Pre-Flight Guide – Before Leaving For Field
From Poland Lab Wiki
1. Flight Checklists
1.1. Preflight Checklist – Before Leaving for Field 1.1.1. UAS accessory list ❏ Transmitter ❏ Radio with USB cable ❏ UAV batteries and battery chargers ❏ Extra set of propellers/wings ❏ Toolkit (wrench set, propeller hex-key, camera mount screws and screwdriver etc.) ❏ Gimbal to balance the camera ❏ Camera(s) with fully charged batteries ❏ SD cards with CHDK installed ❏ Multimeter (optional) ❏ Color calibration panel (optional) ❏ Ground Control Points installed (optional) 1.1.2. Things to check before leaving for field ❏ An updated version of Mission Planner Software is installed on the field laptop. ❏ Has the field map been cached in the Mission Planner program? Details on map caching procedure are discussed below in section x.x. (Note: This step is required only once per phenotyping field.) ❏ Does RC Transmitter have enough voltage? FrSky transmitter should have ≥ 9.4V charge. ❏ Are UAV batteries charged? 3-cell batteries should charge up to 12.6V. ❏ Is the laptop charged? Do you need/have a laptop charger? ❏ Ensure that you are familiar with the laws and regulations related to flying UAVs in your country/area. General laws in the United States require 400 Feet maximum height and within line-of-sight flying. ❏ Make sure you have watched all the UAV manufacturer recommended tutorials before your first flight. ❏ When first flying your IRIS+, make sure to fly it away from populated areas and only in an open area. ❏ Before the first flight, make sure to perform a compass calibration otherwise this could lead to a bad behavior in GPS enabled modes. You can perform the compass calibration through APM or Mission Planner programs following this youtube video.