Are you ready for take-off? An airplane is ready for take-off after an EI | SAS

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I’m Robert Gustafsson, SAS captain. I started in 1986, and I now fly 737. Before take-off, the pilot performs an EI,
an external inspection of the aircraft. This is how it’s done. This is the nose-wheel well where we
check the shock absorbers. This lever releases hydraulic pressure. I check that the wheels
and the chrome look all right. Looks good. Then we check the metal on the frame, to make sure there are no damages. Then we follow the wing towards
the engine, and check it from behind. I like to feel the inside
to make sure nothing’s damaged. It’s very important that the engine turns, and that the blades aren’t damaged. The main wheels. When they make that
sound, you know the pressure is right. They need to have treads
and not be worn. They are put through a lot. This earth electrode is attached during
fueling to remove static electricity. This is the wheelwell, home to a lot
of systems. A lot of pipes and things. A vital part of the plane. We mainly check those two,
showing our hydraulic oil levels. If that oil runs out,
the wheels won’t come up. We can check it from the cockpit too,
but we usually take a look here. Looks fine towards the tail. It’s raining today. If it had been snowing we would have
checked if the wings needed de-icing. Up here is the exhaust for the APU. That needs to be clear, too. We’re halfway through,
so now I’ll do everything again, only back to front. We’ll start back here. That’s what we do.
Everything looked good this time.

 

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