Checklist acronyms and sayings

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  1. flyingcheesehead

    flyingcheesehead Touchdown! Greaser!

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    The discussion of "GUMPS" in the complex thread got me thinking about this again. What memory devices do y'all use in the air?

    Here are my favorites:

    GUMPS (of course):

    Gas (tank/pump)
    Undercarriage (down or welded)
    Mixture (rich)
    Prop (full forward as appropriate)
    Switches (landing light, etc.) and Seat Belts

    For a go-around or missed approach:

    Climb it, (Full power, carb heat off, pitch up)
    Clean it, (Flaps, gear, flaps, flaps)
    Cool it, and (Cowl flaps open)
    Call it. ("Podunk Traffic, N12345 going around" or "Muni Tower, N12345 missed")

    Preparing for an approach: PAIN CALL

    Position (Where am I? What am I doing next?)
    ATIS (or AWOS, etc... Get the weather)
    Instruments (Set DG and Altimeter)
    Nav radios (TITS sub-checklist)
    - Tune
    - Identify (switch Nav# on audio panel, verify correct Morse ID)
    - Twist (OBS to proper course)
    - Set Markers (for ILS)
    Com radios (Center/Approach on #1, Tower on standby or Tower/CTAF on #2)
    Approach briefing
    Landing checklist (GUMPS)
    Listen (for approach clearance)

    Callouts for the approach: Localizer alive, Glideslope alive, 500, 200, and 100 feet for each descent, and DH/MAP.

    And, of course, the 5 T's. Turn, Time, Twist, Throttle, Talk.

    My cruise checklist isn't so much a memory device as an "I already have it memorized anyway" type of thing. Trim, Time, Lights, Pump, Power, Mixture, Compass, Cowl flaps. I recite this when I'm done actually doing it to make sure I didn't miss anything. I memorized it because if I pull out a checklist at that point, I seem to always drift high.

    I also do a GUMPS, 5T's, and "Lights, Camera, Action" for takeoff after briefing the takeoff. ("Camera" being the transponder.) On the roll, it's "airspeed alive" and "engine gauges in the green" callouts.

    So, what others do you use? Any callouts?
     
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    See attached.

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    Actually one of my favorites is for an engine failure checklist at altitude, taught to me by a Canadian Airforce instructor (ret.)

    Fracking (not the word he used) - Fuel - selector, pump, primer locked.
    Motor - Mixture
    Can't - Carb heat/alternate air
    Stop - Spark

    Said it comes very naturally when it happens. Worked well when the 172 swallowed a valve during a training flight.

    Joe
     
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    How could we forget AROW?

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    What's that stand for again? :rofl:
     
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    Engine Failure, Multi-engine, as provided by a jump pilot, IIRC:

    Firewall everything
    Undercarriage-up
    Comfirm dead engine
    Kill dead engine

    Mags off
    Electrical off (alternators & switches)


    The acronym is obvious, and usually already being chanted, shouted, whatever.
     
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    OMG, that's a great one. I have to use that.
     
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    i love it! will begin teaching that to all of my students
     
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    Are there mnemonics to remember mnemonics?
     
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    Wow. :eek:
     
  17. Gary

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    Seems as though the acronyms I use most are VISA or M/C. :(

    Gary
     
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    No kidding.

    I find it so much easier to just know the actual sequence of events blindfolded and by touch. When X happens, I do 12345 in that order. When Y happens, I do 6873 in that order. The convoluted acronymns just mess me up and eat up time trying to remember what the second duplicated letter in a strange disconnected word is supposed to be.

    Besides, I have yet to run across two instructors in a row that want me to use the same acronymn and they get annoyed when I use the wrong one for the same exact steps.
     
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    Six approaches
    Holding
    Intercepting
    Tracking

    "If you haven't done **** for six months, you can't fly IFR"
     
  20. flyingcheesehead

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    Oooh, forgot that one. ALARMS:

    Airspeed - Vg
    Landing area - choose
    Airstart - attempt to restart in the air. Mixture, mags, carb heat, fuel tank
    Radios - 121.5 and 7700
    Mayday - broadcst
    Secure aircraft - mixture cutoff, mags off, master off, fuel off
     
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    All very good acronyms already posted, but I'll post this one that I learned from a CFI for the take-off checklist (don't take offense pelase):

    Transponder
    Instruments
    Time
    Strobes

    Enjoy,
    Jason
     
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    You got my drift! I used some during training. As you say, somtimes required by instructors. But usefullness faded as the hours built. You can spend more time remembering the aid and its meaning.
     
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    Well, since that's the same as the sub-checklist for the nav radios on an instrument approach, I guess you could say that pilots like TITS. :yes: :rofl:
     
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    I always used ABCD

    Airspeed
    Best Field
    Cockpit Check
    Distress Call