Hello to all. As I am sure most of you who are new at flying a drone did, I researched for days about the phantoms in comparison to autel, I even compared the flagship model above the phantom called the mavic. In the end the things that swayed me was the fanboy mentality of the phantoms, it seemed they were oblivious to the horrid customer service and the sheer number of flyaways. When you look at Autel, they are new to the drone game, but not new to high end electronics based around diagnosis. All reviews on customer care were phenomenal and the flyaway stories seem to all end with the recovery options on the remote doing their job. Customer service to me is huge, I think it reflects a companies motives, of course they all share a profit motive, but they don't all share customer satisfaction motives. It seems the phantom company sells, then forgets, complete with faulty firmware upgrades, ignoring obvious issues resulting in lost drones and of course, answering a phone. Autel is new, and growing in the industry but they waited until they could release a Truely comparable drone, instead of releasing at the original planned time with a drone lacking in too many areas. This says a lot about the company itself. All that to say, these are the reasons I chose the xstar premium over even the mavic. So how did I get interested in drones? Let's be honest, everyone has at least a little interest in drones, but for most the price tag pushes them to the side of intrigued but not yet drawn in. I was that guy, I had high end Rc cars when it was a new idea (the build a 40mph ones) but ultimately the cost of repairs drive me out of that hobby. I was younger with better things to do. Several days ago I was letting my dogs out at 5:20am when they alerted to something in the yard, as I peered out my door, I saw something white and fairly large in my yard. I left the dogs behind and walked up to what was a phantom 3 standard, upside down and dead. I listened intently for the pilots wondering when it crashed and if anyone was yard peeping at 530 in the morning (bad idea in my state, we have a make my day law). I heard nothing, so I picked it up, saw the camera and immediately pulled the battery. I went inside and checked my security footage and what I saw was a sudden flash of something going very fast for a compact neighborhood so low to the ground, about fence level, it smashed into my house and bounced into the yard a solid 20 feet from impact. The crash occurred at 3:30 am, and it appeared the drone was attempting to take back off for just under 2 hours until the battery failed. So I took to Facebook and immediately learned of a couple of young guys who were known for night flying (in my state this is frowned upon, but legal). I was wary that they were using it for criminal purposes so I wanted to verify innocence before tracking them down. I had to wait for a card reader from amazon. Each day I looked at the drone and mulled over its aesthetics, and the gimble, each day I was slightly more enamored with it. Today I received the reader and pulled the files. It showed the owner and address, which was two yards away from mine, they were completely innocent and appeared to be learning how to fly. I expect they did not anticipate the winds at night and it did the flyaway, he asked me if I found it in a tree, I told him it was in the ground. As I was putting the card back in and the battery, my evil money sucker gremlin told me I have to buy one. So, I ordered the x star premium package deal with two batteries, two cards, extra props etc. I am beyond excited and also nervous, a $1000 investment is huge for me, but so long as I don't lose it or total it, it will so be worth it. I am an pro gone amateur photographer and the camera is big plus to me. As I sat here thinking of it, I decided to look at gps tracking devices to assist should a flyaway happen, there are a couple that are ridiculous in cost and have monthly fees, and so far I haven't found much else but a wallet finder or the like perhaps. I also started wondering about lights, for night flying, not necessarily ones that beam down but more of a set of lights I can see from the ground at a distance. So that's me in a very large nutshell lol. Any tips? Or responses to the tracking or lighting that I might garner from you more experienced flyers? I also write a lot, so expect a new forum whore that will start a lot of discussions and hopefully someday I can contribute to the answers. Happy flying all.