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Building Multicopter Video Drones by Ty Audronis

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The preflight checklist

Before you fly and every time before you fly, you should run through your preflight checklist. Would you be comfortable on a commercial jet if they didn't inspect the aircraft before every flight? No. Similarly, you should not be comfortable flying your multicopter without checking through your list … every time you connect a battery.

The following list illustrates the steps you should go through when you're getting ready for a flight:

  • Check props for tight mounting. Loose props can lose power or even fly off in midflight.
  • Check all your connections to make sure nothing is loose.
  • The motors should be snug on their mounts. Any screws can loosen from the vibration and stress of a flight. This is especially true on the motor mounts. ...

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