New member from Brighton

Hello all,

I bought a DJI Mini 3 Pro in April this year and rapidly fell in love with aerial photography; it’s magical. I especially enjoy piecing together short, slow films and matching them with favourite music. You can see a few examples on my YouTube channel.

I find the flying/filming aspect mildly stressful as I’m permanently convinced that I’m going to crash or lose my drone somehow. Then in August I managed to fly it straight into the Atlantic on the first day of our summer holiday, never to be seen again.

I was happily filming waves lapping at rocks along the shoreline, from a clearly safe height, when a splash appeared on the screen, followed by messages that the rotor blades were stuck, followed by messages saying I’d lost the connection to my drone, followed by the horrible realisation that it was gone.

Not only had I lost my drone but I’d also accidentally dumped a lump of plastic and a battery into the sea which is really not what I want to do!

A quick dash to the local Argos to get a replacement was unavoidable. I won’t go into the fact that my drone insurance had expired without me realising three days before and my holiday was suddenly a lot more expensive than planned.

I recently signed up as a Grey Arrows member and have been enjoying your posts, photos and films so thought I should say hello ;o)


Hi Graham @Prawntot and welcome to GADC :+1: :+1:

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Hi @Prawntot and welcome to Grey Arrows :wave:t2:

Have you seen our members map? (Click the burger-menu in the top right) You may find some pilots living near you. :+1:t2:

We’re a well established club with many knowledgeable members so it’s very likely that any issues you come across will have been discussed here before. Our discussion forum has very powerful search features which should help you find what you need but if you get stuck you can post a new question in the Questions & Answers category.

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Welcome once again!

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Welcome to the group, enjoy your stay :+1:

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Hi Graham, welcome to the club, I am just up the road from you in Burgess Hill. You will find so many helpful people here no matter what you need advice on, someone here can help, apart from avoiding a crash in the sea


Hi @Prawntot welcome to GADC

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Same thoughts here, but I will just have to wing it!

Hi Graham welcome to the club

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