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Importance of Pre-Flight Checks

Good Night Pre-flight Check?

The Cessna 150 pilot was planning local night circuits. Immediately after takeoff, he experienced attitude control problems. Only with the control column fully forward could he maintain level flight. He declared an emergency and managed to complete one circuit landing with the emergency response crew standing by.

The emergency crew removed the 85-pound cement tie-down weight that was still attached to the tail.

Originally Published: 4/1996
Original Article: Just Briefly - Good Night Pre-flight Check?