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Thread: Anyone have a BC12D Taylorcraft check-list ?

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    Kachemak Bay Alaska

    Default Anyone have a BC12D Taylorcraft check-list ?

    We have a new aircraft owner in town and his new-to him 46 T-craft does not have any check-list. He now has 2.5 hours of flight time.
    Anyway, I know we could make one, but I figured there are probably a couple old T-crate hands here who have made up good check-lists for pre-flight and so on.
    BTW it about kills me to crawl into that thing on the right side while he is holding the brakes.
    Floatplane,Tailwheel and Firearms Instructor- Dragonfly Aero
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    Bethel, AK


    There is an active owners forum here They are a pretty good group and can probably answer questions that he didn't even know that he had. I have a couple of checklists that I can scan later and send your way if interested. There is an owners manual of sorts that I've seen at stoddard's that maybe worthwhile to pick up as well.

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    I printed the owners / service manual. It is pretty much " Pre-flight and take-off. Avoid hitting ground. " I figured some old T-crate driver would have made up a good one based upon experience. Some folks poo-poo check-lists, but I think it is the way to go when letting a new pilot pre-flight and fly.
    Floatplane,Tailwheel and Firearms Instructor- Dragonfly Aero
    Experimental Hand-Loader, NRA Life Member

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    Before Flight

    Preflight - Complete
    Flight Log - Times and data recorded
    Charts & Supplies - In place
    Pilot - Ready

    Before Engine Start

    Aircraft - Nose into wind, tail wheel straight
    Passenger Brief - Complete
    Brakes/Chocks - Set (Parking and Heel)
    Yoke/Elevator - Full Aft
    Battery/Avionics - Switches Off
    Mail Fuel Valve - Open (full forward)
    Carb Heat - Cold (full forward)
    Magneto Switch - Off, confirmed
    Throttle - Closed (full aft) confirmed
    Propeller - Pulled through (wet sneakers),
    Set 10:30 position
    Area - Cleared

    After Start/Before Taxi

    Throttle - Idle (500 - 800 rpm)
    Oil Pressure - Green
    Altimeter - Set
    Elevator & Ailerons - As required
    Battery Switch - On
    Avionics Switch - On
    Radios - Set/Tested
    Area - Clear ahead
    Chocks - Removed
    Parking Brake - Release

    Run up/Before Takeoff
    Aircraft - Nose into wind, tail wheel straight
    Brakes - Set (Parking and Heel)
    Doors & Windows - Closed
    Flight Controls - Full, free and correct
    Elevator Trim - Set for takeoff
    Elevator - Yoke full aft
    Throttle - 1500 RPM
    Carb Heat - Apply (approx 10 sec.), then Cold
    (75 - 200 RPM drop @ 2150 RPM)
    Magnetos - Check (LBRB), 75 RPM Drop
    Throttle - Idle
    Oil Pressure - Green
    Oil Temperature - Rising into Green
    Fuel Valves - Main On, Wings L/R Off
    Altimeter - Set to field elevation
    Seatbelts - On and secure
    Time - Record time off

    Normal Takeoff
    Aircraft - Static or rolling /on centerline
    Control Inputs - As required for taxi
    Brakes - Released
    Throttle - Advance fully (allow 2 - 3 seconds)
    Rudder - Maintain the centerline
    Aileron - Correct for crosswind as required
    Engine Instruments - Green/normal
    Rotation - 55 mph or flying speed

    Normal Climb
    Flight Attitude - Climb
    Airspeed - 70 MPH
    Throttle - Open fully, friction lock engaged
    Tachometer - Check
    Elevator Trim - As required

    Normal Cruise
    Pitch - Level Attitude
    Elevator Trim - Level flight
    Airspeed - 85 - 105 MPH
    Throttle - Reduce (1900 - 2100 rpm)

    Approach/Before Landing
    Fuel - Check quantity and balance
    Fuel Valves - Main on, Wing as required
    Seatbelts - Check secure
    Passenger Brief - Complete
    Throttle - Reduce for approach
    Carb Heat - On (Hot)
    Airspeed - 70 - 80 MPH
    Elevator Trim - As required
    Final Approach - 60 MPH

    Balked Landing/Go Around
    Throttle - Full Open (forward)
    Pitch - Nose up climb attitude
    Carb Heat - Off (Cold)
    Airspeed - 70 MPH
    Trim - As required for climb attitude

    After Landing
    Ground Speed - Slow to taxi (brisk walk)
    Runway - Clear
    Carb Heat - Off (Cold)
    Elevator - Aft as appropriate
    Flight Controls - As appropriate for ground conditions
    Trim - Set for Takeoff

    Shut Down/Parking
    Aircraft - Nose into the wind
    Tail Wheel - Straight
    Brakes - Set
    Throttle - 800 rpm
    Mag P Lead - Check mag off, then L, R, BOTH
    Throttle - Idle
    Mag Switch - Off
    Throttle - Full Open (forward) as prop stops
    Batt and Avionics - Off
    Wing Fuel Valves - Closed (L/R)
    Throttle - Closed (Full aft)
    Wheels - Chocked
    Tie Downs - Secured
    Parking Brake - Release

    In windy conditions assistance may be required to secure the airplane.
    Controls should be secured with the seat belt around the elevator control
    wheel and wings and tail secured with tie downs. The aircraft should
    be hangered in high winds and bad weather.

    Airspeed Limitations Servicing Requirements

    Vno 105 MPH Fuel: 100 LL (73 Octane min)
    Vne 140 MPH Capacity: 24 Gal (12 + 6 + 6)
    Vy 70 MPH
    Vx 60 MPH Oil: Phillips XC 20 - 50w
    Vapp 60 MPH Capacity: 4 quarts
    Vx 38 MPH

    Performance Weight and Balance

    Best Cruise = 95 MPH @ 2000 RPM Max Gross Wt: 1200 lbs
    Max Range = 495 nm w/reserves Max Baggage: 50 lbs
    Max Endur = 5.7 hrs, no reserve C.G. Range: +14.8 to +20.0
    Fuel Burn = 4.2 GPH aft of datum
    Dimensions: Length: 21 - 9
    Height: 6 - 10
    Wing Span: 36 - 0


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