Tomvale 'SAFE' Programme

The following programme was written for the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association, to improve safety amongst General Aviation Pilots.
It relies on the pilot predetermining what his/her minimums are in various flight conditions, documenting them, and following those minimums.
You can download this in Windows .doc format here:
Tomvale Pilot Safety Program - 'SAFE'


The acronym 'SAFE' stands for

Self
Aircraft
Friends
Environment

It is meant to be accompanied with various resources reinforcing each of the areas, included in Tomvale Ground School Software.


My Personal Minimums Checklist

Aircraft Type ________________________ Date _______________________

These are the realistic minimums that I have set for myself based on my skills, comfort level, and the knowledge I have acquired in the "SAFE" method.
If any of these items is below my minimums, or three of the items are marginal, I shall not commence this flight.
If any of these items are marginal, I shall reconsider attempting this flight.


My Personal Minimums Checklist - Self

I Will Not Commence This Flight Unless...

I have...

made _______ take-offs and landings in the last 90 days.

accumulated _______ hours in this make and type in the last 90 days.

completed a check out with an instructor in the last _______ days.

practiced emergency procedures within the past _______ days.

had _______ hours of sleep in the last 24 hours.

eaten within _______ hours of the flight.

I have not...

consumed alcohol within _______ hours of the flight.

consumed drugs or medication within _______ hours of the flight.

had any stressful events within _______ days.

had any extremely stressful events within _______ hours.

had any illness within _______ days.

been preoccupied by job or family matters within the past______days.

The terrain and airspace is...

Very Familiar - Familiar - Vaguely Familiar


My Personal Minimums Checklist - Aircraft


I Will Not Commence This Flight Unless...

I have the following minimum fuel reserves:

For VFR day: _______ hours.

For VFR night: _______hours.

The aircraft is _______ percent under gross weight.

The load distribution is within _______ per cent of the Center of Gravity.

The aircraft has been inspected within the past _______ flight hours and within
the past _______ months.

My ELT has been checked in the past _______ months.

The following equipment is serviceable:

If flying VFR day:

Compass - AH - AI - DG - VSI - TACH - MPG - VOR - GS - ADF - GPS

Com 1 - Com 2 - Autopilot - Intercom - Headsets - Oxygen - First Aid Kit

Carbon Monoxide Detector - Shoulder Harnesses - Strobes - Survival Kit

Stormscope - Other

If flying VFR night:

Compass - AH - AI - DG - VSI - TACH - MPG - VOR - GS - ADF - GPS

Com 1 - Com 2 - Autopilot - Intercom - Headsets - Oxygen - First Aid Kit

Carbon Monoxide Detector - Shoulder Harnesses - Strobes - Survival Kit

Stormscope - Other

My clothing and survival gear is suitable for at least _______ of the terrain under the flight.

I maintain _______ percent more than the minimum gliding distance from shore if flying over water.



My Personal Minimums Checklist - Friends


I Will Not Commence This Flight Unless...

I have the following information or resources:

On Local Flights:
Charts - CFS - CAP - GFA - METAR - RCR - PIREP - NOTAM - FACN

On Cross Country Flights:
Charts - CFS - CAP - GFA - METAR - RCR - PIREP - NOTAM - FACN

My charts are less than _______ old.

The weather reports I have are less than _______ hours old.

I file a Flight

Itinerary - Plan

I am in contact with ATC for at least _______ per cent of the flight

I have the use of navaids for at least _______ per cent of the flight

I can land and take off only from:

Controlled Airports - Airports - Paved Runways - Registered Aerodromes

Landing strips - Fields

I can always make use of:

Controllers and ATC when overflying - Flight Following - PIREPs

I make radio calls when:

In the circuit - Approaching the aerodrome - Enroute

When encountering unforeseen conditions

Before taking off, I train my passengers to:

Respect Captain's Authority - Act Safely - Keep a Lookout - Map Read

Make Radio Calls - Know Emergency Procedures


My Personal Minimums Checklist - Environment


I Will Not Commence This Flight Unless...

(If flying floats, replace "runway" with "lake")

The take-off runway crosswind is less than _______ knots.

The landing runway crosswind is less than _______ knots.

The enroute winds are less than _______ knots.

The runway length, if no obstacles exist, is at least _______ percent more than the POH minimum for the density altitude

The runway length, if obstacles exist, is at least _______ percent more than the POH minimum for the density altitude

The route is always within _______ miles from an emergency landing site.

I can complete this flight during:

Day - Night

During the day the ceiling is _______ feet and the visibility is _______ miles

At night the ceiling is _______ feet and the visibility is _______ miles

Icing is forecast more than _______ miles and _______ feet from my flightpath

Thunderstorms are forecast more than _______ miles from my flightpath

The maximum turbulence forecast is:

Light - Moderate - Occasional



I Have Knowledgeably and Honestly Reviewed This Checklist and I am "SAFE".















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