A few weeks back, I received an email from Denise inviting me to attend their first session of hopefully many Movi Owner Training days. In this case, the training was at no cost to me other than the flight to Seattle. Held at an event venue near the Freefly HQ on Oct 14th, Tabb and the gang had a full day's worth of curriculum that covered everything from proper balancing techniques, motor tuning, operation, and (my favorite) just getting the chance to ask Tabb and the engineers random questions about tips and tricks, quirks or any issues I've been having with my rig (all due to operator error of course). The later part of the day consisted of actually shooting a few creative shots (lowering the M10 over a balcony with a rope, etc) and just getting more hands on time with the rig under adult supervision. Overall, I would say that the cost of my plane ticket was well worth it. Although I've felt quite competent with my balancing, tuning, and operation of my M10, there were a few areas where the training face to face with Tabb really showed me how to improve my process. There were some details in the balancing and tuning process that I had been missing and didn't even realize it. There certainly were parts of the day where most of the information was stuff I had already read online or seen in their tutorial videos, but everything was still very beneficial in making me feel more confident with my rig. The highlight of the day was when Tabb and the gang pulled out their full blown MR rig and flew the camera around the grounds behind the venue. I've never seen an octo rig in person, so that was a big treat. At one point, Tabb had me run across the parking lot so he could demonstrate a "chase" shot with the aircraft. I ran to the other end of the parking lot at full sprint, looking behind me "in fear" as if something was chasing me while Tabb filmed from above. A woman who was standing at the other end of the parking lot thought I was being chased by the copter and started shrieking and yelling "WHAT THE HELL IS THAT!?!" thinking it was some kind of government drone or something. It was hilarious to say the least. (Maybe I'm a better actor than I thought?) Best of all, it was simply a pleasure to meet Tabb, Denise, Chris, Rich, Mike and the whole rest of the bunch from Freefly. Even better was getting to connect with the various other owners and moderators that are out there in the wild experiencing the same successes and failures as me. I had a great time just getting to know the others in the class and putting names to faces from the forum. OH, and I got a sweet hat, so that's nice ;-) If you get a chance to attend the training, I highly recommend it.