Takeoff Checklist A B B C C C D E S - alphabetic mneumonic Altimeter and Avionics Set Ballast Correct/Secured Belts Tight, Front and Rear Cable Attached Controls Checked / Trim Set Canopy Locked Front and Rear Direction of Wind and Speed? Emergency Plan for Launch Spoilers – Checked, Symmetric & Locked Landing Checklist T Traffic in Area? O Obstacles on Ground/Runway? W Wind - Direction & Speed ? A Airspeed for Approach ( X+wind/2) R Retract = Down (Reconfigure: gear/flaps/trim/spoilers ) D Dive Brakes Checked & Ready Going TOWARD a Landing , two things must be prepared to land; the pilot, who collects information and structures a landing plan, and the machine, which must be readied to perform the plan. The pilot gets “ready” before entering a chosen pattern. The machine gets “ready” on the 45 entry or early on downwind leg of a pattern. A landing checklist isn’t something that “spills out of your mouth” only on a downwind leg. Some thought hopefully took place before downwind leg about the landing process.