Chapter 5 — Preflight and Ground Operations
The Preflight Checklist
Use a written checklist during preflight and ground
operations. The checklist is an aid to the memory and
helps to ensure that critical items necessary for the
safe operation of the aircraft are not overlooked or
Certificates and Documents
The airworthiness of the powered parachute is determined,
in part, by the following certificates and
documents, which must be on board the aircraft when
• Airworthiness certificate.
• Registration certificate.
• Operating limitations, which may be in the
form of an FAA-approved Aircraft Flight
Manual and/or Pilot’s Operating Handbook
(AFM/POH), placards, instrument markings, or
any combination thereof.
• Weight and balance
AROW is the acronym commonly used to remember
these items. The pilot in command is ultimately responsible
to make sure the proper documentation is
on board. [Figure 5-4]
Aircraft logbooks are not required to be on board the
powered parachute when it is operated. However, you
should inspect the aircraft logbooks prior to flight to
confirm the PPC has had all required tests and inspections.
The owner/operator must keep maintenance records
for the airframe and powerplant.
At a minimum, there must be an annual inspection
within the preceding 12-calendar months. In addition,
the powered parachute may also need a 100-hour inspection
in accordance with 14 CFR part 91 if it is
used for hire (for example, for training operations). If
a transponder or a transponder/encoder with a pitotstatic
system is used, it must be inspected within each
preceding 24-calendar months.
The pilot must have in his or her possession a valid
U.S. driver’s license, or a valid medical certificate
accompanied by a photo identification and pilot certificate.
Sport pilots must also carry a copy of the endorsements
issued from their logbook indicating they
are qualified for the powered parachute category/class
for the aircraft they are flying. The wing shape (rectangular
or elliptical) and the landing system (land or
sea) will be specified in this endorsement.