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.
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stan Alexander, NASA's president sent me a pre-flight check list originally compiled by
Lee Dargue that was previously published in Replica.
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 pilots identifiation, AMA number, telephone # and address in
( ) Check for any visible cracks or tears
ENGINE AND FUEL TANK AREA
( ) 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
oclock 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 its compression
( ) Is engine mount securely mounted to fuselage?
( ) Are all engine components secure? Lock washers - Locktite - etc. Notice if
any oily black residue on or near the engine mounting screws/bolts, or
as this is a sure sign that something is loose, or metal-to-metal rubbing
( ) 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?