Hello All. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! This is officially my first post on Phantom Pilots. I have been, and still am, a GA Instrument Rated Pilot for over 12 years and have accumulated over 1300 hours. I started off with a Cessna 172 and in 2009 moved to a Cirrus Sr 22GTS. Over the past week I was introduced to my new Phantom 3 Pro and absolutely love it. It is amazing what modern technology has put in our hands. I can assure you that drones are not a "Toy" but rather a machine that when used responsibly can give us all many years of enjoyment. Over the past week I have spent many hours researching and flying my new P3P. The ability of these machines are simply amazing. Over the past several weeks I have been following these forums. I remember someone questioning whether drone pilots are really pilots. I am a firm believer that with today's technology, piloting an aircraft from within a cockpit or from a desk at the Pentagon, to flying a drone as a hobby requires a very high level of responsibility. There are some GA pilots that fly from within a cockpit that are extremely irresponsible. I can assure you that some of them should not have the privilege to hold an airmen certificate. I guess the same can be said for irresponsible drone pilots. That being said, true pilots are safe and responsible individuals whether they captain a 777 or a drone. No matter how you look at it, you are manning and controlling an aircraft and that my friends carries a huge level of responsibility. Recently I had a conversation with a drone pilot that was telling me how he climbed to 1500 feet, through a layer of clouds and was VFR on top. He happens to live not far from me. As an instrument rated pilot I frequently fly instrument approaches in my home field. The initial approach fix is located over 6 miles from the airport at 1800 ft at which point I start my approach to land by reference to instruments only. It is outside of the limit of 5 miles placed on drone pilots. I frequently fly with my wife, children, grandchildren, friends and clients. I am also a volunteer Angel Flight pilot and fly with patients from time to time. I have never come close to hitting a drone but with the increase in drone sales and drone operators it is concerning. In ending I will say that it is a breath of fresh air to read the many post that target safety on this site. As in General Aviation, members of this site should never stray from developing a culture of safety. Always remember that someones dad, mom, child and friend is on the other side of that cloud or simply descending to land from outside of the 5 mile buffer. Be safe, fly responsibly and I wish you all many years of enjoyment with your drone.