A. The efficient practice is to test run the electronics system before assembling to the plane’s body.
- Check for functionality of each electronics. Make sure to check motions for both directions. (CW and CCW for servos and motor rotation)
- Check for excessive / unusual heat; possibly caused by short circuit or incompatible electronics spec/combination.
- Check for servo gear; it might occur that the gear has already damaged / defected.
Notes: make sure the propeller is unattached during the motor’s functionality test. Fast rotating sharp propeller blade may cause serious injury.
B. Conduct another test run after assembling to the plane.
- Check for proper direction and motion; servos operating directions for control surfaces, propeller rotation direction.
- Check for the transmitter channel configuration for control surfaces, D/R and Expo curves settings, fail safe settings, etc.
- Check for the propeller proper face direction; tractor or pusher configuration.
C. Conduct final test on the field, before taking off.
- Check for the right transmitter control configuration; ailerons, elevator, rudder direction configuration.
“Good checklists, on the other hand are precise. They are efficient, to the point, and easy to use even in the most difficult situations. They do not try to spell out everything–a checklist cannot fly a plane. Instead, they provide reminders of only the most critical and important steps–the ones that even the highly skilled professional using them could miss. Good checklists are, above all, practical.”
― Atul Gawande, The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right