This past weekend was the first time I flew my Phantom 2 Vision +. It was a great experience and thought I'd share some of my newbie lessons learned... Last month, I didn't even think I wanted a phantom. I purchased a Syma X5C ($60 quad with camera) for myself for Christmas. I opened it a few weeks ago and started flying it. For $60, it is a great item... especially with the ability to take [crappy] photos and video. After going on YouTube and watching some videos for the X5C, I saw some videos for the Phantom. I heard about DJI, but never really read anything about their products. Well, for the next couple of weeks, I was watching tons of videos about the DJI products and knew I needed to get either the Phantom 2 Vision + or the Inspire 1. As a newbie, I decided to go with the cheaper of my two choices. I ordered my Phantom on Amazon (prime) and received it a few days later. However, it was still about a week before I started flying it. I found this forum and took a great interest in the "Important Stickies" thread. I spent about four days reading and re-reading "The Ultimate Guide" and watching all of the videos which are linked in the document. That guide is AWESOME and has tons of information. I wanted to make SURE that I knew how to operate and understand this aircraft. If you have just purchased or will soon purchase a Phantom, DO NOT FLY IT without reading all DJI documentation, "The Ultimate Guide," and watching all of the linked videos found in the guide. There is a tremendous amount of information and resources in these documents and tutorial videos. Purchase a cheap quad to practice flying (X5C or similar). That cheap quad is an invaluable tool to learn how to fly "manually." I spent about a month flying the X5C before flying my Phantom. The controls are exactly the same. The red/green lights are similar. I flew it indoors and outdoors. I have crashed my X5C many of times and hit plenty of walls. But it is so light and durable that nothing has broken. I would much rather push the limits on my $60 aircraft than my $1200 aircraft. As you can see in the picture, I have placed blaze orange duct tape on the front half of the quad. This is because I had a 'fly away' and was lucky enough to find it During the fly away, I had lot visual orientation (all-white quad) and continued to see the aircraft disappear. Although Camo paint jobs might look cool, stay away from them. What if your Phantom went down in a wooded area? You just F'd yourself. I have seen the labels for the Remote Controller... they are pretty cool... but for $20+? Nope, I would rather spend that money on something else. I own a few graphics programs and I have a label maker, so I made my own. They aren't the prettiest things right now, but they function as intended. I even made some contact info labels for the Phantom and RC in case they are lost. While doing my initial research, I found out about NAZA mode. Because I was flying in "manual mode" for weeks with my X5C, I was pretty confident to immediately start flying in NAZA mode. I would recommend that everyone flies in NAZA mode if they have good experience flying in manual mode. There are so many benefits and I don't see any drawbacks. DJI recommends not using NAZA mode until completing the "advanced skills." Prior to flying my Phantom, I flew all of the DJI skills on my X5C. Obviously they are different aircraft, however, the controls are the same. Next piece of advice is to practice accuracy landings over and over. I took a pelican case and made it into my Phantom case/Helipad. I own a vinyl cutter, so I made some decals as well. This helipad provides a nice smooth surface for landing. The "H" provides a target for accuracy. I have landed my X5C plenty of times, but I never tried for accuracy. After my first flight with my Phantom, I realized that I had skipped a valuable skill set. The winds were a little gusty and luckily the GPS mode kept the Phantom pretty still. But I would recommend training on accuracy landings until it is second nature. After my training, I then practiced on my Phantom in ATTI mode. Out of my 12 Phantoms flights, I landed about 40 times. And I would estimate that 30 of them were in ATTI mode. It gets really fun when the wind picks up I am now practicing landing my X5C with the nose facing me... aka.... landing with backward controlss and I'm getting the hang of it. In summary.... 1. Read all documentation (listed above) before even thinking about flying. 2. Get a cheap quad for practice. Don't fly your Phantom until mastering the cheap quad. 3. Practice accuracy landing. When flying the Phantom, practice flying in ATTI whenever you can to build up your confidence. 4. Get a helipad. Mine is approximately 16"x24" and 8" high. I would suggest a larger surface area. I had one tip-over because I landed and took off too close to the edge. 5. Get a case to protect your stuff. 6. Respect the winds. But practice flying in light winds if you can. Become a better operator. 7. Make some labels for your RC. More helpful for those S1/S2 switches if you don't use them often. 8. If you're typing a long post on this forum, type it into another program, save it, and then copy/paste it into the new topic....because I just had to retype EVERYTHING because this website logged me out. Grrr.... I welcome any constructive criticism or other newbie lessons learned.