Certified 107 from Oregon

RobA

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Hi All,

Found this forum on my search to determine local laws for drone flights that aren't covered in B4UFLY app.

Part-time videographer and photographer.

Equipment:
DJI Mini 4 Pro + Plus batteries + Skyreat ND filters
Sony A7RV + GM II lens (50m 1.2, 70-200m 2.8, 24-70m 2.8, 2X converter)
Sony RX10 III
WOTSUN Venus Laowa 90mm 2.8 2X Ultra Macro
DJI RS3 Pro Gimbal
SmallRig (a bunch of stuff)
DesView 6" and 7" HDMI monitors
Slew of various CF Tripods
iPhone 14 Max Pro
GoPro 7 and 9
DJI Osmo Pocket 3
Post production video software: DaVinci Resolve 18.x (and Fusion)
Post production image software: Affinity Photo 2.x
Black Magic Designs Speed Editor
Black Magic Designs Mini Panel

Cheers, Rob.
 
Found this forum on my search to determine local laws for drone flights that aren't covered in B4UFLY app.

Welcome from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, USA.

I see that you also joined the MavicPilot's Web Site, but have not yet Check in as a New Pilot (it's not required…) I am active on both sites and I will Welcome you there too… L :D L . . .

You don’t say but I think you are a New Drone Pilot, there are a couple of Legal Things you may need to do…

If you have not already done so, you will need to get your TRUST Certificate. You can get that at the Pilot Institute Web Site (FREE…). Your Drone weighs less than 250-grams (0.55 pounds with the small batteries), and while you are flying under The Exception for Recreational Flyers, you are not required to register your Drone.

Link to the TRUST Certificate at the Pilot Institute Web Site (FREE…)


FAA TRUST Online Portal for Recreational Drone Operators - Pilot Institute
Get your FAA TRUST Certificate of Completion to legally fly drones for recreational reasons in the United States.
trust.pilotinstitute.com trust.pilotinstitute.com

Link to the FAADroneZone (Optional Registration for Drones under 250-Grams…)


If you are considering acquiring your Part 107 License, here is a link to get you going…


Since you live in Oregon, there are specific laws and rules for you to follow, please check the link below for all the Rules and Laws that are in effect in your neck of the woods and it also links you to some of the Best Places to Fly in your area… Also, if you travel on vacation, visit friends, and relatives in other parts of the country, check back here so you do not run afoul of the law.


Even if you have flown Drones before, here is some Good Old Fashion Advice…

You paid a lot of money for that Drone, put your phone number on it. If your drone gets lost or stuck in a tree and it finally comes down when you are not around, give the finders an opportunity to contact you so it can be returned.

Now, for the Fun Part, But do not let the excitement of the moment get the best of you. When you are going out to fly, do it slowly and deliberately. Get used to a set procedure and even practice it.

There are so many things I could write but these are the highlights that I feel need mentioning.

Plug in your phone/tablet into your controller; turn on the Controller and DJI Fly App (if it does not start on its own…). On the Drone, open the front legs, then open the back legs, then remove the Gimbal Cover.

The Gimbal is the most delicate item on the Drone and banging or bumping can damage it. I also fastened a short "Remove Before Flight" ribbon to the cover so it's more noticeable and I do not forget to remove it…

Turn on the drone and watch it come to "life." Watching the Gimbal go through its self-check is almost like watching a puppy or kitten opening its eyes for the first time…

Place the drone down (preferably on a Landing Pad) while it finishes its self-test (collecting satellites, etc…).

Check your battery status (Phone, Drone, and Controller), check the Signal Strength, by now the Controller should have reported it updated the Home Point.

Lift off, 6- feet (2-meters) or so, hover a bit, check the controls (move the drone a bit forward, back, left, right, yaw left and right). By now, your Controller will probably report again, Home point Updated.

If you go out in a rush and race thru your start up and take off before the drone has finished it prep, it may update its Home Point over that pond or that old tree you are flying over and in your excitement, you'll fly the drone long past it Low Battery point and when it engages Return to Home and lands in the pond or in a tree; it will be all on you…

Now go have fun, learn to fly the drone by sight before you try to fly it out a distance depending on the video feed, FPV.

I would also advise you to use YouTube and watch a lot of the Videos on flying and setting up the Drone. When it is too dark, too cold, or too wet, you can "fly it vicariously" through YouTube. Also watch some of the Blooper Drone Videos and learn how not to fly your "New Baby."

Below is the link to all of the downloads offered by DJI for the Mini 4 Pro, including the User Manual.

After you read the Manual, read it again, you will be surprised what you missed the first time and you will be better prepared for that first "scary moment…"


Fly On and Fly Safe…
 
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Greetings from Birmingham Alabama USA, welcome to the forum! We look forward to hearing from you!
 
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Welcome from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, USA.

I see that you also joined the MavicPilot's Web Site, but have not yet Check in as a New Pilot (it's not required…) I am active on both sites and I will Welcome you there too… L :D L . . .

