Welcome, Commercial Drone Pilots!
Join our growing community today!
Sign up

Thanks Admins!

rvrrat14

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2018
Messages
217
Reaction score
82
Age
60
Location
U.S.
I have developed a XLS spreadsheet to get started with. Most items are checked during each preflight, but some are checked once a month. What are you guys doing?
 

rvrrat14

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2018
Messages
217
Reaction score
82
Age
60
Location
U.S.
IMG_0688.PNG An example of mine. Work in progress - ALWAYS as you discover new things.
 

embayweather

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 5, 2018
Messages
80
Reaction score
37
Age
66
Location
NW England
I you the Kittyhawk app Maitenance section. It can associate maintenance with specific craft and record the type and whether it affects airworthiness.
At the moment I record firmware changes, RTH monthly tests, occasionally I report hardware changes.
Question is, am I missing something I should be doing regularly ?
 
  • Like
Reactions: rvrrat14

rvrrat14

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2018
Messages
217
Reaction score
82
Age
60
Location
U.S.
My hope is to learn about everyone’s checks as well as when they saw failures in components; How Long. Hopefully to arrive at a better estimate of when things may begin to show wear/failures. Trends.
 

AH-1G

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 5, 2018
Messages
793
Reaction score
391
Location
Florida
Website
digitalphotographypainting.weebly.com
IMO, Preflight shouldn't take much time though some may want to be overly technical. As a former pilot a good walk through was suffice before flight. Ground crew would also do a walk, though a little bit more thorough. The checklist I see above is almost like a 100 hr inspection:eek:. I know my bird very well, I do not go through the hype of a daunting inspection every time I fly.
I've gone through a set of blades (6) when I noticed my bird was vibrating a bit when hovering. (touching the bird is how) this is one on my check list, but not on every flight.
There are exceptions, depending how you are set up with contracts.
I do keep a record of battery usage, all my flights hrs down to the second. I've been flying for only 10 months, 55ish hours, 200+ take offs and landings and never never any mishaps besides a propeller that flew off but able to land with out incident.
 
Last edited:

R.Perry

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 15, 2018
Messages
1,830
Reaction score
1,343
Age
73
Location
Coulterville, CA
I'm with AH-1G on this one, I think the above checklist is a bit much. For instance I would just have inspect props. As for me I check the props and hand spin the motors and look it over for any obvious issues. One thing I noticed with my Phantom, I leave the props on, so each flight I make sure they are secure. When I first start the motors I watch the props carefully and look for any misalignment or vibration issues.
 
  • Like
Reactions: AH-1G

rvrrat14

Well-Known Member
Joined
Jan 6, 2018
Messages
217
Reaction score
82
Age
60
Location
U.S.
My list above includes Preflight and Monthly items. It’s is NOT a PREFLIGHT ONLY list. What is not shown is the columns on the right that show date slots for monthly checks/records.

My bird stays in a case with propellers attached, too. And I check/verify secureness to the motors/hubs. I agree that the preflight should be similar to a ‘walk around’ of flight systems.
 

New Threads

Members online

Forum statistics

Threads
3,723
Messages
34,492
Members
5,220
Latest member
dnareiss