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No Pre-Flight? Nobody's That Good!

By Bob Mackey, Vice President, Falcon Insurance Agency, Inc.

I took 95 percent of my flight training while attending Southern Illinois University. Southern was a great pace to go to college and their flight training programs were, and still are, outstanding. One day, while I was working on my commercial license, I asked my best friend, who was working on his flight instructor rating, if he wanted to go flying. For the most part I was just building time while practicing chandelles, lazy-8s, and other commercial maneuvers. He said sure and we headed out to the airport.

Once there I handled the paperwork and we headed out onto the ramp to locate our chosen airplane, one I knew extremely well from my training and the flying team practices. I did a record quick walk-around and quickly got climbed in. Once inside I totally ignored the checklist and went about firing up the airplane. Radio on, contact ground, and we were off to the runway.

Suddenly, the engine quit. I gave the engine a quick shot with the primer and began cranking away…nothing. About this time my friend suggested I try using the checklist. Something told me to listen. I grabbed the checklist and went down it item by item…right up to: fuel level in the ON position. Of course it wasn't.

Flying is very safe if you have a safe attitude. Always carefully checking the weather and obtaining up-to-date NOTAM information, doing a thorough pre-flight and using a checklist are essential if you want to be safe. Nobody's that good that they can skip using a checklist.

Regardless of whether you rent, borrow, or own your own airplane the EAA Aircraft Insurance Plan and the EAA Non-Owned (Renters) Aircraft Insurance Plan are designed for the flying EAA members do. Everyday EAA members save money on their aircraft insurance because at Falcon Insurance Agency we are making sure they are getting the best price on the right aircraft insurance for the flying they are doing.

Call us at 866-647-4EAA, or visit us on the web at www.eaainsurance.org to submit an online quote request form.

EAA INSURANCE TIPS is a special EAA Member benefit. If you have an insurance related topic you’d like to see addressed or if you have any comments, please email bmackey@falconinsurance.com. If you need an insurance quotation call 866-647-4EAA (4322).

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