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This is your complete beginners guide to the Mavic Air (“Balearic Breeze” by Niklas Gustavsson) ♪ Get it up ♪ All right, guys, there is a ton of information to unpack in this video This video’s going to go from the complete basics when you first get your drone, what everything is on the drone itself, and what everything is on the controller And, from there, I’m going to take you through everything in the software And then, once we’re done with all of that, we’re gonna go outside and we’re gonna take our first flight All right guys, so this is for beginners, this is for people that have, A, never flown a drone before, never flown a DJI product, or need a refresher on DJI drones, and you want to know how all the features work on the Mavic Air All right, so I’m not gonna waste time with a bunch of chit chat because there’s a lot we need to go through in this video Before we get started, though, in the description there is a bunch of additional videos and these are tutorials and guides for your Mavic Air They’re not specifically geared towards one specific drone, but there’s 20 common mistakes, there’s some beginner flying tips All the stuff that you need, once you understand how the drone works So, once you go through this video, make sure you go check out those links in the description All right, let’s get after it First things first, you gotta open and set up the drone All right, the key here is, you gotta get all the stickers off once you get it out of the box All of the stickers have a little yellow tab on them, so just go around every inch of your drone and pull those off So, with the design of the Mavic Air, the back legs fold down, and the front legs fold out And, on the front legs, you have two leg extensions and you need to flip those out The camera has a cover, as well You click the two tabs on the sides and you pull it up and out, and that will release the cover Make sure you don’t lose this because you’ll use this whenever you’re transporting the drone All right, for the battery compartment, you gotta press on the sides and pull to release the battery out of the battery compartment When you’re putting the battery back in, just make sure you push hard enough so you hear a click and the red on the sides of the battery will disappear All right, let’s go over the design of the drone So, there are sensors on front, the bottom, and the back These will help you avoid obstacles and help you when you’re taking off and landing For the propellers, you take them on and off by pushing down and rotating left or right depending on which set of propellers you’re using Now, on the propellers, to know which ones go where, there is a white mark or there is no marking, so it’s white or black And, the propeller goes with the corresponding motor On the back of the drone, there’s a slot for a USB-C cable and your microSD card The purpose of the USB-C is to offload your footage You can’t charge the battery that’s plugged into your drone by using this cable, so don’t forget your charger whenever you’re traveling All right, let’s move onto the controller The controller has the same yellow tab stickers, so just go through and pull all those off At first glance, you’ll notice that the joysticks are missing, so what you have to do is open up the bottom doors where your phone’s gonna sit and you’ll find the joysticks have nice little slots down there, so you can pull those out, and twist them on Also, in the bottom clamp for your phone, you’ll find the cable that connects to your phone It comes with the iPhone in there DJI provides you with multiple cables, so depending what type of phone you have, there will be a corresponding cable for it Don’t worry, we’ll go over all the buttons on this controller later Okay, the first thing you gotta do, is now that you have the drone out, you have it unfolded, you have the controller unfolded, you need to charge all the batteries It’s not going to be helpful if nothing’s charged, so the first thing is just charge the battery So, pull your battery out of the drone, put it on your charger, and then, on the side of the controller, you pull out the tab There’s a micro-USB port, and that’s where you plug in the charging cable for the controller DJI has provided a little adaptor that goes from USB-C to micro-USB for the purposes of charging the controller So, make sure you don’t lose that little adaptor So, the next thing you need to do is download the DJI Go app Go in your phone, go to the App Store, and download the app before you proceed All right, so now you need to turn on your drone, turn on your controller, connect your phone to the controller, and launch the app So, to turn on the drone, you’re gonna press once and then hold the power button until all four lights light up, and then you’ll hear a noise That means your drone is on And, the same sequence will turn on your controller, so press once and then hold So press once, release, and then hold, let all four lights light up, you’ll hear a beep, and that means the controller or the drone is on Now, for your phone, plug it into the slot in the bottom of your controller and make sure the cable is plugged in properly So, once you’re all plugged in, and you turn on the app, it will auto-connect and it will take you through the activation So, the activation is a series of screens It’s gonna have you put in a username, it’s gonna have you put in a drone name, it’s gonna take you through a test to make sure you understand the rules of flying So, make you go from screen to screen and do everything, and when you’re done with that, it will say that you’re ready to go So, once you’re ready to go, the first thing you need to do is check the status of the drone So, you’re gonna go up to this button up on your app, and it’s gonna show you the status, and if there’s a firmware update, it’ll tell you here Also, if you click back to the home screen of the DJI app,

