checklists day


Why October 30?

On October 30, 1935 a mishap happened — an airplane crash — that led to the use of checklists by pilots. A prototype for the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress crashed during takeoff at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio. The cause of the crash was a gust lock that was still engaged. After the crash, a group of pilots looked for a way to present “pilot error” mishaps.

Checklists were the answer. The pilots developed checklists for takeoff, in-flight, pre-landing, and post-landing.

Boeing then delivered 12 Flying Fortresses that flew 1.8 million miles with no mishaps.



 Checklists Day — explained by it’s sponsor

“Checklists Day is an opportunity to appreciate the value of using checklists to help avoid tragedy and disappointments and to take advantage of opportunities. Checklists are a great way to take care of things so that you’ll have peace of mind. They are a perfect place to add a note about something you don’t want to forget the next time you do something.”

Their website has many examples of checklists — for health, home, people, travel, fun, money.

There’s even a Checklist for Checklists.


Checklist Manifesto — a great book praising checklists

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande


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