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Lets Find you a Quadcopter!

NEED HELP FINDING A NEW DRONE? We have a list of some of the best 2015 drones on the market today.

Aerial photography from drones in 2014-2015 have exceeded most peoples expectations. Pretty much anyone can pick up a quad and start making professional quality videos. There are many 2015 drones out there from beginner to professional.

  • PURCHASE A QUAD FOR UNDER 100$ TO START - Just to see if you enjoy the hobby.

  • AFTER, IF MONEY IS TIGHT GET A MIDRANGE QUAD – Get a quadcopter that has the range your looking for and you can upgrade the camera gimbal.

  • IF YOU HAVE A MORE MONEY TO SPEND – Move into something that is RTF. Camera with live video feed, 3 axis gimbal, good transmitter.

SO HERE IS WHAT WE GOT FOR YOU.

Syma x5c-1: The best beginner quadcopter on the market for 2015

The x5c-1 is and upgrade to original x5c. With about 5 minutes of flight time you will need extra batteries. It records, great range, extremely stable, oh ya and did we mention it does Flips and Barrel Rolls!

For about 60-70$ you can get it on Amazon

And don’t forget to get extra batteries for 15$ Amazon

Blade 350QX3 RTF: A great starter quad once you determined to get a little serious.

The blade 350qx3 comes in three types, RTF, BNF, and AP combo. If you already have a spectrum receiver the BNF is the one for you. The RTF comes with the receiver and the gopro mount. Dont let the price fool you, this is an amazing quad, you can reach the clouds.

For around 500$ RTF from Amazon

If you have a Spectrum receiver the BNF is about 450$ from Amazon

If you have a little more coin the complete areal AP Combo is the one 950$ from Amazon

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5 BEGINNER QUADCOPTERS

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#1 WALKERA QR X350 PRO

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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: 

  • RANGE UP TO  1.24 miles
  • 10-13 MINUTES OF FLIGHT TIME
  • FAILSAFE AUTO “RTH” AND LAND
  • GPS AUTO PILOT FUNCTIONS
  • COMPLETELY READY TO FLY
  • GPS AND “ONE KEY” RETURN TO HOME
  • Walkera QR X350 Pro – 599.45$
    • Walkera QR X350 RTF - 475.56$
    • Walkera QR 350 BNF – 450.96$
    • Walkera QR X350 – 395.06$

This Ready to Fly (RTF) Walkera QR X 350pro can fly up to 1.24 miles in full control! With up to 24 minutes of flight time you can conquer any mission you like. The ultra steady 2-axis stabilization gimbal is great for a gopro. The Walkera QR X350pro allows first person view from your smart phone or a iPad. This quadcopter is fully equipped with everything that you need to get up and flying.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Beginners that are looking to get into the hobby at a intermediate  to professional level.

WALKERA QR X 350 PRO

#2 SYMA X5C

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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: 

  • RANGE UP TO 150 FEET
  • 10 MINUTES OF FLIGHT TIME
  • HD CAMERA
  • 360 DEGREE ROLL
SYMA X5C 4G

The Syma X5C has a high definition camera, and it looks great. It’s equipped with the Gyro 6 axis flight control system and 360 degree roll, which translates to improved stability and flying agility.

Add to that the funky lights, USB charging functionality, and 3.7V 350mAh Li-poly Battery that gives around 10 minutes fly time. It makes a good starter option.

#3 DJI PHANTOM 2 VISION

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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: 

  • RANGE UP TO 950 FEET
  • 25 MINUTES OF FLIGHT TIME
  • HD VIDEOS
  • GPS READY FROM I-PAD
  • AUTO RETURN TO HOME
DJI PHANTOM 2 VISION

The DJI Phantom 2 Vision is a camera enthusiast’s dream. It comes with a high quality (14 megapixel) still camera, 4GB micro SD card, shoots full HD video at 1080p 30/60i What more could you ask for? Tilt? Lens features? Easy sharing features? It’s got those too.

On top of all of that, it also features the stabilized hovering and “return to home” functions, which automatically triggers when your Phantom goes out of controller range, and has “no fly zone” features. (See “Drone Laws”)

#4 HUBSAN H107D FPV X4

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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: 

  • RANGE UP TO 300 FEET
  • 4 MINUTES OF FLIGHT TIME
  • LIGHT SHOW AND FLIP CAPABILITY
HUBSAN H107D X4

It has been called “the world’s smallest FPV quadcopter”

Dynamite comes in small packages, right? This little devil comes packed with features, including a durable, super light frame, 150-300 feet range, LED lights, rubber feet, a 640 X 480 camera with instant video review on the controller, and USB charging capability.

#5 KiiToys® QUADCOPTER DRONE

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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS: 

  • LED LIGHT SHOW
  • FLIP AND SPIN FUNCTIONS
  • EASY TO USE
KiiToys Quadcopter Drone

The KiiToys Quadcopter drone makes a great gift, and is the dream of any kid, at any age. Fun, tough and colorful, it comes with some good features for the price.

With 4-axis flip and 6-axis gyroscope functions, it’s a lot of fun, and tough design and easy-to-use controls make it a winner for the first time pilot. The KiiToys drone has about 65 feet in its range capabilities. With a lithium polymer battery and flexible wings, it can withstand a few bumps.

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Can you use drones for a business?

