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I am very new to drones. I don't own one yet, but it's on its way. I am considering trying to work the interest into a small business, but guessing that I am not the first.
The idea first came up when a new friend showed me his DJI Mini 3 that he use in his pest control business. I was amazed at the amount of tech packed into it (my background: electrical engineering) and he commented about how much more he could do with it than he normally uses it. I then found I have a neighbor with a DJI and a former co-worker with a DJI.
My plan is to start small, get used to using it, find out what it can/can't do, get my Part 107, and then decide if we jump on the business bandwagon.
Mine will be an EXO and I don't see much activity in that group, so will try to post some useful things down the road.
Howdy to all of you; please feel free to fill me in using your vast knowledge and experiences!
 
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My plan is to start small

Welcome from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, USA.

As 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…).If your Drone weighs more than 250-grams (0.55 pounds), and even while you are flying under The Exception for Recreational Flyers, you are 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 Texas, 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."

Fly On and Fly Safe…
 
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Welcome from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, USA.

As 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…).If your Drone weighs more than 250-grams (0.55 pounds), and even while you are flying under The Exception for Recreational Flyers, you are 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 Texas, 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."

Fly On and Fly Safe…
Thanks for the extensive (and linked!) response. Very helpful. I am going to continue to work my way through the steps you have listed. Hampton Roads sounds like a nice place; do you have videos posted of the area? Closest I would have been is Richmond...
I'll try to keep my progress posted here and look forward to learning and growing...
 
I'll try to keep my progress posted here and look forward to learning and growing...
Oh boy, have you asked for it…

But first, I was stationed at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo in the mid '90s and my Harley group would ride all over the hill country and we usually took the back roads and I've been to Pipe Creek on our way to or back from San Antonio and we would stop at some bistro behind an antique strip mall… If I remember rightly, they had some pretty good pie.

But, back to here… It is a nightmare for Recreational Pilots to fly here. Where I live on the Peninsula, there are many areas defined as National Parks, and three overlapping Class D Controlled Airspace, Langley AFB, an International Airport that Air Force One (the President's airplane) uses for touch and goes, and an Army Airfield… Rec Pilots can get an authorization from the FAA and then have to call the ATC to fly… I am Part 107 licensed and I can get long-term authorizations, even in the Zero Altitude Quadrants. The Map is at the end after some YouTube Videos…

I also publish 360-degree Photospheres on Google Maps and Google Earth…

First a video of Richmond (just for fun…), then a Photosphere where you can zoom in and scroll all around..., and finally map of my home turf and it's restricted airspace… Enjoy!




Home Map with Warnings.jpg
 
Oh boy, have you asked for it…

But first, I was stationed at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo in the mid '90s and my Harley group would ride all over the hill country and we usually took the back roads and I've been to Pipe Creek on our way to or back from San Antonio and we would stop at some bistro behind an antique strip mall… If I remember rightly, they had some pretty good pie.

But, back to here… It is a nightmare for Recreational Pilots to fly here. Where I live on the Peninsula, there are many areas defined as National Parks, and three overlapping Class D Controlled Airspace, Langley AFB, an International Airport that Air Force One (the President's airplane) uses for touch and goes, and an Army Airfield… Rec Pilots can get an authorization from the FAA and then have to call the ATC to fly… I am Part 107 licensed and I can get long-term authorizations, even in the Zero Altitude Quadrants. The Map is at the end after some YouTube Videos…

I also publish 360-degree Photospheres on Google Maps and Google Earth…

First a video of Richmond (just for fun…), then a Photosphere where you can zoom in and scroll all around..., and finally map of my home turf and it's restricted airspace… Enjoy!




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Good stuff! That's some lively airspace.
And, yes, the Harley riders love the Hill Country routes. I don't own one any longer, but would love to do it myself some day.
Thanks for sharing!
 
Hampton Roads sounds like a nice place; do you have videos posted of the area?
You had asked abvout this priviously and I just finished and posted one last night...

 
I am very new to drones. I don't own one yet, but it's on its way. I am considering trying to work the interest into a small business, but guessing that I am not the first.
The idea first came up when a new friend showed me his DJI Mini 3 that he use in his pest control business. I was amazed at the amount of tech packed into it (my background: electrical engineering) and he commented about how much more he could do with it than he normally uses it. I then found I have a neighbor with a DJI and a former co-worker with a DJI.
My plan is to start small, get used to using it, find out what it can/can't do, get my Part 107, and then decide if we jump on the business bandwagon.
Mine will be an EXO and I don't see much activity in that group, so will try to post some useful things down the road.
Howdy to all of you; please feel free to fill me in using your vast knowledge and experiences!
Greetings from Birmingham Alabama USA, welcome to the forum! We look forward to hearing from you!

 
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