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Recent comment and responses observed on several large scale email lists led me to collect this information. Scale Aero & NASA's Virtual FBO would certainly appreciate your help if you have additional information to contribute to this safety check list.
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Stan Alexander, NASA's president sent me a pre-flight check list originally compiled by Lee Dargue that was previously published in Replica. I’d like to receive additional information including more gasoline engine aircraft check offs.

I. With the wing removed, check the following items:

( ) Are batteries fully charged? Check with E.S.V.
( ) Is engine broken in?
( ) Aircraft must have pilot’s identifiation, AMA number, telephone # and address in it.
( ) Check for any visible cracks or tears


( ) Blunt faced prop hub (acorn nut) or rounded spinner required.
( ) Sand off sharp edges of prop and balance it prior to installation.
( ) Paint prop tips either white or yellow for visibility.
( ) Is there any prop damage i.e. cracks, nicks?
( ) Is propeller properly attached? Facing correct direction and installed about the 2-3
    o’clock position upon the compression stroke.
( ) Does engine have proper (needs definition) muffler?
( ) Is engine mounted securely to engine mount?
( ) Is throttle arm and pushrod connection secure?
( ) Is glow plug correct length, type, and installed tightly against it’s compression ring?
( ) Is engine mount securely mounted to fuselage?
( ) Are all engine components secure? Lock washers - Locktite - etc. Notice if there is
    any oily black residue on or near the engine mounting screws/bolts, or muffler mount
    as this is a sure sign that something is loose, or metal-to-metal rubbing against each
( ) Is there any apparent damage to fuel lines.
( ) Is fuel tank isolated from vibration?
( ) Fuel lines should not be too long to be caught in prop. Also the fuel draw line should
     be as short as possible with a slight amount of slack, to maximize fuel draw. Is there
     a fuel filter installed?
( ) Check to see that the fuel tank clunk falls freely.
( ) Is fuel tank mounted correctly in relation to engine needle valve? Center of fuel tank
     centered or within 1/2" of needle valve gives optimum performance.
( ) Is there an engine kill switch?
( ) Is cowl secure?

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