it’s gonna auto-check your firmware version of your controller, your drone, your battery, everything that’s plugged in at the moment, and if there’s any updates, it’s gonna put them at the top of the screen And make sure, when it’s your first time flying, you’re just unboxing, go through and do all the firmware updates I know some people say that there’s issues when you do firmware updates, because things are not completely tested, so if you’re worried about that, make sure you go check on some forums, make sure that you see that all the updates are all clear, and then do the update Personally, I’ve never had issues, so I always do the updates that are recommended to me on the app So, now, let’s go over every button on the controller, and the app itself So, the controller is kind-of an in between between the Spark and the Mavic, if you have flown those drones You have your main controls on the controller itself, and then, the rest of the controls for the drone are on the app But, there’s a few things you need to know about this controller before we get into the app So, to open the antennas, you have to lift them straight up, and then rotate them so they’re both facing forward One rotates clockwise, and one rotates counter clockwise And then, the bottoms, they open up by just pulling out on the bottom two tabs Now, on your left side, you’re gonna have your cable that goes to your phone, and it runs up to the top, where it plugs into the controller And, DJI provides a nice cable, so it’s very clean On the front, on the far right, you’re gonna have your power button Click once, and then you hold, to turn the power on Underneath that, you have your right joystick that moves the drone forward, back, and then sideways left and right Next to that, you have an Fn button, so that’s a function button, and you can assign that to do a few things We’ll explain what you can assign once we get into the app Next to that, in the center of your controller, you have the Sport Mode So, when you’re flying, if you want to go faster, and you want to kick it into Sport Mode, that’s when you turn it on It’s just a quick flip of the button Next to that, you have your pause button, which will stop the drone if you are flying in an automation mode or pause it in any situation I personally have never really used this button, but it’s there Next to that, on the far left side, you have your left joystick When you push up, it flies the drone upwards, down goes downwards, and then, left and right rotates the drone, as if you’re panning a camera And then, on the far left side, you have your return to home button and that, when you click it, will bring your drone home, to the home point you set So, let’s go to the top of the controller So, if you’re holding the controller, on your top-right side, you have two buttons The front one takes a photo, and then the back one is another assignable button, so you’re going to assign that in the app, as well On the far left side, you’re gonna have your record button, and that’s for video, and then you’re gonna have your gimbal tilt up and down, so you’re gonna use this to manually tilt your camera up and down And, you can adjust the speed of that in the app So, that is everything on the controller itself All right, we’re now in the app, and I showed you earlier, when you click the top-left corner, that’s where it goes back to the main screen So, start your flight, and let’s go over everything that you need to know about the app So, next to the DJI is the Ready To Go (Vision), and this will say GPS when your GPS is engaged and it’s ready to go So, it’ll turn green, and it’ll just say GPS When you click this, it’s gonna show your aircraft status So, your overall status is what you want to look at first You want to make sure that it’s normal Everything’s good to go, and there’s no issues going on here, okay? And then you can scroll down and you can see there’s a few things that you can do from this screen It’s gonna show your flight mode first, you’re gonna set your max altitude here So, if you want to change your max altitude, that’s where you’re gonna change it Your compass is going to be calibrated here, so if there’s any issue, and you need to calibrate your compass, you’ll do that here Right now, it’s showing as normal, so I don’t need to calibrate it You really only need to go in and calibrate your compass when it asks you to do it, and that’s the same with the IMU, you’re only gonna calibrate the IMU if there’s a major issue with the drone and it needs to be recalibrated Next is the ESC Status, which is the Electronic Speed Control, which is used to control the motors So, if there’s any issues here, it’s gonna be something going on with your motors Okay, your Vision Sensors, if there’s any issues with your sensors, that’s where it will show Next, is your Remote Control Mode When you first when through the setup screens, you got to choose which style you like to shoot in I always shoot in mode two This is where you change it if you want to do mode one or mode three, or you want to do a custom It’s gonna show your Remote Controller battery here, as well, mine’s at 79%, and this is also where you can do your button customization So, like I said, there’s the Fn, which is on the front of your control, and the C, which is on the top You click the button, and then you figure out which action you want the button to be used for So, you can play with these and see which one you like most for when you’re flying So, personally, I like to use the Gimbal Recenter, and that brings the gimbal up to the front status wherever it is, so it’s an automatic snap And then, the top, I like to toggle map view and live view So, I’ll show you, you scroll down, I clicked my front button, it’s snaps up, and now, my top button is going between the two modes,

