Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:03 am
This is a completely true story.
One day I went to fly an aircraft that had come back from maintenance that morning, I set off on a checkA and half way through discovered a wingtip was incorrectly installed and was rubbing the aileron, I went off to find the CFI and point it out to him.
“yours is the 3rd flight of the day, it’s had 2 other checkA” was the reply.
“That may be true, but I’m not flying it like that, a jammed aileron might be too exciting for me, if you want to find me a screwdriver I’ll fix it if you like, but I’m not flying it like that”
it got fixed.
I also turned up to fly our Cherokee one day after another pilot, pushed the stabilator (elevator)sideways and it went “clonk”. Said to the other pilot “oh dear, did it do that before your flight”, and he said “dunno, I don’t usually check for end float on that.” (It’s a required check)
Mind you, it wasn’t until I was preflightung with another pilot that I found out about checking the counterbalances in the wing tips on a PA28, had never been shown them before.
I got into an RV once flown by a very experienced pilot and LAA inspector, I had 100% faith in him, but couldn’t shake off the feeling I hadn’t pre flighted it.
No way would I fly an aircraft I hadn’t preflighted myself or where I have full trust in the person who did. No way would I fly an aircraft after a transit check if the person who did the CheckA was a student! (even when I was a student myself)