Cessna Preflight Exterior Inspection

Cessna preflight exterior inspection

NOTE**the following information is a general inspection tool. You should use the POH preflight inspection check list that is issued by the aircraft manufacture for the aircraft in which you are flying.

Visually inspect the aircraft for general condition during the walk around.

In cold weather, remove even small accumulations of frost, ice or snow from wing, tail and control surfaces.
Also be sure all control surfaces contain no internal accumulations of ice or debris.

If night flight is planned, check operation of all lights, and make sure a flash light is available.

Check aircraft documents (AROW) A – Airworthiness Certificate, R – Registration,
O – Pilot Operating Handbook (specifically the Operating Limitations),
W – Weight and Balance.

1) Start in the front left seat. Set parking brake
A) Remove control wheel lock and Pitot cover.
B) Check ignition switch off.
C) Turn on master switch and check fuel quantity indicators and lower flaps.
D) Check fuel selector valve on both.
E) Turn on all lights and pitot heat.
F) Check pitot heat and lights to be working.
G) Turn off pitot heat, lights and master
H) Check baggage door for security.

2) Tail section.
A) Remove rudder gust lock, if installed.
B) Disconnect tail tie down.
C) Check control surfaces for freedom of movement and security (Check all connection nuts, keys and cables).
D) Check counter weights
E) Stabilizer leading edge
F) Check antennas.

3) Right wing.
A) Check Ailerons for freedom of movement and security (Check all connection nuts, keys and cables).
B) Disconnect wing tie down.
C) Check main wheel and tire for proper inflation and leaking fluids.
D) Before the first flight of the day and after each refueling, use fuel sampler cup to drain a small quantity of fuel from the tank sump quick drain valve to check for water, sediment, and proper fuel color.
E) Visually check fuel quantity; then check to be sure fuel filler cap is secure.
F) Check wing leading edge and strut.

4) Engine area.
A) Check oil level. Refer to your aircraft manual for required quantity.
B) Before the first flight of the day and after each refueling, pull out the fuel strainer drain for about 4 seconds to clear fuel strainer of any water or sediments. Check strainer valve to be closed. If water is observed, the fuel system may contain additional water. Further draining will be required.
C) Check the propeller and spinner for nicks and security.
D) Check belts for tightness.
E) Check air inlet for obstructions and cleanliness.
F) Check nose wheel tire for proper inflation and any leakage.
G) Check static source opening.
H) Check cowling to be secure.

5) Left wing
A) Check main wheel tire for proper inflation and leakage.
B) Before the first flight of the day and after each refueling, use fuel sampler cup to drain a small quantity of fuel from the tank sump quick drain valve to check for water, sediment, and proper fuel color.
C) Visually check fuel quantity; then check to be sure fuel filler cap is secure.
D) Remove Pitot tube cover, if installed, and check pitot tube for stoppage.
E) Check fuel tank vent opening for stoppage.
F) Check stall warning vent opening for stoppage.
G) Disconnect wing tie down.
H) Check Ailerons and flaps for freedom of movement and security (Check all connection nuts, keys and cables).
I) check leading edge.

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The Cessna Super Hawk is one of the most technically advanced aircraft of it’s kind. All of the instruments installed

in the Suoer Hawk was performed by Hawk Avionics of Calhoun, GA You can visit them at www.hawkav.com

I want to invite you to leave a commit below to let us know what you think of the Super Hawk.

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The Garmin G600

click here to play the demo video of the Garmin G600 in action.

The following video is an example of an instrument approach using the Garmin G600 which is installed the Super Hawk. This equipment was installed by Hawk Avionics of Calhoun, GA The Garmin G600takes all the guess work out of flying. If you would like to personally test the Garmin,  the Avidyne EX 600, the Auracle CRM2100 or any of the instruments in the Super Hawk you can contact me at tommy@privatepilotinsider.com to schedule a demo flight.

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Which way should you go?

