Your First Flight

The day has arrived and everything is completed and checked off, or is it?  Before you take to the sky for the first time consider these few suggestions:

- Make a very detailed pre-flight check again as if your life depended on it. Maybe it might just be finding that the bolt holding the wing strut to the fuselage is not tight and locked.

- Compile a check list as you are assembling the aircraft. Note key places to look, and how to see important hidden components once all the cowlings and covers are in place.

- Do not be in a rush. Take your time and look carefully - push and pull on things. If they break or fall off with a gentle bit of persuasion imagine what 90mph winds as you are flying are going to do to it.

- Avoid the mad rush syndrome. Allow plenty of time for the drive to the aerodrome. Plan the flight for either first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon when the winds normally are at their lowest. Fly the proposed route you are going to use with someone else first in a friends aircraft. Check for reference points that you can use and look for off field landing areas in case of an emergency.

- You have spent a long time building this aircraft so pick your day to fly it by the conditions not by time schedules. There is always another day tomorrow to try again.


18 May 2016
Test Flight Procedures

We at CADL want all builders to be able to test fly their aircraft safely. We openly share our procedures and information to assist you in collating the vital data needed for your flight manual. Remember that other pilots will rely on this information when they take to the air in your aircraft.

CADL is grateful to the FAA for being able to use a copy of their FAA test flight advisory document. We have modified it to fit our needs, however essentially it is still applicable to most aircraft.

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18 May 2016
Test Flight Cards

These cards may help assist you through each phase of the test flight program. You may have to customize them to suit your aircraft type.

Click on FIND OUT MORE to view the cards in a PDF document that should print out on A4 paper that you can cut down to A5 to fit in your knee pad.

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18 May 2016