Fuel and oil quantity checks may be
performed prior to Exterior Check to
preclude carrying a ladder and fuel sample
preflight. During warm weather, open fuel
caps slowly to prevent being sprayed by
fuel under pressure.
1. Fuel sample Check collective fuel sample
from all drains for possible contamination.
Refer to Chapter 2 for locations.
All exterior check areas are illustrated in
8A-14. LEFT WING, AREA 1.
1. Left wing Check as follows:
*a. General condition Check for skin
damage such as buckling, splitting,
distortion, dents, or fuel leaks.
b. Flaps Check for full extension or
retraction (approximately 1/4-inch play)
and skin damage, such as buckling,
splitting, distortion, or dents.
c. Fuel sump drains Check for leaks.
d. Ailerons and trim tab Check security
and trim tab rig.
e. Static wicks Check security and
f. Wing tip and position lights Check
condition and for cracked lens.
h. Outboard wing fuel vent Check free of
obstruction and for fuel leakage.
*i. Main tank fuel and cap Check fuel
level, condition of seal, cap tight and
properly installed. Locking tab aft.
j. Outboard deice boot Check for secure
bonding, cracks, loose patches, and stall
k. Stall warning vane Check free.
*l. Tiedown Released.
m. Wing ice light Check condition.
n. Recessed and heated fuel vents Check
free of obstructions.
2. Left main landing gear Check as follows:
*a. Tires Check for cuts, bruises, wear,
appearance of proper inflation, wheel
condition, and that both tires have the
same tread design.
b. Brake assembly Check brake lines for
damage or signs of leakage and brake
linings for wear. Also check the brake
deice assembly and bleed air hose for
condition and security.
*c. Shock strut Check for signs of leakage,
minimum strut extension (5.5 inches),
and that left and right extension is
d. Torque knee Check condition.
e. Safety switch Check condition, wire,
f. Fire extinguisher pressure Check
pressure within limits (Chapter 2).
g. Wheel well, doors, and linkage Check
for signs of leakage, broken wires,
security, and general condition.
h. Fuel sump drains Check for leaks.
3. Left engine and propeller Check as
A cold oil check is unreliable. Oil should
stopping engine. If more than 10 minutes
40 seconds, then recheck. If more than
10 hours have elapsed, run engine for
2 minutes, then recheck. Add oil as
required. Do not overfill.
*a. Engine oil Check oil level, normally no
more than 3 quarts low, cap secured,
and locking tab aft.
b. Engine compartment, left side Check
for fuel and oil leaks, security of oil cap,
door, and general condition. Lock
compartment access door.
c. Left cowl locks Locked.
d. Left exhaust stub Check for cracks and
free of obstructions.
e. Propeller blades and spinner Check
blade condition, deice boot, security of
spinner, and free propeller rotation.