Ted Pretty, a meteorologist and reporter for Fox 5 in Las Vegas, Nevada, recently built and flew a DJI F550 hexcopter. It was his first time building and flying a drone, so he recorded his experiences for use on DroneJournalism.org.
Pretty had a few close calls with his drone the first time out, but the GPS system on his DJI kept him from wondering too far from home.
" I wouldn't say I'm comfortable flying just yet. The plan for the next few months is to learn to fly proficiently," Pretty wrote. "Just like anything new, practice time is the best way to learn…it just takes time. I already have landing gear and a camera gimbal on the way for this to be able to get some video and pictures. I’m hoping by the end of the year to have some of both to show off."