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Hello everyone. I'm a new member from south of Houston area. I'm also fairly new to drones. I learned to fly last year on a Phantom 4 and my buddy's Mavic 3T. Well I recently bought a Mavic 3T for myself. I've been reading stuff online and that's what lead me to this site. Lots of good info here. I look forward to learning as much as I can. Please bear with me if I ask some dumb questions. I'm absolutely NOT the techy type, so I've got plenty of them.
 
Greetings from Birmingham Alabama USA, welcome to the forum! We look forward to hearing from you!
 
welcome to the forum
asking so called dumb questions, is how you learn ,and this forum is a great place to learn ,
you can also use the search function, to see if your question has already been, asked and hopefully answered
 
I'm a new member from south of Houston area. I'm also fairly new to drones. I learned to fly last year on a Phantom 4 and my buddy's Mavic 3T

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.


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

If you have not already done so, you will need to get your TRUST Certificate. You can get that at the Pilot Institute Web Site (FREE…). Your Drone weighs more than 250-grams (0.55 pounds), and even while you are flying under The Exception for Recreational Flyers, you are required to register your Drone.

Link to the TRUST Certificate at the Pilot Institute Web Site (FREE…)


FAA TRUST Online Portal for Recreational Drone Operators - Pilot Institute
Get your FAA TRUST Certificate of Completion to legally fly drones for recreational reasons in the United States.
trust.pilotinstitute.com trust.pilotinstitute.com

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 Texas, 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."

I believe the 3T falls under the Enterprise Series… Below is the link to all of the downloads offered by DJI for the Mavic 3 Enterprise, 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…
 
Welcome "south of Houston area"! Galveston? Lots of good flying there.

I live in Houston, but spend most of my time at our ranch in Brenham. Beautiful wildflower country. I'll post an invite when the bluebonnets bloom, for all the forum members. Some great flying in this area. Independence, just north of Brenham.
 
Welcome to the forum from the beautiful woods of Maine!
There’s many knowledgeable members willing to help you with any questions you may have. As Old Man Mavic said, search the forum, use keywords and if you don’t find an answer, post your questions and I’m sure you’ll get a quick response. Fly safe and stay safe!
 
Hello everyone. I'm a new member from south of Houston area. I'm also fairly new to drones. I learned to fly last year on a Phantom 4 and my buddy's Mavic 3T. Well I recently bought a Mavic 3T for myself. I've been reading stuff online and that's what lead me to this site. Lots of good info here. I look forward to learning as much as I can. Please bear with me if I ask some dumb questions. I'm absolutely NOT the techy type, so I've got plenty of them.
Hello from the Angleton area!
 
Welcome "south of Houston area"! Galveston? Lots of good flying there.

I live in Houston, but spend most of my time at our ranch in Brenham. Beautiful wildflower country. I'll post an invite when the bluebonnets bloom, for all the forum members. Some great flying in this area. Independence, just north of Brenham.
Thank yall !

Im in Friendswood
 
Hello everyone. I'm a new member from south of Houston area. I'm also fairly new to drones. I learned to fly last year on a Phantom 4 and my buddy's Mavic 3T. Well I recently bought a Mavic 3T for myself. I've been reading stuff online and that's what lead me to this site. Lots of good info here. I look forward to learning as much as I can. Please bear with me if I ask some dumb questions. I'm absolutely NOT the techy type, so I've got plenty of them.
Welcome!
 
Welcome to the forum! :)

A few useful things to get you started:
  • The current DJI drone manual can be downloaded here (it doesn't come in the box).

  • This video covers all the basics of the Mavic 3.

  • Your drone batteries will last longer if you use and maintain them like this.

  • The drone records flight data each time you fly. You can decrypt and view those flight logs with these tools.
 

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