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I've also never heard the term "transit check" but will do a slightly reduced check between my own sorties - eg, skipping fuel contamination. I would do a full check on my first flight (perhaps as the previous person is getting out of the aircraft).

A side note - little point in checking for fuel contamination straight after re-fueling as the action of refueling will stir up the tank.
So I would do a contamination check if it has been sitting any length of time since fueling (such as first flight of the day).
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T6Harvard wrote:I'd thought the oil level check was the crucial one :)

Have you looked at the dipstick immediately after a flight? The oil will be almost clear even if it was quite black beforehand, and the level will be a) almost impossible to see and b) wrong, as it won't all have drained into the sump.

Next time try it.

Top tip: don't burn yourself. :D
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Yes, I understand that the oil does not drain back from the engine very quickly but best part of an hour after shut down I thought it was a good idea. After all, I have to check it at 10.30 am just after it landed with another eager student on board...

Oil in engine = vital. It's been drummed into me (see what I did there?)

You live and learn :D
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VRB_20kt wrote:Hot engine oil drains back to the sump of a small Continental quite fast enough to measure after you've parked for a few minutes and given the permitted oil consumption of them I for one am not about to stop checking.

Same with me and my Lycoming.

Has anyone mentioned checking the prop for nicks or is that just me being paranoid? :D
Transit Check is a pretty widely-used term. But it is also very broad in its definition. It covers anything from an A-Check(-] to 'kick the tyres and light the fires.'

For me; do a 360 slow walk round the aeroplane to ensure that it looks OK (ie, nothing has fallen off or become deflated, broken or bent since you last looked); check the fuel and if you don’t dip the oil then at least check for oil loss. Oil, like blood, makes a surprisingly large mess per unit volume. So an oil leak is usually pretty obvious in terms of streaking or dripping. If in doubt, dip.
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