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Section VIII -- Operating Instructions for the P-63

  1. PRE-FLIGHT CHECK SHEET FOR P-63
    LOOK YOURSELF! DON'T TAKE ANYONE'S WORD FOR IT
    1. Look this ship over for low shock struts and tires, also tire slippage.
    2. Check for signs of oil or hydraulic leaks.
    3. Take hold of auxiliary gas tanks and see if they are secure. Take caps off and check fuel.
    4. Verify that switch is OFF then check propeller for nicks or cracks.
    5. Check ship for loose inspection plates.
    6. Check main wing tanks visually for amount of fuel.
    7. See that airspeed tube cover is off under left wing. (Not visible from cockpit)
    8. Inspect flight control surfaces (flaps, ailerons, rudder and elevators for holes or damage and for free movement).
    9. Climb in right side of ship (hand hold is on that side).
    10. Check Form 1A.
    11. Put chute on, fasten safety belt and shoulder straps.
    12. Check switch OFF and have propeller pulled through 2 or 3 times.
  2. LEFT TO RIGHT COCKPIT CHECK
    1. Check gear switch (should be OFF) before turning battery ON.
    2. Rudder trim - 4 degrees right.
    3. Elevator trim - 1/2 degree up.
    4. Flaps up.
    5. Mixture IDLE CUT-OFF.
    6. OPEN throttle to unlock controls then crack 1".
    7. Fuel Selector to BOTH.
    8. Battery ON.
    9. Gun Switches OFF.
    10. Gun sights OFF.
    11. Filter OFF (Cold Rammed Air)
    12. Pitot heat OFF.
    13. Oil Shutters OPEN or CLOSED as required by local temperature.
    14. Coolant Shutters OPEN.
    15. Fuel pumps low (Normal).
    16. Carb. heat COLD.
  3. STARTING ENGINE (Refer to Sec II, Page 1)
  4. BEFORE TAKE-OFF
    1. Mixture AUTO RICH, carburetor heat FULL COLD. Carb. filter OFF (EXCEPT where indicated by dusty conditions).
    2. Coolant and oil shutters AUTOMATIC.
    3. Warm up at engine speed that is free of vibration (under 1400 RPM).
    4. Check magnetos at 30" Manifold Pressure.
    5. Check generator.
    6. Check flap operation.
    7. Check all instruments for proper functioning, especially coolant temperatures. Watch for overheating.
    8. Close and latch cabin door and windows.
    9. OPEN throttle occasionally while taxiing to 1500 RPM to keep plugs from fouling.
  5. USE OF PWER WHEN USING 100 OCTANE FUEL
    MP RPM Mixture Control
    Take-off 54" Max. Synchronized
    Control
    on Throttle
    Auto Rich
    Climb 40" Max. Auto Rich
    Cruise 31.5" Max. Auto Rich

    NOTE: AUTO LEAN IS USED FOR CRUISE IF MAX. RANGE IS NEEDED.

  6. USE OF FUEL
    1. Start, warm-up, taxi and Take-Off on BOTH.
    2. At a safe altitude after Take-Off change to LEFT MAIN. Use gas from this tank for 15 min. to take care of return flow.
    3. Alternate on tanks at regular intervals, using a definite time period such as 15 min. or 30 min.
  7. LANDING PREPARATIONS
    1. Gas Selector on RIGHT and LEFT.
    2. Fuel booster pump ON low.
    3. Mixture control AUTO RICH.
    4. Set prop control in max. cruising RPM approx. 2600.
    5. Oil and coolant shutters AUTOMATIC.
    6. Flaps down below 180 IAS (or as ship is placarded).
    7. Gear down below 180 IAS (or as ship is placarded).
    8. Return gear and flap switches to OFF.
  8. EMERGENCY PROCEDURES
    1. Emergency Landing Gear Procedure
      Manual operation of the landing gear.
      1. Place landing gear switch in the OFF position.
      2. Slow airplane down to 130 IAS.
      3. Set ratchet on manual crank and crank landing gear down.
      4. The P-63 has no MANUAL-ELECTRIC hand clutch to operate.
    2. Flaps
      1. There is no emergency flap operation available to the pilot.
    3. Engine Failure on Take-OFF
      1. Get nose down STRAIGHT AHEAD.
      2. Drop belly tank.
      3. Mixture in IDLE CUT-OFF.
      4. Gear up.
      5. Ignition OFF.
      6. FULL FLAPS.
      7. Gas OFF, battery OFF, generator OFF.
      8. Right door EMERGENCY released.
 


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