As much as it is thrilling to buy a drone, sometimes it can be equally puzzling. This is attributed to the fact that there are so many models ranging from professional drones, selfie drones, kids drones, cheap and expensive ones. Well, let’s address some common FAQs about drones and give you some insights into the world of drones.
What are drones used for?
Drones can be used for recreation, business, and photography or filming videos. Most drones have cameras and can be used to take aerial photos. More advanced ones are used for surveillance.
How much does a drone cost?
This depends on the model of the drone. The more sophisticated it is the more expensive it is. For instance, Kids drone can be bought from as low as $30 from Amazon. More advanced ones range from $100 to $3000. However, the technology used also determines the price.
Where can I fly a drone?
FAA provides Do’s and Don’ts on where to fly drones. Recreational drones must be flown at maximum 400ft. They should also be flown 5 miles away from airports. Moreover, drones should be flown at an appropriate, safe distance away from populated areas and kept within sight. One is not allowed to fly drones over stadiums, events or air shows. Drones which weigh over 250 grams have to be registered with FAA. However, one does not need approval by FAA to fly a recreational drone.
What is the range of a drone?
There is no standard range for drones. It differs depending on factors such as speed, obstacles and whether conditions. A drone like DJI Phantom 3 Advanced can go up to 3 miles while others 3 Km, 2km, and a few meters.
What are the common mistakes first-timers do when flying a drone?
Flying on a very windy day is the most common mistake first-timers do. In most cases, a gust of wind will blow the drone, get it stuck on trees, thus making it mangled. Therefore as a beginner avoid flying on a windy day.
Are there any online platforms where drone users can learn from?
Yes! Drone users can learn more about drones in http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/ or http://uavsa.org/. There are also plenty of information on the internet and via drone-relatedbooks as well.
What add-ons do I need to buy?
Remote control, a good charger and backup batteries are the most important add-ons you will initially need. With time you will realize that the drone world is all about upgrades. Aftermarket chargers can charge multiple batteries at the same time.
Which drone between DIY (Do-It-Yourself) or RTF (Ready-To-Fly) should I buy?
RTF drone is the best bet for beginners. However, if you are a drone enthusiast, you can customize your own. The advantage of the DIY model is that you can customize your content. For instance, you get to choose whether a 4 or 8-propeller is your preferred setup.
What if a drone gets out of sight during flight?
Incase this happens, there is no need to worry. The drone will automatically or manually change to RTL (Return to Land) mode.
How hard or easy is it to operate a drone? Is safety guaranteed?
Remember practice makes perfect. If you precisely follow instructions, then controlling a flight will be very easy. Avoiding obstacles and getting clear camera shots, however, need more practice.
In conclusion, just be aware of basic authorities and necessities for you to have an awesome experience during your flight.