Things You need to know if you want to consider starting a business:

The FAA is reorganizing it’s Airspace laws to adapt to the huge changes that Quadcopters are bringing to the flying arena. UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) are mentioned in section 333 of the FAA regulations. Basically its ok to use your Quadcopter for recreational purposes, so long as you stay out of certain public areas, and keep your machine in sight at all times, but if you’re using it for other reasons, you might have a problem.

Here are some important links that you can use to educate yourself, and keep up to date with what’s happening:

 

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The FAA: A good place to start is the FAQ section relating to Quadcopters – Here.

You can also keep up to date with the latest developments here.

 

 

Know Before You Fly is an education campaign founded by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), and the Small UAV Coalition in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to educate prospective users about the safe and responsible operation of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – Find them here.

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Read this first: “BNF” vs “RTF”

What’s the Difference between “BNF” & “RTF”?

 

 

Take a moment to learn the difference between two kinds of Quadcopter kits: BNF and RTF – knowing the difference could save you plenty of hassle, and save you money in the end.

Which is the right option for you?

RTF

The acronym means “Ready To Fly.” This is your best bet if you’re new to the world of Quadcopters, because everything that you will need is already included. No need to go out and buy something else to get your first purchase up and flying, no need to look for a remote controller that’s compatible with your ‘copter, no hassles, no fuss. Everything you need is in the box.

BNF

This one means “Bind-N-Fly” and is a little more complicated. If you’re a serious hobby flyer, and you already own a controller that you love, this might be the perfect option for you. Your Quadcopter comes with a receiver, but you’ll have to match it up to the transmitter on the remote controller you already own (or are looking to buy).

Typically, these devices use DSM technology (Digital Spectrum Modulation) which is designed to ensure an interference-free communication between the transmitter and the receiver. In order to do this, the Transmitter and the Receiver have to get to know each other – they need to “Bind”. You need to do this for each Quadcopter (or other device) that you want to pair with your controller.

 

So there you have it. Simple.

Choose which one best suits you, and make sure that the product you choose has everything you need to enjoy it – minus all the hassle.

 

 

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Drone Laws

Quadcopter Laws and regulations

There is quite a bit of controversy surrounding the legality of drones in the US.

Can you operate one for business or not? The short answer: The FAA grants permission on a case-by-case basis.

Here’s some information that will help you get up to date, and find out what is legal, and what isn’t.

The FAA published an article on their website dated 28th January 2015 declaring NFL stadium events a “NO DRONE ZONE”  This also applies to baseball, NASCAR and more – any event with attendance above 30 000.

Since February 14 2012, FAA Modernization and Reform Act has been in place to regulate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and model aircraft in general. The aim of the Act was to allow the safe and recreational use of these new types of Airspace hazards, and limit the danger and abuse.

According to this act you may not:

  • Fly near manned aircraft (if you’re within 5 miles of an airport, you need to contact the control tower)
  • Lose the line of sight between operator and aircraft
  • Fly and aircraft weighing more than 55lbs unless special authorization is obtained
  • Fly a model aircraft for payment or commercial purposes.

On June 23rd 2014 The FAA confirmed their stance on the issue, through a press release offering guidelines to model aircraft operators.  This is after “recent incidents involving the reckless use of unmanned model aircraft near airports and involving large crowds of people.”

Understandably, many people, including the Academy of Model Aeronautics, are up in arms about the distinction between “recreational” and “business” use. According to an article in Bloomberg Business, the FAA actually required the use of trained airplane pilots when it granted permission to several Hollywood production companies to use aerial drones in their production.

There is currently a hot debate underway as to the differences between manned and unmanned aircraft laws, risks, and legality.

Peter Sachs runs a site called Drone Law Journal and is very vocal in his stance against current FAA legislation, and points to a legal decision by the NTSB involving the Pirker case. A $10000 fine was disputed, and the case raised the issue of the risks and dangers of operating heavy model aircraft, which are used legally for recreation, and are arguably far more dangerous than foamy Quadcopters, which are illegal (commercially).

Many interested parties are keeping an eye on changes in FAA law, due out soon.

The age of the Quadcopter has arrived, though. These versatile tools are useful in many areas, including law enforcement, land surveillance, wildlife preservation and tracking, search and rescue, and more. Along with the risks, which the FAA is focussed on, there are also fantastic benefits to being able to use this kind of technology, and no doubt we will be seeing more and more of these marvellous flying machines around, and see fantastic new technologies developing around them.

According to the NCSL (National Conference of State Legislatures) as of 12/29/2014 20 states have enacted laws addressing the drone issue.

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The latest information available by the FAA has to do with a special clause in the law, Section 333.

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Know Before You Fly (knowbeforeyoufly.org)  was founded by the three leading organizations with a stake in UAS safety – the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and the Small UAV Coalition. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is partnering with the founding members to spread the word about safe and responsible flying.

Here you can find out even more about operating your UAS Quadcopter.

According to this site, the FAA authorizes the use of drones on a case-by-case basis. You need to apply for an exemption if you plan to use your drone for commercial use – something like:

  • Real estate or wedding photography
  • Cinema, film or television
  • Mapping or land surveys

 

How do you apply for an exemption?

Follow this link. You’ll find a .pdf document to read through, giving you all the steps you need to take to submit your petition. You will also be required to submit a civil Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA), which you will also find at this site, but be sure to submit both, and include your petition docket number on your COA application.

So there you have it.

If you’re operating a Quadcopter in your business venture, it pays to stay informed.Check back in future to see the latest news, and keep up to date on the latest technology.