Welcome to the Air Drone Craze,
So what is driving this Air Drone Craze you ask, In a word “Technology” one 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.
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 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.
4 Classes of RC Drones
1. Nano / Mini Quadcopter 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 Quadcopter Drones
Probably the most popular class, these Hobby Drones are more of a mid-sized machine with larger propellers and larger frames, Usually flown outdoors and ranging in price from $50.00 to $500.00.
They are easier to control than smaller drones because of their larger size. New models now include features like headless mode and hover mode.
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.
3. Professional Quadcopter Drones
A Professional Drone would be considered the best RC Drones with cameras on the market, they have larger propellers and frames and most include an HD on board camera.
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.
4. Selfie Drones
Small and compact, SELFIE DRONES are becoming popular among many consumers looking for a drone that is easy to carry anywhere and can capture special moments with friends and family anytime.
Some of the most popular models include the low cost JJRC H37 to the high end DJI Mavic Pro. Dji recently introduced the DJI Spark which offers Facial Recognition and Gesture Control that allows everyone the power to capture awesome “dronies” anytime.
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 also learn to do different stunts with your quadcopter. But by far the real payoff for most hobbyist is the pictures and video captured from incredible heights that allow you a bird’s-eye view of the world.
Top of the line drones have 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 controller or to a smart phone were you see from the drones perspective…… very cool!
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.