the map and the live view We’ll go back into the menu, and then, underneath that, you’ll see your aircraft battery, so, it’s at 94%, and your aircraft battery temperature, and that will just show your temperature so you can see if there’s any issues, if its getting too hot or too cold It’s gonna show your gimbal status underneath that Right now, it’s show that it’s normal If there’s any issues with the gimbal, you’ll see it here And then, your remaining SD Card capacity, that will show you how much time and data you have on your SD Card, and also, this is where you can go in and format your internal storage So, I just cleared my internal storage, and now we’re back to the main screen So, that’s a good menu to know where all these items are, because there’s gonna be a lot of situations where you’ll need to get into that menu So, next to that, it’s gonna show you what mode you’re flying in Okay, so next to your flight mode is your GPS signal, so this will show you how many satellites you have and how strong it is, so you can see if your drone is flying with enough signal from GPS Next to that is gonna show your 3D sensing You can click that and it will go straight to your Visual Navigation Settings All right, we’ll go into this in a minute, and then, next to that is your WiFi, and again, when you click that, it goes to your WiFi settings in your menu, and you can see all the stuff that’s going on with your WiFi, and we’ll go back to that in a minute Next to your WiFi is your battery, so you click that, it’s gonna show all the information about your battery And then, next to that is three dots, so when you click that three dots, you’re going back to this menu that we keep flipping in and out of, but it goes down to the General Settings at the bottom So, using these buttons up top here, you can go to any individual menu automatically, or you can click any of ’em and then use the left menu bar to go to all these settings Okay so, before we go on to the General Settings, let’s keep going over what’s on the screen So, you’ll see, underneath that bar that we just went over, there is a green bar and that shows a visual representation of how much time you have left in the air So, it’s green, that means you’re good to fly When you hit that H in the yellow, it’s time to head home, and the red is emergency, you’re getting low on battery So, that’s basically an entire representation of your entire battery Okay, so just under that on the right side, it’s gonna show your capacity, and what you’re shooting at So, if you’re on video, it’s gonna show your resolution and your frame rate If your on photo, it’s gonna show you if you’re shooting JPEG or RAW, and it’s gonna show how much time you have left, or how many photos you have left Okay, next to that is gonna be your card settings, and at the moment, I don’t have a card in, so you can see that’s showing red But, there will show how much capacity you have on that card Next to the microSD section is gonna be all your information about your exposure So, your white balance is first, right now mine’s on auto Your exposure compensation is next, and that’s if your flying in auto, so if it’s too dark, and you bump that up plus one, it’s gonna go one stop over the auto settings think that you’re flying at So, we’ll go into that a little more later It’s gonna show your shutter and then, it’s gonna show your ISO So, that’s your exposure settings so you know what’s going on And, they’re the same on both photography and video Let’s keeping going down the right side So, the next button down is gonna flip between Photography Mode and Video Mode, all right? And then, underneath that is your record button for video, or the button to take photos To the left of that shows your gimbal, so when I pull the gimbal wheel down, you can see that the dot goes down, and when I pull it up, it goes up That’s showing where gimbal on its range of movement Underneath that is all your camera settings, and we’ll go into that in a little bit And then, at the far-right corner is gonna be your playback So, that’s where you’re gonna see all your photos that you’ve taken Okay, so moving across the bottom of the screen, you’re gonna see all your flight telemetry So, this is all the information about your height, your distance, how fast you’re going, all that good stuff So, that’s where all your information comes there It also shows your vision sensors So, right now, you can see 0.3 feet So, you gotta watch these for everything that’s going on when you’re flying Okay, next to this is your map, and when you click that with your finger, it just toggles between your map view and your camera view And, when you’re in map view, you can see on an overlay of where your drone is flying in the world Okay, above that is gonna be