I'm quite interested in using a Phantom to survey and monitor small forested reserves for a local environmental group. I've never operated an R/C quad or plane, however, so I'm concerned about the best way to go about this. I have access to large open areas for DIY training but after viewing so many noobie crash videos I'm wondering if I shouldn't start with a much smaller toy quad? I'd enjoy starting right off with the Phantom but my budget is limited so I do want to reduce the risks as much as possible. What do you think? If I start with a "toy", can you suggest a model that would be most appropriate? I won't be doing acrobatics! thanks!