Pre Season Flight Checks

OK so we are in lockdown AGAIN in Albury and unfortunately our Victorian members are unable to travel to the model field to fly as a result. We all feel the pain.

So what do we do now??

Well, with spring now firmly here and Daylight Savings just 16 days away, most aeromodellers thoughts turn to dusting off the planes and getting out to the field but beware, a model that has sat for a number of months may need a little TLC before hitting the sky.

A quick list of things that all modellers should do, before flying, after lockdown and the winter break is listed below.

  1. CHARGE YOUR BATTERIES FULLY, if using Lipo batteries, do a full balance charge and check the condition of the batteries, if using NiMH then consider running a cycle charge (I recommend at least 2 or 3 cycles) to ensure that they are fully charged. Don’t forget to charge the transmitter as well.
  2. CHECK YOUR FUEL, if it has sat for a while you might consider using it in the mower and getting fresh fuel for the model. Run your motor and check that you are getting a good idle and full power when required.
  3. DO A RANGE CHECK, it is always good practice to do a range check if you have not used a model for a while. Maybe even consider re binding your receiver.
  4. CHECK YOUR FAILSAFE, ensure that your failsafe still works, the last thing that you want is a fly away on full power.
  5. RUN OVER ALL BOLTS, just check all nuts and bolts that are on the model, ensure they are all tight. Check all of the control linkages and clevises to make sure they are fitted and locked on.
  6. CHECK ALL CONTROL MOVEMENTS, just test all controls and ensure they are all free and full and working in the correct way.
  7. And finally DO A VISUAL CHECK, run your eye over the airframe, look for unusual twists or anything sticking out at an odd angle, check the covering that it is all taught and without holes or rips, make sure the motor mounts are tight, the propellor is not damaged and that it all looks right.

Carry out a detailed inspection on all of your models before heading to the field so you know everything is good to go whichever model you grab to fly.

If you are unsure about anything you find, call another club member, all members are very willing to assist.

Following these basic checks will help to ensure that you don’t have a frustrating start to the flying season and that you enjoy your hobby more.

Let’s all hope that we can be back at the airfield soon and continue to enjoy our great hobby.

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