For the first time, drones were a mainstream gift at Christmas. So, it looks like they are here to stay. It is predicted that drone sales are going to reach nearly $5 billion by 2020. You may have already decided that you want to get a drone. Or you may not be able to see the attraction and wonder what people actually do with them.
If you don’t know what a drone is, it is an unmanned aircraft that are often used commercially for data collection. Large companies like Amazon and Google are already starting to use drones to distribute and deliver their goods.
Buying a Drone.
One thing’s for sure, do not buy a drone or rotor copter without doing your research. There are so many things to be aware of, including legal regulations, that you need to be careful before you jump right in. All the information you could possibly need is available on the Rotor Copters site, along with both reviews and buying and flying guides.This site also covers the legal issues that you need to be aware of before you purchase a drone.
Ignorance is no excuse and it is your responsibility to follow the rules of the sky. You need to check the various websites to ensure you are complying with the regulations. However, there are some things that are common sense:
- Ensure you can see your drone at all times. This means you can’t go up more than 400 feet. You also can’t fly more than 500 meters away.
- Don’t fly within 5 miles of an airport. If you are going to, notify them first.
- You can’t do anything with your drone for money.
- Whilst you don’t need 3rd party liability insurance, it is recommended you have separate insurance cover. This is often included when you join an association.
How do Drones Work?
There are 2 parts to the drone, the actual drone and then the control system which controls the drone. All the important parts are in the nose of the drone. The control system shows where you are and where the drone is in relation to you. Most of the latest drones have what is known as Return to Home technology. This means that it will return to its place of take off if it goes out of range.
If you buy a drone, what can you do with it? Here are some of our suggestions.
As you can probably imagine, you can’t just pick up a drone and instantly be able to fly. There is a slight learning curve. Although you may be impatient to get up and out there, remember one thing. Unlike computer games you may have played, your drone is a physical thing. If you crash, it will break. So, practice first.
Unless you are lucky enough to have a large garden, choose a big, open, empty space to learn. Somewhere like a park or open field. Try and avoid somewhere with lots of trees. You know that will just end in disaster! Make sure you are fully aware of the mechanics and controls involved before you launch.
Drones are powered by battery. Some have a longer battery life than others. Make sure that you keep an eye on the battery life of your drone when it is flying. It is recommended that you do not fly on less than 20 percent battery life.
Of course, you can fly a drone by yourself. But there is a lot to be said for joining a community. You will be able to do joint ventures or competitive endeavours when you are in a group of drone enthusiasts.
For the competitive amongst you, drone racing is a must try activity. Whatever the activity, people love to race each other and drone flying is no exception. There are even races where the competitors wear special goggles, known as FPV or first-person view goggles. This gives them the view as if they were actually in the drone, flying it.
You can mount a tiny camera on your drone. This can film surprisingly good video. A drone captures a different perspective from up in the air. You can even set your drone to follow you whilst you cycle a scenic route or canoe down river. They can also take photos of you and your group of friends from the perfect angle. Drone photography is become very popular at weddings due to the unique perspective you get from the photos and videos.
House and Garden.
Probably one of the most common things that people do on getting a new drone, is to do a survey of their house and garden. Having a photo of your house from above is certainly a conversation starter. You can even use some software that will produce a 3-D model of it. However, you can also use it to check any areas of your garden that are hard to access.
Drones are becoming more affordable. Even drones at the cheaper end of the market are becoming better. Flying a drone can be an interesting and even rewarding hobby. If you are not sure if it is for you, buy an entry-level drone that you can get for less than $50. Make sure you check out the numerous videos available, so you have a great idea of what you can do with your new drone. And enjoy your new hobby!