Ground Procedures and Flight Preparations

Once a pilot takes off, it is up to him or her to make sound, safe decisions throughout the flight. It is equally important for the pilot to use the same diligence when conducting a preflight inspection, making maintenance decisions, refueling, and conducting ground operations.

This section discusses the importance of preflight and safety when conducting helicopter ground operations. Proper procedures for engine run-up, refueling, and ground safety in and around the helicopter when preparing to fly and the responsibilities of the pilot when maintenance issues occur before flight.

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