Whatever experience one has in flying or whatever the case may be, it is necessary to integrate a thorough inspection on your plane and the surrounding before taking off. Certain components should be tested to ensure that they are working in the best possible way to establish a safe and enjoyable flight. Some components to cross check include:
Area Scouting- The best thing one can do before any flight is to scout the area for any obstructions which may affect the flight. Before any take off, clear the path of your runway from debris or material which may get in the way. Look around the area either in the air or on land to avoid damaging your plane or hurting anyone around you in the event of anything going wrong during the flight.
Control Surfaces and Radio- First and foremost, you have to ensure that there are no loose screws, pushrods, servo connections, nuts, and so on… as this is the number one case of a nasty crash. Also, you will need to make certain that all the control rods are all of correct length for the flaps and ailerons, and that no tears are present in the foam hinge. It is equally important to make sure that all your control surfaces are moving in the right direction based on your radio input. The most important thing to look out for is the range between your aircraft and the radio. You are leading your plane to a horrible crash if you avoid this check. Also, If any problem is found, avoid flying until the problem is fully solved. For a detailed explanation of this inspection, refer to “Understanding the flight control surfaces” in our beginners’ section. In addition If you are having a hard time selecting what radio to purchase, we have a wide selection of radios at HobbyGulf.com and to make things easier for our customers, we have provided an article on “Items to purchase as a beginner RC pilot“, found also in our beginners’ section
Propeller- After each flight, your propeller and spinner may have loosened up a bit. If you do not fix this problem before another flight, your plane will not be steady in the air and will vibrate, which may cause other screws and nuts to become loose as well. If your fuselage shakes during a throttle-up test while still on land, it is a sign that something is wrong with the propeller or firewall. We have a wide selection of propellers available at our online store at HobbyGulf.com
EDF/Fan- Make certain that all wires are not anywhere close to getting stuck in the fan, then go on to check for loose screws or parts that are not properly glued. After ensuring that there are no loose screws, it is important to clear the intakes and fans from rubbles which may have got stuck during a previous flight to avoid having a damaged fan blade.
Center of Gravity- The center of gravity for each aircraft differs from the other and can be found in the manual. Any aircraft with the wrong center of gravity will not fly the way it is supposed to. To measure the center of gravity for low-wing aircrafts, place the model upside down, while for mid-wing aircrafts or high-wing aircrafts place the model upright. Aircrafts which are heavier at the nose are slower and more steady while those that are heavier at the tail are more agile and responsive to elevator or rudder input.
Remember to always disconnect the battery to the Aircraft FIRST, then power off your transmitter!