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Jan 24, 2005, 02:33 PM
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What to do, before you turn on your radio and take off CheckList


Hi,


I think it would help a great deal, to have a little paper, that all newcomers or not, could tape behind their radio, which would be like a checklist.
Just few little things to check, each time before you turn on your radio and then before you throw your plane.
Should be made of several key points.

I'll then gather from this thread the "best of", and publish it on my web site as PDF and JPG, and I think everyone should copy the results anyway.

This idea is coming from this thread:
POLL: What are the most common reasons to crash a plane


What do you guys suggest ?

Again, and at the field:

1 - Checklist before turning on the Radio
2 - Checklist all the electronic ON, right before you throw your plane



Patrick.
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Jan 24, 2005, 02:35 PM
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Just one thing,

Try to keep it below 5 items, in each check list as more might be heavy on the list.
Last edited by Patrick Plawner; Jan 24, 2005 at 02:38 PM.
Jan 24, 2005, 02:41 PM
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I always like to repeat this to myself -

First thing on, last thing off (re: the TX)

I've been flying for many years, and it always helps.

Here are a few off the top of my head, in no particular order:

A control check before taxi/takeoff is a MUST EVERY TIME. I've seen too many people just gun it and go only to find their fancy computer radio was on the wrong plane/elevator reversed/etc...

Extend the antenna.

Holding the plane, either by standing over it or with a good grip...go to full throttle and listen - does it sound funny? does it sound like it isn't at full throttle? If is sounds that way, it might be - best to check it and find out. Your flight can wait - why destroy $500 in "stuff" by not being careful?

That's not to say make sure every last little thing is working perfectly. If you tried to do that, you'd never get into the air.
Jan 24, 2005, 02:42 PM
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Before turning on transmitter:
A)Am I holding the correct transmitter?
B)What channel am I on?
C)Do I have permission to use the channel?
D)Is the plane ready to fly?

After turning on the transmitter
A)Has anybody started yelling about interference?
B)Does meter/needle show transmitter has enough charge?
C)Is transmitter on correct model memory?
D)Do control surfaces move smoothly and in the expected directions?
Jan 24, 2005, 03:16 PM
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First...
Check that ALL the functions on the plane operate properly, -before- going to the field!
Jan 24, 2005, 03:23 PM
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Point taken.


Should be done at the field at all times, but true, it would be also good to do these before leaving to the field. Not as critical, but smart
Jan 24, 2005, 03:41 PM
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The BMFA (British equivalent of AMA) have a "standard" radio check and the acronym for it is in fact SMART

S witch on
M eter reads o.k.
A ntenna extended
R ates set
T rims centred

Having once taken off with the antenna down I still mutter SMART to myself as I head for the strip .

Steve
Last edited by slipstick; Jan 24, 2005 at 03:43 PM.
Jan 24, 2005, 04:25 PM
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ABC...

A...antennas,(both radio + plane)
B...both switches, (radio+plane, in that order)
C...control surfaces, (all functioning)

Very basic, but it works for me at the flight line, esp. if I am nervous over a new plane. Also, for the ailerons...think of a little mouse hanging on to the leading edge of the right aileron with his body lying flat on the aileron. When his body is pointing down at the head, that wing is going down...thus a right turn. The ridiculous image may help you to remember where the aileron should be for the turn in question.
Jan 24, 2005, 05:36 PM
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I go with sparkypaul and feathermerchant.
Plus, after TX is on; after C) in merchants checklist:
C1)before pluggin in power/Switching on RX: is Throttle neutral
C2)is nothing and nobody in the way of the propeller

to D) I actually go through the motions wiht the stick , saying at th esame time aloud, "this should make the left aileron go up", "this should make the elevator go down" etc through all surfaces.
Jan 24, 2005, 06:12 PM
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Quote:
Originally Posted by splash99
I go with sparkypaul and feathermerchant.
Plus, after TX is on; after C) in merchants checklist:
C1)before pluggin in power/Switching on RX: is Throttle neutral
C2)is nothing and nobody in the way of the propeller

to D) I actually go through the motions wiht the stick , saying at the same time aloud, "this should make the left aileron go up", "this should make the elevator go down" etc through all surfaces.
Stick motions - good check. Ailerons are easy once you get used to looking at them, making a habit of it makes for good practice.

Another good check is to look around right before take off. Important at impromptu flying places as opposed to the model field - it only takes an instant for kids on bikes or something to come into the scene. Same for landings.
Jan 25, 2005, 06:36 AM
The original Flying Pigs Sqd.
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This is my checklist:
Before switching anything on:
1. Is my channel available/register on frequency list?
2. Are all hinges in place?
3. Are the pushrods attached properly?
4. Are the wings/stabs/winglets attached properly?
5. Is the antenna flowing free?

After switching on Tx and Rx:
1. Do all surfaces move, and in the correct direction (listen for servo stalling)?
2. Plug in motor battery, does ESC give proper signal beeps?
3. Range check?
Now walk to the launch area
4. Wind direction?
5. Air & surface areas clear?
6. Set watch timer
7. Air & surface areas clear?
LAUNCH
Jan 25, 2005, 07:01 PM
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Go to the bathroom first, especially on a plane using Lipolys getting 45 minutes of flight time.
Jan 26, 2005, 01:00 AM
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1st DRAFT of the Checklist


I dropped some suggestions like making sure there is a box of beers around, good music, etc... As well as the bathroom check...

Here is what I came up so far. I know it is more than 5 points each, I tried but could not make it shorter.

Comments, ideas to make it shorter, most welcome ! Also, are these critical points. Anything I missed ? The order I wrote it ?

---------------------------------------------------------
Before switching ON anything

1. Radio frequency is free
2. Throttle Stick to neutral
3. Center of Gravity
4. ALL Planes parts attached properly
5. Plane battery properly charged


Right before take-off

1. Prop area is free
2. Extend the Radio antenna
3. Turn On Radio THEN the plane
4. Check Radio battery
5. Correct Selected Plane on Radio
6. Control surfaces and motor check
7. Motion checks: Right/Left/Up/Down
& Mixers
8. Motor full speed 1 sec. Check Strength and
unusual noise
9. Weather Condition: Wind Direction &
Velocity. Put plane against the wind
10. Verify no plane is coming for landing
or doing a low pass in your take-off area

And Take-off
Last edited by Patrick Plawner; Jan 26, 2005 at 01:11 AM.
Jan 26, 2005, 01:05 AM
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And of course, please check that the English used is clear...
Jan 26, 2005, 07:56 AM
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Control surfaces move IN THE RIGHT DIRECTIONS.

Bill B.


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