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Old Apr 27, 2016, 05:50 PM
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FPV Preflight Checklist - Taranis

I can't count how many times I've gone FPV'n with friends only to have someone comment on the need to document a preflight checklist. It's so easy to miss something like turning on a recorder, checking a battery, etc...

I finally put together a checklist and enabled it on my Taranis. I also put together a quick video how-to on YouTube:
Tech - FPV Preflight Checklist with Taranis (5 min 37 sec)


Here is my checklist. Would be happy to see your checklist ideas!

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Code:
  *** FPV Pre-Flight Checklist ***

BATTERY VOLTAGES    
  Ground Station   [Confirmed]
  Goggles          [Confirmed]
  Radio TX         [Confirmed]
  Aircraft         [Confirmed]

AIRCRAFT
 Aircraft Antennas [Secure]
 Control Surfaces  [Verified]
 Pan/Tilt Movement [Verified]
 Aircraft Canopy   [Secure]
 Wings             [Secure]

GROUND STATION
 Antennas          [Installed/Secure]
 Antenna Tracker   [On/Calibrated]
 VRX Relay         [On]
 HD Recorder       [On/Recording]
 DVR               [On/Recording]
 Goggles           [On/Good Video]

RADIO
 Flight Mode       [Set Manual/2D]
 Gain Knob         [Set 100]
 RSSI              [Verified]
 TX Antenna        [Secure]
   Orientation     [Verified]

  *** Checklist Complete ***
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Old Apr 28, 2016, 04:44 PM
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Took a good idea from another member and added some extra configuration information to my preflight checklist.

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      *** Vector Parameters ***
Fly Home Altitude  [400']
RTH Altitude       [350']
Home Rad           [400']
Loiter/RTH Circle  [135']
Minimum GS         [15mph]
Turn Gain          [45%]
Vertical Gain      [55%]
Default Gain       [45%]
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Old May 11, 2016, 11:02 PM
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Question: Will a Sky Walker fly with only 2 rubber bands holding the wing on?
Answer: Yes! But I don't recommend it

Really needed a check list that day!

Here is an AIRCRAFT check-list item for you:

Wing [Secure]

Thanks for the video. I'm setting up check-lists on my Taranis.
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Old May 12, 2016, 01:30 AM
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That's the thing about checklists. Everything is good until you forget that one time

So....any video of this two rubber band flying fun??
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I recorded the flight, but you can't tell that anything is wrong. I didn't realize I had forgotten to properly secure the wing until I landed. It was a shocking moment when I realized what had happened! The FPV gods were smiling upon me that day...

I had another 'oh crap' moment last year that could have been avoided with a check-list. My video looked good so I launched, and within 20 feet I completely lost video. I was able to transition to LOS and land the plane without incident. The cause? Forgot to put the antenna on my VRX!

I've also added a new section with a few items that I've been known to forget

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FLIGHT CONTROLLER
 Air Speed Sensor  [Reset]
 Trims             [Reset]
 GPS Lock          [Confirmed]
 Home Location     [Confirmed]
Added to AIRCRAFT section: Failsafe [Confirmed]
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