Pre-Flight Checklist

Posted on Monday, July 19th, 2010

Written by Brad Schiller 

The responsibilities of an automated lighting programmer are similar to that of an airplane pilot in several ways. We have to control expensive equipment, ensure a successful production (flight), and we must be masters of our crafts.

Before beginning a flight, an airplane pilot always checks the airplane from top to bottom, inside and out.  In the same manner, it is important for a lighting programmer to confirm “all systems are GO” prior to starting a programming session.  With any size lighting rig, there are certain procedures and tests that should be performed before a single cue is written.  Failure to accurately test the rig can result in long delays or inaccurate values being recorded. 

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