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Drone” that hit British Airways jet was likely a plastic bag

Ars Technica8 hours ago
Recent reports of an unidentified flying object striking a British Airways flight at London’s Heathrow Airport spurred a wave of fear over drones …
Drone ban over London and Windsor for US President Barack
InternationalMirror.co.ukApr 19, 2016

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Mind. Blown. Brain-Controlled Drone Race Pushes Future Tech

ABC News12 hours ago
the announcer hollers, and as the racers fix their thoughts on pushing the cubes, the drones suddenly whir, rise and buzz through the air.

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Watch the first drone race to use MIND CONTROL in video

Daily Mail8 hours ago
the announcer hollers, and as the racers fix their thoughts on pushing the cubes, the drones suddenly whir, rise and buzz through the air.

Watch a dog wearing a GoPro happily chase after a drone

CNET9 hours ago
Dogs love to chase pretty much anything that gives them a chance to run fast. So it makes sense that quadcopters and drones make for perfect …

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Review: DJI Phantom 4 is a smarter, more self-aware drone

Yahoo News6 hours ago
A lot of very smart people are trying to work out safe, fair, reasonable regulations for drones. Meanwhile, the drone makers are working on the …
Review: DJI Phantom 4
In-DepthWIRED12 hours ago

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Chinese Spy in Florida Sent Drone Parts to China for Military

Newsweek9 hours ago
A Chinese woman living in Florida was a spy who smuggled underwater drone parts from U.S. companies to a state-owned university in China …
US charges woman for exporting underwater drone technology to
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Drone Uses an Old Hitchcock Camera Trick to Capture Mind-Melting

Gizmodo7 hours ago
Using a classic cinematography technique that Alfred Hitchcock made popular, where a lens is zoomed while the camera is simultaneously …

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How Arizona lawmakers are wooing Amazon, Google with drone

azcentral.com11 hours ago
Amazon.com is studying drone deliveries, but says it will take years to advance the technology and for the Federal Aviation Administration to …

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Experimental drone used for controlled burn

Lincoln Journal Star4 hours ago
A specially equipped drone returns to be reloaded with incendiary plastic spheres after dropping its payload during a prescribed burn at …
Nebraska Researchers Test New Firefighting Tool _ Drones
InternationalABC News4 hours ago

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This man recorded his proposal with an aerial drone — and the

Today.com6 hours ago
It’s every girl’s dream: A surprise proposal atop a mountain, rays of sun pouring in through the clouds, a gorgeous diamond ring and adrone …

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Springfield, Ohio Could Become Nation’s Leader in Drone Research

Government Technology6 hours ago
(TNS) — Springfield could get a second chance to serve as a dronetest site after Ohio’s U.S. senators introduced legislation last week designed …

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Eindhoven students open ‘world’s first’ drone cafe

DutchNews.nl18 hours ago
Students at Eindhoven University of Technology are launching what they say is the world’s first drone cafe on Friday, featuring dronesthat can …

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“Eye in the Sky” Screenwriter Guy Hibbert: Drone Warfare and the

BillMoyers.com11 hours ago
In the current movie, starring Helen Mirren and Alan Rickman, the human toll and moral dilemma of drone warfare are portrayed in a …

Aerotain’s blimp-inspired Skye drone won’t injure people if it crash

Yahoo News11 hours ago
Drone technology is progressing at a rapid rate, but at least one company is looking to the past for innovation in the future. To address the …

MIT creates a control algorithm for drone swarms

TechCrunch7 hours ago
Swarms of drones flying in terrifyingly perfect formation could be one step closer, thanks to a control algorithm being developed at MIT.

Navy installs first drone command center aboard aircraft carrier

Virginian-Pilot8 hours ago
The command centers will be used for a drone still under development that will refuel aircraft and conduct intelligence and surveillance …

Kiwi startup Dotterel wins innovation award for noise reduction

The National Business Review5 hours ago
New Zealand startup Dotterel Technologies has won an innovation award for its noise-reducing drone technology at the 2016 NAB Show, the …

Putnam: Model aircraft hobbyists fret over drone regs

Lansing State Journal10 hours ago
GRAND LEDGE – Members of a long-established model airplane club fret that anti-drone regulations will put their beloved hobby into a tailspin …

