A flying drone a.k.a. quadcopter, is likened to a miniature helicopter with two, three, four or even more, rotating props (propellers) that are operated from a joystick type ground controller held by an individual.
A remote control drone is a great way to become introduced into the world of rc (remote controlled or radio controlled) devices. Model airplanes and helicopters have be around for years and their promoters of this sport just can not get enough “fly time” every week.
They Are Here To Stay
Whether we like it or not, the drones are here to stay. Especially those with the options of camera ready displays onboard.
They are already buzzing through neighborhoods, back streets, open fields and even crashing onto the D.C. White House lawn.
Companies are jumping on board in order to try and keep up with demand. So you need to be informed before plunking down your dollars.
Legal Stuff You Need To Know … To Stay Out Of Trouble With FAA
Just like most things that are popular and fun. There is always someone who goes a bit too far and causes some issues with the legal authorities. With that, comes rules and regulations that will effect all of us.
Drones are no exception, especially with the FAA here in the U.S.. Seattle is not any different when it comes to complying with FAA laws.
As of December, 2015, the FAA is requiring all owners of drones for their personal use to register online with their database website.
This is mandatory to all drones and model planes, helicopters and so on, that weight between 8 oz. and up to 55 lbs.
Don’t like the new law? Well, that could be a similar view for most folks. However, keep in mind that the new laws are going to be strictly enforced, especially with huge amount of money that the new laws can generate.
How so? The breaking of this law would be considered to be a criminal act. It carries with it a penalty of $27,500. fine and could be as much as $250,000. in fines.
So, if you’ve gotten a drone for the new year, keep in mind that you’ll have until February 19, 2016 to get the online registration completed.
Want to save $5 ? Then get it done by January 16, 2016 and that little fee is waived.
Why So Strict?
The main concerns is airspace with other legally registered aircraft, esp. large commercial planes with passengers.
Picture yourself flying along and up comes a small drone that takes out one of your planes engines. How are you feeling now?
The FAA in keeping folks safe while flying, has implemented the following rules for safety.
Keep clear of surrounding buildings and obstacles while staying BELOW 400 feet.
Be able to actually SEE your drone or aircraft at all times.
Keep clear of any and all types of MANNED aircrafts.
Do not fly near or around people or stadiums.
Weight MUST be under 55 pounds.
Use common sense. Don’t fly your drone around people or animals.
The Most Popular Drones
Simply put, the more expensive type drones…the easier they are to learn to fly. Period !
To name a few drones :
DJI Phantom 3 Advanced Quadcopter is considered to be one of the very best.
Then the 3DR Solo drone Quadcopter comes in at a close second.
Blade 350 QX3 AP RTF (see my earlier blog for RTF) C-Go2 is also an excellent choice.
Then comes the UDI 818A HD+RC Quadcopter with HD camera.
Not to be overlooked as also an excellent choice is the Holy Stone F181 RC Quadcopter also with HD camera RTF 4 channel 2.4 ghz 6-G.
Which One Should I Choose?
Click each of the links above for Amazon prices and a bit of information for each one.
I will also give a brief overview of all of the above in this next blog.
Comments? Leave them below and share this site.
Written by : Tom McDaniel
Images by: blogoscarliang,enwikipedia,chickenwingscomics,buythebestdrone