An acquaintance of mine once managed to drive 1600 km* on holiday with his sailplane, only to discover that he had left the main bolts at home (a pretty bad situation, but it ended well). This goes to show that remembering everything amongst the huge amount of stuff that you need to have (or that is nice to have) when flying can be a tough task.
Sometimes you “see” the perfect picture, but you since you did not think of bringing your “Envy generator for Instagram” the moment is lost forever - you will never again get that opportunity to create a highly manipulated impression of how cool you are, and that street cred is lost forever.
Luckily in aviation, the secret to remembering the important things has been figured out a long time ago: Checklists is the answer.
We have even found a way to improve on this age old tool, by using biohacking and exploiting the visual system off your brain. The visual system is way faster reacting than the rational part used for reading, and it even works for illiterate and dyslexic people (a blind person might have a problem though, so we are currently working on a braille version). A nice detail with this list is the added pocket feature that can contain the items on the list, so you do not need to add checkmarks. The procedure is as simple as can be, just check that the content inside matches the illustration and you are good to go. You will have to remember to bring the checklist itself, though.
• Material: 100% spun polyester fabric
• Size: 15" x 15" (38.1cm x 38.1cm)
• Volume: 2.6 US gal (10l)
• Weight limit: 44lbs (20kg)
• Handles: 100% natural cotton bull denim
• Handle length: 11.8" (30 cm), width 1" (2.5cm)
*you ought to have learned by now, but just in case, it is roughly 1000 miles
Visual Checklist for the Sailplane Pilot