Airborne Aviation Daily Inspections

A daily inspection must be carried out on the aircraft before the first flight of the day.

Schedule 5 of the Civil Aviation Regulations details the items that are required to be checked. Additionally, the aircraft flight manual may contain additional check items.

Daily Inspection Items

Civil Aviation Regulations (CAR) Schedule 5:

  1. Check that the ignition switches are off, the mixture control is lean or cut off, the throttle is closed and the fuel selector is on.
  2. Check that the propeller blades are free from cracks, bends and detrimental nicks, that the propeller spinner is secure and free from cracks, that there is no evidence of oil or grease leakage from the propeller hub or actuating cylinder and that the propeller hub, where visible, has no evidence of any defect which would prevent safe operation.
  3. Check that the induction system and all cooling air inlets are free from obstruction.
  4. Check that the engine, where visible, has no fuel or oil leaks and that the exhaust system is secure and free from cracks.
  5. Check that the oil quantity is within the limits specified by the manufacturer for safe operation and that the oil filler cap, dipstick and inspection panels are secure.
  6. Check that the engine cowlings and cowl flaps are secure.
  7. Check that the landing gear tyres are free from cuts or other damage, have no plies exposed and, by visual inspection, are adequately inflated.
  8. Check that the landing gear oleo extensions are within normal static limits and that the landing gear doors are secure.
  9. Check that the wing and fuselage surfaces are free from damage and that the inspection panels, flight control surfaces and flight control devices are secure.
  10. Check that the interplane and centre section struts are free from damage and that the bracing wires are of the correct tension.
  11. Check that the pitot heads and static ports are free from obstruction and that the pitot cover is removed or is free to operate.
  12. Check that the fuel tank filler caps, chains, vents and associated access panels are secure and free from damage.
  13. Check that the empennage surfaces are free from damage and that the control surfaces control cables and control rods, where visible, are secure.
  14. Check that the canard surfaces are free from damage and that the control surfaces, control cables and control rods, where visible, are secure.
  15. Check that the flight controls, the trim systems and the high lift devices operable from the ground have full and free movement in the correct sense.
  16. Check that the radios and antennae are secure and that where visible, radio units and interwiring are secure.
  17. Check that the drain holes are free from obstruction.
  18. Check that there is no snow, frost or ice on the wings, tail surfaces, canards, propeller or windscreen.
  19. Check that each tank sump and fuel filter is free from water and foreign matter by draining a suitable quantity of fuel into a clean transparent container.
  20. Check that the windscreen is clean and free from damage.
  21. Check that the instruments are free from damage, legible and secure.
  22. Check that the seat belts, buckles and inertia reels are free from damage, secure and functioning correctly.

If you have any questions about performing a daily inspection please consult your flying instructor.


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