Welcome to the Air Drone Craze,
So what is driving this Air Drone Craze you ask, In a word “Technology” that has taken the popular hobby of rc aircraft to new heights …literally.
It involves the development of remote controlled drones to perform a multitude of task more efficiently than current methods and in particular, aerial photography with some amazing results.
This technology is now being used in small Mini Drones, larger Hobby RC Drones and Professional Photography Drones with great success. Company’s are now looking to take advantage of the lower cost in recent advances and create a whole new industry of flying robots.
The market is constantly adding new models. Drones built with a specific purpose in mind, like Selfie Drones that are easy to carry and come with software that makes it easy to share you pics and video on social media. What started as a garage builds by hobbyist, has now developed into a full fledged sport.
Racing Drones has become so popular, Now Drone Manufacturers have got on board with ready to fly models that any novice with some experience can buy and have some real flying fun.
So what is a Drone?
The term Drone can be used to describe all unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with a camera or other information gathering devices that send real time data back to the pilot and have the ability to perform certain task.
Basically a “drone” is a flying robot that can fly autonomously, equipped with devices for gathering information and operate with on board sensors to help stabilize flight, while being controlled from a remote location.
Here you can learn about and purchase some of the best new RC Drones available. Also find out about new drone technology and some of the latest designs and innovations, affecting not only the hobby market but the developing commercial market as well.
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Whether you’re interested in aviation, electronics, photography, or just feeling like a kid again, drones offer you a lot of ways to have fun.
What can I do with a Drone?
Flying drones can be very rewarding, spend some quality time outdoors and learn a new hobby, you can fly by yourself or with friends. You can free fly and learn to do different stunts with your quadcopter. But by far the real payoff for most hobbyist is the pictures and video captured from heights that allow you an impressive bird’s-eye view of the world.
Top of the line drones come with 4K Cameras and additional features that take video captures to the next level, like in-air picture adjustment and GoPro integration for stunning video quality. Some Quadcopters offer First-Person View (FPV) by sending a live feed back to the drones control mounted monitor or to a smart phone were you see from the drones perspective…… very cool!
The new sport of Drone Racing is fast becoming a mainstream attraction with racing leagues popping up all over. You don’t have to be a professional to enjoy this sport, with the right equipment, you can take on competitors in local races with a ready to fly quadcopter and some goggles. You will be amazed with the totally immersive experience once you get the hang of it.
5 Classes of RC Drones
These are the very small Nano/Mini Quadcopters, some no bigger than the palm of your hand. Easy to fly and considered the best drones for beginners because they are cheap, usually less than $70.00, some also have built-in cameras.
They are great for flying indoors because of their small size and usually don’t cause any damage to walls or furniture. Most come with propeller guards to help protect the quadcopter from damage during the learning process.
2. Hobby Drones
Most have standard features like headless mode and hover mode. There are also Low Priced Beginner WIFI/ FPV Drones for a real birds eye view.
Typically these rc drones come with a built-in camera. Some popular models include the Syma X5C-1 Explorer, UDI U818A WiFi FPV and Syma X8g which are inexpensive models compared to the Parrot Bebop 2 and DJI Phantom 3 Standard.
Well suited for taking aerial photography with longer flight times, typically around 20 minutes or more.
Prices start at around $500.00 and can go into the thousands.
Small and compact, Selfie Drones are becoming popular among many consumers looking for a drone that is easy to carry anywhere and can be flown indoors and outside.
Prices range from $50 to $500 depending on camera quality and features.
Now you can be in the picture every time, with the power to capture awesome “dronies” anytime.
Racing Drones have gained in popularity with drone flyers both young and old alike. These small, agile machines are a blast to fly with the aid of goggles, for a real cockpit perspective while flying threw and around obstacles at amazing speeds. You can build one or buy one, it’s up to you.
A word of caution, They take some practice, even for experienced flyers. So if your a beginner, we suggest you start with a cheaper model like a mini or hobby drone before you buy a Racing Drone.
So what are some of the benefits to this Air Drone Craze?
Drones have had a lot of technological innovation over the last couple years with cameras, sensors and micro flight controllers allowing them to be used in many different fields. There are many feasible applications already being used for instance, they are helping emergency services personnel conduct search and rescue missions, farmers are finding them quite handy for agricultural management and conservationist are using them in an effort to reduce poaching and tract wildlife populations.
They are becoming very popular for uses known as the four Ds: Dull, Dirty, Dangerous and Difficult task, their small size and stability allow them to be maneuvered into places where it isn’t practical or safe to put a person.
One of my favorite uses is that of infrastructure inspections, this includes Roads, Bridges, cell towers, power and pipeline inspections just to name a few.
Here’s a great example, There are roughly 4 million miles of highways crisscrossing the United States. Using drones for inspecting roads and bridges would help keep the highways safe, while at the same time alerting officials to traffic jams and accidents. As solar and wind power become more popular, Drones are the perfect solution.
Want to know more about how Drones are being used, See the Top 12 non-military uses for Drones.
A New World of Opportunities …
In the not to distant future, the skies may be filled with Friendly Drones. A lot of them will be small business owners using Drones to offer Aerial Photography and data collection services. Others will include journalists, police departments, disaster rescue teams, scientists, real estate agents and large corporations that want to use drones for particular task.
There is an amazing amount of interest in using Drones for commercial purposes, Funding for start-ups in the drone space more than doubled in 2014 growing by 104%, according to data from CB Insights and more will be contributed in the coming years, with major corporations like Facebook and Google among others investing millions of dollars into drone technology. All in an effort to make these Flying Robots smarter and safer, it only confirms one thing:
Drones are more than just toys, they’re Tools of the Future.