End Of Day Checklist
The following checklist has been designed to make it easy not to forget anything, and to keep the gliders in a good condition. A copy is kept in the glider, please adhere to it at the end of every day, and leave the glider in a condition that you would like to find it in. 496 is kept hangared, so there’s less work to do on this list!
- Have you washed the glider?
- Is the parachute in a bag in the clubhouse?
- Are the batteries on charge in the workshops?
- Are the ailerons clamped? [Not 496]
- Are the airbrakes secured? [Not 496]
- Have you put tow-out gear, trestles, and covers in the trailer? [Not 496]
- [496 only] Are the covers on the glider?
- Is the fuselage strapped down and padded round the strap? [Not 496]
- Are the winglets stowed correctly? [Not 496]
- Is the tail plane secure? [Not 496]
- Is the T/E probe removed? [Not 496]
- Are all the rigging aids and pins in the cockpit? [Not 496]
- Cleaning equipment stowed in front of trailer?
- D.I. book completed?
If tying down a single-seater overnight:
- Only tie down if wind is not great, and severe rain is not expected.
- Only tie down if YOU are going to take responsiblity for derigging later.
- Park in a safe place, out of the way.
- Park perpendicular to wind, into wind wing down.
- Remove any valuables, and the parachute, and clean the glider.
- Put on the waterproof covers and canopy covers.
- Get someone to lift the higher wing up, putting tension on it.
- Put a trestle under the wing to hold it there, under tension.
- Use tyres or the tail dolly to secure the rudder and stop weathercocking.
- Use wing tape to waterproof static vents, pitot holes, T/E holes, and airbrakes. Put big loops in the tape so it’s obvious to remove it later.
- Charge batteries for the next day.