your button to allow your aircraft to avoid objects when flying backwards, because the Mavic Air has sensors on the back of it So, you can turn this on here, APAS Above that is your Intelligent Flight Mode So, this is where you’ll go in and you have all these cool intelligent flight modes, which at first, I wouldn’t say use any of these until you’ve got a sense of what flying’s actually like, and then start getting into what QuickShot, ActiveTrack, all that good stuff is They’re really cool modes, that are awesome to play with, but first learn just the basics Okay above that is your return to home button, so when you’re flying and you’re actually out a distance away, you can click that, and that will bring your drone back to the starting point, just as we talked about on the controller And then, the button above that is your Takeoff button so you can slide to take off, and that is how the drone will auto-takeoff You can also use your thumb controllers to take off,

and we’ll get into that when we’re ready to fly Okay, there is a lot going on on this screen and it’s good to know what every button and what every piece of information is used for Now, let’s get into some of the more menu settings so you know where everything’s at So, let’s click the three dots in the corner, it’s gonna bring up your General Settings, and, we’re gonna go through Before we go over our General Settings, let’s go over Main Controller Settings So, this is the top button on this menu bar You’re gonna see Remote Identification So, this is an identification that specifically given, like a license plate So, you can put your information here, so people on the ground can understand what drones are flying around them Underneath that is your Home Point settings So, the first one is, set your current aircraft position as a Home Point, so wherever your drone is at this point, is gonna be your Home Point, and the drone will go back to that when you click the fail-safe And the second one is to set your Home Point wherever the controller is And, so this, if personally have moved to another spot, you might want to click that, so that the drone will go back to where you’re at, and not where it started from, or not where it’s at currently So, that’s the difference between the Home Point settings Underneath that, you’re gonna have your Multiple Flight Modes So, this allows you to turn your Sport on and off If you have this off, the button in the middle of your controller won’t do anything Underneath that, you’re gonna have your Return-to-Home Altitude So, you can basically set a Return-to-Home Altitude so that whenever you go into your settings to return to home, it’s gonna fly to a certain altitude before flying back So, this is where you set that altitude Underneath that, you have your Beginner Mode And, if you have your Beginner Mode on, just to play around, this is where you’ll turn it off Again, here’s another spot where you can set your Max Flight Altitude, and you can also enable Flight Distance, so it will only you to fly a certain distance from you So, you can have that on or off So, in your Advanced Settings, you have a few different things you can do You can really dial in your thumb controllers, and how they respond to your movements I would suggest just leaving these as they are, until you get better with your drone, but this is where you can start playing with those settings of how sensitive everything is This is also where you can reset your IMU and your compass, so you can click in here, you can calibrate your compass, and you can calibrate your IMU here Underneath this, you have more settings that can play with how your drone responds to movement And then, at the bottom, you’re gonna have your Remote Controller Signal Lost So, this is what your drone does if it loses connection to your controller I like to have mine return to home, but this is where you can set it to landing or hover So, if you lose connection, you can just have it hover somewhere, or you can have it land wherever it’s at I personally like Return-to-Home The next section is your Visual Navigation Settings So, this is where you can turn on or off your Obstacle Avoidance, so that’s the first button right there, you turn it on or off You can enable Obstacle Avoidance when you TapFly, so that’s an automation mode, and this is where you’ll turn on Obstacle Avoidance You can enable Backward Flying, so this allows you to track a subject, and the drone will fly backwards If this is not on, and you’re tracking a subject, your drone won’t fly backwards And then, underneath that is your Enable Obstacle Avoidance in ActiveTrack Again, when you’re tracking someone, this will start avoiding objects and continue tracking your subject wherever you’re drone is flying And then, the last thing is Display Radar Chart, so when you go back to your main screen, you can see I have things two feet in front of me, and that’s showing the little radar chart at the top how close those objects are So, there are some Advanced Settings for the sensors The first is to allow you to use your downward sensors to keep your drone hovering and not just using your GPS The second is Landing Protection Your drone will automatically detect if there’s any issues when it’s trying to land And, the last is Return-to-Home Obstacle Check, your Mavic will automatically avoid obstacles when it’s returning to home So, personally, I keep all these on, but if you, for any reason, you turn them off, that’s where they’re at Okay, next is your Remote Controller