Visual check - no visible damage to shell
Landing gear ok
All screws/fixings present
Motors freeness and noise ok
Spare charged batteries
Camera reference - ie. GP1
Visual - from damage
Protective cap removed - lens clean
Wireless connection on
Remote function and battery level check
Camera set to required media settings.
FPV Video check
Video TX firmly attached
TX antenna attached (MUST be connected before powering up!)
Loose cables tied away from camera vision
Flight Control Checks
Batteries: Using the battery capacity checker, record the battery number, individual cell voltages should be very similar, and note capacity in % below
Ensure controller sticks are centered, IOC set to OFF, mode set to GPS (or ATTI if required).
Power on controller first, then put flight battery into aircraft and connect any accessories before hooking up main power. When connecting main power, it will go through startup checks and IMU warm up. Do not attempt to stow the excess cables and close the battery door until the aircraft has started to indicate state and satellite lock. If there is a constant red/yellow indication it will be necessary to carry out compass calibration immediately.
Start camera recording.
Once a fast series of green lights has been seen, start the motors to check that all props are spinning. Apply some throttle to hover at about 2-6ft above ground, and test the pitch (foward & back), roll (to left and right) and yaw (rotate CW and CCW).
Total flight time.
Pilot is happy that all controls are working correctly.