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03-07-2008 09:51 PM  10 years agoPost 1
alessandrop65

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Colorado

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Hi,

I haven't flow heli's in about 4 years. I am now re-assembling a raptor 30. With the issue of safety does anyone have a good pre-flight list that can be printed and taken to the field? I plan to have the heli tested and flow first by an experienced pilot.

I am also spending quality time with my G4 :^).

Thanks,
Alex

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03-08-2008 12:48 AM  10 years agoPost 2
fritzthecat

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Virginia Beach, VA

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Daily PreFlight Check List

Print this Sheet, laminate and keep with Field Box

Place a check next to item when completed:

* _____Weather conditions suitable for flight
* _____All Ground Support Equipment available
* _____Inspect all linkages and balls for security
* _____Inspect all wires for chafing/connection
* _____Ensure rx, battery, gyro amp secure in foam and not touching frame
* _____Check gyro mounting foam for deterioration
* _____Inspect glowplug for operation
* _____Inspect fuel system for leaks
* _____Inspect main and tail blades for cracks and dents
* _____Inspect blade bolts for security and bending
* _____Inspect antenna wire or whip and connection
* _____Inspect all harware for security
* _____Check for binding in main and tail gears
* _____Check engine and clutch for binding
* _____Check autorotation bearing for proper operation
* _____Check flybar and paddles for security and straightness
* _____Check canopy mounting system for security
* _____Check fins and boom support mounting hardware for tightness
* _____Other pilots available, cell phone, water, first aid kit

PreFlight Check List

Print this Sheet, laminate and keep with Field Box

Place a check next to item when completed:

* _____Obtain Frequency clearance
* _____Tx on, correct model/frequency selected and voltage checked
* _____Tx switches Idle-Up Off, all other switches normal
* _____Rx on, correct frequency selected and voltage checked
* _____Gyro initialization time out
* _____Control movement check
* _____Gyro operation check
* _____Fuel state verified
* _____Adjust engine mixture for current weather conditions
* _____Fuel & pressure lines open, engine primed
* _____Throttle at idle Hold on.
* _____Glowdriver connected
* _____Engine start
* _____Glowdriver removed
* _____Engage Throttle Hold while carrying heli

PostFlight Check List

Print this Sheet, laminate and keep with Field Box

Place a check next to item when completed:

* _____Engine off / idle, blades stopped.
* _____Clear active runway / Hoverpad.
* _____Turn off rx and tx (unless immediate refuel / relaunch)
* _____Close fuel shutoff clips.
* _____Check battery voltage with ESV / Battery monitor.
* _____Inspect entire helicopter for loose, worn, broken or leaking parts.
* _____Wipe off excess fuel / oil deposits.
* _____Refuel Main and Header tanks. (Open / close fuel shutoff clips as required)
* _____Close all fuel shutoff clips unless immediate launch.
* _____Store heli in secure area out of direct sunlight.
* _____Surrender Frequency clearance unless ready for flight.

Daily PostFlight Check List

Print this Sheet, laminate and keep with Field Box

Place a check next to item when completed:

* _____Defuel heli as required.
* _____Run Out remaining fuel in engine.
* _____Turn off rx, gyro and other electrical equipment
* _____Surrender frequency clearance.
* _____Clean entire heli with soft rags and cleaing solution (Glass Plus, Simple Green)
* _____Inspect Main and Tail blades for cracks / dents.
* _____Inspect entire heli for loose, cracked or other damage.
* _____Secure heli for transport
* _____Secure Ground Support Equipment
* _____Inventory all tools, radio gear, support equipment and related items.

Fritz


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03-08-2008 03:28 AM  10 years agoPost 3
alessandrop65

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Colorado

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Fritz - Thank you very much! This info is great and it's awesome to see that Runryder is still alive and well with great people.

Cheers,
Alex

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02-15-2010 01:03 AM  8 years agoPost 4
P.Testa

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Cyprus

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I took the liberty and revised the list of fritzthecat, which i found it the most complete and well structured, into a more simple one for my electric heli. Feel free to use it. The idea is you can make copies and use it either fritzthecat suggests or tick in the box every time you need to.

Daily Preflight Checklist

□ All Ground Support Equipment available

□ Inspect all linkages and balls for security

□ Inspect all wires for chafing/connection

□ Ensure rx, battery, gyro amp secure in foam and not touching frame

□ Check gyro mounting foam for deterioration

□ Inspect main and tail blades for cracks and dents

□ Inspect blade bolts for security and bending

□ Check for binding in main and tail gears

□ Check autorotation bearing for proper operation

□ Check flybar and paddles for security and straightness

□ Check canopy mounting system for security

□ Check fins and boom support mounting hardware for tightness

□ First aid kit available

Field Preflight Checklist (Repeat before every take off)

□ Tx on, correct model

□ Rx on, correct frequency selected and voltage checked

□ Gyro initialization time out

□ Control movement check

□ Gyro operation check

□ Turn on AVE and make sure it is functional.

□ Turn on GVE and make sure it is functional.

Field Post Flight Checklist

□ Check battery voltage with ESV / Battery monitor.

□ Inspect entire helicopter for loose, worn or broken parts.

Prior Departure From The Field Checklist

□ Clean entire heli with soft rags and cleaning solution.

□ Inspect Main and Tail blades for cracks / dents.

□ Secure heli for transport.

□ Secure Ground Support Equipment.

□ Inventory all tools, radio gear, support equipment and related items.

Index

AVE = Aerial Video Equipment
GVE = Ground Video Equipment

How high does it fly? How fast? How far?..... Read the FAQ on my t-shirt and let me fly FGS!!!

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