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I applaud you for your versatile talents Jo, and never being hesitant to jump into something new! Wish I had known about the prop protectors before I chewed my new one's up. It's inevitable because the quad wants to tilt one direction or another on take off and landing, and with the standard gear it can go over on it's side in a blink. I was hovering and rotating pretty well after about a half an hour, but you're right, it adds several dimensions even to the r/c techniques I've developed. I'm close to having the control reversal become instinctual, but my flying is still punctuated with moments of abject panic.
I think the AMA and the local chapter will be a big help to Chandler and me, although we are pretty spoiled with just walking out the back door and launching our planes. There's a place for both. AMA membership for Seasoned Citizens is practically nothing......um, so I have that going for me?
JR is such a character. We assembled and launched the quad and twenty minutes into it he says, "Dad, this isn't going to do what you want. I'm calling right now and ordering you the full blown version that I was going to get you in the first place!" I love the Phantom, especially with the bells and whistles he added on for me, and it's going to be a while (if ever) before I get up the courage to hang a 1DX and a lens from anything I'm not actually riding in!
I guess the Phantom guy is heading the way of the surfer dude who thought up GoPro, into the ranks of the Forbes List. There are simpler ways to become billionaires than the route JR and I are traveling! UGH!
On the subject of GoPro, they have to be close to popping out the Hero4. I want to get a couple more 3+ units, but I think I'll wait a few months to see if they release a sequel. I want to get my props/guards/wide gear and a little practice before I stick the GoPro on and divide my attention.