One of the many goals of the Curacao Radio Control Club is to help define guidelines for it’s members to use. As is the case with all aircraft, operational safety is the first and most important consideration. All CRCC members shall abide by the following:

General

  • Be aware of local regulations
  • Manned aircraft have right-of-way at all times
  • Avoid flight over persons or property
  • Do not fly while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Aircraft shall remain in line of sight at all times
  • Optical systems(FPV) are allowed if a designated spotter(safety pilot) is used
  • Aircraft stability devices and GPS failsafe returns are allowed
  • Full autonomous fights are NOT allowed during any CRCC operations
  • Have a clear understanding of the regulations applicable to the airspace used
  • Flight operation will not be undertaken unless the aircraft is airworthy

Flight Operation Checklists

Flight operations checklists are typically separated into six phases of flight checks which are Pre-Flight, Control Systems Check, Before Take Off, In-Flight Operations, Landing, and Post-Flight Operations.

Pre-Flight:
  • Before the first flight of the day, verify all transmitter, on-board aircraft, and camera batteries are fully charged.
  • Check all control surfaces for signs of damage, loose hinges, and overall condition.
  • Check the control linkages are secured and the condition of the control horns and brackets.
  • Check the wing to make sure it is in good structural condition and properly secured and aligned to the airframe.
  • Check the motor/engine and mounting system to make sure it is firmly attached to the airframe.
  • Check the propeller or rotor blades for chips, cracks, looseness and any deformation.
  • Check the landing gear for damage, for secure attachment, and the wheels are in good shape and rotate freely.
  • Check that the servos are firmly attached to the airframe and all receiver connections are secure.
  • Check all electrical connections making sure they are plugged in and secured to the airframe.
  • Check that the photography equipment and mounting system are secure and operational.
  • Perform an overall visual check of the aircraft prior to arming any power systems.
  • Repair or replace any part found to be unairworthy in the pre-flight prior to take-off.
  • Fill fuel tank if applicable.
  • Perform assessment of operational area to identify hazards that may interfere with operation.
  • Determine if barriers or crowd control personnel are needed to protect public from harm.
  • Install barriers and/or assign duties to crowd control personnel as needed.

Control Systems Check:

  • Make every effort to assure that no one in the area is using your radio’s frequency before turning on your transmitter.
  • Make sure that all of your body parts, clothing, other obstructions, and bystanders are well away from any propeller or rotor and its arc before turning power on to any systems. Make sure the aircraft is secure and will not move if the motor was suddenly powered up.
  • Turn on the transmitter. If it displays information such as aircraft memory and battery voltage, be sure these numbers are correct.
  • Make sure that the throttle stick on the transmitter is in the power off position.
  • Connect the battery and/or turn on the power switch to the aircraft.
  • Follow the recommended range test procedures as outlined in your radio transmitter/receiver owner’s manual.
  • Check for proper operation of control surfaces.
  • Check that all servos are steady and not chattering or making any other abnormal noise when in operation or idle.
  • Check the motor/engine for proper operation. Firmly secure the aircraft and gradually increase the
  • throttle to full power and back down to idle, checking for lack of thrust, vibration or other possible anomalies.
  • Check that the motor stops completely when the throttle stick is at the off position.
  • Check that photo/video equipment power is on. Check to make sure the triggering device is working correctly.

Before Take Off:

  • Confirm transmitter antenna is fully extended.
  • Confirm transmitter trims settings in proper position.
  • Confirm receiver antenna is fully extended.
  • Check that the take off area is clear of obstructions and people.
  • Double check weather conditions and review potential emergency landing areas.
  • Set flight timer alarm.
  • Announce out loud “TAKE OFF“.
  • Launch aircraft.

In-Flight:

  • Climb to a safe altitude away from potential hazards and check control systems. Reset trims if necessary.
  • Keep aircraft at a safe operating distance from people and buildings.
  • If aircraft must be flown over buildings or people, maintain a safe altitude for recovery & make every effort to minimize that time.
  • Continually scan the flight and ground areas for potential hazards.

Landing:

    • Check the control systems and set the trims that if necessary, an emergency abort landing can be made.
    • Scan landing area for potential obstruction hazards and recheck weather conditions.
    • Announce out loud “LANDING“.
    • Always be prepared to go around.
    • Carefully land the aircraft away from obstructions and people.
    • All emergency landings must be announced as such “EMERGENCY LANDING“. An aircraft with an emergency will be given landing priority.

    Post-Flight:

    • Turn the power off to the aircraft and/or disconnect the batteries.
    • Turn off the transmitter.
    • Turn the power off to the photo equipment.
    • Visually check aircraft for signs of damage and/or excessive wear.
    • Remove the unused fuel if applicable.
    • Secure the aircraft.
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