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Discussion in 'Inspire 1 Discussion' started by tapcon, Jun 7, 2015.

  1. tapcon

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    Greetings all,

    There is a tremendous amount of knowledge here, and as community, it would be really great to develop an app to help new and veteran pilots with a checklist.

    I have no clue how to develop an app, but I do believe I could be of assistance in the content. I am sure there are many others who have a lot more experience than I do in piloting quadcopters, and it would be great to gather this wealth of knowledge and consolidate this information into a checklist.

    Any and all input welcome.

    Here's what I have so far:

    FLIGHT PLAN CHECKLIST

    - Weather CHECKED
    - Airspace CHECKED
    - TFR CHECKED
    - RAIM CHECKED
    - Solar and Electro Anomalies CHECKED
    - Cell phone coverage CHECKED
    - Firmware updates CHECKED
    - Maps Cached (if needed)
    - Proposed flight plan CHECKED for elevation, buildings, population and obstructions and alternate LZ
    - Story board for film CHECKED

    PRE-FLIGHT CHECKLIST

    - Batteries CHARGED
    - RC CHARGED
    - iPAD CHARGED
    - RC Cable CHECK for WEAR and TEAR
    - RC Antennas CHECK for WEAR and TEAR
    - iPAD Holder CHECK for WEAR and TEAR
    - Props CHECK for WEAR and TEAR
    - Prop Motors CHECK
    - Inspire Arms CHECK for WEAR and TEAR
    - Inspire Fuselage CHECK for WEAR and TEAR
    - Gimbal CHECK for WEAR and TEAR
    - Camera CHECK for WEAR and TEAR (filter installed if needed)
    - Micro SD Card INSTALLED

    BEFORE STARTING ENGINES CHECKLIST

    - Find a smooth launching surface
    - INSTALL Battery
    - RC turn ON
    - Inspire 1 turn ON
    - DEACTIVATE Travel Mode
    - Inspire 1 TURN OFF
    - RC turn OFF
    - Gimbal Cap from Inspire 1 REMOVE
    - Camera Cap from Camera REMOVE
    - Camera on Inspire 1 INSTALL
    - iPad INSTALL onto the RC
    - iPad Cable CONNECT
    - iPad Turn ON
    - iPad signal CHECK
    - Activate DJI Pilot App
    - RC turn ON
    - Inspire 1 turn ON
    - Satellite signal CHECK
    - IMU values CHECK (calibrate if necessary)
    - Compass values CHECK (calibrate if necessary)
    - Camera reception CHECK
    - Camera settings CHECK
    - Camera orientation settings CHECK
    - Flight Mode CHECK
    - Install Props

    STARTING ENGINES CHECK LIST

    - Call CLEAR PROPS
    - START ENGINES
    - Warm engines for 20 seconds
    - Recording START
    - Call CLEAR AREA FOR TAKE OFF
    - Hover CHECK
    - Orientation lights CHECK
    - Rotate LEFT 90 Degrees
    - Rotate RIGHT 90 Degrees
    - Strafe LEFT 3 ft
    - Strafe RIGHT 3 ft
    - Fly FORWARD 3 ft
    - Fly BACKWARDS 3 ft
    - Rotate Camera LEFT 90 Degrees
    - Rotate Camera RIGHT 90 Degrees
    - Tilt Camera Down to a FULL STOP
    - Tilt Camera UP to a FULL STOP
    - Auto Camera forward CHECK
    - Landing gear RAISE

    FLIGHT/CRUISE CHECKLIST

    - Monitor battery, distance, altitude and obstruction clearance at all times

    LANDING CHECKLIST

    - Call CLEAR FOR LANDING
    - Landing gear LOWERED
    - Check for any obstructions
    - Land Inspire 1
    - Check for Props to fully stop
    - Recording STOP
    - RC turn OFF
    - Inspire 1 Turn OFF

    QUICK TURN CHECKLIST

    - Replacement battery fully charged CHECK
    - RC turn ON
    - Inspire 1 turn ON
    - Satellite signal CHECK
    - IMU values CHECK (calibrate if necessary)
    - Compass values CHECK (calibrate if necessary)
    - Camera reception CHECK
    - Camera settings CHECK
    - Camera orientation settings CHECK
    - Flight Mode CHECK
    - Refer to STARTING ENGINES CHECKLIST

