As pilots, your safety is our first, second and third priority. Come to think of it, it’s probably our fourth priority, too. With that in mind, we take the physical condition of the aircraft extremely seriously.
Before each flight, in addition to the checks the engineers complete, one of the pilots will always conduct an exterior “walk-around” of the aircraft to ensure that they are happy with its condition.
If you’re a private pilot, you may be surprised to see just how similar the preflight exterior inspection on the 787 Dreamliner is to your light aircraft.
Tyres, engines, hatches and lights all come under close scrutiny before we will accept the aircraft for the flight. After all, when your own life depends on it, you have a vested interest in ensuring that it is safe.
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