Updated: Jan 11

Are you fit, mentally and physically, to perform a safe flight?

Here's what you need to know.


Pilots can use the IMSAFE Checklist to perform a self check on their mental and physical well being prior to beginning a flight operation.

I - Illness

Are you ill or have an illness that would make you unsafe to fly?

M - Medication

Are you taking any medication that could affect your mental or physical capacities?

S - Stress

Are you overly stressed about the flight or other life factors?

A - Alcohol

Are you under the influence of alcohol?

Is your blood alcohol content greater that 0.04%?

Are you hungover?

F - Fatigue

Are you overly tired due to life circumstances?

E - Eating and Emotion

Have you eaten properly?

Are you particularly emotional about a life circumstance?

Ensure you perform this quick self check each time before you fly! It can save you a lifetime of headache and help keep you and your passengers safe.

Author - Nate Hodell

CFI/CFII/MEI/ATP - Creator of wifiCFI - Owner of Axiom Aviation Flight School.

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