Pilot Check For Cessna 172

The Cessna 172 Skyhawk is an American four-seat, single-engine, high wing, fixed-wing aircraft made by the Cessna Aircraft Company. First flown in 1955, more 172s have been built than any other aircraft.

Check The Logbooks

Always remember to check the aircraft logbooks before you fly. Even if the plane has been inspected, it’s not technically airworthy until it’s been properly signed off in the logbook. As PIC, the responsibility will fall on you for flying an unairworthy aircraft.

Get An Official Weather Briefing

By calling 1-800-WX-BRIEF or going to DUATS online, you’ll learn about the pertinent weather that may affect your flight.

Make Sure To Get Briefed on NOTAMs and TFRs Affecting Your Route

Once you’re in the air, if you don’t talk to ATC, there’s little stopping you from breaking a NOTAM or busting a TFR if you haven’t been briefed.

Do A Weight And Balance / Fuel Calculation

Are you doing a cross country or overnight trip with a full plane? Make sure to do your weight and balance calculation and fuel allocations before you take off.

Don’t Forget A Performance Calculation

Why risk not making a takeoff or landing when you can just calculate the aircraft’s performance, especially if you’re “hot, high, and heavy?”

Familiarize Yourself With All Frequencies, Airspace, And Airports You’ll Use

As the PIC, it’s your responsibility to become familiar with all aspects of the flight BEFORE you take off. Become familiar with frequencies, airspace, and airports so you’re not fumbling around mid-flight looking for an answer.

Perform A Thorough Pre-Flight Check

Cutting corners before a flight is a good way to put yourself at risk in the air. Don’t forget to manually check fuel, oil, tires, control surfaces, and the engine, among others, during a pre-flight check. Even if you’ve only landed for a quick break, it’s always a good idea to check for unexpected issues. Consider having your passengers wait at the FBO while you do a pre-flight check, so you can focus all of your attention on the airplane.