Piper Warrior Checklist

Preflight—Cabin
AROW, Charts................... ON BOARD
Control Wheel Restraint........REMOVE
Radio Switches.............................OFF
Ignition.......................... KEY on DASH
Master Switch................................ ON
Fuel Gages....... CHECK FUEL QUANTs

For Night Operations:
Nav. and Landing Lights........CHECK
Panel and Cabin Lights.........CHECK
Flashlight....................... ON BOARD

For All Operations:
Master Switch...............................OFF
Flaps......................................EXTEND

Preflight—Walk Around
Right Wing:
Right Flap..............................CHECK
Right Aileron.........................CHECK
Wing-Tip, Lights...................CHECK
Right Wing Underside...........CHECK
Right Wing Leading Edge......CHECK
Right Fuel Tank..........CHECK LEVEL
Right Tank Fuel.................. SAMPLE
Fuel Tank Vent.............CHECK OPEN
Tie Down, Chocks..............REMOVE
Right Gear Strut....INFLATED (3–4”)
Tire......... CHECK WEAR, INFLATION
Right Brake..... CHECK PADS/LEAKS

Nose Section:
Windshield............................ CLEAN
Engine Area............... CHECK LEAKS
Oil...........CHECK LEVEL (4 qt. min.)

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Cowling...............................SECURE
Spinner............. CHECK CONDITION
Propeller............CHECK FOR NICKS
Alternator Belt....... CHECK TENSION
Landing Light...... CHECK FILAMENT
Air Inlet.....................CHECK CLEAR
Nose Gear Strut....INFLATED (3–4”)
Tire......... CHECK WEAR, INFLATION
Chocks...............................REMOVE
Exhaust Pipe..............CHECK TIGHT
Brake Fluid.................CHECK LEVEL
Cowling...............................SECURE
Gascolator Valve................ SAMPLE

Preflight—Walk Around (cont.)
Empennage:
Vert. Stabilizer Condition.......CHECK
Stabilator Condition..............CHECK
CONDITION and FREEDOM
Rudder..................................CHECK
Tie Down............................REMOVE
Antennae...............................CHECK
Nav. Light and Beacon..........CHECK

Right Side Fuselage:
General Condition.................CHECK
Underbelly Antennae.............CHECK
Baggage Door.....................SECURE

Winter Operations:

Left Wing:
Left Fuel Tank.............CHECK LEVEL
Left Tank Fuel..................... SAMPLE
Fuel Tank Vent.........................OPEN
Tie Down, Chocks..............REMOVE
Left Gear Strut......INFLATED (3–4”)
Tire......... CHECK WEAR, INFLATION
Left Brake........ CHECK PADS/LEAKS
Stall Warning Flap....................FREE
Pitot Mast Ports........CHECK CLEAR
Left Wing Underside.............CHECK
Left Wing Leading Edge........CHECK
Wing-Tip, Lights...................CHECK
Left Aileron...........................CHECK
Left Flap................................CHECK

Left Side Fuselage:
General Condition.................CHECK
Underbelly Antennae.............CHECK
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Surfaces... FREE (of Ice/Frost/Snow)

Before Starting Engine
Preflight Inspection...........COMPLETE
Flaps............. RETRACT (Entering AC)
Passenger Briefing............COMPLETE
Seats/Belts/Harnesses...........SECURE
Cockpit...............................ORGANIZE
Circuit Breakers............................... IN
Radios and Electrical Switches.....OFF
Anticollision Light Switch............... ON
Fuel Selector..........LEAST FULL TANK
Carb. Heat......................... UP (COLD)
Mixture........................................RICH
Primer...........CHECK IN AND LOCKED
Brakes...........................................SET
Ignition............. KEY in SWITCH—OFF
Vent Window..............................OPEN
Propeller Area.............“CLEAR PROP”
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(cont.)

