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 functioning lightning to USB cable (iPhone/iPad charging cord) packed.
- Check that firmware is up to date for drones, 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 the 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 a 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 lose 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 the 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 the connection between controller and drone
- Check the 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 the flight plan
Altitude Drone Pilot Ground Control Point Guidelines (Onsite)
Count to the number of GCPs you have
- For most flights 5 GCPs are sufficient
- Place the first GCP
- Place this GCP close the landing area
Activate the GCP
Altitude Drone Pilot In-flight Guidelines
- Confirm the expected flight plan.
- Safely start and takeoff UAS.
- Hover close for 20 seconds - look/listen for UAS defects.
- If a flight plan is autonomous ignore the hover but still look/listen for possible UAS defects
- Keep UAS in Visual Line of Sight throughout the entire mission.
- Visual line of sight must be maintained without visual aids e.g. binoculars
- Monitor and keep track of battery levels throughout the entire mission.
- Monitor signal strength throughout the entire mission.
- Bring back UAS with a 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 the 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 the case.
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