Traveling to a Slope Checklist
Hi fellow slope flyers! I am looking for your input on a Checklist for traveling to a slope. I usually have to drive for 3-4 hours to get to a good slope. So, I feel like it's good to be well prepared, especially if you go for 2-3 days or even more.
I already got some great ideas from Dang.
Please, come up with ideas, suggestions. Hope some of you could find a list like this useful. Thanks!
CHECKLIST IDEAS FOR SLOPE FLYING:
Ski goggles, clear and tinted,
Fabric ski mask for colder days
Hats that dont get blown off by the wind
Plenty of water keep hydrated.
First aid and fire extinguisher
Warm clothes for the cold days- layered clothing including outer wind block layer
Sunscreen for the sunny days
Transmitter tray makes launch easier in strong winds
Transmitters, have at least 2 fully charged, extra Tx batteries.
Transmitter manual or EEPE notes.
WD-40 (for trim buttons, helps when they are stuck)
Batteries fully charged
Bring chargers Lipo/Life/Ni-Mh and the appropriate connectors
Have several gliders for different wind conditions and flying styles
Extra receivers, in case you buy gliders on the slope from fellow slopers and want to fly them
Old blanket to put on the ground for glider assembly protects and keeps from losing small parts
Wing tape for assembly
Air blower for dusting your stuff
Tapes for repair
Glue box with CA and epoxy and thickener (carry accelerator in a separate place or it hardens CA by being near it)
Extra screws and servos
Hex keys, screwdrivers and pliers.
Butane/Battery powered hot glue gun and soldering iron
Usually a dremel with cut-off discs and several burrs and sanders
Wind sock, stripe
Always range check before flying a new setup, use different angles
If new servos or receiver recycle connectors by plugging and unplugging several times
Program the fail safes in case of signal loss
Check all the control surfaces, pushrods, clevises, connectors, hinges
If new Ni-Mh battery recycle 3 times then charge slowly with a good Ni-Mh charger Sirius, Ace.
Use a battery load tester, make sure the battery is up to the task in high loads.
Beer - optional for some, mandatory for others
Flat repair kit
Extra control horns
Poop trowel and TP
Overnight Kit (tent / sleeping bag / etc)
Itinerary filed with loved ones
Several Nalgene bottles
Signal mirror and morse code chart
Mountainbike shirt - long sleeve for UV on the hot days
Radio box or glove
Spare fuse for radio if it uses those
Double check that you have all your canopies and joiners before heading out!
I keep the vast majority of my most-used building / repair tools in a dedicated plastic tool box that I simply load in the car when going on a trip. Pretty much guarantees that I will have what I need with me if something happens.
I also have a large duffel bag that I keep my cold-weather gear in. Around here it can be 70 degrees and then drop out pretty hard so you go from short sleeves to full winter garb in just a few hours. By keeping all the cold gear (and other essentials) in a dedicated bag, loading up for a trip just takes minutes.
If I plan to camp out, I have a huge backpack with a tent and all the other camping essentials loaded and ready to go.
Fort Worth, Texas
Joined Dec 1996
Does anyone have any tips for airline travel with a slope plane and radio?
I've been considering a setup like a Weasel and a old dx7 with the antenna mounted in the case.
Many years ago I used to put a Zagi in a garment bag surrounded by my shirts. I'd usually hang it in the closet as I boarded.
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