When your model is ready to fly, make sure it is thoroughly checked over by someone who has done a lot of building and flying. When I say thoroughly, I don't mean just picking it up and checking the balance and thumping the tires a few times. Every detail of setup and connection should be gone over in detail. If your instructor doesn't want to spend this much time checking your plane, find a new instructor. The importance of this pre-flight check cannot be overemphasized! Many planes are lost due to a simple oversight that could have been caught by a pre-flight! So here are a few checklists for different scenarios for you to consider.

Before the first flight:

Weight & Balance:


Control Surfaces:

Control Linkages:

Engine and Fuel(if applicable):


After Repair:


Before EVERY Flight:


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