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5 Tips For Beginner Drone Pilots9062

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Hi All,

I received an email from Drone Pilot Ground School with these 5 tips for beginner drone pilots:

1. Flying drones is a more expensive profession than you think.
2. Flying drones takes more time to train than you think.
3. Flying drones is addictive.
4. Flying drones attracts a lot of attention from the public.
5. Start small, build confidence, then upgrade.

If you are a drone pilot, what tip would you share with a WGAN Forum Member just thinking about getting started with drones?

Best,

Dan

P.S. If you would like a promo code for $50 off Drone Pilot Ground School - online FAA Part 107 test Prep Course – please Private Message me. Here's the curriculum.
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Avoid poles, they are not forgiving

Consider outsourcing, develop a relationship with a drone company. You avoid 1,2 and 5, of course you miss out on 3.
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I’ve been offering real estate drone photography for a couple years now, alongside my normal real estate photography services. My Phantom 4 Pro has been rock solid and more than sufficient. I bought a spare battery and a set of quieter props and that’s it.

As a Part 107 pilot, the public can be as interested as they want, but that’s all they can do, as long as I’m following the rules.
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@CFster

Any negative public encounters?

The letter I received, included “Not too many negative encounters. Mostly curious and inspired folks wanting to learn more.”

“Just know that when you're flying, people are going to come up to you. Be prepared to educate, because the questions will come!”

Enjoy your weekend,

Dan
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I would start with a less expensive beginner drone, like the Yuneec Breeze (around $150 at Walmart), to get started. Once you master this, move up to a Mavic 2 pro or Phantom 4 pro. You don't want your first lesson (read crash) to cost you $1500.
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Not yet. A lot of hairy eyeballs and slow drivebys but no confrontations.

I had one client who couldn’t believe I could fly near an airport, as their house was basically off the end of the runway, but it was in uncontrolled Class G airspace (below Class E) where a drone pilot is expected to employ right of way rules. They simply could not believe I could fly there.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by @JonJ
I would start with a less expensive beginner drone, like the Yuneec Breeze (around $150 at Walmart), to get started. Once you master this, move up to a Mavic 2 pro or Phantom 4 pro. You don't want your first lesson (read crash) to cost you $1500.


Point taken!

Here under $200 Drones compiled by Drone Pilot Ground School. (I added the Yuneec Breeze from Walmart, at your recommendation.)

Dan
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They really aren’t hard to fly. Take your new drone to a soccer field and you’ll get the hang of it in fifteen minutes. Most of the more popular ones have collision avoidance and will fly themselves back to you if you lose signal or go out of range. DJI’s come with GeoZones in the app which will help you (the amateur anyway) stay out of places you’re not supposed to fly (which is a lot).
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Use a reliable app for checking the weather, Buy a anemometer!! Be aware that the wind speed at an altitude of 400ft is not the same at sea level. You will say bye bye to the off the shelf consumer drone.
Do your homework use Google earth, maps etc & always conduct Pre/ post flight checks.
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The most important tip is (if you’re in the U.S.) to get your FAA Part 107 license if you intend on making any money whatsoever from flying. Really, if anyone makes money from it.
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