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Hi, from Joplin MO....


Sep 8, 2023
Joplin, MO
My Mavik 2S is not here yet. I have never owned or operated a drone, but have many RC race boats..... I plan on reading a lot of threads to get a grasp and then maybe ask some silly questions. I'm 74 next month, so officially old, but certainly a kid a heart. After reading a lot of discussion I find that I'm not going to be able to use my drone like I had envisioned, because of radio signal losses. I would like to explore creeks and such at low photo levels, but that will be certainly limited. I will have to learn its limits early.....
Welcome to the Forum!
You will get a lot of welcomes.
All these members are great!

You haven't RC anything in the air?
I was afraid, because I would get confused trying to turn a RC car around in my driveway.
But doing pretty good since 2015.

Rod ..
Hello from the Crossroads of America bronzeo.

You need to take the TRUST test and keep a copy with you when you fly.

It's a free no fail test that teaches you about the basic flight rules.

You'll need to register the aircraft with the FAA.

An app worth having is the B4UFLY app. It will give the airspace status and you may be able to get permission to fly if near an airport.

Good luck and welcome to the Forum. :cool:
Welcome to Mavic Pilots! :) Enjoy the forum!Thumbswayup
Welcome to the forum. We look forward to your participation and your view of the world.
Welcome to the forum! :)
I went through the info and tests.
Greetings from Birmingham Alabama USA, welcome to the forum! We look forward to hearing from you!
My Mavik 2S is not here yet.

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.

First off, I need to pull your "drone leg…" Your Drone is a Mavic (with a "C," not a "K"… at least as long as you live in America, not Amerika…)… L:rolleyes:L…

Next, you had better lower your sights on where and how you will fly your drone… Legally, you must maintain "Visual Line of Sight" that means you must be able to see it with your eyes… I know a lot videos show folks flying off to the Netherlands, but it is not legal, nor safe in a lot of cases…

As a New Drone Pilot, there are a couple of Legal Things you may need to do…

Since you have your TRUST Certificate, you still are not done... Your Drone weighs more than 250-grams (0.55 pounds) and while you are flying under The Exception for Recreational Flyers, you are required to register your Drone.

When I first started flying I registered my Mini 2 because the TRUST Certificate and FAA Registration established me as a "certified" Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Pilot.

Link to the FAADroneZone (Optional Registration for Drones under 250-Grams…)

If you are considering acquiring your Part 107 License, here is a link to get you going…

Since you live in Missouri, there are specific laws and rules for you to follow, please check the link below for all the Rules and Laws that are in effect in your neck of the woods and it also links you to some of the Best Places to Fly in your area… Also, if you travel on vacation, visit friends, and relatives in other parts of the country, check back here so you do not run afoul of the law.

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, 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 Air 2S, 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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Welcome from the other side of the state. I know exactly the kind of environment you are talking about. For camera drones, it's a tough one especially through the overhang. Some rivers have a few places with open air over the middle but the creeks are generally mostly covered. Fast water flow will also be an issue with the Vision Positioning System. It will sometimes see the water as moving and think it needs to reposition itself leading to problems. Your best bet is rivers instead of creeks. There you might have some leeway.

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