Flight Control System
The Flight Control System includes:
Fuel, Engine, Electrics, Location
A method of ensuring the aircraft has sufficient fuel for the task, is operating correctly and that you know where you are.
FUEL - Check the quantity against the expected quantity at that stage of the flight. Consider this as an amount up or down and compare that to the wind you have experienced so far. Also ensure that the fuel tanks are in balance and correct with fuel transfer if needed.
ENGINE - Check the engine instruments for any fluctuations or unusual readings.
ELECTRICS - Check the generator is providing charge to the battery.
LOCATION - Check your location is as you expect and you know where the nearest air station is in the case of an emergency.
HYDRAULICS - Check the Temperature and Pressure
OXYGEN - Check the contents, flow and pressure
CABIN - Check the Pressurisation and Temperature
Again, Combat situations may require further checks, see Fence In and Fence Out
These checks should be conducted about every 20 mins (as a minimum after each 30 mins) or after each change of altitude or turning point of a navigation exercise.
Forward Looking Infrared
A camera operating in the Infrared spectrum. Able to display heat images and so give a thermal representation of the viewed scene. Often in a flight wing/fuselage pod. can be slewed from the cockpit. Function can include zoom, tracking, black or white hot etc.