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Drone Preflight Checklist

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

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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Essential Preflight Checklist for Drone Pilots to Ensure a Safe and Successful Flight

When looking to fly a drone in compliance with the regulations of the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) or the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), it is important to ensure that you go through a comprehensive preflight checklist. Lumiforms provided checklist will help you to prepare your drone for flight and to ensure that you are operating within the legal limits set by the authorities.

A drone preflight checklist is an important tool for ensuring the safety and reliability of drones. Such a checklist contains useful information about the specific drone model being flown and can help ensure that it is in good working condition. It can also help you to identify potential issues or concerns before flying. By using a comprehensive and organized drone preflight checklist, operators can ensure that their flying operations are running smoothly and efficiently.