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Cessna 1974 172M

Before entering the airplane

Make an exterior inspection in accordance with figure 1-1.

Cessna 1974 172M POH External Walkaround

Figure 1-1

Visually check the aircraft for general condition during walkaround inspection.  In cold weather, remove even small accumulations of frost, ice or snow from wing, tail and control surfaces.  Also, make sure that control surfaces contain no internal accumulations of ice or debris.  If night flight is planned, check operation of all lights, and make sure a flashlight is available.

Number One

  • Remove control Wheel Lock
  • Check ignition switch OFF
  • Turn on master switch and check fuel quantity indicators; then turn off master switch.
  • Check fuel selector valve handle on BOTH
  • Check baggage door for security.  Lock with key if children are to occupy child’s seat.

Number Two

  • Remove rudder gust lock, if installed
  • Disconnect tail tie down
  • Check control surfaces for freedom of movement and security

Number Three

  • Check aileron for freedom of movement and security

Number Four

  • Disconnect wing tie-down
  • Check main wheel tire for proper inflation
  • Visually check fuel quantity; then check fuel filler cap secure

Number Five

  • Check oil level.  Do not operate with less than six quarts.  Fill to eight quarts for extended flights.
  • Before first flight of the day and after each refueling, drain fuel strainer.  With fuel selector valve turned to the left and right tank positions, pull out strainer drain knob for about four seconds to clear fuel system of possible water and sediment.  After both tanks have been drained, make sure that strainer drain is closed.  If water is observed in these checks, the system may contain additional water, and the fuel tank sump drain plugs and fuel selector valve drain plug should be removed to check for the presence of water.
  • Check propeller and spinner for nicks and security
  • Check landing light(s) for condition and cleanliness
  • Check carburetor air filter for restrictions by dust or other foreign matter
  • Check nose wheel strut and tire for proper inflation
  • Disconnect tie-down rope
  • Inspect flight instrument static source opening on side of fuselage for stoppage (left side only)

Number Six

  • Check main wheel tire for proper inflation
  • Visually check fuel quantity, then check fuel filler cap secure

Number Seven

  • Remove pitot tube cover, if installed, and check pitot tube opening for stoppage
  • Check fuel tank vent opening for stoppage
  • Check stall warning vent opening for stoppage
  • Disconnect wing tie-down

Number Eight

  • Check aileron for freedom of movement and security

This is not an FAA-approved replacement for your particular aircraft’s POH


1974 Cessna 172M – (POH Part 1)

It’s important to know your airplane before you fly.  A study of the Pilot’s Operating Handbook is necessary before you have the proper knowledge to act as pilot in command.  Be careful that you have the specific serial numbered POH for your 1974 Cessna 172M.  The only way to obtain an FAA approved POH for […]

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