Hi all, I’m Dave.
Happy that I have found a UK based drone forum at last !
I am just about retired now, had enough of years of the Model Engineering hobby,
am now selling it all and have decided to play with the drones hobby instead.
Just over two months ago I purchased a Mavic Pro fly more,
I thought that if I was going to have a drone, it had better be a good one that lasts.
Of course it immediately slashed down with rain and storms for two solid weeks after the drone arrived.
I put the Mavic on the window ledge, looking out of the window like a bird trapped in a cage just
waiting to escape.
It was a useful time for me to twiddle with the camera settings to try to learn how it all works.
I live in central Andover, but just outside my window is a nine Acre field,
a dead quiet place called a cemetery.
Not many people walk through there during the week-days,
and so I have adopted the cemetery as my own flying practice place,
it even has a very convenient park bench seat in the centre.
Never flown a drone before, had some scary frightening moments using the controller sticks,
too many very tall trees around.
Especially when I lost all signal when the Mavic went behind the church !
Saved by the return to home function.
I am now using the Litchi software, which is much safer.
I can import the flight file into Google Earth first, to check for any unseen height above ground disasters that might happen.
I have an Apple I-Pad mini 4 connected to the controller, much larger screen than an I-phone,
don’t understand how anyone can see what is going on with a small phone screen.
These last two weeks have been mostly warm and sunny, and so I have flown two short missions to try out the Litchi program.
Put them on youtube, video quality is not great, must be some codec issues.
Fortunately, I am just outside the no-fly zones of Salisbury Plain military area, Boscome Down
and Thruxton airfields.
Stonehenge is not far away, but it is sad that a lot of Wiltshire’s ancient sites are well inside these zones.
Now I have been thrown into learning how to do video editing, from scratch,
this is a bit of a struggle at the moment.