Starting Engine
Master Switch................................ ON
Booster Pump................................ ON
Fully pump Throttle.......THREE TIMES
Throttle..................... CRACKED OPEN
Starter Switch....................... ENGAGE
Fully pump Throttle.......... AS NEEDED
After start... THROTTLE TO 1000 RPM
Oil Pressure.............................CHECK
Booster Pump...............................OFF
Fuel Pressure...........................CHECK

Before Taxiing
Com Radios..................... ON and SET
Navigation Radios............ ON and SET

Tower Controlled Field:
ATIS...................................RECEIVE
Clearance (If required).......RECEIVE
Taxi Clearance....................RECEIVE
Transponder................SET AND STBY
Altimeter.......................................SET
Attitude Indicator..... CHECK AND SET
VSI.................................CHECK ZERO
Taxi Area.................................. CLEAR
Brakes.................................. RELEASE

Taxiing
Throttle..................... APPLY SLOWLY
Brakes......................................CHECK
Steering...................................CHECK
Heading Indicator... FOLLOWS TURNS
Turn Rate Ind......... FOLLOWS TURNS
Inclinometer..... BALL OUTSIDE TURN
Attitude Ind..........SHOWS NO TURNS

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Engine Run Up
Brakes...........................................SET
Seats/Belts/Harnesses...........SECURE
Flight Controls..... FREE and CORRECT
Flight Instruments......CHECK and SET
Fuel Quantities.................... RECHECK
Booster Pump................................ ON
Fuel Selector...............FULLEST TANK
Booster Pump...............................OFF
Throttle............................. 2,000 RPM
Mixture..........SET 1/2” RICH OF PEAK
Magnetos.................................CHECK
(Max. Drop - 175, Max. Diff. - 50)
Vacuum..............CHECK (5” Hg ±0.1”)
Ammeter..................................CHECK
Oil Temperature........................CHECK
Oil Pressure.............................CHECK
Annunciator Panel Lights.........CHECK
Carb. Heat.....................DOWN (HOT),
....................WATCH FOR RPM DROP
Carb. Heat......................... UP (COLD)
Throttle.............................. 1000 RPM
Flaps.....................................TAKEOFF
Trim......................................TAKEOFF
Door/Vent Window....... CLOSE/LATCH
Radios, Trans. Code............ RECHECK

Before Takeoff
Lights:
Landing Light.............................. ON
Booster Pump............................. ON
Camera:

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Action:
Seat Belts/Harnesses....... RECHECK
Door/Vent Window................ CLOSE

On Takeoff Roll:
Oil Pressure............. CHECK GREEN
Airspeed................................. ALIVE
Accelerate to VR ................. 60 KIAS

Tower Controlled Field:
Takeoff Clearance...............RECEIVE

Uncontrolled Field:
Intentions...................... ANNOUNCE
Traffic Pattern..........................CHECK

Liftoff:
Control Wheel...... BACK PRESSURE
Climb Attitude................ESTABLISH
Airspeed to Vx (flaps).......... 55 KIAS

Beyond Obstacle:

Normal Takeoff
Takeoff Area............................. CLEAR
Airplane................... ON CENTER LINE
Brakes...........................................OFF
Throttle...............FULL OPEN & HOLD

Airspeed to Vy .................... 79 KIAS
Flaps..................RETRACT SLOWLY
Airspeed (En route)....... 80–90 KIAS
Mixture.......... ADJUST with ASCENT

Soft-Field Takeoff

On Takeoff Roll:
Oil Pressure............. CHECK GREEN
Airspeed................................. ALIVE
Accelerate to VR ................. 55 KIAS

Liftoff:
Control Wheel...... BACK PRESSURE
Climb Airspeed.................... 70 KIAS

Short-Field Takeoff
Flaps...................... 2ND NOTCH (25°)
Trim..............................................SET
Carb. Heat......................CHECK COLD
Takeoff Area............................. CLEAR
Airplane.................. ON CENTER LINE,
USING MAXIMUM AVAILABLE RWY
Brakes...................................... APPLY
Throttle.............................FULL OPEN
Brakes.................................. RELEASE

Transponder . ............ SET TO “ALT”
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Flaps...................... 2ND NOTCH (25°)
Trim..............................................SET
Control Wheel...................FULL BACK
Brakes............... NONE THROUGHOUT
Takeoff Area............................. CLEAR
Airplane............................ ROLLING—
LINE UP ON CENTER LINE
Throttle......... FULL OPEN SMOOTHLY

Soft-Field Takeoff Roll:
Oil Pressure............. CHECK GREEN
Airspeed................................. ALIVE
Control Wheel.......... REDUCE BACK
PRESSURE TO HOLD PITCH

Soft-Field Liftoff:
Control Wheel........................ PUSH
FORWARD PRESSURE AFTER
MAINS LEAVE RUNWAY
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(cont.)

