Bumping a little bit... The reason for this thread and poll is that some "long time on the sticks guys" believe that the drone hobby is naturally their own domain and they patronize the newbies, quickly displaying their "been flying for 40 years", as soon as they found some opposition. They also believe that their habit (hobby) to fiddle with glue and cardboard, trying knew Frankenstein ideas apply to the phantom drones. Well, I've got other ideas. Without discounting their capabilities in flying fixed wings, and appreciating that it is not an easy task that requires a lot of experience, I think that phantoms have nothing to do with this. What they are is flying cameras, and most users (would say 95% but sure it's higher) are using it as such, to film, photography, or flying over landscape to discover what the camera sees. I don't buy the idea that flying a phantom is in itself such a great experience... it just happens, that's all. The phantom fly by itself, and the great experience is what goes through the lens. Sorry, but for me, 20 or 50 years on the stick means nothing in that context, flying a drone and a model aircraft have as much in common as driving a RC boat and a RC car, what we are talking about here is what comes out of the lens. the rest is secondary. Why this argument? Because I saw it here and there on the forum, and I was confronted to it when I started aerial imaging. I am not a "pilot" (even if I'm officially licensed and authorised for aerial work) but first of all a cameraman, and I see my drones as tools in my box, that bring me a lot of satisfaction.
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I have to disagree just a tiny bit here
As a lover of both photography and pretty much RC anything, experience goes along way. I started flying RC aircraft about ten years ago and specifically started flying for aerial photography. I started on a 600 size heli with zero flight assistance except a tail gyro. I spent countless hours, days and even years, just practicing the art of hovering a collective pitch rc heli.
Muffin top? Yeah, those are real interesting rolls. ;-)I turn my VPS on and hover over dogs for fun
When I'm not annoying the dogs, I try to get some voyeuristic down-skirt photos.