A Boeing 737 checklist offers a more effective way of ensuring airworthiness than relying on pilot memory alone. Use our 737-800 checklist for pre-flight to shut down in both physical and simulated flights.
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The Boeing 737 checklist is a safety and procedural guide covering flight operations from when the plane powers up until it shuts down. This checklist is an essential safety tool that pilots are trained to use as it is safer than relying on memory.
Even missing a single item can compromise the safety of both passengers and planes. The 737-800 checklist assesses all crucial points and procedures and points, ensuring that the aircraft can fly and land safely.
Performing the 737 checklist ensures that the captain and the first officer have completed all the preliminary CDU (Control Display Unit) pre-flight checks. It covers obtaining departure clearance from the automatic terminal information service (ATIS) and ensuring that all before-start and engine start procedures have been followed.
The checklist verifies that the before-taxi, before take-off, and take-off procedures have been done and includes all climb and cruise procedures. It confirms descent and approach procedures, checks procedures for landing, the landing roll, and the post-landing shutdown and securing of the plane.
The Boeing 737-800 checklist is also employed in various flight simulation software programs, such as Microsoft Flight Simulator.
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Many airline employees find performing checklists intimidating. Therefore, airline management must train and assist their employees in conducting these vital procedures meticulously. By establishing and encouraging an aviation safety culture in the workplace amongst employees and management, the airline, its employees, and its passengers will all benefit.
These are some essential points to bear in mind regarding Boeing 737 checklists:
While the 737 checklist covers a huge amount of detail, the overall process can be broken down into the following sections:
These are employed to get the aircraft ready for flight. It includes visual inspections, getting the fuel onboarded, and removing all covers and tie-downs.
Once the 737 has reached its cruising altitude, the plane is configured for cruise flight.
When the plane is ready to begin its descent, the approach procedure will be initiated. The passengers are briefed, descent power and altitude are configured, then the approach checks are conducted by the pilots.
These checks include making sure that the landing gear is lowered, the brakes are released, and the flap positions are set ready for landing. A final passenger and crew briefing is done, and final aircraft security checks are conducted.
After touchdown, the flaps are restored to their stowed position, the landing lights and the transponder are turned off, and the route to the gate is finalized.
In aviation, security checks are part of daily business. Traditionally, index cards or paper lists are used for this purpose. These procedures are also common on the Boeing 737 series, which has been in existence for decades. However, this method is prone to damage, loss, and errors, which can have fatal consequences in the worst case.
Why not using a better solution? With Lumiform, a digital app and software for inspections and audits, airlines and their employees can avoid these problems by conducting 737 checks via mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. With Lumiform, the following features can be used for pre- and post-flight safety checks:
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