    SHUTDOWN CHECKLIST

    - CHECK RC turn OFF
    - CHECK Inspire 1 Turn OFF
    - iPad OFF
    - Props REMOVE and STOW
    - Camera REMOVE and INSTALL cap
    - Gimbal cap INSTALL
    - iPad cable DISCONNECT and STOW
    - iPad REMOVE and STOW
    - RC turn ON
    - Inspire 1 turn ON
    - Travel Mode ACTIVATE
    - Inspire 1 turn OFF
    - RC turn OFF and STOW
    - Battery REMOVE and STOW
    - Inspire 1 STOW

    POST FLIGHT CHECKLIST

    - Micro SD card REMOVE for download
    - Gimbal and Camera INSPECT
    - RC Re-Charge
    - RC Antennas INSPECT
    - RC Body INSPECT
    - iPad Re-Charge
    - iPad INSPECT
    - Props INSPECT
    - Motors INSPECT
    - Inspire 1 Arms INSPECT
    - Inspire 1 Fuselage INSPECT
    - Batteries Re-Charge
     
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  2. SimonMW

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    Would be useful. Such an app would be great if the checklist could be modified for different multirotors and then output as PDFs for people who fly their birds for commercial reasons.
     
  3. skylabimaging

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    Copy/paste and make one up, Sadly my checklist is in my head at this point, but I do keep a little foldy thingy I constructed in my case in the event I need it. An app would be nice too though
     
  4. Photo Elevate

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    Great comprehensive list so far well done

    This is what I use to create my check list https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/fast-lists-checklists-for/id481282554?mt=8

    You can customise it for any requirement with sub categories and tick boxes etc.

    Create and edit checklists and most importantly tick off completed items. It is great for reusable and easily editable checklists to make sure you don't forget anything. Lists that you want again and again are the real focus.
     
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  5. tapcon

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    What would be pretty cool, is if the app could announce the checklist item, and the pilot could respond audibly...ie challenge and response.
     
  6. Photo Elevate

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    This maybe something to look at http://appcrawlr.com/ios/audiocopilot
     
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  7. DRONEONER

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    Im not a developer but i talk with some on forums and such, i hear the SIRI is possibly going to have a API released that will allow app access (RUMOR) but then you could use siri to do the Voice control and, and just interpret the data to auto complete a cmd to check off by name to complete, Maybe it will allow siri to answer as well? like siri could say "Check" Total crap shoot rumor but that would be awesome voice feature. If your phone or ipad is plugged into your inspires remote you could have the app have siri total hands free. when iphone is plugged in you can say "hey siri" she will auto answer. you can then start the checklist app and go through it and maybe if the siri api allows switch between apps with her ( to allow check list and DJI App) and then as you have your remote next to you as you build the inspire from your case you can individually check off the steps till the form is complete. then when form is complete siri could say "READY TO FLY". but hey that's all speculation :) and hopes :)lol
     
  8. acoll123

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    Here's mine. Made it small enough to print double sided on paper the size of a business card. I then laminated it and keep it in my wallet. For me, the best checklist is the one you use. Since it's almost always with me (in my wallet) I regularly use it. Before I just had a sheet of paper and rarely remembered to take it when I would fly.

    (front page)
    Pre-Flight Checklist
    Home:
    Batteries (AC, TX and iPad)
    SD Card
    Check Kp Index (<5)
    Camera Filter (ND Bright Sun)
    Cache Maps in Pilot App

    Launch Site:
    Calibrate Compass if last take-off greater than 7 miles away
    Clear take-off area
    Check AC - Props, Locks & General Appearance
    Pre-Flight Checklist

    (back page)
    Launch Site (continued):
    TX On - Flight Mode P
    Turn on AC
    iPad in Airplane Mode
    Start Pilot App
    Sensors (Safe to Fly)
    Gyro = 0.00
    IMU = 0.99 - 1.01
    Compass Sensor 1400 - 1600
    Stand Behind AC for Take Off
    Hover for 10 seconds
    TX Antennas
    Rear LED Blinking Green
    Home Point Check
     
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  9. pops52

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    Thanks for this link Photo Elevate.

    I've been looking at checklist apps for sometime, seeking one that you can import to and perform cutting and pasting. So far, none that I have looked at will do this. I refuse to sit and type in word for word only to have to start completely over if ANY change is needed.

    I purchased the Audio CoPilot app and it works quit well. Talking is fr better than typing, and it is editable to some extent. I like it.
     
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  10. Jason Schiffner

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    I don't know how to make an app. But I did make an actual checklist with checkboxes. I'm working getting a developer to add "go" and "no-go" lights for if all the boxes are checked. It's free to use and I welcome feedback. http://www.dronefrontier.com/inspire1checklist/
     
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