Another drone had a close call with an airplane

The VergeApr 21, 2016
A civilian drone crossed paths with an airplane as it was descending into Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport on Wednesday, according to French …

Inspection-by-drone company gets $3.25M in energy sector funding

ZDNet16 hours ago
Heres more proof that drones-as-a-service are gaining ground. Sharper Shape, which sells drone-based automated asset inspection solutions, …

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Drone used to deliver drugs to prison cell window

The Sun9 hours ago
A DRONE was used in a first-ever bid to deliver contraband direct to a prisoner at their cell window. Criminals used the unmanned aircraft to fly …

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CDT Supports Draft NTIA Consensus Document for Drone Operations

Center for Democracy and Technology (blog)8 hours ago
For example, it’s likely that seeing drones buzzing around with packages will soon become as common as seeing a UPS truck or a pizza …

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After drones: the indelible mark of America’s remote control warfare

The GuardianApr 21, 2016
The strikes last a moment, but the consequences last forever. Six families explain how Obama’s secret drone war has left them struggling for …

Drone laws in the UK – what are the rules?

Telegraph.co.ukApr 18, 2016
A police investigation is ongoing after a drone crashed into a British Airways jet over Heathrow in what is believed to be the first case of its kind.
Drone‘ hits British Airways plane approaching Heathrow Airport
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It’s time to build the drone army you’ve been dreaming of

BGRApr 21, 2016
It’s time to stop watching everyone else have all the fun with quadcopter drones and get one of your own. And what’s the only thing better than …

In Washington’s Drone Wars, Collateral Damage Comes Home

Truthdig14 hours ago
After much agonized soul-searching about possible collateral damage, the good guys call in a missile strike from a U.S. drone to try to save the …

FAA Approves First Commercial Nighttime Drone Flights

InformationWeekApr 21, 2016
Federal Aviation Administration authorities issued their first approval for nighttime commercial drone flights. The move bodes well for …

Drones for Canada Post mail delivery worth exploring, expert says

CBC.caApr 20, 2016
Canada’s minister for public services has promised an independent review of Canada Post that “will consider all viable options and provide …

Drug drone operator sentenced; just wanted pot

The San Diego Union-TribuneApr 21, 2016
On Thursday, Valle, now 21, was sentenced to three years in prison for his role in operating the drone remote control and loading up 30 pounds …

US drone strikes outnumber warplane attacks for first time in

The GuardianApr 20, 2016
Drones are firing more weapons than conventional warplanes for the first time in Afghanistan and the ratio is rising, previously unreported US …
Drones dominate air campaign in Afghan war
The Japan News8 hours ago

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This Social Sharing Drone Follows You Around to Capture Stunning

The Science Explorer6 hours ago
Meet Orbit — the world’s first social sharing drone with a fun twist, designed by Skye Intelligence Technology. Once you activate thedrone and …

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China Drone Maker Says It May Share Data With State

New York TimesApr 20, 2016
SHENZHEN, China — DJI is the Chinese company that took dronetechnology — long the purview of major military forces — and made it cheap …

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Possible Navy drone base environmental assessment underway

NavyTimes.com10 hours ago
NORFOLK, Va.— Officials say the results of an environmental assessment for a potential Navy drone base on Virginia’s Eastern Shore may be …

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Man sentenced to 3 years for helping smuggling drugs across

Fox News6 hours ago
On April 15, Valle ended up using a drone to smuggle 30 pounds of … which allowed him to instruct the claw of the drone to drop the drugs.

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Here are the seven best ways to neutralize a rogue drone

The VergeApr 20, 2016
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) said the program was in response to rising concerns about drone safety and airplanes after a drone struck a British …
Senate FAA bill keeps drone policy in federal hands
InternationalWTSP.comApr 19, 2016

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Use of drones for inspections cuts costs, safety risks for energy firms

Tribune-Review1 hour ago
It took less than a minute for the white drone, the size of a toaster, to climb nearly 100 feet into the air and aim its camera at multiple targets.

