Greetings fellow pilots, newbie here from Plymouth UK!

Hi Guys,

A big thanks goes out to Rich (PingSpike) who invited me to this lovely family gathering.

I invested in a Mavic 2 Zoom just recently & spent a fortune on extras plus a FlyMore Kit. I am just waiting on a set of Tiffin ND filters ordered direct from the States.

I have also got myself insured through Icarus with £1m public liability (which they claim is better than DJI Care Refresh as they claim it’s just an extended warranty in reality with bigger outlay on yourself with claims.)

I haven’t launched it yet, only gone through the “props off” tests at home but nerves prevent me from going out there in the big wide world & stuffing my £1000+ investment into a tree or cliff.

I put a post out on to ask for beginners guidance but more importantly, places to practice in my area. I thought I could nip up to the moors & start there as my phone app said I could but digging deeper, I can’t as it’s a national park!

So, if there are any local pilots in the Plymouth area, (I live in Plympton), I would love to meet up & have a little guidance in the basics at a place which is legal.

There’s a couple of post flight beers in it for you!

Yours in anticipation,

PS my knowledge of drones rest with an early Parrot AR which now sits unused in my loft!!


Welcome Rick,
I hope you enjoy the forum.

Unfortunately I live a zillion miles away in Suffolk, but I hope someone close helps out.

Yep! Avoiding cliffs & trees is always a good start!

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Hi Rick / @rick.hyde , and welcome to GADC. :+1:

Quite a few of our members also own the M2Z … so you are amongst good company.

If you haven’t already, take a look at the Map of Members and you’ll see there are a few other members in your neck of the woods, some of whom I’m sure will come and say Hi.

(Don’t forget to add yourself to that map :+1: : How to add yourself to the Members Map )

The forum’s search functions are a very efficient way to find previous threads and posts that might already have covered topics in which you are interested in learning more or answer that niggling question but, when this doesn’t turn up what you’re after, there’s a wealth of knowledge amongst the members, so ask away over on #questions-and-answers.

Also, if you’ve not seen it, check out our map of places where members have flown in the past … which, obviously, doesn’t necessarily mean they are still OK to fly and, as always, any pilot needs to check that everything’s OK before flying at any of them.

Please also take a moment to look at the Membership Levels section on our FAQ .

Welcome aboard!

Hopefully another member in your neck of the woods will help you out with getting airborne …. but, really, they are very simple to fly.

Find a suitable space, on a nice calm day … take off gently to the height of a couple of metres … let go the controls and it will stay right there!

Small inputs to get a feel for the response … and let go of the sticks … it will stop and hover in the new location whilst you take a breath ready to try again.

Gradually build on this at your own speed, and you’ll be fine! :+1:

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Welcome to Grey Arrows @rick.hyde, glad you could join us mate :smiley:

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Welcome to the group :+1:

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There is a beginners mode on the MP so I would guess its there on the M2Z, it mainly restricts how far and how high you can go about 30m each way, I kept that on for a while and then switched it off but put height and distance limits, building up gradually, and yeah try an dkeep clear of trees and cliffs for a while.

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Welcome. Love your logo Rick