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Preflight Checklist

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Vision + Discussion' started by cahutch, Jul 19, 2014.

  1. cahutch

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    Did a search and didn't see any others posted. Thought I'd post mine.
    Too much? Missing anything?

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    Pre Departure Checklist
    • Power
    Transmitter batteries charged or replaced?
    Inspect batteries for damage
    WiFi Extender battery charged?
    Phantom batteries charged? Check charge level
    Phone/Tablet fully charged? Check charge level

    • Airframe
    Screws tight
    Shell not cracked or damaged
    Landing gear secure and undamaged
    Propellers clean and undamaged
    Camera lens clean
    Gimbal damping absorbers in good condition
    Anti drop pins in place and locked

    • Packed
    Sunglasses
    Tools
    Manuals / Printed Info
    First Aid Kit
    Spare Parts, Spare Props
    Spare Batteries
    Camera SD cards
    Lens Cloth

    Preflight Checklist
    • Ensure all motor shafts spin freely without binding and no free play in shaft.
    Check condition of propellers, Attach props, Ensure props are snug

    • Camera Check,
    Verify SD card is in camera
    Remove Lens cover and gimbal lock

    • Insert Battery, check charge level
    • Place Phantom on level ground

    • Turn on transmitter, listen for two beeps. Ensure power LED is sold green
    Ensure both switches are fully up. IOC=Off, Flight Mode=GPS
    Turn on WiFi Extender, Check power indicator LED is solid green
    wait 30 seconds, check system indicator LED is flashing green

    • Turn on Phantom
    Listen for normal startup audio sequence
    Watch Phantom LED startup sequence for abnormal indications
    (see manual section 3.3 for normal and abnormal status indicators)
    Watch gimbal startup to verify function
    Check camera LED indicator. Should be solid green.
    (see manual section 3.5 for camera status indicators)

    • Connect phone to WiFi extender or verify it auto connected.
    Enable Do-Not-Disturb mode to prevent call and texts during flight. (Do not silence phone audio)
    Launch Vision app,
    go to settings and verify FPV mode is off (or on) according to preference
    go to Camera and verify connection to Phantom, no on screen errors or warnings
    Verify camera picture and pitch control
    Verify WiFi signal strength indicator and SD card indicator
    Check reported WiFi extender battery level
    Check reported phantom battery level

    • Calibrate Compass if needed. (see compass calibration procedure)
    • Return Phantom to level ground at launching point

    • Plan your flight. Where are you going? How will you get there?
    Check that the flying area is free of people and obstructions

    • In Vision App,
    Check Phantom GPS Satellite lock, Wait for => 7 satellites
    Verify reported location matches current location,
    Swipe to ground station and zoom in, verify location shown is actual location

    • Verify transmitter flight mode switch and IOC switch are both fully up, or set to desired mode.
    • Verify Phantom battery level again

    • Set countdown timer on phone to desired safe flight time and start timer
    Return to Vision App

    • Check that the flying area is free of people and obstructions

    • Start Motors,
    Ensure all motors start with no abnormal sounds or vibrations

    • Start Recording

    Ready to launch, Fly Safe
     
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  3. cahutch

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    Thanks. That's helpful. I took a couple of things from that list.

    Mainly this,
    . Plan your flight. Where are you going? How will you get there?
    . Check that the flying area is free of people and obstructions