Hey all. I am a new drone user having taken receipt this week of my first real (to me at least) drone, Fimi X8 SE 2020.
I set out with all the full intentions of doing everything by the book. I’ve registered with CAA, taken as much unofficial training as I can, purchased insurance and downloaded as many recommended apps as I can, to keep my drone but more importantly, everyone else, safe.
I’ve so far had a couple of practice flights in the garden no higher than 4-5 feet just to get the feel of things and thinking about where I’m going to fly properly next.
Today, whilst looking up safe areas to fly near me I stumbled across an article that is talking about the delayed regulations inline with new EU regulations on drone flights - news to me personally that the rules were changing, but ok. I then find out that as of December 2020, it gets a whole lot harder to fly without much more expense of taking the correct new training courses for the Open category.
I guess my question/point here, is that considering the additional cost as well as the massive stigma around drones - I feel incredibly self-conscious even just turning the motors on - the lack of area to actually fly without gaining permission from everyone (if you can even find any contact information for them at all), did I make a bad decision in wanting to get into this as a hobby now?
I get that some people have ruined it for everyone else and why the regulations need to be there, I really do, and me not wanting to do anything outside of guidelines makes me think should I just send it back
Sorry for the slightly down welcome; I want to love this hobby, I really do - but it seems like everything is stacked against the good people likely to frequent this forum.