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Pre-Takeoff Briefing

Source: www.pilotworkshop.com/tips/pre-takeoff-briefing, Featuring Bob Martens

Subscriber question:

"What are the important items that should be covered with passengers in a pre-takeoff briefing?" - Carmen J.

Bob:

"I'm a huge fan of thorough pre-takeoff briefings. Every flight in the military starts with one and they have a pretty good safety record!

I'd include all of the following items. First, aircraft familiarization:

  • Operation of aircraft doors and windows
  • Location and use of fire extinguishers
  • Use of onboard oxygen systems
  • Use of seat belts and shoulder harnesses
  • Seat positions and adjustments
  • Location of survival gear
  • Location and use of heating/cooling vents

In-flight areas:

  • Sterile cockpit
  • Engine failure on takeoff
  • Access and use of flight controls
  • Transfer of controls
  • Secure loose items

Post-flight:

  • Aircraft egress in case of emergency
  • Order and method of exit

If you discuss these items (with your passengers), you'll come across as professional and you'll be ready for unplanned events."

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