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Hi. I'm completely new to drone flying and am sure I'm going to have a lot of dumb question along the way. I'm in Virginia and have just bought a Mavic 3 pro with RC controller. Hopefully you'll all be easy on an old guy learning new tricks!
Who is this old guy you want us to go easy on? At 59, you're a kid by comparison to some here. A kid with a really nice new toy.

I'd suggest looking at some of the free courses at The Pilot Institute, and possibly some of the paid ones, too. They offer some excellent courses of the basics of drone flying and there's a "Deep Dive" course specifically on the Mavic 3. Link below.

Some quick unsolicited advice for your first 10 hours or so of flight time.
  • Get your TRUST certificate and register the drone.
  • Learn to use and use the B4YouFly app.
  • Read the manual and be sure you understand the RTH (return to home) feature and signal loss consequences thoroughly.
  • Switch to Cine mode after takeoff. The drone always starts in normal mode, regardless of the switch setting.
  • Don't fly near anything, other than the ground.
  • Don't use the automated features to have the drone follow you.
  • Watch the battery level and land with 30% in the bank.
Beyond that, have fun and fly safely. Don't be shy about asking questions. This forum is an excellent resource and folks are very helpful. Share some photos and stories, too.

 
Hello from the Crossroads of America KBF.

If you haven't done it yet, you'll need to register the aircraft with the FAA and you'll need to take the TRUST test to keep a copy with you when you fly.



Good luck and welcome to the Forum. :cool:
 
Welcome to the forum! :)
 
Greetings from Birmingham Alabama USA, welcome to the forum! We look forward to hearing from you!
 
Welcome to Forum!
These members are great, your in the right spot!

Ignore me, I have very twisted Humor :rolleyes:

Anyways, when I turned 16, then 21 that was!
Then I went to friends surprise party when he turned 30. Then I thought 40's and 50's where old.

My humor, I always told people you can drive your age, why not? :)👌

Rod ..
 
I'm completely new to drone flying and am sure I'm going to have a lot of dumb question along the way. I'm in Virginia and have just bought a Mavic 3 pro with RC controller

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 checked the members map and did not find you near by…


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

I know you have already been told some of this by some of the other members, but it is important…

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 less than 250-grams (0.55 pounds) with the light batteries and while you are flying under The Exception for Recreational Flyers, you are not 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 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 Virginia, 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 Mini 3 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…
 
Thank you everyone! So much good info already! I do have an 'issue' question, I'll go find the appropriate forum and post it.
Thanks for the links too, I did not know about TRUST and registration.

That is why I joined the Pilots Forum(s) in 2017.

And I'm still learning stuff today. 😊

Again, welcome to the Forum. :cool:

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Hi. I'm completely new to drone flying and am sure I'm going to have a lot of dumb question along the way. I'm in Virginia and have just bought a Mavic 3 pro with RC controller. Hopefully you'll all be easy on an old guy learning new tricks!
Welcome, and I'm sure all your questions can be answered here. It cracks me up when guys in their 50s call themselves old.
 
Welcome, and I'm sure all your questions can be answered here. It cracks me up when guys in their 50s call themselves old.
Well, I'm 60 in a few weeks but I've had a hard paper round :) Funny thing is, when I joined the forum I thought all the members would be young whizzkids who think a 30 year old is ancient! How wrong I was!
 
Welcome to the forum from the beautiful woods of Maine!
There's many knowledgeable members willing to help with any questions you have. Search the forum using key words and if you don't find an answer, post your question and I'm sure you'll get a quick response. Fly safe and stay safe!
 
Well, I'm 60 in a few weeks but I've had a hard paper round :) Funny thing is, when I joined the forum I thought all the members would be young whizzkids who think a 30 year old is ancient! How wrong I was!
Ha Ha, I with you there. I'll be 73 in a few weeks. Of course there is OMM and kendallfordguy, but I know Dale tops us.
 
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