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Old Feb 13, 2015, 10:22 PM
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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:

PERSONAL ITEMS
Ski goggles, clear and tinted,
Fabric ski mask for colder days
Sunglasses
Hats that don’t get blown off by the wind
Plenty of water – keep hydrated.
Snacks, etc.
Folding chair
First aid and fire extinguisher
Warm clothes for the cold days- layered clothing including outer wind block layer
Sunscreen for the sunny days
TRANSMITTER
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
Batteries – fully charged
Bring chargers Lipo/Life/Ni-Mh and the appropriate connectors
GLIDERS
Have several gliders for different wind conditions and flying styles
Ballast
Balance weights
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
FIXING ACCESSORIES
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
Sandpaper
FLYING ACCESSORIES
Anemometer
Wind sock, stripe
PREPARATIONS
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.
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Old Feb 14, 2015, 12:03 AM
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Beer - optional for some, mandatory for others
Flat repair kit
Extra control horns
Poop trowel and TP
Overnight Kit (tent / sleeping bag / etc)
Snow chains
Itinerary filed with loved ones
Radar detector
Cash
Several Nalgene bottles
Signal mirror and morse code chart
Compass
Spare socks
Thermal underwear
Rain shell
Polar fleece
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.
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Old Feb 14, 2015, 12:18 AM
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Chapstick!
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Old Feb 14, 2015, 01:30 AM
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Baby wipes - just a handful tossed into a ziplock. If your slopes don't have flying dust, dirt and grit...you're doing it wrong!
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Old Feb 14, 2015, 11:41 AM
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Planes
Radios
Repair box
Flask
Jim

Yup. Ready to go.

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Old Feb 14, 2015, 01:51 PM
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Mark, you bring planes to the slope??!!
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Old Feb 14, 2015, 02:57 PM
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BEER!! All else is optional!!!
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Old Feb 14, 2015, 03:04 PM
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Whisky and beer
Cigars
CHAIR!!
bluetooth speaker (gotta have tunes)

I usually throw a few planes in the car too
My toolbox has everything else I usually need.
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Old Feb 14, 2015, 04:22 PM
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Oh no - you've forgotten ...

the wing joiners !

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Old Feb 14, 2015, 04:30 PM
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For multi-piece wings..

wing rod(s) / wing joiner(s) (don't leave home without them)

(Phil beat me to it)
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Old Feb 14, 2015, 04:36 PM
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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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Old Feb 15, 2015, 11:08 AM
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Rope, extension ladder, chain saw, in case LZ was missed.
Did someone mentioned a Cooler, or is warm Beer now in?
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Old Feb 15, 2015, 11:32 AM
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Don't forget to bring a BLU-82 so you can clear away any overgrowth.
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Old Feb 15, 2015, 01:57 PM
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and for UK F3F slope racing a sportbrella is now a must have accessory - shelter from wind/rain/snow/hail/gales...
http://www.sport-brella.com/sport-brella

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