Settings So, here’s your Stick Mode, you can adjust that again, there And then, also, your Button Customization There is another menu here to the same There’s a few buttons that you’ll find in multiple menus throughout this software, all right? And, at the bottom, that’s where you can link your remote control if there’s any issues Okay, next is your WiFi Settings This just shows you what’s going on with your WiFi signal Next is your Aircraft Battery You can set when you want your aircraft to have a low battery warning I always set mine at 30% It shows your voltage and it shows your temperature It also shows your flight time here, and then, underneath that is your details, and it shows how many times your battery has been charged, your serial number, all that good stuff for the battery Okay, next is your Gimbal Settings You can set your Gimbal Mode here, which is first person or follow, and then, you can go to your Advanced Settings, and this is where you can set some extra stuff about your gimbal There’s three different configurations here, so you can set different configurations, and just click onto ’em when you want to have a specific type of setting So, you have your speed, which I always bring mine down, because I like to have a slower gimbal speed You can extend, so it goes higher up, which is kind of a cool feature, and then you have your Gimbal Pitch Smoothness, which means it’s gonna feather slower in and out And then, you can just play with these settings

and come up with some different settings of your own Okay, the last is your General Settings So, this is where you can set your measurements unit You can do your live streaming from this So, from here, you can choose your platform and just do straight live stream, kind of cool It shows your map, so you can cache your map in the background, so it shows you where you’ve been flying Your video cache, that’s where it’s going to cache what you’re shooting onto your phone So, you can set your maximum here So, like, I want to have 8 GB on my phone, so it will automatically record what I’m shooting onto my phone, as well, up to 8 GB And then, you can clear this automatically, once it hits that limit, or you can have that turned off And then, if you wanna manually clear your cache, that’s where you do it here And then, also, there’s a Record Audio with Video Cache, and what that does is that allows you to record the audio from your phone, so if you’re talking or doing anything, it’s gonna record that with your cache The last few things is your device name, that’s where you set your device name, you can full string as a single or double finger, and then about just gives all your information, and all your versions that are going on your drone Okay, the last thing we need to go over is your camera settings So, we are in Video Mode, and you’re gonna click these three lines with the dots underneath your record button When you go in here, you’re gonna have all your settings for the camera So, first is your exposure You’re gonna be able to set to Manual or Auto, and then, if it’s on Auto, you have your exposure compensation down here at the bottom So, it’s gonna auto-set your exposure, and then add a stop above that if you put plus, and then if you go minus on your exposure compensation, it’s going to drop it down based off your Auto All right, you go in your Manual settings, you can set your shutter speed, and you can set your ISO So, you can dial in your settings for exposure there The next screen is gonna be where you can set your resolution, your format, your white balance, your style, and your color So, you have 4K, you have 2.7K, you have 1080 This is where you’ll go in, you’ll click what it is that you want to do I want to do 1080 at 120 frames-a-second So, go up here to 4K, and I’m gonna shoot at 30 frames-a-second, great So, the next thing is your Video Format You can shoot MP4 or MOV Your white balance, you can set this custom at the bottom, it allows you to set it based on Kelvin, and then the rest are Auto, so you can Sunny, Auto, et cetera If you’re on Auto, things might fluctuate a bit, so you might not want to shoot Auto Your Style will allow you to change your sharpness, your contrast, and your saturation So, there’s a few that have already been setup here So, Standard, Landscape, and Soft, and then you can go in and dial in plus three or minus three for any of the settings Okay, and underneath Style, you have Color On the Mavic Air you have Normal, or you have Cinelike D, so that you can do more color grading later All right, and in the last menu, you’re gonna have the rest of your camera settings So, you have your Histogram, which allows you to see your exposures from darks to lights Your Smart Arm LEDs, which allows you to turn on and off your LEDs on your drone So, if you’re getting issues with lights hitting the image of whatever it is that you’re shooting, you can turn them off here You can get an Over Exposure Warning, which will tell you when your image is over-exposing Next, is your Video Caption, so this adds a subtitle to your video to show your coordinates, your Home Point coordinates, et cetera Underneath that you’ll have your Grid, This throws a grid over your image, and there’s a couple settings to show your center and your rule of thirds This is a great one to use just to get cinematic-looking footage This is where you can do your Anti-Flicker If you’re having flickering issues on your image, this is where you can set it to change it to 50hz or 60hz File Index