Not all drones are created equal they come in all different shapes sizes and specifications. Some can be controlled on your smartphone and some are geared more toward children. In either case just make sure you know what you’re getting into.
Research on how much you want to spend they can get up to thousands of dollars if you want one with a lot of features like photography and taking videos, but if you just wanted to buy it as a toy you’ll save a lot more money.
Make sure you have a little knowledge on how to fly one before committing. Some are just a plug-and-play while others require a GPS calibration Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection to get it airborne
Possibly the most important thing you need to know before buying a drone is that while they’re not illegal to own one you will likely have to register it soon and abide by federal regulations. According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), pilots are reporting more than 100 sightings of close calls with drones per month. You must not fly it about 400 feet or
within five miles of an airport. The rules right now are widely floated but regulators have grown owners will think twice about flying they’re drone safely.
Go here and register your drone https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/
What to Look for When Buying a Drone
The maximum speed drone can fly (mph).
The range shows you how far drone can fly without losing signal to the controller (in feet).
The average time your drone will fly on a single battery charge.
Almost all drones include an on-board camera or a mount to attach your own camera such as gopro. A feature which is “must have”!
Controllers can come as hardware controller with the drone or an RC app that can be downloaded for iPhone/iPad or Android smartphone.
RETURN TO HOME
“Return home” function tells the drone to automatically come back to you using GPS signal . It’s a very useful and convenient feature to have which not all drones have.
6 Beginners Mistakes to Avoid…
(wise words from experience drone pilot)
- People try to turn their quadcopter or hexacopter up without having it on a level surface. Some of these have an on/off switch and some of them don’t. Regardless you don’t want to power up while you’re holding it in your hand, because it basically sets the accelerometers the gyros everything inside there to tell it that this is level. What it’s looking for when you power it up is what this level look like and how can I fly stable and level. If you’re finding that your quadcopter is drifting really hard one side or the other turn it off, set it on a flat surface and then turn it back on. Make sure that everything boots up in a flat level position. You’ll find that when you do that consistently you’ll get a really nice level however no matter what the situation.
- Pilot getting disoriented when the craft has yaad left or rightand what I mean by that is typically, when you’re beginning you’re going to have the craft facing away from you, now I i’m talking about when you’re flying in normal mode not in headless mode. Headless mode is a different story, but let’s say that you’re flying in normal mode as you should.
- This happens pretty often with the bigger craft as well as the smaller ones but when they have the landing gear that elevates him a little bit, there’s a thing called ground effect and ground effect is essentially the rotors pushing down on the air. Pulling air through and creating a lot of pressure down below the drone, the air has nowhere to go because of all the force and what that does is it creates a little bit of a bubble that the craft is sitting on and can cause it to flip over. So the thing i’ve noticed people doing wrong is not giving enough gas or enough throttle when they’re trying to get off the ground, They basically give it a little bit, goes up a little bit, it gets on that bubble and it flips over. So the number three thing i would say to avoid is when you’re taking off or landing, making sure that you’re giving the appropriate amount of throttle and on takeoff. Giving it quite a bit of throttle is ok once your three or four feet off the ground you can back off and the throttle and level out, but what you don’t want to be doing is hovering over that ground effect where it will flip the craft over and caused you property damage or worse.
- I see people do a lot isfly their batteries too far down on the drainage scale and what I mean by that is batteries are not designed to be discharged a hundred percent like older batteries were you basically want to see if you can keep your batteries at twenty percent or above.
Now on the Phantom 3, Phantom 4 you’ve got all kinds of telemetry on your tablet that’s telling you where your batteries are, so it’s pretty easy to keep track. You even have little LEDs on the back of the battery that are telling you “hey this is got four bars so it’s full!” or ‘This has got two bar so it’s fifty percent” ,one bar is twenty-five percent etc. My point being that on the smaller ones you don’t. So with these you’re going to want to set a timer on. The manufacturer will tell you whats the flight time – seven to ten minutes. So set your timer for six minutes and bring it in after six minutes so that you don’t run the battery all the way down. Or risk it falling out of the sky on top of somebody or on something you don’t want to fall on for. For the bigger craft that give you some telemetry data i recommend setting an alert at thirty percent and starting to bring it in then.
Because if you go down below thirty percent you’re going to need that time to get it landed safely nearby and recover the craft .
- I see a lot of people do this fly their crafts way too high or way too far away very quickly.First of all according to the FAA you should not
be flying over 400 feet in the air anyway for safety and i’m a big proponent of following that rule. But the second thing is, believe it or not, you can actually go up a lot faster than you can come down and why is that? Because you can only come down at a rate that keeps it under a safe control, before you kill the engines and just let it drop and it would come down very fast but you don’t want to do that.
So as you’re going up you don’t realize you’re climbing really really fast and if you’re flying at a very high altitude you can only come down at a rate that’s going to keep it under control. So you’re going to want to make sure that you take into account how far away and how high you are before you run your battery way down.
I’ve seen people get miss oriented with these things and on these little guys, that don’t have any data coming back from them, don’t have any fpv, or live stream, it’s very easy to get them pretty far away from you. Get them caught in the wind, get miss oriented. So remember, with these bigger craft, if your two miles away and 300 feet in the air you better make sure that you have plenty of battery life to get you home and back on the ground safely, and with little craft, these should be line of sight and very close to you all the time. Because ultimately when they get far away you’re not going to be able to bring them back in time, especially if you’re fighting wind or something before they’re gonna eventually just without warning drop out of the sky and either get lost, or damaged or hurt somebody.
- Avoiding the large stuff like buildings, houses, people, cars and hitting the small stuff, like power lines and small branches.Keep in mind that you really can’t see some of those things from a distance. So, if you’re fine line of sight or if you’re flying fpv power lines are very hard to see and stay away from them. Scout the area before you fly and make sure that if you’re going to fly among the trees that you’re in a clear area with the trees that you’re not going to run into a branch or something you know it’s just as easy to hit something going up or coming backwards as it is going forward most people are pretty aware of the direction that their quad is flying and avoid hitting things in front of them, but they’re not always very aware of what a block above or below them and it’s easy to crash into a power line a tree branch or anything like that so don’t make that mistake.