     Grandpa may have told you in the past that the quickest way between two points is a direct line. The route with the least amount of turns can prove to be the fastest. If you are a fan of Nascar you will notice as the drivers round the track they will ride high on the straight away and down low on the turns. In doing this it enables the drivers to take the turns quicker. Turns are a requirement of Nascar but not so in aviation.

     If we choose to take the direct route on a trip from point A to point B is that necessarily wrong? No, but is it always right? No again. For the answer to this we ask Matt Conway, chief flight instructor of American Flyers of Atlanta located at the KPDK airport.

     On the topic of “Advanced Navigation” Matt notes several factors in which need to be considered when developing a cross country flight plan. 1. Route planning 2. Check points 3. Altitudes 4. Airspace avoidance


      When choosing a heading and altitude you should note the winds aloft at several different altitudes along your planned route of flight. You will not only want to check winds on your route but off the route as well. For example, let’s say your route took you on an easterly heading of 090 degrees and the winds aloft at 8000’ were 310@20kts. You may, (depending on the terrain and airspace of course) find that flying a lower altitude to a check point north east of your route then intercepting a higher altitude for the remainder of the trip will not only produce a quicker ETA but also due to the tail wind you will have on your second leg will also reduce fuel usage as well.

     Be sure to also consider other factors such as weather, MOA’S, restricted areas, mountainous terrain, airspace and any other factor which may affect your travels. Always remember, It is much easier to plan on the ground and make small adjustments in the air then to try to figure it out at 8000’.

Tommy Eldridge

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Transitioning through Atlanta Hartsfields class bravo.

Hello and welcome to Private Pilot Insider. In this video you can come and ride with us as we take the “Super Hawk” through the Atlanta Hartsville-Jackson airports class bravo airspace on our way to the EAA chapter 38’s Saturday morning breakfast at Warner Robins field in Perry, GA. Hawk Avionics of Calhoun, GA has designed and installed all of the latest electronic equipment available. This equipment enabled us to keep an eye on every airplane arriving at and departing from Atlanta’s class B airspace giving us double protection over top of approach control. The Garmin 600 helped me to keep my altitude and air speed very accurate. The Avidyne EX600 helped me to keep track of the precise location including the altitude of all aircraft. It is truly well worth its weight in gold in collision avoidance. Add in the AuRacle CRM2100 on board engine monitoring system and my airplane nearly fly’s it’s self. All of this equipment is available for sale and installation by Hawk Avionics. If you would like to test this equipment for yourself contact me and schedule a test flight to see for yourself first hand. Do you want to fly the Super Hawk? E-mail me at tommy@privatepilotinsider.com

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Avidyne EX600 MFD with a TAS Traffic system

Avidyne’s EX600 delivers easy-to-use, datalink-ready multifunction display capability for general aviation airplanes & helicopters. 

Receive a FREE MLB700 when you buy a new
EX600 MFD with a TAS Traffic system! ($4,745 value)

This promotion is only valid until 3/31/2011

Contact Sean Hachem of Hawk Avionics at

to schedule a demo of these systems in the SuperHawk.

The EX600 keeps you connected with the complete weather picture, allowing you to view datalink graphical weather information that is seamlessly integrated with your flight plan moving map, lightning, traffic, and terrain display.

The EX600 features an all-new, high-resolution, sunlight-readable transflective color liquid-crystal display that provides the brightest, most versatile big-screen display available. With over 40% more pixels than our previous-generation MFD, and an incredibly wide viewing angle, the EX600 provides the look and feel of big-screen MFDs.

All EX600s include CMax™, providing a world-wide library of geo-referenced approach charts and airport diagrams that help you manage and access critical flight information and reduce the amount of paper required on board your aircraft.
Utilizing Jeppesen’s trusted JeppView™ Electronic Airway Manual, CMax makes accessing an approach or viewing an airport diagram a breeze. At startup, your departure airport chart is automatically loaded for ease of orientation, especially at unfamiliar fields. Your destination airport diagram and the list of available approaches are automatically loaded at the time your flight plan is entered. Charts can also be loaded for nearby airports along your route from the Trip Page using the EX600’s Auto-Fill™.

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Is it time to replace that Instrument Panel?