Mode is basically the file naming Basically, you can set it to reset every time, or be continuous every time you put a new card in You can Save Unstitched Panoramic Photos here, so take each photo individually and save them And then, it shows your storage locations, so this is where you can choose which storage location you want to write to You have your format, your SD Card here, Format Internal Storage, and Reset all camera settings, so you can reset everything from here When you flip it over to Photo Mode, you’re gonna have the same menu settings on this menu You go over to your Photo, there’s gonna be a few differences So, in your Photo, you’re gonna have your Single Shot, your HDR Shot, your Multiple, your AEB mode which is gonna take multiple photos of different exposures, your Timed Shot, and Panoramic mode When you click any of these modes, you’re gonna have series of options depending on the mode And, on the far left is your camera, and it’s the same settings as when you’re doing video Okay, the last thing to go over, bottom-right corner, that’s where you can view all the photos or videos that you’ve taken You can go in here, you can see your photos, videos, and then you click between your SD Card or your internal storage And, when you click an image, you’re gonna have a bunch of information So, you can add it to your favorites, you can share it by using a bunch of different share options, you can delete it, you can save it to your phone, and you can get all the information about your photo or your video clip

All right, that is everything in the app that you need to know All right guys, I know that was a lot of information, and I know you just wanna get out there and fly, so let’s go do that right now But first, make sure A, your batteries are charged on your drone, your controller, and your phone And, lastly, make sure you have a micro-SD Card plugged in I know the Mavic Air has some internal storage, but, just to be safe, always bring a micro-SD Card as well, just so you always have extra data The next step is, let’s go outside, let’s find somewhere safe to go fly (“Balearic Breeze” by Niklas Gustavsson) ♪ It’s nothing new in this day ♪ – And, now I’m outside Beautiful nature The key from here is going out and finding somewhere empty, somewhere where you can be alone, somewhere you can just practice, because now comes the point where you’re actually gonna fly You wanna be somewhere where you can fly, and you’re not going to get in trouble for flying Because this is your first time flying, so what you’re gonna wanna do is just find a launch pad So, I’ve got a nice little launch pad right over here Looks like the perfect spot Okay, so first thing’s first, you’re going to take the drone up, and you’re gonna let it hover for about 30 seconds And, to take the drone up, to launch it, on the screen, you’re gonna have your button where you swipe to launch That’s the easiest way to do it You set the drone down, make sure your GPS is connected Make sure that there’s no issues with the drone, with the connection Make sure that everything in functioning properly Swipe, take it up, let it sit Swipe, take it down, and all of a sudden, now, the drone has landed, and you know everything’s working You always do that test first, because you want to make sure that the drone functions properly, that everything’s working when you take off and land and do all that good stuff There is another way to take off You can take both your thumb controllers, bring them inwards, and that will start the propellers, and then you press up on the left joystick, and that will take the drone off So, that’s the manual way to do it The auto way is on the app, and to take it back down, you just have to hold down on the left thumb joystick until it hits the ground Keep holding down until the propellers shut off All right, guys, you’ve taken off You’ve let it hover for 30 seconds And, then you drop it back down From here, take it up, and just start flying, and practice, practice, practice ♪ You have to get it up ♪ – Guys, in the description below, I’m gonna link a ton of videos that you can look at from here These are what you need to do to start learning how to fly better, to start getting more involved in creating awesome drone footage, cinematic footage There’s a lot of stuff here, it’s for the Mavic, it’s for the Spark, it’s for all the different drones, but all the DJI products and drones in general all work together in the same way, so once you have the basics down of the Mavic Air, which is what you just learned, now it just takes practicing and learning new skills and coming up with new ways to fly, so you can get awesome cinematic footage, awesome photography, all that good stuff All right, guys, if you haven’t already, make sure you hit that subscribe button I’ve got a lot of awesome stuff coming I just got the Mavic Air and I’m gonna be shooting a ton of content with it I’ve got a lot of awesome cinematic filmmaking tutorials, photography tutorials, editing tutorials There’s a lot on this channel And also, me and my wife, we travel, we do a lot of different stuff, so we’re always exploring We shoot some cool vlogs There’s a lot of good stuff coming, so make sure you hit that subscribe button If you haven’t already, go in the description, check out the links All right, guys, that is it I hope this video was helpful Have an awesome time flying your Mavic Air Happy flying, and be safe when you go out there, and do some exploring in the skies All right, guys, see ya