Part one of: Taking Off – a checklist for the start of the inspection flying season

As the warmer weather approaches, inspection professionals eagerly anticipate the start of the flying season for their inspection cameras. Whether you are a seasoned aerial inspector or a newbie gearing up for your first flying season, it’s crucial to ensure that your equipment is in top-notch condition and that you are prepared for a successful season ahead.  

Checklist for your inspection flying season:

  1. Equipment Inspection:
  • Drone Health Check: Examine your drone thoroughly. Inspect the frame, propellers, and motors for any signs of wear or damage.
  • Camera Calibration: Ensure that your inspection camera is calibrated correctly. Check for image quality, focus, and any potential lens issues.
  • Battery Performance: Assess the health of your drone’s batteries. Confirm they are holding a charge effectively and consider replacing any aging batteries.
  1. Software Updates:
  • Firmware Updates: Keep your drone’s firmware up-to-date to benefit from the latest features, bug fixes, and improvements.
  • App and Software Updates: Check for updates to your inspection camera’s companion app or software. This ensures compatibility and smooth operation during flights.
  1. Regulatory Compliance:
  • Review Local Regulations: Stay informed about any changes in local drone regulations. Compliance is crucial for safe and legal flying.
  • Permit Renewal: If applicable, make sure your permits and licenses are up-to-date and renewed for the new flying season.
  1. Weather Considerations:
  • Wind Conditions: Monitor local weather forecasts regularly, paying particular attention to wind conditions. Ensure your drone can handle the expected wind speeds.
  • Temperature Checks: Extreme temperatures can affect battery life. Adjust your flying schedule accordingly.
  1. Safety Precautions:
  • Pre-flight Inspection: Conduct a pre-flight checklist, including a visual inspection of the drone and its surroundings.
  • Emergency Procedures: Familiarize yourself with emergency procedures, including safe landing protocols and actions in case of technical malfunctions.
  1. Data Management:
  • Storage Space: Make sure you have ample storage space for capturing high-resolution images and videos during inspections.
  • Data Backup: Establish a routine for backing up your inspection data to prevent loss in case of any unforeseen issues.
  1. Training and Skill Refresher:
  • Pilot Proficiency: Brush up on your piloting skills through simulations or refresher courses to ensure precise and safe maneuvers during inspections.
  • P3 eLearning Onboarding: Stay up to date and learn all you need to know about our P3 payload in our new eLearning. For access, kindly reach out to our support team for a login code. 
  1. Client Communication:
  • Scheduling: Reach out to clients to confirm scheduling for upcoming inspections. Ensure that everyone is on the same page regarding timelines and expectations.

By following this comprehensive checklist, you can kick off the flying season with confidence, knowing that your inspection camera is in optimal condition and that you are well-prepared for a successful and productive season ahead. Happy and safe flying!

Stay tuned for part two where we will share our checklist for aerial mapping.

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