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  1. Yes, that was meant tongue in cheek. I'm looking at the list of the Drones for Beginners Alan put together, and one or two other models not on the list to learn some skills before really investing money. I'm realizing many of these are really tiny, 6" - 10" range. So, wondering if these really simulate what flying a larger Phantom or more professional / commercial use drones would be like? I've already learned from asking all of you questions that these will be more difficult to fly, but does the controllability of these super small ones translate to the larger? If the remotes are similar to use and reactions similar then it will be useful for me, as I've not flown RC's or been a big video game person. $80 - $120 is still money and don't want to just waste it but I have decided I do want to good training tool with a camera to practice all facets before making a larger purchase. Also, is a "Digital' Controller different from other controllers, or in other words, is a digital controller the standard? would it still have 'joy' sticks (not sure the correct term here) like I've seen on the few higher end DJI models I've seen? Last question, the first model on his list sounds popular, the UDI U*I*A HD+ and have circular plastic around the propellers, guessing just propeller guards? Is this a useful this for rookie drone flyer? And will the flight characteristics be very different than models without this? Thanks it, thanks in advance for your help!
  2. Hi, I'm very new to this drone scene but very intrigued and plan to buy one sooner than later. The question is, what to buy, especially as a new drone operator? Should I expect a lot of crashes and just buy a junk one first? Or get what seems like the best fit for me and just go for it and don't crash ; ). Maybe I'm expecting a harder learning curve than it will be. Seems like you have to buy before you can try and fly one, i.e. no test flying product available it seems. On product; I've seen the Phantoms and the Inspire both from dji. A cinematographer I met recently was the one encouraging to try this venture and possible work with her so she was pushing the Inspire, which after looking at it I see it can use two controllers one to fly and one to shoot, so I can see it would be advantageous for cinematography with a crew. But I'm sure there are probably many great options that would work for me. Im not sure of my future usage but I would want to use it for commercial purposes once I get established. So those of you using them for commercial purposes or intending too.....what features have you have you found the most useful or features that are not big deal. Do you find the wider angle cameras benefit most shoot styles or something not as wide? I am not familiar enough to know how loud most of these drones are but I'm thinking flying too close and low with wider angle lens would be annoying. Thoughts? And how challenging was it for most of you learning to control these without damaging them? Or are most of these strong enough to handle a little learning curve? Thanks for any input!
  3. Good morning everyone in Drone land! My name is Sean and I'm new to this site and just wanted to introduce myself and see about building connections and career paths here at A brief (I'll do my best) history about me and where I'm at now. I chose to have my career be a drone operator just over a year ago when I realized I could make my hobby long term and be paid to do it. I did the leg work to see what it would take to become an "official drone pilot" (as everyone says). I ended signing up with a "drone school" that promised me I would leave totally educated on everything drone and be a "certified drone pilot" (sounded pretty official). Well...about 3 months later I received my computer printed "Drone Pilot Certificate" (sadly not FAA acknowledged) reminiscent of the ones you got for being a good boy in pre-school, a $5000 debt to pay off, and pretty much no more education and flight skills than I already had. Oh and the school promised to hook you up with jobs and possible perminent employment (over 9 months and nothing yet...not even a check in call). Unfortunately I fell into the pit of people who where fooled about "official" drone flight schools and lack of any legal way of becoming a "drone pilot" since the FAA had yet to do so (107 looking hopeful or at least a good start). Fast foward to today...I currently have been doing jobs in real estate, commercial, and little here there things but nothing consistently. I am almost 4 months past my promised delivery date of my 333 (shocking right?) and am enrolled in real ground school to obtain my pilots license or 107 once it becomes a little more clear. I would love to meet some people to work with or just simply chat about maneuvering through this industry. I think I'm going to be going the "working for the man" route since I need stability and have a family to support. But....I am open to consistant solo work if I can make it successful. I'm sure I'm not alone in my stories and would love to build some new relationships in this industry. I believe working together can build this new world into something great. I hope I didn't draw this out too much and hope to get some communication going in this community! Thanks again and fly safe! Oh and I apologize for the excessive "quotation" abuse!