First Flight Checklist

Please, please put in six hours of flying on a good simulator before any flying. I recommend the AeroSIM RC flight simulator, but, any sim with a quad model will do.

The following steps cover pre-flight of the Kopter using the basic Flt-Ctrl w/barometric sensor (height) only it does not take into consideration adjustment of the Navi, Mag or GPS.
  • Remove the props
  • Check all fasteners screws and velcro for tightness and security.
  • Make sure your transmitter/receiver has been bound.
  • Check MKTools for proper, mixer, k-value, switch, and poti settings.
  • Set emergency time setting in MKTool to maximum 247 which equals about 24 seconds. In case you lose radio signal it will give you a short time to react.
  • Set emergency gas setting to 45.
  • Connect your now charged battery and let the electronics initialize. You will hear a chirp from each motor and each will make a short revolution.
  • Confirm that initial gyro and acc leveling calibration has been accomplished.
  • Generally, get the copter into a level position, If proper calibration was accomplished in the initial setup, than, you only need to get the copter close to level.
  • Switch flight mode to beginner (mode 3) by holding left stick upper left while holding right stick upper center. Hold until you hear 3 beeps. You only need do this once to set Kopter to mode 3 unless of course you update the firmware at a later time. If you don’t hear 3 beeps you are in the wrong flight parameter, repeat above process.
  • Start motors by holding left stick lower right. Do a test run up of the motors using the transmitter before installing the props and double check to be sure the rotation on each motor is correct. This run up will also tell you that your throttle  is set up correctly and not reversed. At idle the left stick should be closest to you.
  • Stop motors by holding the left stick in the lower left position, disconnect the battery, and install the props making sure they are on the correct motor and that the hex screws are tight. I put a small stainless steel washer under the head of each hex screw so the screw heads wouldn’t dig into the plastic prop when tightened.. Remember that you have props that rotate clockwise and some that rotate counterclockwise. The props are not the same, get them in the right order or the Kopter can’t fly.
  • Take the bird outside turn on the transmitter, and then connect the battery to the bird. Once the electronics have initialized (each motor will make short rotation and beep, green light only on flight control board. Set the Kopter on the ground so it is stationary and hold left stick upper left position until you hear 3 beeps. This calibrates gyros (the bird must be stationary but not necessarily level here) This particular calibration needs to be done each and every time before you fly.
  • Hold left stick lower right which starts all motors at idle.
  • It is recommended that before you attempt your first flight slowly run up the motors until the Kopter starts to get light on the landing gear. At this point check your controls nick, roll, and yaw to be sure movement on the Kopter is correct and in sync with stick movements. If you need to slightly trim out the controls do so now. Take it easy here as you don’t want to make the bird so light and over control testing to the point that you roll the Kopter over. If you need to make switch reversals on your transmitter power down the Kopter and make them now, before lifting off.

Subpages (1): Preflight Checklist