Over time the instrument panel of any aircraft or practically anything for that matter will deteriorate with age. Factory replacement panels can prove to be very costly not to mention putting you right back in the position to have to replace it again in a few years. Panel Pro™ has developed a revolutionary machine which cut instrument panels with great precision.  


The Panel Pro™ is a computer controlled router optimized for aluminum sheet metal 1/8″ thick. It is at home in avionics shops, Completion centers, or any where complex routing is required. It has an x axis (width) travel of 56 inches, y axis (height) travel of 24 inches, and a z axis (up and down) travel of 2.5 inches. With multiple passes, aluminum as thick as 1/2″ can be cut.

The primary intended material is aluminum alloys, however any material that is free machining and suitable for fast spindle speeds and light cuts will work just fine. Plastics such as Plexiglas cut very readily. Woods can be cut, but there is a coolant system to flush chips away, and at the present, no vacuum system. Even dead soft aluminum can be machined by slowing Z plunge rate pneumatics and x/y axis feed rates. The coolant system lubricates the end mill to keep material from building up on it.

Move resolution is .0001968 of an inch (in layman’s terms, just around two ten thousands of an inch). The lead screws have a maximum error of +/- .004″ per foot. The accuracy of cut lines is affected to some degree by the flexing of the 1/8 inch carbide end mill. Using a rough and fine cut, hole diameters can be held to better than .002″ with a very light burr and good surface finish. Each Panel Pro™ 5624a is laser measured for lead screw accuracy and stored in a file. This file is used to zero out lead screw error. The 5624 has hard stops on the right side so that the squareness can be checked and reset easily.

While Instrument panels are it’s specialty, the Panel Pro™ is equally at home fabricating brackets, doublers, switch and connector plates, flat pattern mounting trays, and even honeycomb material. Optional engraving hardware is available. You can use the Panel Pro™to digitize panels with the measure pro accessory.

Let Panel Pro take the guess work out of your next instrument panel and let Hawk Aviation Maintenance help you with your panel. The staff at Hawk Aviation Maintenance is highly trained with The Panel Pro and can design, Fabricate and install your next panel. Give them a call at 706-659-4254 or visit them on the web at http://hawkav.com/index.html

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A new video of “The Super Hawk”


This Cessna super Hawk is of the most technically advanced aircrafts around. Sporting a  Avidyne EX600 MFD, Avidyne TWX670 Color Lightning System, Garmin GNS 430 with WAAS, Garmin SL30 NAV/COMM, Garmin GTX 327 Transponder Garmin G600 Glass Panel, Avidyne TAS600 Active Traffic System
Avidyne MLB700 Datalink Weather (with Sirius), Garmin GMA 347 Audio Panel, AuRACLE CRM 2100 Glass Panel Engine Monitor, Aerospace Logic FL-100 Fuel Gauge

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EAA chapter 976 in Carrollton, GA

EAA Chapter 976 was formed in the latter part of 1990, but the idea went back a little before that time. You see, Al Fowler taught a Sunday School Class in Douglasville and guess who happened to be in that class. That’s right, Tom Howard, Hal Coonley and Don Bowlick. They say that the Chapter was not planned in that class, but no one really believes them. It was in that class along with several flying trips that EAA Chapter 976 was hatched. Chuck Pease and Hal Coonley volunteered the use of the Possom Works at W. Ga. Regional Airport for chapter meetings and Tom Howard was the connection with EAA National.

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Cessna Super Hawk

Cessna SuperHawk   (Click image to play)

Hawk Aviation was founded from a desire to provide a first class maintenance service. We recognized a deficiency in the corporate and general aviation marketplace, particularly in the field of avionics. We also understood the inherent value in a full-service maintenance company – one that could fulfill all the customer’s needs at one location.

We specialize in troubleshooting and repairing difficult problems in avionics and aircraft systems. We use mil-spec and commercial grade components whenever possible for highly reliable avionics installations.

We are working hard to set a new standard of excellence in the aviation maintenance field. Let us know what problems we can help you solve today! We look forward to exceeding your expectations soon.

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