You don’t say but I think you are a New Drone Pilot, there are a couple of Legal Things you may need to do…

If you have not already done so, you will need to get your TRUST Certificate. You can get that at the Pilot Institute Web Site (FREE…). Your Drone weighs less than 250-grams (0.55 pounds with the small batteries), and while you are flying under The Exception for Recreational Flyers, you are not required to register your Drone.

Link to the TRUST Certificate at the Pilot Institute Web Site (FREE…)


FAA TRUST Online Portal for Recreational Drone Operators - Pilot Institute
Get your FAA TRUST Certificate of Completion to legally fly drones for recreational reasons in the United States.
trust.pilotinstitute.com trust.pilotinstitute.com

Link to the FAADroneZone (Optional Registration for Drones under 250-Grams…)


If you are considering acquiring your Part 107 License, here is a link to get you going…


Since you live in Oregon, there are specific laws and rules for you to follow, please check the link below for all the Rules and Laws that are in effect in your neck of the woods and it also links you to some of the Best Places to Fly in your area… Also, if you travel on vacation, visit friends, and relatives in other parts of the country, check back here so you do not run afoul of the law.


Even if you have flown Drones before, here is some Good Old Fashion Advice…

You paid a lot of money for that Drone, put your phone number on it. If your drone gets lost or stuck in a tree and it finally comes down when you are not around, give the finders an opportunity to contact you so it can be returned.

Now, for the Fun Part, But do not let the excitement of the moment get the best of you. When you are going out to fly, do it slowly and deliberately. Get used to a set procedure and even practice it.

There are so many things I could write but these are the highlights that I feel need mentioning.

Plug in your phone/tablet into your controller; turn on the Controller and DJI Fly App (if it does not start on its own…). On the Drone, open the front legs, then open the back legs, then remove the Gimbal Cover.

The Gimbal is the most delicate item on the Drone and banging or bumping can damage it. I also fastened a short "Remove Before Flight" ribbon to the cover so it's more noticeable and I do not forget to remove it…

Turn on the drone and watch it come to "life." Watching the Gimbal go through its self-check is almost like watching a puppy or kitten opening its eyes for the first time…

Place the drone down (preferably on a Landing Pad) while it finishes its self-test (collecting satellites, etc…).

Check your battery status (Phone, Drone, and Controller), check the Signal Strength, by now the Controller should have reported it updated the Home Point.

Lift off, 6- feet (2-meters) or so, hover a bit, check the controls (move the drone a bit forward, back, left, right, yaw left and right). By now, your Controller will probably report again, Home point Updated.

If you go out in a rush and race thru your start up and take off before the drone has finished it prep, it may update its Home Point over that pond or that old tree you are flying over and in your excitement, you'll fly the drone long past it Low Battery point and when it engages Return to Home and lands in the pond or in a tree; it will be all on you…

Now go have fun, learn to fly the drone by sight before you try to fly it out a distance depending on the video feed, FPV.

I would also advise you to use YouTube and watch a lot of the Videos on flying and setting up the Drone. When it is too dark, too cold, or too wet, you can "fly it vicariously" through YouTube. Also watch some of the Blooper Drone Videos and learn how not to fly your "New Baby."

Below is the link to all of the downloads offered by DJI for the Mini 4 Pro, including the User Manual.

After you read the Manual, read it again, you will be surprised what you missed the first time and you will be better prepared for that first "scary moment…"


Fly On and Fly Safe…

Thanks, not sure what you mean by haven't checked in MavicPilot's website, I have registered and confirmed email ... is there more?

I've registered my Drone with FAA (Small UAS Certificate of Registration) and have a registration number expires 2026. I've also passed the TRUST Recreational UAS Safety Test and have my Completion Certificate with Authentication Token.

I'm working thru my part 107 now.

Cheers, Rob.
 
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Thanks, not sure what you mean by haven't checked in MavicPilot's website, I have registered and confirmed email ... is there more?
I am sorry, now that I have re-read my posting I can see why you were confused… I am active on various Drone Web Sites. Your posting here on DronePilots in the "Pilot Check In" Sub Forum was very informative and you listed your Drone as a "Mini 4 Pro." This web site is a good site, but the MavicPilots (a sister web site to this site) is very active with DJI drones, especially the Mini 4.

Before recommending you also join the MavicPilots site, I went over there and I checked the membership rolls and noticed that you had joined the MavicPilots about an hour after joining this site (DronePilots).

However, I also noticed that you only posted in the "Local and Regional" Discussions Sub Forum… The reason I recommend you also post in the "Pilot Check In" Sub Forum is that you will generally receive 10, 20, 30, or more Replies from fellow members who often can make your site experience a lot more enjoyable…

But like I also wrote, it's not required…

I hope you enjoy both sites and get lots of great photos and videos to share…

LT Signing off…
 

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