Altitude University Pre, During, & Post Drone Flight Checklist
Jan 05, 2019
Here at Altitude, drone safety is always our number one priority, ensuring a safe flight from the ground up, and that all missions are flown in Part 107 Compliance. Our safety procedures and checklists for pilots include: Pre-Flight (Offsite, before leaving the house or office), Pre-Flight (Onsite, before taking off onsite at your mission), In-Flight, and Post-Flight.
Altitude Drone Pilot Pre-flight Checklist (Offsite)
- Check sectional charts for any unexpected airspace authorizations that may be required.
- Check for NOTAMs and TFRs that may affect flight.
- Check the current and forecasted weather of the closest airport to the specific flight area.
- Ensure you have your drone and inspect for any visible damage.
- Ensure you have enough batteries for your fight and make sure they are all charged.
- Ensure you have propellers and they are in working order.
- Ensure you have at least two microSD cards with at least 10GB of free storage on each.
- Ensure you the RC remote is present and charged.
- Ensure iPad/iPhone is packed and fully charged.
- Ensure you have a functioning lightning to USB cable (iPhone/iPad charging cord) packed.
- Check that firmware is up to date for drone, controllers, batteries and flight computers.
- Complete final drone box check to ensure everything previously checked off is packed in box that is being taken to flight.
- Ensure Drone Deploy is downloaded to your device you will be flying with. Make sure appropriate flight path is ready to go.
- Ensure Ground Control Points as well as construction safety equipment are in good condition and ready for the mission.
Altitude Drone Pilot Pre-flight Checklist (Onsite)
- Clear of all no-fly zones
- Make note of flight obstructions
- Establish takeoff/landing area
- Identify secondary landing zone
- Clear bystanders
- Check KP index and weather conditions
- Confirm weather conditions permit a safe flight
- Inspect drone for any damage or loose fasteners
- Tablet/phone batteries charged
- Controller battery charged
- Drone battery charged
- Props securely attached
- Micro SD card formatted and inserted
- Remove gimbal lock from drone
- Place drone on clean level ground or landing pad
- Connect tablet/phone to controller
- Power up controller and tablet/phone
- Place tablet/phone into airplane mode
- Turn volume up to maximum level on tablet/phone
- Adjust controller antennas to ensure they are parallel
- Start flight app
- Power on battery/drone
- Check connection between controller and drone
- Check status of batteries
- Check IMU calibration
- Calibrate compass
- Ensure "PAF" switch is set to "P" unless needed otherwise
- Ensure GPS lock is active
- Recheck flight path
- Take-off with battery facing operator
- Continue with flight plan
Altitude Drone Pilot Ground Control Point Guidelines (Onsite)
Count to the number of GCPs you have
1. For most flights 5 GCPs are sufficient
Place the first GCP
2. Place this GCP close the landing area
Activate the GCP
Altitude Drone Pilot In-flight Guidelines
- Confirm expected flight plan.
- Safely start and takeoff UAS.
- Hover close for 20 seconds - look/listen for UAS defects.
- If flight plan is autonomous ignore the hover but still look/listen for possible UAS defects
- Keep UAS in Visual Line of Sight throughout entire mission.
- Visual line of sight must be maintained without visual aids e.g. binoculars
- Monitor and keep track of battery levels throughout entire mission.
- Monitor signal strength throughout entire mission.
- Bring back UAS with safe amount of battery life to return and land.
Altitude Drone Pilot Post-flight Checklist
- Turn off Aircraft
- Remove and inspect Propellers
- Remove and inspect propellers for defects & perform maintenance as necessary.
- Check hull for defects
- Do a check of the hull for defects or issues after the flight. Identify areas for maintenance as needed.
- Remove Battery and inspect
- Remove Camera and inspect
- Put aircraft, remote, and batteries back into case.
As we have stated before, our licensed drone operators here at Altitude University cannot stress enough how important it is to be Part 107 Licensed before conducting any commercial drone flight. Receiving a drone license will allow you to avoid large fines implemented by the FAA and will make you a MUCH safer pilot in order to acquire and retain clients in the future.
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