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  1. It seems that this guy was going for the Guinness Record to see how many violations he could get in one flight. Improper registration number/flying less than 83 feet over private property without owner's permission (he barely cleared a few of the rooftops/flying over people without a waiver/flying within 5 miles of an airport without permission/not reporting the loss of the drone when he knew it was within 5 miles of the airport/and the ultimate one FLYING IN A TFR while the president was there. And just to confirm how stupid he was, he didn't pay the fine or file an appeal in time, raising the fine another $5,000. He's a disgrace to the drone community.
  2. You missed the part where it says the drone was recovered by airport officials.
  3. For a newbie just getting started, the Phantom 3 is a great start.
  4. I agree that hands on training would be beneficial, but those prices seem outrageous to me. A cheaper option might be finding someone in your area that has experience with the same type of drone that you have, and offering to pay that person for lessons.
  5. That's the second best piece of advice I ever got. The first is from the old Boy Scout motto, "Be Prepared".
  6. I agree with the above comments about it being the quality of hours as opposed to quantity. I got my Private Pilot's license over 30 years ago, so anything I fly I want to be proficient at. More than half of my drone hours have been spent in manual mode doing co-ordinated turns, figure 8s, and when I'm lucky enough to find a local park that's empty, I use it as an aerial obstacle course. I live in Chicago, and it seems everywhere I go there is interference from cell towers, power lines...you name it. You need to be able to take over in manual mode at any time. I realize that was long winded, and didn't really answer the question, and I honestly don't have an answer. I consider myself a "competetent" pilot, but I guess the real judge of whether you're experienced or not is the person or company that hires you.