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FAQ About Drones

1. How do I control a drone?

Via Remote Control

The remote has buttons and control sticks that you use to operate the drone. Most I have seen are shaped like an X Box controller, and have been reviewed as easy to operate with minor practice. Some remotes also come equipped with a live stream that shows you the drone’s POV, battery status, direction of flight, and altitude.

 Via Tablet/Smartphone 

The mobile apps are developed specifically for piloting your drone, and make use of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth smartphone capabilities. Drone manufacturers make it a point to make the app-layout user friendly, like that of the Parrot AR 2.0 Drone. First person flight, GPS controls, and diagnostic data are all common features when you pilot using a smart phone.

2. Where can I buy a drone?

Amazon.com and similar major outlets online/offline

There are plenty of places to purchase a drone. I, personally, will do my own research and usually purchase from Amazon.com. I chose this authority site because of their low prices, bundle packages, and option to buy used. There are tons of outlets that sell quadcopters, but Amazon.com just happens to be my personal favorite. Here is a list of the most prevalent outlets:

Drone Manufacturers

Manufacturing drones is becoming more and more prevalent, and sales are through the roof. Popular companies like DJI, Yuneec, and Parrot all produce impressive models that are feature-heavy : this includes return-to-home, FPV, attached gimbals, quality exoskeletons, and much more. I recommend you do your own research and choose which drone company suits your needs best, based on the models they provide. Here are a few helpful links:

 

3. How long can a drone fly?

Between 8-20 minutes – depending on factors

The flight time of a drone is not actually fixed.It depends on a number of factors like the amount of load (the weight of the camera and batteries) , type of flight made, prevailing weather conditions, and the type of drone used. For an example, I’ve listed the average flight times of some popular drones:

•Canon 5D M111 – 13 minutes
•DJI X3 – 20 minutes
•Sony Nex 7 – 18 minutes

Overall, you can expect between 8-20 minutes of flight time on a single charge.

 

4.What is the maximum flight height of a drone?

400 ft above ground

Drones are capable of flying very high, vertically, in the sky. However, due to FAA regulations, pilots are expected  to not fly higher than 400 ft above ground. This prevents accidents between drones and aircrafts, while also lessening the chance of pilot disorientation.

 

5.What happens if the drone get out of sight?

Return home function will initiate, or you can crash!

If your drone gets out of range, some will automatically switch on a return home function. This will bring it back to its initial starting point. You must note that I said some, as most starter models do not come equipped to return home. It is essential to study which functions your drone is capable of – be sure to read your user’s manual.

The last thing you want is your drone falling from the sky!

 

6.How do I register with FAA?

Register here: https://registermyuas.faa.gov

Visit the FAA website to register your newly acquired drone if it weighs between .55lbs and 55 lbs. Drones that weigh higher than 55 lbs can only be registered through paper registration. Ensure that you register with FAA official website (which I have given) to avoid internet scams.

The registration is simple and takes around 10 minutes, and charges you $5. Upon registering the first time,you will not be charged for any other additional drones you register.

After registration, you will be given a number. You are then required to mark it on every drone you own.

 

7.Which drones can carry a GoPro?

3DR Solo Drone is our favorite drone equipped with GoPro capabilities.

Drones that are able to carry a GoPro can produce very powerful media. They have a belly side mounting bracket to hold the camera, which creates an overall ease and flow when filming. Many, many drones have this feature, but one of my absolutely favorites is the 3DR Solo drone. For your own benefit, I have attached a video below that was produced using the 3DR Solo drone equipped with a GoPro 3+ coupled with a proper gimbal for added steadiness. It’ll blow your mind:

We have actually written a review about the 3DR Solo drone. Click the link below to check it out.

3DR Solo Review – The Best Quadcopter with GoPro Capabilities

 

8.In what weather should I avoid flying?

Only fly in good weather conditions

Wind speed must be less than 15 km/h if the drone is being used for capturing aerial photos or videos. Flying in high winds makes for a wild ride, but can lead to a crash. Use your best judgement, but we recommend flying only when the sky is clear and the wind is minimal.

This goes for all weather phenomena – fog, low cloud coverage, rain, and snow should all be avoided when flying your drone because of reduced visibility.

9.Do I need a license to fly?

If your a hobbyist drone pilot, then you do not need a license

A UAV operator’s certificate is required for those who want to use the drones for commercial purposes. This license is given by CASA. Here are some of the requirements for this license:

•Be 16 years old and above
•Being physically and mentally sober
•Ability to write, speak, understand and read English
•Pass the test offered at the FAA testing center

Pretty standard, really.

 

10.What happens when the battery dies during flight?

The return home function will initiate, you will be warned, or – you will crash!

When the battery is exhausted, the drone will make an emergency landing, or return to its starting point. If your drone is not capable of these functions, it will typically warn you when the battery is low. To be safe, we recommend never allowing your battery to fully deplete while flying.

 

11.How much load can a drone bear?

The average weight a drone can carry is around 5 lbs

The weight of the drone’s parts, like its motor, propellers, battery, and design heavily determines the total carrying weight.

With that being said, the overall average weight that a drone can carry is about 4.8 lbs.

 

Have your own questions?

Comment below and we’ll see if we can answer it, or maybe one of our followers can!

 

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