– Where is the sun in relation to where you will be flying? Will it affect your flight patterns? What actions will you take if you accidentally fly ‘through ’ the sun? Should you be wearing sunglasses? Remember that low sun in winter can be a particular problem.
– Consider the wind strength and direction. How will this affect your flights? Will you have to modify your normal take-off and, especially, your landing pa tterns? From your local knowledge, will there be any turbulence with ‘this’ wind direction and strength? And how bad might it be?
– What will you do if you hear or see a full size aircraft or helicopter flying at low level near the field? What if the landing area is suddenly obstru cted when you are on finals to land? What will you do if a nearby footpath or bridle path suddenly has walkers or horses on it?
– You may have an engine cut at any part of a flight so consider where your dead-stick landings might be safely made and which ground areas you should definitely avoid. How will you warn other field users if you have an emergency?
– Is the site pegboard in operation? If not, why not? Where has the pegboard been placed? Are you familiar with the syst em and understand how it works?
– Are there any specific site rules you should be aware of? Most importantly, where are the no- fly zones or dead airspace areas on the site?