Scanning for traffic is one of the most helpful tasks a passenger can perform to assist the pilot.
This simple 2-page PDF download, suitable for printing, teaches a technique that helps spot traffic more easily and explains how to focus on areas where traffic is likely. There’s a section that helps visualize the traffic pattern (where scanning is especially helpful) and a brief sidebar on using digital traffic displays.
Print it out and keep a copy in your cockpit.
If you thought this traffic scanning PDF was helpful, here are step-by-step instructions for 8 more tasks a non-pilot passenger can help you with to prepare for a flight, including:
- Research the destination airport and FBOs
- Verify the performance numbers
- Check the fuel
- Drain the fuel sumps
- Check tire pressures
- Clean the windshield
- Load the baggage
- Find the runway