Check the checklist
I know we have talked about checklists before. And the last time there were some quite strong feelings on the topic. Of course, we recommend to always use a checklist, no matter how small your aircraft is. Do NOT do what Chuck does!
When the aircraft gets bigger, it’s also important to know all of your systems in great detail and why they need to be turned on, or off respectively, in a certain order. I have found civilian checklists are way better designed when it comes to “flow” compared to military checklists. And just because you “can” start and shut down your aircraft without it because you know it so well, doesn’t mean you “should”.
I am not entirely sure why Chuck is so resistant to using his checklist. But if I had to guess, it might not be entirely because he’s a rebel or in a rush, but rather because he lost it somewhere. Knowing Chuck, it probably went out the window at some point… quite literally.
Have you guys ever written your own checklist for your aircraft or in general?