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    Just for fun what do you have.

    Most folks know the stuff like GUMPSS.
    Gas, undercarriage, Mix, Prop, Switches, seatbelts.

    I remember being taught one I never forgot for doing VOR navigation.
    Tune (vor freq),
    Identify, (listen for code)
    Twist, the knob to get a to or from)
    Steer (the plane to the course).

    Any other creative reminders?
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    That's a good one, Floatpilot! Here is the one I remembered. It's not as creative as your VOR navigation, but none the less:
    Day VFR required equipment - TOMATO FLAMES:
    Tachometer
    Oil pressure
    Manifold pressure
    Altimeter
    Temperature sensor (liquid-cooled)
    Oil temperature (air cooled)
    Fuel gauge
    Landing gear position
    Airspeed indicator
    Magnetic compass
    ELT
    Seat belts

    Quote Originally Posted by Float Pilot View Post
    Just for fun what do you have.

    Most folks know the stuff like GUMPSS.
    Gas, undercarriage, Mix, Prop, Switches, seatbelts.

    I remember being taught one I never forgot for doing VOR navigation.
    Tune (vor freq),
    Identify, (listen for code)
    Twist, the knob to get a to or from)
    Steer (the plane to the course).

    Any other creative reminders?

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    I also use
    SLOW FLY when teaching float flying in a Cub.
    Pre-take-off run.

    Seatbelts
    Latch both windows and door
    Observe the oil temp and pressure
    Water rudders up

    Fingers touch or Five Finger touch,, Fuel, trim, Mags, Carb heat, Mix.
    Look (listen) around and clear your area.,
    Yank back the stick (or Yoke) Yak on the radio.
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    Great thread! Thank you FP!

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    Another more Alaskan spin on the TomatoFlames for required equipment for DAY VFR is

    A Fast Moose

    Airspeed
    Fuel Gauges
    Altimeter
    Seat Belts
    Tachometer
    Magnetic Compass
    Oil Pressure
    Oil Temp
    Survival gear (an Alaskan requirement)
    ELT

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    Not Mine:

    For Emergency Engine Failure
    ALARMS

    airspeed,
    landing site,
    air restart,
    radios,
    mayday,
    secure plane

    I don't really like this one since it does not cover the main causes of engine failure such as carb ice or a fuel switching goof.
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    How about for an engine failure in flight

    Airspeed to best glide
    Heading towards a landing spot

    Carb heat max
    Re-check mags, fuel, primer
    Activate ELT or Alert via radio
    Prepare crew / cabin for crash

    I hope somebody else jumps in here soon...
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    I teach SHAAFTM (pronounced Shaft-em) for setting up an instrument approach:

    Speed
    Heading (for outbound procedure turn and final)
    Altimeter
    Altitudes
    Frequencies (set up nav and com radios)
    Time (for timed approaches)
    Missed Approach

    I use CARS for pre-take off check in float planes

    Carb heat off
    Area Clear
    Rudders up
    Stick back

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    Default never liked them

    After 40+ years I never liked the acr. method of mem., just learned it once as it always seemed like doing it twice that way. The exception would be ARROW. Anyway it seemed for every airplane I flew there was always a list of them and many guys swore by them.

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    I'm not sure how I could have gotten through the CFI oral with acronyms. I must have used a dozen of them for the FOI subjects that I had to regurgitate for the examiner. I use acronyms sparingly while flying, checklists are better. My only problem with checklists are the ones that have every conceivable thing on them. I've seen checklists for trainer airplanes with so many pages and the print so small that I really think it compromises safety to try to use them. Most of the time I make up my own knee board size checklist with just the KILLER items on it.

    For a final check before take off I use HALTT (pronounced Halt)

    Heading Indicator set
    Altimeter Set
    Lights
    Transponder
    Time Off

    I use this in addition to the checklist. There are times when you get delays prior to a take off clearance. This helps me double check the important stuff and you can do it while taxing onto the runway even with an "EXPEDITE" take off clearance.

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