E384 – Preflight Checklist

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Let’s take a look at the final checks before taking off with the E384.

Assemble the E384. Place both the camera and battery into the E384. Attach the fuselage cover. Check and adjust the balance, if necessary (Center of Gravity).

Power on the Transmitter. Set the mode to FBWA. Throttle should be Idle (as low as possible).

With your E384 set on the ground, power it on by plugging the Flight Battery into the male connector found inside of the fuselage, and hold it still for 15 seconds while it goes through initialization. It is extremely important for the plane to remain still during startup so the gyros will be calibrated properly.

If you are met with a “Bad AHRS” message on your HUD, wait for it to disappear before taking flight. It is common for this message to appear after powering on the plane, but it should go away within 5 minutes of the GPS acquiring a fix. If you notice that the “Bad AHRS” message remains after 5 minutes, power cycle your plane by unplugging the battery, waiting a few seconds, then plugging it back in.

Ensure that all members are away from the propeller. Hold the blinking arming button located beneath the left wing until new tones are heard. You will now have the ability to move the surfaces and rotate the motor.

In FBWA mode:

Move the right stick to the right. This should result in the ailerons attempting to bank the E384 to the right, along with the rudder moving to yaw the E384 to the right.

Move the right stick to the left. This should result in the ailerons attempting to bank the E384 to the left.

Move the right stick up. This should result in the elevator attempting to pitch down the E384.

Move the right stick down. This should result in the elevator attempting to pitch up the E384.

Move the left stick to the right. This should result in the rudder attempting to yaw the E384 right.

Move the left stick to the left. This should result in the rudder attempting to yaw the E384 left.

Move the left stick upwards a bit to see the motor turn.

Do not initiate stick input for the following. Maintaining FBWA mode, set the plane level. The ailerons should be flush with the wings. The rudder should be neutral. The elevator should be neutral.

Set the E384 so it is banking right. This should result in the ailerons attempting a bank left and the rudder attempting a yaw left.

Set the E384 so it is banking left. This should result in the ailerons attempting a bank right and the rudder attempting a yaw right.

Pick the nose of the E384 up 6 or so inches. This should result in the elevator attempting to pitch down.

Pick the tail of the E384 up 6 or so inches. This should result in the elevator attempting to pitch up.

When everything has checked out properly, open Mission Planner for E384 and connect to your E384 (Telemetry Connection).

Under the HUD, click the Preflight tab.

Take a look at the Automated Checklist. All the boxes should be green before you take off. Review the User Checklist. In this list I have manual checked all the boxes that we previously have taken care.

The E384 is capable of two different types of takeoff procedures.

FBWA Takeoff and AUTO Takeoff.