Scout – Preflight Checklist

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

Assemble the Scout. Place both the camera and battery into the Scout. 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 Scout 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 on top of the right wing until the switch goes solid. 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 elevons attempting to bank the Scout to the right.

Move the right stick to the left. This should result in the elevons attempting to bank the Scout to the left.

Move the right stick up. This should result in the elevons attempting to pitch the Scout down.

Move the right stick down. This should result in the elevons attempting to pitch the Scout up.

First pick the scout up off the ground ensure all body parts are away from the motor and 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 on a level surface. The elevons should be flush with the wings.

Set the Scout so it is banking right. This should result in the elevons attempting a bank left.

Set the Scout so it is banking left. This should result in the elevons attempting a bank right.

Pick up the scout and move the nose up 6 or so inches from level. This should result in the elevons attempting to pitch down.

Pick up the scout and move the nose down 6 or so inches from level. This should result in the elevons attempting to pitch up.

When everything has checked out properly, open Mission Planner for Scout and connect to your Scout (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.

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

FBWA Takeoff and AUTO Takeoff.