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Features March 2013 Issue

Do-List vs. Checklist

You should be able to complete a cross-country flight ending with an approach to minimums without a checklist. Don’t do it, but you should be able to.

Checklist…checklist…checklist. It’s been drummed into us to use a checklist since our first lesson. And, indeed, we should be using a checklist. Unfortunately, most of the so-called “checklists” out there are actually “do” lists—step-by-step instructions on how to do stuff, formatted in checklist form. Of course, do-lists have their place during training, but most “accomplished” pilots should be using a checklist. …

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