Before and after each flight, it's good to perform a routine set of checks to ensure everyone's safety, prevent damage, and confirm that your devices are working properly
Do you have a favorite set of procedures? Feel free to post them here.
Here's a generic set of procedures to start off:
- Flight battery condition – use built-in indicators or a cell-checker
- Propellors on tight, the right way up, on the correct motors.
- Failsafe armed if applicable - has the failsafe been set up and is the RTH function available to you?
- Check for loose items. Vibration is always present on some level; this can result in nuts and setscrews shaking loose over time.
- When batteries are removed for charging, ensure that they have been securely reattached.
- Ensure that cameras or any other type of payload are still firmly attached
- Weather still suitable?
- Ensure No battery warning showing
- All switches up
- Antenna correctly positioned
- Throttle at zero. (so that it doesn't leap straight at you or someone else on power up)
Contingency planning - Think through your options if something goes wrong
- Let go of the controls. It could be an erroneous command that you are giving that is causing the problem.
- Switch to GPS mode. The drone will hold position whilst you collect your wits.
- If definitely crashing, cut the throttle. This will save the props and motors – and save whatever you are crashing into from prop strike damage.
- Power down or disconnect the battery, followed by the transmitter battery (if not flying anymore for the day).
- Perform maintenance. Give the drone a once over, just like the pre-flight inspection, to see if there are any issues that will require attention before your next flying session.
- If you keep a flight log, which is a good thing to do, create an entry and fill in the details of your flight