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.

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