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Newbie want-a-be drone pilot NW Arkansas

cant help you as far as being local ,but welcome to the forum anyway
Hi rafdo...I am not anywhere near Arkansas, so I can't meet you to go fly....but as far as what to buy, it depends what your budget will allow.... I think the Mini4 Pro is the best bang for the buck, but the Air 3 has been on sale and is a great is much easier to see in the sky compared to the Mini 4
Hello from the Crossroads of America rafdo.

You can take the TRUST TEST now to get aquinted with the basics of flying a drone.

You will need a copy with you when you fly whatever you purchase.

It's a free no fail test that's easy to take.

FAA registration can be done here if needed.

Have fun shopping and welcome to the Forum. :cool:

Hi, new senior member interested in meeting local drone pilots to learn what to buy and how to fly in Bentonville AR area. Any locals put there? rafdo

I took a look at our Members Map and seen a few pilots in your area.

You might contact them with a private message and see if interested. 🤔


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Welcome to the forum from the beautiful woods of Maine!
There’s many knowledgeable members willing to help you with any questions you have. Search the forum using 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!
Welcome to the forum! You will get lots of great advice and learn more than you ever thought here!
By the way, I thought Bentonville AR. was one big Walmart Parking lot and we all know what happens when you fly a Walmart parking lot LOL. Just kidding (but stay away from Walmarts). Hope you find some like people close to you. Drones are more fun with more people!!!
new senior member interested in meeting local drone pilots

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…). If your Drone weighs less than 250-grams (0.55 pounds), and while you are flying under The Exception for Recreational Flyers, you are not required to register your Drone.

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

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 Arkansas, 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.

Since I do not know where in Arkansas you are located, I suggest you go online and Google "Flying Drones and (your city or county, etc…)" If thee are any businesses that fly drones in your area, call and ask, they can only "hang up.." on you, but they might know of clubs in your area or locations where drones are often flown.

Since you have not 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."

Fly On and Fly Safe…
Greetings from Birmingham Alabama USA, welcome to the forum! We look forward to hearing from you!
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