Introduction New Guy on the block

I,m totally new to drones. I did purchase a Holly Stone HS 7020E drone,

Welcome from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, USA.

Since you live in Rhode Island, 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."

I fly a DJI Mini 2 and I do not have any knowledge about Holy Stone, but here is the link to all of the Holy Stone User Manuals and all their Apps…


Fly On and Fly Safe…
 
Greetings from Birmingham Alabama USA, welcome to the forum! We look forward to hearing from you!
 
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I’m currently waiting on some nice weather, at the looks of things that might take some time.
That is a beautiful setup, now when that nice weather arrives, go back to my posting above and re-read the Take a Breath and approach this slowly, so the excitement of the moment does not have you taking off from a picnic table, under the pavilion, and crash immediately into the roof… L o L . . .
 
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That is a beautiful setup, now when that nice weather arrives, go back to my posting above and re-read the Take a Breath and approach this slowly, so the excitement of the moment does not have you taking off from a picnic table, under the pavilion, and crash immediately into the roof… L o L . . .
Thank you, and good advice. I have a friend who is a pilot who is going to be my shadow on my first few flights, and will be there to save me if I’m heading for the trees.
 
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I have a friend who is a pilot who is going to be my shadow on my first few flights, and will be there to save me if I’m heading for the trees.
All the below information is incumbent upon your drone having good GPS… As I wrote, make sure the app tells you the Homepoint is updated (providing the volume on your device is turned up.

Then when the drone is completely in the clear (a park with no trees is best…), give the drone full forward for a few seconds, then let go of the sticks, you will see how fast the drone stops….

So, if the drone is flying towards trees, just realize that just stop doing anything, the drone will stop all by itself and hover. If it is headed towards trees, just let go of the sticks and take a deep breath, the drone will stop, it will not keep flying of it's own accord…

For a beginner to try to evade a tree is a "fool's errand," too often in the panic of the situation, the beginner pushes the wrong stick and crashes the drone anyway… once you get a bit of experience, you can pull the stick back, but that is after you get used to stick control and there is a learning curve…

Here are couple of videos to watch to give you an idea of the maneuvers you should learn to safely fly your drone…

Good luck!


 
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Greetings from Birmingham Alabama USA, welcome to the forum! We look forward to hearing from you!
 
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