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Old 05-06-2007, 09:05 PM
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Default What are the things to remember for first flight?

Just wondering, if there are any reminders you try to keep in mind aside from the normal checklist.





Old 05-06-2007, 09:10 PM
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G'day Mate,
First rule, is always have an experienced pilot, to help.
He/she should be able to double check all aspects of the plane, in case you miss something, & help in the air, if there is a problem.

Rule #2, see rule #1.
Old 05-06-2007, 09:13 PM
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Safety first - Keep your fingers out of the prop!
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Don't crash!
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Remember to breathe.
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keep your fingers moving smoooooootly, none of this cchhoppppppppy stuff
Old 05-06-2007, 10:58 PM
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Great time for a recap here.

Let's see...........[>:]


Choppy flight results in missing fingers when you fail to follow safety guides. ALWAYS make sure someone experienced starts the plane before you crash????????

Works for me!

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I see no one mentioned a trash bag. Yes, well don't forget your glow starter, either. Or fuel. Or Tx. Best of luck!
Old 05-07-2007, 03:30 PM
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I tremble at the mention of a trash bag.
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Just relax,as you will have an experienced pilot at your side,
and remember to have fun and enjoy It.
Paul.
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Just relax,as you will have an experienced pilot at your side,
Yeah, he's been flying for at least a week.

You already had a "normal" checklist. Now you have an abnormal checklist to go with it.

Remember that to keep your plane safe at all times -------always leave something critical at home (by accident of course).
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Hi,
New plane first flight?

Range Check then Range Check with engine running at full power.

Controls operating in the correct sense!!!! (Always a fun flight if they aren't)

Control throws as per plan/kit recommendations.

CofG

Everything has been tightened, servo screws, Prop nut, servo plugs secure, Rx aerial extended, wheel not binding (sod on takeoff),

Did I mention range check?

Post flight checks

Control serfaces secure (hinges OK), wing bolts tight, engine bolts secure, exhaust secure, general once over but in more detail than normal.

Check battery voltage (checker), a binding servo can wipe out your battery very quickly.

If you get an experianced pilot to help he will assist with all the checks you need to make.

Good luck, I hope all goes well.

And yes, breathe!
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Change of undies
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ORIGINAL: MinnFlyer

Change of undies
Sorry, I missed that one under Post flight checks
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Thermos of coffee and a quick wit.

Del
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A couple of spare props. At least one. I watched a guy go to start up a giant scratch built stick with a moki 210 on it and it threw the prop and destroyed one of the tips. Tight prop nuts aside, he went home with no joy because he had no spares. I felt bad for him but glad I was behind the airplane when it threw the very large prop off.

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I was behind the airplane when it threw the very large prop off.

Crasher
Where else would you stand if you don't want to be harmed?
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ORIGINAL: MinnFlyer

Change of undies
Helps to know I'm not alone. Right now, I'm more concerned the 12 year old enjoys it. (He will, it's not his bank account.) But this is the summer project we agreed on and since I haven't flown anything without control lines, excepting paper planes, I'm doing the dirty work to get him started right.

When you start totaling up the cost of game systems, portable game systems, games for both systems, accessories, and computer games, it looks pretty even in costs. And sitting in front of a screen, whether in the car, or in the office, or on the sofa......(being honest), it bugs the crap out of me. I love the great outdoors. His mom, my ex, loves the great indoors. He lives with his mom. So naturally he's an indoor person.

It's a long story, but the short version is this:

Two years after our divorce she moved, never told me anything, and I couldn't find the kid. The state didn't help. Well, they didn't help until I quit paying child support. Then they put me in jail. In the end the federal courts released me, and I found my son after 7 years of not seeing him. This will be our second summer vacation since he was 5.









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ORIGINAL: pt40crasher

I was behind the airplane when it threw the very large prop off.

Crasher
Where else would you stand if you don't want to be harmed?
As opposed to being the guy in front starting the engine, sitting behind the airplane holding the wing for him was not a bad place to be.
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I hope you guys have a good time.
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and relax
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Main thing: Takeoff is optional. Landing is not.

2nd thing: Do not run out of airspeed, altitude or ideas at the same time.

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ORIGINAL: Stickbuilder

Main thing: Takeoff is optional. Landing is not.

2nd thing: Do not run out of airspeed, altitude or ideas at the same time.

Bill, AMA 4720
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From distant memory, on my first ever flight, I don't think I had time for an idea!!!!
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dont drop the radio cause that wouldnt be good at all.
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Hi,

I'm not sure if this is a first flight and your on your own, or just things you want to check for the first flight of the day. If it is a very first flight, I would ask someone experienced to fly it and set the trims and expo so it would be comfortable for you to fly. Also, get on a "buddy box" with an experienced pilot or instructor and get a "feel" for the aircraft before taking it on your own - you may want to also consider lessons.

If it is just the first flight of the day, I would add to make sure all your transmitter switches are set to low rates.

Hope this helps.

Fly4Fun,

Wayne Miller

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