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Pinewood

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Hi all, found this forum after reading lots of social media threads.
Look forward to learning and providing the little knowledge amassed in 2023.

Bought a little used Mavic Air from a friend and was instantly hooked.
Operator ID - Flyer ID
club insurance and article 16 as it was over the 250g threshold.

Decided to treat myself with the Mini 4 Pro and sell the Mavic.

what a great hobby .

main thing i struggle is with flying where people can see me. Almost a fear of being challenged. I know it's not rational, so hoping with time and experience I will raise my confidence.
Always been a keen photographer and part reason for buying the mini, was it's portability alongside my DLSR and lenses.

Have created a few short clips using LightCut and love the post processing aspect of this hobby.

Enough of a hello i think - see you up in the skies
 
Welcome to the forum! :)
 
Welcome to the MavicPilots forum. Enjoy safe and happy flying!
 
Hi all, found this forum after reading lots of social media threads.
Look forward to learning and providing the little knowledge amassed in 2023.

Bought a little used Mavic Air from a friend and was instantly hooked.
Operator ID - Flyer ID
club insurance and article 16 as it was over the 250g threshold.

Decided to treat myself with the Mini 4 Pro and sell the Mavic.

what a great hobby .

main thing i struggle is with flying where people can see me. Almost a fear of being challenged. I know it's not rational, so hoping with time and experience I will raise my confidence.
Always been a keen photographer and part reason for buying the mini, was it's portability alongside my DLSR and lenses.

Have created a few short clips using LightCut and love the post processing aspect of this hobby.

Enough of a hello i think - see you up in the skies
Wotcher. Drone anxiety is the recognised term and it's a lot more common than a lot of people will admit.
 
@Pinewood welcome to the forum
i guess the term Drone anxiety ,consists of two parts
the first one, as you mentioned ,is to do with the fact that you are flying in a public place,and you worry about being confronted ,by another person or persons who may not for whatever reasons ,be particularely happy that you are flying a drone
from your point of view ,there are several things that you can do, to help de-escalate a possible unpleasant situation from getting out of control
these things have been discussed on many occasions ,on this forum ,and in order to keep this post as short as possible ,i am not going to list them here
the second one ,is the actual flying of the drone itself ,and feeling confident in you abilities,to navigate around the area you are flying in without crashing into something
as your drone flying experience increases with time ,your confidence and ability will improve ,
but at the same time ,its very easy to become over confident ,and cut corners
as long as you are flying within the guidelines ,for the particular class of drone you are using ,and have done everything in your power to have a safe and legal flight then you are good to go
 
Greetings from Birmingham Alabama USA, welcome to the forum! We look forward to hearing from you!
 
Welcome. At 450 flights (a beginner in comparison with those who have done thousands) I still experience a nervous excitement as I decide to and get prepared to fly. It is a miracle anyway and to be part of it is magic. I am still very careful and deliberate in all that I do when flying. Probably will always be that way but I still love and I think I’m getting better as I do more flights. Enjoy your flying.
 
Welcome to the forum from the beautiful woods of Maine!
I was a little reluctant when I first started flying but found that in most cases people are curious and many times asked to see the live stream video.
When they did, they were ready to buy one!
 
Welcome to Mavic Pilots! :) Enjoy the forum!Thumbswayup
 
Decided to treat myself with the Mini 4 Pro

Welcome from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, USA. We have a Member's Map in the Upper Right of the Title Bar. Click on "Members" and then Click on "Member's Map…" Check it out and you might find some new flying friends.


Since you live in the UK, there are specific laws and rules for you to follow, please check to ensure these are current. You wrote some stuff that I as a Yank do not understand so maybe you've covered all your bases legally…


As for the anxiety of being challenged by busybodies, search some of your past postings and your fellow country members might be able to offer you some assuarances…

Even if you have flown Drones before, here is some Good Old Fashion Advice…

You paid a lot of money for that Drone, put your phone number on it. If your drone gets lost or stuck in a tree and it finally comes down when you are not around, give the finders an opportunity to contact you so it can be returned.

Now, for the Fun Part, But do not let the excitement of the moment get the best of you. When you are going out to fly, do it slowly and deliberately. Get used to a set procedure and even practice it.

There are so many things I could write but these are the highlights that I feel need mentioning.

Plug in your phone/tablet into your controller; turn on the Controller and DJI Fly App (if it does not start on its own…). On the Drone, open the front legs, then open the back legs, and then remove the Gimbal Cover.

The Gimbal is the most delicate item on the Drone and banging or bumping can damage it. I also fastened a short "Remove Before Flight" ribbon to the cover so it's more noticeable and I do not forget to remove it…

Turn on the drone and watch it come to "life." Watching the Gimbal go through its self-check is almost like watching a puppy or kitten opening its eyes for the first time…

Place the drone down (preferably on a Landing Pad) while it finishes its self-test (collecting satellites, etc…).

Check your battery status (Phone, Drone, and Controller), check the Signal Strength, by now the Controller should have reported it updated the Home Point.

Lift off, 6 feet (2-meters) or so, hover a bit, check the controls (move the drone a bit forward, back, left, right, yaw left and right). By now, your Controller will probably report again, "Home point Updated."

If you go out in a rush and race thru your start up and take off before the drone has finished it prep, it may update its Home Point over that pond or that old tree you are flying over and in your excitement, you'll fly the drone long past it Low Battery point and when it engages Return to Home and lands in the pond or in a tree; it will be all on you…

Now go have fun, learn to fly the drone by sight before you try to fly it out a distance depending on the video feed, FPV.

I would also advise you to use YouTube and watch a lot of the Videos on flying and setting up the Drone. When it is too dark, too cold, or too wet, you can "fly it vicariously" through YouTube. Also watch some of the Blooper Drone Videos and learn how not to fly your "New Baby."

Below is the link to all of the downloads offered by DJI for the Mini 4 Pro, including the User Manual.

After you read the Manual, read it again, you will be surprised what you missed the first time and you will be better prepared for that first "scary moment…"


Fly On and Fly Safe…
 
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