Just thought I would jump in here and say Hello, My name is Graham.
After years of consideration I finally got myself a drone, I bought myself a Mavic 2 Pro with Smart Controller, I have been doing loads of reading on the laws etc which appear daunting but easy enough to stick to. I got my Flyer and Operator ID’s so I am good to go although I only have 1 battery so far, I must invest in a Fly More kit.
I have always had 2 hobbies, Radio Scanning(which is dead now days) and Photography but have always wanted to get into drones mainly for Aerial Photography so I am glad I finally bit the bullet. I will be heading out in a few hours for my first flight, I am genuinely nervous, similar to how I felt going for my driving test 13 years ago haha.
I live in North Belfast so not too many places locally I can fly without drawing too much attention so I will make a habit of packing up my gear and heading out for drives on Sundays either up the Glens or down around Strangford to get some nice shots.
Welcome Graham to GADC - enjoy your new drone!
More batteries is always a good idea.
Welcome Graham. Enjoy the Wit, banter & friendly advice.
On holiday in Belfast now. Left my drone at home knowing it was risky to fly. Coach trip to Giants Causeway yesterday. If travelling in a car, unbelievable places to fly! Happy flying!
Welcome to the club.
Split my time between London and Lisburn and have had my drone up a few times in Newcastle and the Antrim Coast.
Carrick-a-rede and Ballintoy Bay.
Fantastic places to fly.
Sallagh Braes is fairly near you, plenty of open space there. Lots of places further up the coast too. Check out GADC’s own Drone Scene for places to fly. I have a few locations (including Strangford) posted on there and already put a couple of calls out to fellow NI fliers to add their own. The more the merrier.
Welcome to this site.
I only found it a few weeks ago .
There are some amazing articles and info that I am sure will help you expand your hobby.
I to am a radio scanning hobbyist mainly aircraft commercial and military monitoring, as you say this hobby is rapidly declining with the expansion of digital networks.
Anyway enjoy your drone they are pretty well impossible to crash .