Heya Gang! I've been a lurker for a while but thought it was time to make a post; as I just received a DJI Phantom 3 Professional for Christmas from my beautiful wife of fourteen years. I thought I would share my experiences, questions, and thoughts- no matter how embarrassing they are, in the hopes that others may learn from my mistakes, share in the joy of my explorations, and gain knowledge from the thousands of questions I'm bound to have. Thanks for letting me join in. ~Jamie A Bit About Me I'm a youthful forty-one year old Canadian and full-time paramedic. I do a bunch of other cool things, as well, but I'll leave those for another time. Quadcopter Experience Zero. Nada. Nothin'. Actually, that's not true. I had a Syma XC5 for a week before I donated to the forest and mountain gods. Flight Knowledge The same. Nothing. Yaw? Pitch? I'm pretty sure those are the name of either a Vegan restaurant or a children's cartoon. Film/Photography Experience Hey, I have some of these! Not much, but I know that Instagram isn't an online grandmother ordering service. Okay, let's start! I fell in love with quadcopters when I saw a guy flying one in a park field a year ago. It went straight into the sky and that was that. I was hooked. The lights, the movement, the coolness of it all just took my breath away. The pilot's breath was also taken away as he promptly flew into a goal post. It didn't matter, though, I wanted in... So my wife suprised me with a Syma XC5 It was the perfect start as I was able to fly it indoors and it didn't cost a fortune. I had it for a week before I gave it up as tax to the wind, who took it away over the mountain and into the forest. Somewhere a beaver is trying to order more batteries and figure out how to save money on shipping from Banggood. I waited a week to see if I missed it, and I did. So I ordered another one (it's still here with me) and I think that was the test that I needed to pass for my wife to see how commited I was to this art and how much I love it. Fast forward eight months to last week where, to my utter shock, a beautiful Phantom 3 was found under the tree (the one inside the house this time). Needless to say, I'm the luckiest guy I know. Like I mentioned before, I want this thread to be a service to others. So I won't be hiding any of the questions and things I've done. Here are ten things that I've had to ask, figure out, and think about in the last week. 1) I should probably sign up at a forum. Which one? DJI or PhantomPilots? Let's go with PhantomPilots as they have a cooler logo and seem nice. 2) How the heck do I charge the battery?! Ah... That black tab flips up! Aha! And don't charge the battery and the controller at the same time. Got it. 3) Do I turn on the controller first? Or the Phantom? Does it matter? I'm still not 100% on this. 4) Can I fly it indoors? Let's see! Holy sweet mother of Japadog, that's loud! And powerful! At least the prop didn't cut through my jeans as I tripped to grab it (who does that?!) but they left a mark. First flight: .5 seconds. Let's go back to the forums and instructions and read for a while. 5) Don't forget to take the plastic Gimbal protector off! Gah! I'm not sure it'll win any best design awards. 6) What the heck is this app? It looks like something from Nasa! Let's head over to youtube (this vid was great in explaining everything: ) 7) In the DJI hardshell backpack, there's a slot at the top that I have no idea what would go in there. Still no idea: 8) I'm using an iPhone6+ but might want a dedicated tablet. My iPad3 won't work as the processor isn't fast enough apparantly. Air? Mini? Need to do more research (and sell my Ipad3). 9) Practice, practice, practice. My first five flights have been at this local field at dawn. Up and down. Left and right. Nothing fancy. Backwards. Firgure 8s. More practice. I love every second of it. I watched this vid a lot: ) 10) Okay, let's take it to the great outdoors and see what we can do. My first (real) flight! Hurrah! (straight footage on auto with no editing except turning that dial on the controller- it looks likes I made it too dark) These are the pics, which I edited on my iPhone, with Snapseed: Well, that's enough for now, I reckon! Thanks for reading and watching! Next week... Manual camera & video settings?, battery charging questions (how far to run it down each flight?), ND filters, and a lot more!