You’re comfortable in your plane but are all your passengers at the same ease? With communicating these 6 SAFETY points, you can prepare for your flight, while keeping your passengers informed.
Seat belt fastened?
Under FAR 91.107(a)(1), the pilot in command is responsible for ensuring that every passenger is briefed on how to fasten and unfasten the seatbelt.
Assess the weather conditions
There are so many resources available to assess any pertinent weather that may affect your flight route. Share a back-up plan in case you hit unexpected weather.
File a flight plan
If you’re required to file a flight plan, definitely do so! If not required, it is still recommended to file one to help search and rescue find you if you haven’t shown up on time.
Emergency equipment packed?
Do you have enough life vests for your passengers? Depending on your aircraft and its operation, you may be required to have a life raft(s) with rated capacity and buoyancy for all of your passengers. The FAA now requires a life raft on-board for flights over 50 miles overwater operations for Parts 121, 125 and 135 aircraft and for Part 91.501 over 100 miles overwater.
Review and perform your preflight checklist before every flight, manually checking fuel, oil, and the tires. Explain your safety checklists and why you keep them within reach.
Your evacuation plan
Plan out and communicate with your passengers what to do in an emergency situation. If you need to crash land, how will you all safely exit the plane? When flying over water, wear your life vest and show where extras are stored.
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