Before You Fly: The Multirotor Checklist

Multirotor Checklist

The only thing worse than getting to the flying field* and discovering you’ve forgotten something critical is getting your multirotor in the air and realizing you’ve overlooked an important detail like securing your props. We’ve compiled this checklist to help you remember all the little things that will keep you safely flying and having fun.

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*Make sure you fly only in places where such activities are permitted. Seek permission from property owners and avoid restricted areas like airports and government facilities.

before you head out Before You Fly: The Multirotor Checklist Before You Head Out

  • ☐ Check that onboard and transmitter batteries are charged. Optional: Pack charger
  • ☐ Grab the correct transmitter. And just in case, bring the bind plug for your receiver
  • ☐ Check the weather — especially wind speed and precipitation — at your local flying sit

pre flight Before You Fly: The Multirotor Checklist Pre-Flight

  • ☐ Position your antennas and range-check your aircraft
  • ☐ Check that wires are secure on the receiver and control board
  • ☐ Check props for signs of stress
  • ☐ Tighten prop nuts
  • ☐ Secure battery strap

fpv Before You Fly: The Multirotor Checklist FPV

  • ☐ Check that camera batteries are fully charged and SD card is empty
  • ☐ Test FPV screen and/or goggles
  • ☐ Check goggle battery charge
  • ☐ If flying near others, call out the video channel you are using

crash kit Before You Fly: The Multirotor Checklist Crash Kit

It’s important to have a safe area, free of people, to make mistakes and, in the event of a crash, to be able to make simple repairs out on the field. Everyone’s crash kit is going to be a little different, but here are some recommended items to bring to the field every time you fly. It’s easiest to incorporate them into a tackle box you can grab so everything is ready to go when you walk out the door.

  • ☐ Extra propellers and prop nuts (Make sure to bring a proper sized wrench or screwdriver)
  • ☐ Clear tape, electrical tape, and hot glue
  • ☐ Soldering iron, battery- or butane-powered if you don’t have access to power
  • ☐ Zip ties of multiple sizes
  • ☐ Rubber bands
  • ☐ Spare booms and landing gear
  • ☐ Fire extinguisher and first-aid kit