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Apr 7, 2023
Hi all. Thanks for having me.
I’m Dale from Huddersfield - UK, 64 year old retired due to illness. Seriously looking to get into Drone flying as a hobby and to get me out in the fresh air more. New to the drone scene and a total beginner but really interested and wanting to get into what seems to me to be an exciting hobby.
After researching and studying internet / youtube vids ( and my budget ) i took the plunge and bought a HS 720E. But it was'nt right, despite repeated reboots / calibrations, twice it flew off on it's own, i was with an experienced pilot at the time who managed to land it without any damage, and thankfully we were flying in a very large open field with no people, so no dramas, although i was very disappointed as it was my first flight.
Anyway i got a refund and got myself a Mini 2 combo pack after having a go with my friends who swears by them and yes i was impressed, so much smoother and responsive.
I also got myself a little HS 210 for flying indoors to “learn the ropes and controls” and have a bit of fun before i take the big one outside.
Anyone with tips about the Mini 2 is greatly appreciated.
I did both my registration and flying test on the CAA website today and got my numbers. Seemed straight forward enough, common sense really, but certainly learned a thing or two and found it quite interesting. It would be nice to get together with someone local to fly together if thats at all possible.
Well thats all i can think of for now, so thanks for reading and happy and safe flying.
Best wishes, Dale.
Greetings from Birmingham Alabama USA, welcome to the forum! We look forward to hearing from you!
Hello from the Crossroads of America TEMPLAR

Nice to meet you Dale. 🤝

Welcome to the Forum. :cool:
Welcome. Tips? Low and slow initially, leave high and fast to youngsters and until you have experience.
Also excessive height may put the drone up into strong winds. If caught in strong wind try to descend and switch to sports mode, sports mode may give the drone a greater ability to fight wind by allowing it to tilt more.
(EDIT trust me to forget the crucial word "downwind" so ....) DO NOT fly long distances DOWNWIND during the outbound leg of a flight.
Read the manual SEVERAL times, test your understand in test fights and if the two do not match read the manual again. There are phrases and words in the manual that as a newbie you may misunderstand or miss the significance of.
Ask questions about things you even THINK you do not understand, better that than to not ask and consequently crash or lose the drone.
Above all work through ALL the RTH scenarios in practice sessions in a wide open space where you can see the drone and can compare the behaviours, particularly those that vary with distance. It is better to experience them for the first time during practice rather than in a real flight where there is likely to be 'panic'.
Also check which stick movements cancel an on going RTH and WHEN they cancel it, "which" and "when" change as the RTH progresses.
To simulate a loss of signal switch the controller off, you can switch it on as needs be at, for example, the landing phase. NOTE it will take a few seconds to connect so allow time for that.
Another biggie is to check, in the 'radar'/relative-position indicator, that the drone's apparent 'compass heading' matches its true heading, a mismatch can indicate that the drone is near magnetic metal that is 'confusing the compass', this can result in a flyaway characterised by a beautifully curved flight path.
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Welcome to our forum, from Hauptmann, in North Texas!

You'll love the flexibility of vantage points an aerial camera platform affords--you'll get shots and videos you could only dream of before! I fly a Mavic 2 Pro now, but will soon be upgrading to the Mini 3 Pro.

We have over 150,000 members--many in the UK-- who enjoy helping each other get the most out of our hobby. Most of the questions you'll have have already been addressed, and are easy to search. If you have NEW questions, just ask!

Glad to have you with us!

Rich R (aka Hauptmann)
Welcome to the forum. We look forward to your participation and your view of the world.
Anyone with tips about the Mini 2 is greatly appreciated.

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.

I fly a Mini 2 and I think it's great. Be sure to name your little bird...

Since you live in the UK, there are specific laws and rules for you to follow, please check to ensure these are current.

Even if you may 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 kitten or puppy 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, 4-5 feet (1-1/2 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 2, 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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