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Airplane Flying Handbook


Table of Contents

Chapter 1,Introduction to Flight Training
Chapter 2,Ground Operations
Chapter 3,Basic Flight Maneuvers
Chapter 4, Slow Flight, Stalls, and Spins
Chapter 5, Takeoff and Departure Climbs
Chapter 6, Ground Reference Maneuvers
Chapter 7, Airport Traffic Patterns
Chapter 8, Approaches and Landings
Chapter 9, Performance Maneuvers
Chapter 10, Night Operations
Chapter 11,Transition to Complex Airplanes
Chapter 12, Transition to Multiengine Airplanes
Chapter 13,Transition to Tailwheel Airplanes
Chapter 14, Transition to Turbo-propeller Powered Airplanes
Chapter 15,Transition to Jet Powered Airplanes
Chapter 16,Emergency Procedures



Finally, the pilot should always use the procedures in
the manufacturer's checklist for shutting down the
engine and securing the airplane. Some of the important
items include:

  • Set the parking brakes ON.
  • Set throttle to IDLE or 1,000 r.p.m. If turbocharged,
    observe the manufacturer's spool
    down procedure.
  • Turn ignition switch OFF then ON at idle to
    check for proper operation of switch in the OFF
  • Set propeller control (if equipped) to FULL
  • Turn electrical units and radios OFF.
  • Set mixture control to IDLE CUTOFF.
  • Turn ignition switch to OFF when engine stops.
  • Turn master electrical switch to OFF.
  • Install control lock.

A flight is never complete until the engine is shut down
and the airplane is secured. A pilot should consider this
an essential part of any flight.

After engine shutdown and deplaning passengers, the
pilot should accomplish a postflight inspection. This
includes checking the general condition of the aircraft.
For a departure, the oil should be checked and fuel
added if required. If the aircraft is going to be inactive,
it is a good operating practice to fill the tanks to the
top to prevent water condensation from forming.
When the flight is completed for the day, the aircraft
should be hangared or tied down and the flight
controls secured.