The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many aviators to take a pause until non-essential travel restrictions have been lifted. As we move into the recovery journey it is important to stop and think carefully about the safety implications of a return to more ‘normal’ aviation operations. One way to make your return safer is by using one of the simplest but most effective tools in aviation—the checklist.Conducting checks in advance of your first flight back, can significantly increase the safety of your flight.The checklists here are high-level ones you can use in addition to your aircraft and personal (I’M SAFE/PAVE) checklists. The Personal/Planning checklist should be done before you even arrive at the airfield. Doing the aircraft check a day early could save you a delay if anything pops up.