After building and binding a new or old airplane, always double check all control throws for direction and amount of throw before going to the field. If possible once at the field, ready to fly, have a fellow pilot double check your airplane on the throw direction.
Too often, you will stand in front of the plane and throws will appear to be correct so always stand behind the airplane when checking control throw direction. Updated: 1/30/2017
Too often we will charge flight batteries (receiver) before going out to fly, but we may not fly that airplane for the next 3 or 4 days because of inclement weather or whatever reason.
Make sure you check flight batteries prior to the day’s first flight. This is not a major problem for LiFe/LiPo batteries but most others may lose their full charge. Updated: 1/30/2017
For Futaba radio users (older 2.4 GHz), the wrong receiver can be selected and operated but throws may not be the same. So prior to take off, everything will appear normal, but once in flight things may go hay-wire. So always make sure you select the proper airplane. Updated: 2/6/2017
Prior to installing a new propeller, take a piece of 320 grit sandpaper and sand the razor edges off of the propeller. Some propellers may be razor sharp. Updated: 2/15/2017
Make sure that the elevator push rod is stiff enough to push the elevator under load, otherwise it may bow when pushed resulting in loss of control. This also holds true to a lot of store bought foamies. Updated: 2/23/2017
When starting a maneuver, try to plan ahead so as your exit from the maneuver is into the wind. Updated: 13 Mar., 2017
Remember, this (above left) and this (above right) are pretty close to the same thing.
Updated: 1 Jul., 2017
When binding a radio make certain that the control sticks are at the fail safe position. This is more a safety tip than anything else, especially electric airplanes.
Updated: 1 Jul., 2017
When setting up an electric airplane always remove the propeller.
Updated: 13 Aug., 2017
Here is what happens when a runaway airplane hits a plastic folding table.
This is one of the main reasons, pilots are grounded if they fly over the fence behind the pilot stands.
Imagine what this could do to your grandchild's head!
Updated: 5 Feb., 2018
In my opinion, most charging fires are started by shorted electrical wires at the battery connection. These wires are plugged in every time a battery is charged, therefore they get a lot of pulling, tugging and twisting which can cause breaking and shorting of these wires at the plug. Make sure that these wires are in perfect shape every time they are plugged into the battery.
Updated: 21 Feb., 2018
The AS3X receiver that comes with several trainer airplanes, was designed not to allow the pilot to crash his airplane.Therefore, if you have only learned on a AS3X receiver, when switching to a different aircraft, you will most likely not be capable of flying without the assistance of the AS3X. These receivers do their job very well, therefore should not be used for your solo qualifying flight.
Updated: 5 Oct., 2018
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