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Drone Preflight Checklist Template

A drone preflight checklist is used by drone pilots to ensure safe and legal drone operation. Drone preflight checklists also help them fulfill compliance with drone regulations, such as those by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

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Drone Preflight Checklist Template

Preflight Check




Visual Observer (if applicable)

Weather Information

Cloud Cover %


Wind Direction

Wind Speed

Site information

Please check your local drone regulations and check if there are specific regulations that you need to follow.

Checked NOTAMS

Outside required proximity within nearest airport (please check your local regulations on this)

Safe distance from crowds, animals, property

Clear of overhead obstructions (e.g. Buildings, Power lines, Trees, Cell Sites, Houses etc,)

Clear take off and landing site identified

Secondary Landing Zone identified

Home Point identified

Safety signs erected


Obtained required airspace authorization (if applicable)

Obtained operational waiver (if applicable)

Pilot License (not applicable if drone flight is for government use) on hand

Drone Flight Equipment Visual Inspection

Gimbal Lock and Lens Cap REMOVED

Router and Transmitter ON

Inspect frame for cracks, loose parts

Motors able to spin freely

Propellers and hubs free from cracks or damage

Check for loose wires and tuck away

Batteries fully charged

Batteries inserted correctly

Controller fully charged

Firmware and Memory

Transmitter firmware updated

Drone firmware updated

SD card in camera with sufficient memory space

App updated


Signal and Satellite Strength checked

Calibrate compass

Inform spectators (if any)


Pilot's Signature

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