Just thought I'd share this little tip I've been using... To some of you, this may be obvious, but if it's not, then maybe it'll help you... The tip is: Launch and land from your hand. When I first got my phantom, I had a few mishaps where I didn't take off fast enough, or the copter caught a little breeze on take off and did a face plant. In all of these cases, I was very annoyed, and in at least one case, where I was launching from rocks, it chewed up my blades badly. Then there's the matter of landing. It always seemed like it would come down, do a bit of a bump, and if I was lucky, I'd get it down without tipping over. Well, NO MORE. I got myself a lanyard so I could work the levers on my controller with only one hand, and now, I simply hold my phantom out in front of me, fire up the engines, and then increase throttle until it lifts gently from my hand. Then when I bring it back, I bring it over my head, then slowly lower it until it's hovering within reach, then I reach out and grab the landing gear and shut it down. It is, IMO, clearly the best way to take off and land. In addition to being safer and easier, it looks really cool to have it cruise in and gently return to your hand like pet hawk.