Advanced Preflight After Maintenance

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NTSB Safety Alert — Advanced Preflight After Maintenance:

FAA’s Advanced Preflight Pamphlet:

“Advanced Preflight,” FAA Safety Briefing, Mar/Apr 2012:



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General Aviation Joint Steering Committee

Outreach Guidance Document



This outreach guidance is provided to all FAA and aviation industry groups that are participating in outreach efforts sponsored by the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC).  It is important that all outreach on a given topic is coordinated and is free of conflicts.  Therefore, all outreach products should be in alignment with the outline and concepts listed below for this topic.

Outreach Month:  September 2022


Topic: Preflight After Maintenance (SCF-SE-28)

The FAA and industry will conduct a public education campaign emphasizing the safety benefits of Preflight After Maintenance.



The General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have determined that a significant number of general aviation fatalities could be avoided if pilots were to conduct more thorough preflight inspections of aircraft that have just been returned to service. In-flight emergencies have been the direct result of maintenance personnel who have serviced or installed systems incorrectly.


Teaching Points:

  • Learn all you can about the maintenance that was performed.
  • Don’t assume the part(s) replaced are the only parts removed.
  • Pay attention to trim positions. Check for unimpeded flight control surface deflections. Make sure they go in the proper direction!
  • Make sure all inspection panels are secure and their fasteners are tight.
  • Check fuel tank for water, sediment, and proper fuel grade.
  • After an oil change, always check the engine oil level to ensure it has the proper amount of oil.
  • Always check your logbook and paperwork prior to flight to ensure the correct records have been entered.
  • If you see a warning tag / sign on the aircraft, or on the sign-out or status board, DO NOT FLY THE AIRCRAFT! Check with the maintenance facility prior to taking the aircraft.
  • Participate in, or observe your mechanic perform, an annual or 100 hour inspection.