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Aviation Checklists

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Published 19 Aug 2021

What is an Aviation Checklist?

An aviation checklist is a tool used to identify any potential risks to aircraft before take-off, flight, landing, and taxiing. It guides pilots and aircraft safety officers in ensuring airworthiness. It helps determine irregularities that need to be addressed immediately to prevent any flight incidents or fatalities.

Importance of Aviation Checklist

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) practical test standards require pilots to use the appropriate checklists, not just going through flow patterns or mental notes. An aviation checklist is a simple list of commands every pilot should be able to understand. It helps in verifying the safety of the aircraft and ensuring it was configured correctly for the next phase of flight. It is crucial to comply with aviation checklists to:

  • reduce the risk of life-threatening emergencies,
  • prevent human error, and
  • mitigate aircraft operational malfunction.

This article will briefly discuss:

  1. 3 vital tips in creating a good aviation checklist;
  2. how iAuditor can help improve aircraft safety;
  3. why London City Airport uses iAuditor by SafetyCulture; and
  4. aviation checklists you can customize and use for free.

3 Vital Tips in Creating a Good Aviation Checklist

An aviation checklist supports flight crew airmanship and helps ensure there are no oversight prerequisite actions in the operation. The following tips will help in creating an efficient aviation checklist:

  • Identify your checklist (Do-confirm or Read-do)
    A Do-confirm checklist allows users to go through necessary steps within the checklist and run through it to ensure completeness. For example, in performing aviation safety checks the pilot monitoring reads the items to be checked and the pilot flying confirms the configuration or status of the item.
    While a Read-do checklist allows users to perform the aircraft inspections as they’re reading through the checklist. For example in an aviation audit, an aircraft safety officer assesses the condition of an aircraft while running through the checklist.
  • Keep it simple and precise
    An aviation checklist should be easy to understand, simple, and precise. It is recommended to limit the items between 5 and 9 to focus on crucial points and avoid overlooked items.
  • Test your checklist
    It is important to test the efficiency of aviation checklists. It should help ensure a safe and secure aircraft operation to reduce the risk of human error.

How iAuditor can Help Improve Aircraft Safety

Aircraft or aviation maintenance is one of the most crucial activities that airline owners should regularly perform and regulate. Maintenance checks are done mainly for 4 reasons:

  1. To minimize aircraft downtime;
  2. To extend the life of aircraft;
  3. To ensure passenger safety; and
  4. To maintain high operational performance.

Aviation checklists are traditionally printed in paper-based cardboard or laminated card which are inconvenient when an interruption comes in. Keeping a finger on a particular item on the list is burdensome for aircraft crews that may lead to repetitive checks. Avoid this hassle with iAuditor by SafetyCulture, a digital inspection app that has helped aviation and transportation companies efficiently perform aircraft inspections. An aviation maintenance software is a tool that allows you to conduct smart and efficient maintenance checks for better aircraft performance. Prevent mechanical failures by tracking and conducting regular aircraft inspections. Below are iAuditor features that can help improve aircraft safety:

  • Create smart checklists
    Pilots, cabin crew, and airports use multiple daily checklists. Ensure you are operating as efficiently as you can by eliminating the paper you use. iAuditor allows users to build intelligent checklists that collect data faster and easier. It works in remote locations, even 30,000 ft in the air. Perform safety checks while you are offline and simply sync your audit back to your cloud-based account when you come back online.



  • Use your ‘team intelligence’
    Instead of focussing on hierarchy, the aviation industry put an emphasis on individual intelligence to foster team intelligence. Through the use of digital checklists, you can dramatically raise effectiveness and reduce errors. iAuditor allows your team to log critical errors that you can analyze later to make improvements to your processes.
  • Images provide clarity
    Use the iAuditor’s image capture and annotation tool to display best practices by embedding annotated images and diagrams within checklists. Flight crews are more often than not virtual strangers before they hop into the cockpit. Use images to convey safety messages clearly.
  • Report on critical errors
    iAuditor allows you to instantly create reports as soon as your inspection is complete. Review and take corrective action on issues before they become critical.
  • Centralize your safety compliance
    Ensure your crew is all working from tested and high-quality checklist templates by creating standard company templates and share them with your team. Make changes on the fly and push out the new template so flight crew are always using the latest advancements and have access to the most up-to-date information.
  • Insight and visibility
    Using the analytics platform, you have access to real-time data as the flight crew is capturing it. Instantly see once an audit is completed in an aircraft and has passed its pre-flight inspection or if the flight craft engineers have authorized the aircraft to be safe to operate.

Why London City Airport uses iAuditor by SafetyCulture

London City Airport processes more than 3 million passengers and 70,000 aircraft each year. Their daily audits are vital in monitoring everything from debris on the runway to behavioral evaluations with employees, to third-party auditing.

According to Ben Harrison, Airfield Duty Manager at London City Airport – “The reason we implemented iAuditor is because it’s simple, it’s efficient, it’s quick, and we can create new templates very quickly, which saves us heaps of time.”

London City Airport uses iAuditor 

To get you started we have prepared free ready to use aircraft checklists you can download and customize according to your standard format.

SafetyCulture Content Specialist

Jona Tarlengco

Jona Tarlengco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. She usually writes about safety and quality topics, contributing to the creation of well-researched articles. Her 5-year experience in one of the world’s leading business news organisations helps enrich the quality of the information in her work.

Jona Tarlengco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. She usually writes about safety and quality topics, contributing to the creation of well-researched articles. Her 5-year experience in one of the world’s leading business news organisations helps enrich the quality of the information in her work.