Originally Posted by Maladjusted
Checklists Checklists Checklists!!
When I got my Private Pilots license many years ago... I questioned the checklists and their thoroughness.
Now... I do just about everything by checklist. I actually have a clipboard with my check list and a pen and physically check off: Neutral, Park Brake off, Key in position 1, Fuse switches = off, along with about 50 other "ready to roll" items on the list.
I never have the "shiz... did I forget the XXXXXX" moments 5 or 10 or 50 miles into the trip!
You betcha...checklists can save you. Just retired from the Air Force and very accustomed to checklists for everything.