WSSA Pre-Takeoff Checks

Before taking runway:

Ballast – Checked (as required)
Parachute & Steat Belts – Fastened
Cockpit Instruments – Checked (left to right)
Wheel Brake – check pressure
Trim – Set
Airspeed & Vario – 0
Flight Computer – ON Audio – High
Altimeter – Field Altitude (4200FT)
Radio – Set / AWOS / Check w/Tow Plane
Gear – Down (if equipped)
Tow Rope – Connected

Pulling onto runway

Tow Rope – no knots
Pattern – Clear
Wheel Brake – Check
Wind Sock – Check direction and speed
Emergency Procedures – review aloud

Stopped on Runway

Canopies – Closed, latched, and checked (3 steps!)
Controls – Check
FOO – Thumbs Up (lifts wing)
Rudder – Wag
Airbrakes – Check closed and locked

ALM Unicom 122.8
ALM AWOS 127.825
HMN Twr 119.3
ABQ FSS 122.2


By Tom Krajci