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Pre Flight Checks

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Pepperami, Jun 26, 2015.

  1. Pepperami

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    Ok, so I have taken the advice of people who post, and done a search on the forums using the search, but nothing came up :)

    Has anyone done a "Pre Flight Checklist" post?

    I wanted to maybe print one out and laminate it... might sound a stupid idea, but for a New person, I think it sensible, and I want to ensure I have done EVERYTHING correctly before attempting flight

    Lots to learn with these, lots to do, calibrations to make, its know what you have to do, how often, where and when ect
     
  2. Pepperami

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    Ok so I obviously didnt check properly lol

    Scratch that, there are a few :)
     
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    This is my custom list. Hope this helps.
    Before leaving:
    Make sure SD Card is in phantom
    At least 2 USB cables
    Phone or tablet at >30%
    Battery fully charged
    Transmitter has enough power
    Props look good, extra props

    Preflight
    Take gimbal protector off
    Check battery is secured
    Check phantom for visible issues
    Check Tx is in p mode, antennas up
    Mount monitor
    Turn on tx, app, quad

    All powered up:
    *Turn on screen recording
    Check warm up notifications
    Check battery life on phantom and tx
    Check signal strength of phantom and live bridge
    Calibrate compass is needed

    Flight:
    Do short distance flight test
    Check sensors if needed
    Monitor telemetry
    Monitor battery and signal strength
    Adjust camera settings
     
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  5. Andy Collins

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    I'm a private pilot,,you are trained to always use a written check list before every flight, I don't care if your a Captain with a major airline and have tens of thousands of flight hours, you always use a written check list,

    So no, it is NOT a stupid idea
     
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  6. wotblake

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    My dad is a 787 Captain. He didn't seem very interested in the Phantom until I told him I use a pre-flight checklist. For some reason that got him extremely excited about the idea of the Phantom.
     
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  8. taroh

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    Before leaving checklist is good idea!!
     
  9. Bret Lucas

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    Excellent checklists. You've clearly spent a lot of time on this. Your TOFF checklist, what's RC: E/A, R/T mean?
    I've set up my own checklists but yours are full and complete and I'm using yours from now on. Obviously you have an aviation background :)
     
  10. taroh

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    Thanks, and sorry my private abbreviation - E/A R/T for elevator/aileron, rudder/throttle (after fly up, check right and left stick works properly).

    Mine is long (P2 checklist was 2 namecard sized cards, but now P3 five pages :) ), but includes "maximum" steps and maybe redundant for everyone (say "filter" I myself don't use sometimes - then skip that step). I feel some steps is not necessary in newer app.
    And still good idea in this thread... I must add "at home before leaving checklist," also must add some tablet setting.

    I think each pilot should make own checklist. IMHO the points are, (1) disassemble into simple and practical step ("check tablet" includes many steps, may forget some), also distinguish SET and CHECK, (2) read in voice when reading. However long list, 1-2 minutes to done, and saves $1250. :)

    Edit: P.S. - when battery change, I execute "shutdown" then "before engine start" list. Or another "battery change" list may be useful.
     
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  11. Bret Lucas

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    Of course, makes sense.
     
  12. Pepperami

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    Cheers guys :)
     
  13. Joao Carlos

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    Here it is... v1.0 of my checklist on pdf. Made on Foreflight Checklist. Let me know if someone has the Foreflight app, I can e-mail the original file for interaction.
    1. Packing
    2. Pre Flight
    3. Before Takeoff Check
    4. Shutdown Check
    It is an early stage checklist, some things will likely be added/removed later.

    Let me know if you have suggestions/corrections.

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/1twetsvkqerj4ek/Checklist JC V1.0.pdf?dl=0
     
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  14. Pulsar747n

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    Very nice check lists! I did not notice anyone has a check for the RC antennas to be upright and parallel in the case of the P3P. Shouldn't that be part of it as well?
     
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  15. Joao Carlos

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    It make sense, but since I am using a diy range booster that kind of locks it in place I didnt think of it. Will add when I make a v2 in the future. Anyone feel free to grab and modify it. Thanks.
     
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    This is the one that I presently use:
     

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    Very nice checklist.
     
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  18. Quadcopter102

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    Black background are A. Not always easy to read from and ?
    B. Use a ton of ink when printing them! Other than that moan...you do a good job..well done.
     
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    You wouldn't by chance still have that P2 list available would you? The P3 list don't really pertain to the P2 from what I can tell but I probably too new to know the difference.
     
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    Here is mine, very long and more like a "pre-post flight checklist"
    Any improvement / suggestion welcome
     

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