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P3 Being delivered in a few days - Startup Advice??

Discussion in 'Pro/Adv Discussion' started by Cadillac Bill, May 16, 2015.

  1. Cadillac Bill

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    I had a P2 for a short while. No issues, followed the manual. Got good pictures and video. Had a chance to return it. Winter was coming on. Glad I waited and got a P3 coming from Amazon.

    Where to start with the P3? Charge the batteries and follow the manual?

    Any special apps?

    I'll be using an iPhone 6 plus and thinking about getting an Apple tablet. Which one?
     
  2. DrChris

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    From one new guy to another:

    - Download the manuals. The ones online are more detailed than what's in the box. Read them.
    - Read a lot here. Ask questions if you get confused. There are some myths floating around and different opinions on a few things (that likely really don't matter).
    - Charge the batteries. The first time the controller will take longer than you think.
    - Download the DJI Pilot app (you can do that now). This is really the only app so far.
    - Do your IMU calibration
    - Before you fly the first time, do a compass calibration (make sure you read how and where)
    - Look at the thread here about checklists also.
    - Even with your prior experience, I'd say stay in beginner mode for the first couple of flights.

    I upgraded my iPad to the Air 2. I think the Air would be a good choice also, but since I use my iPad at work as well, I went ahead and upgraded to the newest model. There's lots of debate over cellular or not and several threads on that. I got the cellular model mainly to have the GPS, but I'm thinking of activating the data plan since I seem to forget to cache maps before going out to fly!

    You'll love the P3!!

    Chris
     
  3. Kman

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    Update the firmware on the controller and P3 before you fly!
     
  4. Farmer

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    The P3 you do not turn the motors off in the way you do with your P2!
    When aircraft has landed PUSH & HOLD THROTTLE DOWN.
    The motors will stop after three seconds.
    THAT IS ALL! do not touch other stick.

    All the best!
     
  5. Meta4

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    It's exactly the same .. maybe you didn't read that section of the P2 manual?
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  6. Farmer

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    Your absolutely right - I did not read the P2 manual - I certainly did not print one off the DJI website like I did for the P3.
    However, I believe I used method 1 last night like I have done countless times with my P2 & my P1's.

    I will be using method 2 from now on.
    Glad you came and set it right for Bill, I just read your post in Shatty's "crash" thread and came here to correct my
    earlier post.
     
  7. GB Phantom

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    Dji tutorial for beginners