As soon as you enter the cockpit, make sure that the ignition switch is OFF and the mixture control is at IDLE CUT-OFF. Perform the following check around the cockpit, working from left to right:
Check the gauge on top of the fuselage tank.
Forward in RAM AIR position (unless FILTERED AIR required).
Forward to NORMAL position (unless HOT AIR required).
Rudder trim - 6° right -- Aileron trim - 0° -- Elevator trim - Set as per fuselage tank level < 25 gal set to 0° if > 25 gal set to 2 - 4°
located on floor at your left.
full forward to INCREASE.
open 1 inch.
Rockets switch SAFE, Bombs switches OFF, Gun safety switch OFF.
zero or set at airfield elevation, as required.
uncage directional gyro (uncaged by default) and flight indicator.
Check the stick and rudder controls to ensure they operate without binding. Watch the control surfaces for correct response.
set. Don’t try to hold the aircraft with foot brakes.
AUTO (set by default).
set to left wing tank.
located on floor at your right.
operate manually from CLOSE to OPEN and check by listening to determine whether the doors are operating. Maintain both flap doors fully OPEN while running the engine on the ground (flap doors will be set to AUTOMATIC for takeoff).
Before any flight, check the landing gear warning lights by pushing on the lamp housings.
If you expect to use oxygen, check the gauge for a pressure of 400 PSI.
If night flying is anticipated, check all essential lights – instrument fluorescent lights, cockpit swivel lights, position and recognition lights, and landing lights.