Do you do a passenger briefing before flight?
Does your smiley, happy passenger know what to do if things don’t go as planned in the air?
Doing a passenger briefing is another mark of good airmanship and all pilots should be using them with everyone they take flying.
You are required as person responsible for the safety of the flight to keep your passenger(s) safe too.
Additionally, you are required by law to provide a pre-flight safety briefing which is applicable to all UK registered aircraft (Article 88 of the ANO).
You can find out more about this in the CAA’s Safety Sense leaflet.
Besides the law, you should be giving your passengers all the information they need to enjoy the flight too, and to allow you to safely fly the aircraft at all times.
We’ve put together an example ‘passenger briefing’ you can use and adapt to your own requirements that you can use on all flights (the below is written with the C42 in mind but made more generic for the purposes of this post).
The pre-flight passenger briefing
Outside the aircraft
- Approach aircraft from the rear, under the wing minding the struts.
- Remain clear of the propeller, at all times.
- Enter backside first, swing legs in.
- Demonstrate door handle operation from outside aircraft.
Inside the aircraft
- Seat belt operation.
- Door mechanism and window vent.
- Location of controls including the throttle on the C42.
- Seat adjustment.
- Extinguisher or first aid kit on board.
- No life jacket on board (if there is, explain the operation of it)
- Keep feet clear of pedals unless instructed otherwise.
- Explain what to hold on to and what not to hold onto.
- Talking on radio – be quiet.
- When during flight not to interrupt the pilot.
- Unlikely event of emergency:
- Back to airfield
- Land in suitable field
- Brace on landing (head lowered, hands on head, elbows together)
- Exit immediately, don’t wait for pilot, keep walking parallel to wing as far as possible.
- Look out for other aircraft and alert the pilot.
You can adjust the above as required, depending on the specifics of your flight.
More suggestions? We would be happy to hear – let us know by getting in touch.
Happy flying and safe landings!