Lancer X

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  1. Any thoughts regarding the PPA's Drone Photographer certification? Have any of you pursued this cert, and if so do you feel it was worthwhile? Feedback/experiences about the PPA in general?
  2. Mavic Pro Platinum?

    http://www.dji.com/mavic-pro-platinum?from=v3_landing_page Okay. No arguing that this drone is really cool. However, after a lot of recent product research (i.e. shopping), it seems that the community consensus was that the camera was the Mavic Pro's weak point. Quieter and longer flight time is super cool, but now I'm in an even bigger quandary on my first "grown up" drone. Hmm...
  3. Hi all! I am new to drone piloting - only a few days' experience with low end consumer (toy) drones.However, I am extremely intrigued by the industry, and interested in pursuing at least a side business in the drone field. Mapping with DroneDeploy (or Maps Made Easy) seems like a great way to differentiate myself from other regional drone service providers.Since I am a new pilot, I am considering purchasing a refurbished Phantom 3 Standard ($400 USD) to practice flying and filming with. However, that model is not supported by DroneDeploy (or MME also I believe).The least expensive DD-supported model is a refurb P3 Advanced at $639 USD. (Seems like DD wants Lightbridge only, and not wifi.)My question is: get the P3S as a "beater" to practice with for a while, OR spend the extra money for the P3A (or even a refurb P4) so I can also practice mapping with DD? Doing some pro bono work and building a portfolio is also attractive. I'm just worried about crashing and ruining a nicer model while I'm learning.Kind of leaning towards getting the P3S to enjoy and learn, and then waiting to see if DJI announces a Phantom 5, Mavic with a better camera, etc. in the near future once I am ready for the big league?Appreciate all advice!Bonus question: what do you all think of drone flight simulators (e.g. Realflight Drone)? Worth the investment?? I do have a Holy Stone HS170 Predator (and an Altair Aerial camera FPV drone on the way) to practice with.
  4. Introducing Myself

    Practicing my flight techniques, flying for pleasure, and shooting recreational video around my property and neighborhood. Also learning if I like the hobby enough to upgrade to a more serious drone. This drone is the new Altair Aerial AA108. Features include 3 speeds, altitude hold, headless mode, 720p camera, FPV via smartphone app, and 8-10 min flight time. The drone is from a new US company based out of Nebraska. Corresponded with the co-founder this morning via email - expecting great customer service from this pair of owners. Review that swayed me to buy: https://www.dronethusiast.com/altair-aerial-aa108-drone-reviews/ Manuf site: https://altairaerial.com/
  5. Introducing Myself

    Hi all. I am a brand new drone pilot. In doing research for my first drone purchase, I became interested in future UAV related business opportunities. Will check back in after my first flight when my drone arrives next week!