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Flight Logging and Preflight Checklist

Discussion in 'Inspire 1 Discussion' started by DennisCox, Apr 5, 2015.

  1. DennisCox

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    I have been looking around for a preflight and logging app to use on my IPhone. I haven't had much luck and the ones that I do find are pretty generic.I find it a tad frustrating.

    Can anyone suggest or tell me what you use? I am seriously considering writing my own app. One feature I would really like to have is flight planning as well and the ability to print it.

    I look forward to everyones input.

    If I WAS to write the app and it was geared towards the Inspire-1, what would you want in it?
     
  2. Merko

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    Good idea.

    I've thought about making my app myself, but instead use a webpage that fits the iphone\ipad or android devices.
     
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  3. greyhawkimages

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    I've put together a preflight checklist and I uploaded it to the app, "Air Plan." The app allows for physically checking things off.

    The list works for me although some might think it is overkill. I am tweaking it as I go.

    Inspire 1 Pre-flight Checklist



    PRE-LOCATION



    o Check weather
    o Check flight restriction zones
    o Cache maps
    o Charge batteries
    o RC’s
    o AC’s
    o iPad
    o Confirm firmware current
    o Check IMU Calibration .99 - 1.01
    o Calibrate your IMU if readings are off
    o Confirm RC-AC link and “Master” mode
    o SD card cleared
    o Load Case
    o SD Card
    o Card Reader
    o Batteries
    o Charger and cables
    o iPad and cables
    o Hood
    o RC
    o AC
    o Props


    ON LOCATION



    o Park car facing the sun
    o Check weather
    o Wind <20
    o Temp >40
    o Choose take off and landing zone
    o Plan flight route


    o Put phone and tablet in airplane mode
    o Close ALL apps


    o Physical inspection of AC and RC
    o Confirm all RC switches are safe
    o Power on RC
    o Power on AC
    o Lower landing gear
    o Power off AC
    o Power off RC


    o Install SD card
    o Install correct filters
    o Install camera


    o Inspect props
    o Install props
    o Install prop locks
    o Tighten


    o Confirm all RC switches are safe
    o Power on RC
    o Power on AC
    o Load Pilot app
    o Properly position antennae
    o Confirm good RC-AC connection


    o Set max altitude if needed
    o Calibrate compass
    o Set IOC if needed
    o Set Fail Safe Height
    o Check IMU Calibration .99 - 1.01
    o Calibrate your IMU if readings are off
    o Verify flight mode P/A/F
    o Confirm stick mode = 2
    o Set video channel to auto


    o Set gimbal mode
    o Confirm camera settings
    o Take and view test photo


    o Confirm GPS lock with 6 satellites
    o Confirm correct RC and AC positions in satellite map screen
    o Record RTH home point


    o Safety check
    o All battery levels
    o Bystanders
    o Overhead obstacles


    o Record flight start time
    o Power motors to warm up
    o Liftoff to 6fthover


    o Check for steady hover
    o Check ascent and descent
    o Check yaw
    o Check forward and backward
    o Check roll


    o Landing gear up.


    LANDING



    o Safety check
    o Landing zone clear
    o Bystanders


    o Lower landing gear
    o Motors off
    o Stop video recording
    o AC off
    o RC off


    o Phone and iPad out of Airplane Mode


    o Record flight stop time
    o Complete flight log
     
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  4. DennisCox

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    Ok .. This is awesome!

     
  5. pops52

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    Can't find the app "air plan." is it an ios app? You have a great list and I'd like to get it into some sort of app as well.

    Thanks
     
  6. greyhawkimages

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    Air Plan is an iOS iPad app.
     
  7. pops52

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    Found it, thanks. (I was searching in the iPhone section only.) In reading the description, I did not see anything about being able to import a file to it. Did you have to type your list into Air Plan, or were you able to import it? (Thanks, in advance.)
     
  8. greyhawkimages

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    I had to type it in.....well, cut and paste it. I like the app. It's doing everything I want right now and a few things I'm not interested in. I'm using those features in the event I need the data. I'm even using it to log sim time.
     
  9. Jason Schiffner

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    Hey guys. I made a very thorough checklist that covers everything. Plus it has checkboxes that light up. Once everything has been checked, then it tells you its good to fly. It's a pretty good checklist that alot of people are using now. http://www.dronefrontier.com/inspire1checklist/
     
  10. 3dPico

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    Thank you Jason, this is perfect! I think this should be a sticky.