Each and every flight requires a pre-flight.  It follows the manual exactly.  It might seem just a bit long and it does take about 10-15 minutes but it’s your life up there so… why not do it right.

I caught Grant finishing up the pre-flight in the hanger but then I thought it’d be a good idea that I whip out the camera and we do it all over again!  Why not it was only sort of freezing out side.

There are two definitions of pre-flight according to the manual.  An “Inter-Flight” and a “Daily”. Those are can be found in Section 4 of the manual, 4-2 and 4-7 respectively.  How formal.

So, here we go, the following is from the manual, it’s carried in the helicopter along with all the other important documents.

Guimbal G2 Cabri Preflight Stations

Preliminaries:
Remove airframe covers, pitot and static plugs, blade tie downs and exhaust plug.
In cold weather, remove all frost, ice or snow. 
Purpose of the following inspection is to :
Visually check the helicopter general condition
Detect leakage indications
Detect aluminum fretting marks : dark powder marks
Detect steel fretting marks : black or brown marks / residues
Detect overheating marks (color changing)
Detect damages (impacts, scratches, cracks, frictions corrosion…)

Note:
All castellated nut must be locked by cotter pin.
Lockwire must be tight.
Torque-seal marks must be intact.

Station 1:
Main rotor blades (each 3) : Clean, particularly at leading-edge
Leading edge – hand-check for damage or debonding
Tips bolts – Check lockwiring
Right door hinges – Check
Door hinge safety pins – Installed
Windshield condition and cleanliness – Check
Sideslip string indicator – Check
Lower windows condition and cleanliness – Check
Landing light – Check
Pitot tube – Cover removed, check
Static pressure port- Plug removed, check
Front gear bow attachment – Check
Left door hinges – Check
Door hinge safety pin – Installed

Station 2:
Fuel cap – Locked
Navigation light – Check
Front and main gear bow condition – Check
Landing gear pants and skid condition – Check
Skid shoes – Check
Fuel manifold – No leak
Drain valve – Sample
Cowling hinge – Check

Open the left engine cowling

Battery strap – Check
Battery terminals – Tightened
Breakers – All set
MAP lines – Check
Transmission belt – Check
Belt slack – Check
Electronic ignition coils attachment – Check
Ignition wires – Check
Engine and baffling general condition – Check
Engine skirts condition and attachment – Check
Exhaust pipes – Check
Heat muff and hose condition – No cracks
Mixture control – Check
Throttle control – Check
Air box attachment – Check
Auto carburetor heat – Check cold
Engine connector – Locked
Engine mount condition – Inspect for cracks or corrosion
Engine rubber mounts – Check
Magneto connection – Check
Fuel pump and hose – No leak
Oil cooler air hose – Check
Flexible push-pull control – Check
Left tail boom attachments – No crack
Cotter pins – Installed
Cowling – Close and lock front latch

Station 3 :
Left tail boom side general condition – No damage
Horizontal stabilizer – Shake and inspect
Strobe light – Check
Rotor duct – Clean
Tail rotor blades condition – Clean, no impact
Tail rotor blades slack – Check all 7
Tail skid and attachment – Check

Station 4:
Tripod attachments – Check
Tail gear box oil level – Check
Chip detector – Locked
Pitch lever and rod end – Check free-play
Horizontal stabilizer – Check
Rear transmission tube – Check while turning main rotor
Right tail boom side general condition – No damage
Transmission bearings bolts and plugs – Check tight

Station 5:
Muffler exhaust – Check and shake
Right cowling hinge – Check
Open the right engine cowling
Right tail boom attachments – No crack
Cotter pins – Installed
Muffler – No crack or interference with engine frame
Oil filter – Locked, no leak
Engine oil dipstick – Check 4 to 6 Qt and tighten
Engine mount condition – Inspect for cracks or corrosion
Fuel line condition – Check
Clutch distributor and attachment – Tight, no leak
Oil cooler pipes – No leak
VHF antenna – Check
Engine cooling intake screen – Inspect and clean
Ignition wires – Check
Engine and baffling general condition – Check
Rotor brake – Check pads and clearance
Flex coupling and bolts – Tight – no crack
Upper pulley – Check
Clutch actuator – Retracted
Main gear box oil level – Check
Chip detector – Locked
Inspection door – Closed
Engine skirts condition and attachment – Check
Exhaust pipes – Check
Carburetor heating hose – Check
Air intake duct and hose – Check
Gascolator drain – Sample
Fuel flow sender – Check
Aft landing gear attachment – Check
Cowling – Close and lock both latches
Front and main gear bow condition – Check
Landing gear pants and skid condition – Check
Skid shoes – Check
Navigation lights – Check
Open the baggage door, step for main rotor examination :
Blade bolts – Check
Elastomeric thrust bearings – Check elastomer condition
Main rotor hub – Check nicks or corrosion
Lead-lag dampers :
Elastomer condition – No crack
Rod ends – Free without looseness
All control rod-ends – Free without looseness
Droop stop ring – Visual check
Rotating and non-rotating scissors – Free with moderate looseness
Swashplate – Check no free-play
Main gear box upper fitting – Check
Air intake and MGB compartment – No foreign object
Engine air intake screen – Inspect and clean
Blades leading edge – No debonding
Step down and slam baggage door