately recorded in the Aircraft Log. They will also make sure that any inoperative equipment is placarded correctly and complies with the Minimum Equipment List. The captain will sign the Aircraft Log to accept the aircraft if everything seems in order. If anything needs attention, she will work with the airline’s maintenance division to take care of it (s).

The aircraft’s use is kept on file in the flight log. The flight crew members enter their names, locations, and the length of each leg they fly on this page. This log also records the cycles of the aircraft and engines. Some of this data may be entered and stored electronically on many modern airplanes. The captain will sign the Flight Log at the same time he or she signs the Aircraft Log.

The release section on the flight plan is a significant portion. The proposed flight path, cruise altitude, backup airport(s), weather reports and forecasts, temporary flight restrictions (if applicable), appropriate Notices to Airmen (NOTAMs), and any other pertinent information are all described in this section. The crew is informed of potential bad weather, likely air traffic control (ATC) routings, the projected length of the journey, and other reasonably foreseeable information using this data. Routing and altitude, while useful for planning, are ALWAYS vulnerable to change, especially in congested airspace and during inclement weather. In such circumstances, the crew can anticipate receiving instructions from ATC and may even submit a request for a preferred route or altitude.

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Video resource: ITV