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dear I spit here so maybe you're in the

market for a drone maybe you've already

got one

in either case good for you I was also

in the market for a drone the guys at

DJI sent me a MAV ik Pro thank you very

much I'm having a lot of fun flying this

thing around I will be using this method

Pro as we get into talking about how to

fly a drone

hashtag register your drone it used to

be that if your drone weighs more than

point 55 grams in less than 55 pounds

you needed to register it with the FAA

but it looks like that is no longer the


you only need to register it if you're

flying your drone commercially however

the website still says you have to

register even as a hobbyist now I'm not

sure what the regulations are in other

countries you'll have to look them up

wherever you live intro drones the more

expensive drones almost fly themselves

with the positioning hold self-leveling

elevation hold exception such a but if

the GPS fails on these drones most new

pilots are not capable of dealing with

the manual controls in handling the wind

room the cheaper toy quadcopters force

you to learn how to fly manually I

started with the sky Viper s 1700 my

first flight I crashed it three times in

under nine minutes I know it was in nine

minutes because that's how long the

battery lasted I quickly realized just

how much the wind can knock your drone

around just hovering in place was a

challenge a quick note about starting

with cheaper drones the flying

experience is not the same as with more

expensive drones

I'd say flying anything smaller than a

foot would not be very useful for

practice simulator when you're just

getting started with all this drone

business it's much better to crash a

computer-simulated drone than a real one

I used the sky Viper simulator until I

got used to the drone when I switch to

the Maverick I also used their simulator

in the DJI Go app I do not know what it

is but people get their drones and

they'd like to go right into their

backyard and fire them up without even

taking a look at the manual it's a

really good idea to familiarize yourself

with the settings real time open areas

your first flight should be in an open

area if there's any incident more than

likely nobody's

gonna get hurt by open area I mean like

a football field or a park with no more

than like a handful of trees around

people and powerlines should not be in

as you've read the idea is to practice a

lot in no risk or low risk situations

until you feel more comfortable while

strong winds are great for handheld

gliding they are not so great for drone

flying I try and fly when the wind is no

more than 15 miles per hour any more

than that you're just gonna end up with

shaky footage you also want to minimize

electronic interference don't fly near

radio stations or cell towers Wi-Fi

hotspots these things can interfere with

the communication between the drone and

the remote wouldn't want any fly aways

drone safe areas there are a ton of no

drone zones typically their airports

military bases national parks you can

get into a lot of trouble if you're

flying into one of these areas you can

find places that you can legally fly in

using the hover app it's FAA approved

super simple to use shows you the areas

that have temporary or permanent

restrictions you can also use the before

you fly app which is the FAA zap I

believe but it's kind of boring

I mean hovers way better the DJI go for

app also has the restricted flight areas

feature which shows you where restricted

areas are the Maverick Pro also comes

with the no-fly zones feature which

pretty much prevents you from flying in

restricted areas pre-flight checklist if

you have any gimbal covers or clamps for

your drum make sure you remove them

make sure your propellers are secure

give them a spin make sure your battery

is in place and secure if you have any

fans or air intakes make sure there's no

debris Zoar anything obstructing them

take a look at the gimbal make sure it's

straight if it looks cockeyed or funky

you might have a problem also your lens

make sure that puppy's clean there's

nothing worse than finding finger prints

and smudges all over your footage baked

off and landing takeoff and landing can

be very problematic for beginners

because of the ground effect this is

when the ground itself interrupts air

flow blowing down from the propellers

resulting in a vacuum

when this happens things can get a

little hairy so be careful you might

want to just practice taking off and

landing first get a good feel for it

hovering hovering can be harder than it

seems especially when it's a windy day

mastering the hover allows you better

control over your aircraft and also

allows you to shoot

better aerial videos and pictures the

first three times I launched my drone I

just practiced hovering at 3 to 5 feet

in the air and then landing I wanted to

get a good feel for how sensitive the

throttles are basic movements keep your

movements small and smooth

don't do anything elaborate until you

really get a handle of the controls in

the sensitivity if your drone has a

beginner mode use that for a while

this mode usually caps your speed and

altitude my first four flights were in

beginner mode if you have a DGI drone

you might also have tripod mode it slows

your movements to a cinematic pace but

it's also really great for beginners who

want to practice without all that speed

there are a few flight exercises you can

do to familiarize yourself with controls

- we're using just the right stick fly

in a square with the drone this is gonna

get you really familiar with the role in

the pitch liners are called you'll have

to use both sticks for this one if you

can fly in a circle you will have come a

long ways with the controls you should

be at least 5 to 10 feet in the air for

this keep doing this until you're

comfortable flying in a circle in both

directions like a figure 8 flying in a

figure 8 teaches you how to balance your

pitch roll and throttle controls while

switching from the drones nose pointing

away from you and toward you this will

definitely help you get used to

accurately controlling the drone no

matter which direction it's facing now

there is such a thing as headless mode

do not use it for this exercise that

would be cheating crash it happens to

the best of us in order to prevent a

single crash from ruining your entire

day be prepared get a few extra

propellers maybe get a few extra

batteries many drones have obstacle

avoidance built into them you should be

aware of what areas are actually covered

with this in which areas aren't the

Mavic probe for instance has obstacle

avoidance for the front and the bottom

of the drone but not for the back the

sides of the top obstacle avoidance is

not perfect people it can be thrown off

by a few things so do not rely on this

as your primary means of crash

prevention if you want evidence of this

there are quite a few videos out there

on YouTube of people crashing their

drones relying on obstacle avoidance I

definitely advise getting whatever care

or replacement plans you can get from

the manufacturer the extra money is

definitely worth it because if you do


this bad boy more than likely the

repairs you're getting will only be at a

fraction of the cause as opposed to what

you would be paying if you did not have

one of these plans rules and laws we got

rules what else is new

they're there for a reason so don't be

that guy or that gal a few notables

include do not fly over people airport's

national parks stadiums or anywhere

where a descending drone could cause


keep your drone within eyesight to never

fly higher than 400 feet above the

ground or 120 meters return to a home

position with plenty of battery power in

case of emergency wherever you are be

sure to look up the regulations first so

you know what's legal for your state or

a country or wherever well thank you all

so much for watching I will leave links

to the Mavic pro in the sky Viper drones

that I used in the description section

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