Why do the pilots walk around the airplane before they get in?
- Pilot's usually conduct a pre-flight visual inspection of their aircraft before every flight. During this inspection the pilot may discuss with the Young Eagle the various parts of the airplane and how they control the plane in flight.
What is happening once the doors of the plane close?
- The pilot will conduct a safety briefing and ensure that the Young Eagle's seat belt is secure. The pilot will typically go through a checklist, start the engine and contact the control tower to get instructions to taxi the aircraft to the runway.
Is it ok for the Young Eagle to ask the pilot questions during the preflight?
- Yes. The pilot will be happy to answer questions during this phase but will need to focus on the instructions of the control tower so there may be times when the pilot asks for quiet for a moment or two.