Originally Posted by pilotyoung
Jim, I like your check list but I have a couple of questions.
1. Do you check the fuel level with the stick on every flight? For example, I usually fill mine untl a small amount of fuel runs out the overflow. That way I KNOW it is full. If you do that, do you still stick the fuel.
2. I presume that first canopy latch for taxi is partially open? And the second canopy latch is mtotally closed for takeoff?
3. At what point to you start engine, is it after Master Switch On
4. It seems like a very reasonable checklist.
5. Do you have any other checklists, climb, cruise, descent, pre-landing, etc. I am just curious as to how other pilots are approaching the checklist issues with the RV-12.
Thanks for your help. Because my history of flying jets with much more detailed checklists, I sometimes feel guilty like I am being lazy and leaving something out. So I would like to learn all I can from others on operating a very basic airplane like an RV-12.
1) No, I generally add a fixed number of gallons, unless I want it full. In that case I just wait until I hear/see fuel in the filler neck.
2) I am paranoid about the canopy latch. I check it at least twice (pre-taxi, pre-takeoff) with a random "Did I?" check every now and then.
3) I copied the Van's checklists almost verbatim - MASTER ON is in the PRE-START section, ENGINE START is the next chapter. I don't really like everything about their checklist and I customize my own (which is why I built the app - I found the Dynon Excel-based method cumbersome, but that's just me), but I thought it better to share the Van's version than something I cooked up.
4) Thanks, I think it's a good starting point for building your own list(s).
5) I have copied the Vans Normal Ops, Emergency Procedures, and Performance sections - there are three files in the shared folder, one for eqach chapter. I'm not sure I like having them in separate files, but the Skyview can only hold one at a time. I also didn't like the idea of it being a super-long, one-file setup either. The app makes it pretty easy to make chapters, but I haven't built a function to take separate files and create one big one, so that is an exercise left to the reader.
I'm basically giving the app away and providing the Van's checklists I've already made as samples for use in creating custom checklists that meet individual needs.