Mnemonics

Learning To Fly Resources

I literally have the worst brain for remembering Mnemonics, they just make no sense to me – something I know I am going to struggle with while learning to fly. Mnemonics are a huge part of the theory – I hope however as I progress and begin using flying vernacular on a daily basis, it’s something that will eventually become easier.

Im going to document them here as I come across them… Primarily to help me remember them, but hopefully you will find them useful too.

FREDA – Frequent checks required during flight

  • Fuel
  • Radio
  • Engine
  • Direction Indicator
  • Altimeter

HASEL

  • Height
  • Airframe
  • Security
  • Engine
  • Location
  • Lookout

HASELL is often abbreviated to HELL for any subsequent manoeuvres.

  • Height
  • Engine
  • Location
  • Lookout

PAT -Power Attitude Trim

  • Power – RPMs
  • Attitude – pitch of the aircraft and appropriate perspective to the horizon
  • Trim – trim the elevator to neutralise the yoke

PAP – Power Attitude = Performance

  • Power
  • Attitude
  • Performance

LAI – General Flight

  • Lookout
  • Attitude
  • Instruments

CAT – Maintaining Level Flight

  • Check – Keep checking PAP
  • Adjust – Adjust where required
  • Trim – Trim once again

RPM – measurement of engine power

  • Revolutions
  • Per
  • Minute

LCA (strobes, navs, landing – transponder so ATC can ‘see’ you – action, control checks etc)

  • LIGHTS 
  • CAMERA
  • ACTION

ILLNESS – Pilot Fit To Fly

  • Illness
  • Medication
  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Fatigue
  • Emotion

SAFETY – Passenger Briefing

  • Seatbelts
  • Airvents
  • Fire Extinguisher Location
  • Exit and Emergency Instructions
  • Talk and Sterile Cockpit mode
  • Your Questions

ABCDE – Engine Failure

  • Airspeed
  • Best place to land
  • Checklist
  • Declare
  • Execute