Airfield Safety Briefing
Some guidelines on behaviour, and hazards on an airfield
Stay with your Guide - they know a lot more about the dangers than you do;
Wear high-visibility clothing or bright colours;
Keep looking all around you - walk, never run;
Keep within the permitted area; no eating food among the aircraft;
Keep clear of taxy-ways and runways, unless they are closed to moving aircraft;
Never approach an aircraft with its engine running or if it's being towed;
Keep clear of propellors on fixed-wing aircraft - they can start unexpectedly if turned;
Look out for helicopter rotors, especially the tail-rotor - like propellors, rotors can easily kill;
If someone shouts "Clear Prop", it means they are about to start the engine - keep away;
If you're looking up at an aircraft in the sky, stop walking in case you fall in a hole or walk into a plane;
The safest place to approach on most aircraft is just between the wing and the tail-plane;
When walking among aircraft, take great care to avoid the bits that stick out - wings, tail-planes and fore-planes;
If walking under a high-wing aircraft, keep clear of struts, fuel-drain vents, and pitot-tubes, sharp pointed tubes that work the airspeed indicator (aircraft "speedometer");
Do not climb onto any aircraft, or touch any part of it; panels are very thin, and sometimes are just painted cloth;
Please pick up any litter (it's called FOD) - to prevent it being sucked up and damaging an aircraft.
close-up view safely.
If you get a chance of a flight some day, make sure you do it TOTALLY safely.
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