All indications regarding engine operation, hydraulics and electrics appeared normal as the two aircraft prepared to taxi.
The first volume covered dynamics, mechanics, hydrostatics, hydraulics , aerostatics, and pneumatics.
If the hydraulics or brakes fail, that jet would start to move across the flight deck and could go over the side.
It's basically the same as the manual gearbox, but electronically controlled hydraulics operate the clutch and the gearchange for you so there's no need for a clutch pedal anymore.
However, as the hydraulics on the right side began to fall off line, I was warned of a right leading-edge-flap lockout.
The hydraulics for the No.1 engine had less than two gallons remaining.
And it was not just new mechanical power and hydraulics that made the difference.
The ferry was to have gone for its annual overhaul in March, but mechanical faults involving the hydraulics of one of the ship's propeller shafts made the work more pressing.
One year, for example, the temperatures clipped so low that the hydraulics on the aircraft due to fly them back froze - even worse, so did the alcohol on-board.
I quickly scanned the instruments and assessed all was well with the engines and hydraulics .