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.

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