Preflight Checklist

Pre-Flight Checklist

Before heading outside

  • Are you aware of and in compliance with all local and federal regulations? (Not sure what they are? Make sure you’ve completed Droneology and registered with the AMA.)
  • Have you contacted the Air Traffic Control of any airports within a 5-mile radius? (Download the FAA’s B4UFly app to learn where your nearest airports are.)
  • Is the flight field clear of hazards that would make it unsafe to fly?
  • Are the weather conditions safe for flight?
  • Do you have emergency equipment, including a first aid kit and fire extinguisher?


  • Have you calibrated RubiQ’s Compass? 
  • Attach your props. (see Step 12 of the Build Guide.)
  • Ensure all screws and components are securely fastened to the drone.
  • Connect the LiPo battery (see Step 9 of the Build Guide). Tuck the balance cables under the battery strap, so they’re protected during flight.
  • Set RubiQ on a flat launch surface. The accelerometer and gyro sensors calibrate automatically each time they connect to power. To get the best calibration settings, RubiQ needs to be on a level surface during power-up.
  • Plug in the battery and wait for GPS lock. Watch for the outer LEDs to blink green at least seven times. Each green blink equals one connected satellite.
  • Turn the radio controller on and set your desired flight modes.
  • Make sure everyone is a safe distance from the drone and wearing protective glasses.
  • Communicate with all observers before arming the drone and during lift-off. (Arming the drone sets the “home” position for Return to Launch.)