Model ___________________________________ Date _________
Check fabric/covering for loose seams, fraying, tightness, and pulling free from structure.
Check for cracking, delaminating, and durability.
Check for chipping, cracking, lifting, and touch up any hanger rash.
Double check all markings if not painted on model to make sure they are not lifting.
□ General Structure
Check all exposed internal structure elements are secure including servo trays, exposed formers, wing bolt plates, etc.
□ Control Surfaces
Make sure all control surfaces are tight but not binding, and move within the needed range of motion.
Verify that hinges are secure and none are broken or worn. Replace if needed. Verify all linkages are secure and not looser “sloppy”.
Verify center of gravity (CG) and lateral balance.
□ Misc Areas
Make sure all hatches, access panels, and cowl fasteners are secure and not worn/stripped.
Make sure cowl and canopy are secure and not cracked or working loose.
□ Landing Gear
Check general condition of landing gear / retracts for proper operation and clearance.
Inspect and verify they spin freely and check for tightness of wheel collars/nuts.
Verify all wheels track correctly.
□ Air system
Verify air system holds air in both retract positions (if installed).
□ Fuel Tank
Check for leaks and check front screw for tightness. Verify fuel tank is secure in aircraft and that the clunk moves freely. Replace internal lines if necessary.
□ Fuel Lines
Check for leaks and/or blockage. Replace if necessary.
Check for stoppage. Clean or replace if necessary.
Engine & Propeller:
Make sure motor / engine is secured to mount.
Mounted securely and not leaking around exhaust manifold.
Verify engine/motor is operating properly and safely.
Check for nicks or cracks and check propeller balance before mounting on engine.
Check condition and tightness.
Radio / Electrical:
Verify all servos are securely mounted to the aircraft, operating properly, not binding, and servo arms secure.
Ensure it is mounted securely but protected by foam. Check antenna to ensure it’s properly routed and secure.
Ensure they are functioning properly. Old switches can have worn contacts that lead to power interruption.
Cycle and check charge level and capacity and replace if necessary.
Check all connectors and wires for fraying or breaks.
□ Range Check
Range check model at flying field before flying it.
□ Contact information
Make sure your contact information is inside the aircraft. AMA # and FAA # also clearly marked someplace on the aircraft.