The handles do always return to the middle.
I just tried the suggestion of pulling them both down and that is seeming to work!
I'll fly later and confirm.
Thanks so much for your help.
Also, let me know if you think that the throttle should return to center.
I just got a Phantom and I've done all of the steps that I'm supposed to to make it fly.
Charged batteries, calibrated (all light sequences confirmed), lights flashing green in GPS mode (good satellite coverage), light flashing yellow when I switch from GPS mode, installed...