Straight and Level..........ESTABLISH
Airspeed to Vx (flaps).......... 55 KIAS

Soft-Field Climb Out:
Positive Climb................ESTABLISH
Airspeed to Vy .................... 79 KIAS
Flaps..................RETRACT SLOWLY
Airspeed (En route)....... 80–90 KIAS
Mixture.......... ADJUST with ASCENT

Cruise Setup
Altitude.................. ESTABLISH LEVEL
Airspeed.............. ESTABLISH CRUISE
Power.................... 2300 to 2550 RPM
Booster Pump...............................OFF
Fuel Pressure...........................CHECK
Mixture........... LEAN to RICH-of-PEAK
Trim.......................................ADJUST
Engine Gages......................MONITOR

Descent
Power................................ as NEEDED
Mixture........... RICHEN with DESCENT

Before Landing
Booster Pump................................ ON
Fuel Selector...............FULLEST TANK
Mixture..........................................SET
Belts/Harnesses..........ON AND TIGHT
Switches.......................................SET
Airspeed.................... SET APPROACH
Flaps........... AS NEEDED (≤103 KIAS)

Normal Landing
GUMPSS................. CHECK ON FINAL
Airspeed (Final)...................... 63 KIAS

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Normal Landing (cont.)

Go Around

NOTE: For crosswinds more than
12 kts, use partial or no flaps and a
little faster approach speed.
Trim..............................................SET
Airplane................CENTER OVER R/W
Throttle..................................RETARD
Controls........KEEP NOSE WHEEL OFF
Touch Down.......................ON MAINS
Brakes.............................. AS NEEDED

Throttle.....................FULL FORWARD
Flaps....................... RETRACT TO 25°
Control Wheel......... CLIMB ATTITUDE
Course.........SHIFT to RIGHT of R/W*

Short Field Landing
Set Up.......... PER NORMAL LANDING
Flaps................................. FULL (40°)
Airspeed (Final)............ VAPP (60 KIAS)
Throttle............. IDLE after OBSTACLE
Touch Down.......................ON MAINS
Brakes........................APPLY HEAVILY
Flaps....................................RETRACT

Soft-Field Landing
Set Up.......... PER NORMAL LANDING
Airspeed....................... VAPP (63 KIAS)
Throttle....... POWER IN UNTIL FLARE
Throttle..................................RETARD
Flaps...................... LEAVE EXTENDED
Controls.................... KEEP NOSE OFF
Touch Down.......................ON MAINS
Brakes........................................NONE
Controls.........FULL BACK PRESSURE

*Unless not advisable

Airspeed..........................VX (55 KIAS)
Flaps....................................RETRACT

After Landing
Airplane......................... OFF RUNWAY
Radios ........................................SET
Transponder . ..................... STANDBY
Booster Pump ..............................OFF
Landing Light . .....OFF (or as Needed)
Flaps.............................................. UP

Tower Controlled Field:
Taxi Clearance....................RECEIVE
Airplane.................. TAXI TO PARKING

Securing Airplane
Radio Switches.............................OFF
Mixture..........................IDLE CUT-OFF
Electrical Switches........................OFF
Master Switch...............................OFF
Ignition Switch . .....OFF and KEY OUT
Control Wheel Restraint.........SECURE
Hobbs/Tach Time..................RECORD
Belts and Harnesses............ARRANGE
Window and Door.......... CLOSE/LOCK
Tie Downs..............................SECURE

© 2008 Don Thompson

© 2008 Don Thompson

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