2 The Captain Aircraft Captain. On any aircraft, there must be one person in charge who,however well his crew are doing their jobs,is the one to take charge in an emergency.That person is theAircraft Captain.Any member of an aircraft crewmay be appointed as the captain,but this appointment is most often heldby the pilot.
3 The Captain The most important quality of the Captain of an aircraft isLEADERSHIP.It is the Captain’s responsibility to ensure that:He and his creware fully prepared for the flight.have read and understoodall of the relevant order books.
4 The Captain The most important quality of the Captain of an aircraft isLEADERSHIP.It is the Captain’s responsibility to ensure that:All necessary information to ensurethe safe navigation of the aircrafthas been obtained.Serviceability checks have been madeon personal safety equipment itemsby each individual user.
5 The Captain The most important quality of the Captain of an aircraft isLEADERSHIP.It is the Captain’s responsibility to ensure that:Where passengers are carried,they are fully briefed.On a transport aircraft,the Captain will normally delegate thisresponsibility to the Air Loadmaster.
6 Flight Preparation Flight Planning requires knowledge of: The weather conditions at the timeand a forecast of how the weatheris likely to change during the flight.ATC clearance.Details of available diversion airfieldsand restricted airspace’sin the region of the flight.Navigation pre-calculationsand preparation of maps and charts.
7 Flight Preparation BRIEFINGS “Self briefings” enable the Pilot/Nav to use Met and ATC informationdisplayed in the Ops/flight planning roomto complete the flight planand prepare maps and charts.Many units hold a mass briefingfor all aircrew at the start of the day’s flying;the Sqn OC, ATC, Wx and other departmentsbrief crews on their areas.
8 Flight Preparation BRIEFINGS Passenger briefings vary but typically include:That the captain of the aircraft is in command,irrespective of rank, whilst in flight.Use of safety straps, crash & ditching positions.Escape hatches & dinghy positions.Fitting oxygen masks & operating the oxygenflow controls.Fitting and operate parachutes.Smoking & naked flame rules when applicable.Operating R/T communication equipment.
9 Flight Preparation Authorisation Formal authorisation is required before every flight.This is normally done by the Flightor Squadron Commander in theFlight Authorisation Book (Form 3562).In the event of an accidentor breach of flying discipline,the relevant form 3562 will be impoundedby the investigating authority.
10 Flight Preparation Authorisation The Captain also signs the Form 705, to certify that:Flight servicing has been carried out.The aircraft is shown as serviceable.Time before the next scheduled servicing is sufficient.The quantities of fuel, oil, oxygen andarmament are sufficient for the flight.They are aware of work done on the aircraftsince its last flight.It has been signed by theFlight Services Co-ordinator.
11 Pre-Flight Checks On approaching the aircraft the pilot will note: Position in relation to other aircraftPosition in relation to obstructionsRoutes to the taxiwayFODWhether clear to start enginesCondition of groundAircraft is properly chockedAids to starting engines properly positionedStarting crew & fire extinguishers in place
12 Pre-Flight Checks Detailed checks for the type of aircraft will be found in theAircrew Manualfor the type of aircraft,but will normally include:External checks.Cockpit checks before starting engines.Warming up and running up (piston engines).Pre-take off checks.
13 Pre-Flight Checks Checks may often be in “card” form and are “called off” to the pilotby another crew memberby challenge and response.Checks are a pre-requisite of every flight.They are integral to the team work that goesinto preparing the aircraft and crew for flight.They are the final steps in ensuringthat all is ready for take off.
14 Pre-Flight Checks The pilot will usually check – Inside the cockpit to ensurethe brakes are on and switches are off.The fuselage, wings & tail plane surfacesfor signs of damage, ice, fuel or oil leaks etc.,and check fastenings of inspection panels.The pitot head & static vent covers,engine covers & blanking plates are removed.The external control & undercarriage locks.The undercarriage for serviceability,noting signs of damage or excessive wearin tyres and wheels.
15 Pre-Flight Checks Before starting engines, the Captain must check that his starting creware in place with fire extinguishers at hand,and the crew and passengersare correctly seated and strapped in.He will then check the cockpit to ensurethat fuel and other services requiredare switched on.The undercarriage is selected downand is shown as being locked down.The brakes are locked on and pressurisedand the engines are switched as required.
16 Pre-Flight Checks The pilot will then indicate the engines are ready to be started by shouting“All clear for starting?”.The Ground crew will then check it is clear.The pilot then repeats thisbefore starting the engine.
17 Check of Understanding Whose duty is it to ensure that a crewis properly prepared for a flight?The station commanderThe crew chiefThe air loadmasterThe aircraft captain
18 Check of Understanding Who is responsible for serviceability checkson personal safety equipment items?The crew chiefThe captainThe individualThe flight safety officer
19 Check of Understanding Who is responsible for ensuring thatany passengers are briefed before a flight?The crew chiefThe air loadmasterThe captainThe movements officer
20 Check of Understanding When pilots or navigators useinformation displayed in the flight planning roomto do their flight planningit is known as:Team briefingSelf briefingMass briefingSolo briefing
21 Check of Understanding Following an aircraft accidentor breach of flying discipline,Which RAF Form is impounded bythe investigating authority?F700F3562F705F3822
22 Check of Understanding During pre-flight checks a captain will ensurethat the starter crew are in placewith which of the following close at hand?Spare fuelEar defendersFire extinguishersSafety equipment
23 Check of Understanding Which of the following formsdoes an aircraft captain signbefore flight and after flight?F700F705F3562F3822
24 Check of Understanding Where would you find detailed checklistsfor a particular aircraft type?The aircraft manualThe aircrew manualThe flight manualIn the F700