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FAA grants first exemption for nighttime commercial drone flights

FierceMobileIT9 hours ago
For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration has approved [.pdf] commercial operations of a drone at night. The FAA granted an …

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Drone manufacturers work to combat growing terror threat

Fox NewsApr 20, 2016
Terrorists and drone manufacturers are locked in a high-stakes technology war, with jihadis trying to transform unmanned aerial vehicles into …

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SLIDESHOW: A look at WDRB Drone-Cam on the eve of Thunder

WDRB11 hours ago
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — WDRB Drone-Cam was in the air Friday morning and ready to roll on the sights and sounds of Thunder Over …

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Spend Your Weekend Cocooned in a 24-Hour Collaborative Drone

THUMP5 hours ago
If you live in New York City and you’re looking for a meditative getaway, you might want to consider the drone show happening this weekend at …

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CNET UK podcast 478: EU vs. Google’s Android, Mars habitats

CNET10 hours ago
We’ve also got a transatlantic quiz and an interview with the Britishdrone racing world champion — 16-year-old Luke Bannister. Excitingly …

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Drone delivery pilot project to take flight in Vaughan

680 NewsApr 21, 2016
A drone technology company named Drone Delivery Canada (DDC) has struck an agreement with both the city and the Vaughan International …
City of Vaughan to start drone delivery pilot project
Globalnews.caApr 21, 2016

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The future of America’s aircraft carriers? Floating drone factories.

The Week MagazineApr 21, 2016
And not just any drone: a 3D printed drone that was manufactured onboard the ship itself. The tiny remote controlled airplane, steered by a …

Whiteman Drone Pilots Receive New, More Prestigious Title

KTTS5 hours ago
(AP) – The Air Force will now recognize drone pilots who conduct remote military strikes from Whiteman Air Force Base as “attack squadrons,” a …

Drone Security Update: SkySafe Can Disable, Fly Rogue Drones

International Business TimesApr 21, 2016
A new drone security startup says it can disable or fly rogue dronesthat get too close to airports, military bases, stadiums or other other …

Russia determined to intercept any drone violating its airspace

Pravda14 hours ago
Russia’s new radar will be able to detect not only ground, but also air targets. The new complex will stay on guard of both the state border and …

SkySafe will knock that annoying drone out of the sky with wireless

Re/codeApr 20, 2016
Watching animals or people with shotguns take down drones is fun, but it’s impractical. If you’re the FAA and you want to avoid dronesand …

Vail waits to regulate drone use

Vail Daily NewsApr 21, 2016
The Federal Aviation Administration currently requires owners to register new dronesthat weigh more than a half-pound. To learn more, go to …

The Quest To Make Drone Racing America’s Next Big Sport

Co.Design (blog)Apr 21, 2016
Which is why when L.A. creative studio Culprit Creative was approached by Drone Racing League (DRL) to figure out how to turn the …

FAA talks drone integration

AOPA PilotApr 21, 2016
A drone registration program launched in December 2015, shortly before Christmas, led to 475,000 registrations, he said. In March a committee …

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Australia Post to Launch Drone Delivery Service

NewsweekApr 19, 2016
drones post australia drone delivery An Australia Post drone during trials of delivering packages from the air in Melbourne, Australia, April 15, …
Australian Postal Service Tests Drone Delivery
Popular ScienceApr 18, 2016
Australia tests mail delivery drones
EngadgetApr 18, 2016
Drones are starting to swarm on the ASX
OpinionThe AustralianApr 17, 2016

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Regulating drone airspace using ‘smart markets’

TechCrunchApr 19, 2016
David Manheim is a Ph.D. candidate in policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at the nonprofit, …

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Watch DARPA’s bizarre 24-motor drone aircraft fly for the first time

The VergeApr 18, 2016
A one-fifth-scale model of Aurora Flight Science’s strange LightningStrike aircraft just took to the skies for the first time, proving (seemingly!) …

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DRONE VIDEO: House flattened along San Jacinto River

KTRK-TVApr 21, 2016
Watch the video above for drone footage by Aerial Creations, Stacey and Jeremiah Langlois, for before and after images the collapse.

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DIY drone: South American tribe fights loggers with UAV made by

RTApr 19, 2016
Members of the Wapichan tribe in the South American country of Guyana are fighting illegal loggers using a drone they built by watching …

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Drones Could Soon Be Delivering Mail in the Land Down Under

FortuneApr 15, 2016
As part of the trial, the postal service will use drones built by a robotics … The drone delivery testing comes at a time when the Australia …
Australia Post to trial drone parcel delivery of online shopping
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I regret watching this video of a drone tearing into flesh during lunch

The VergeApr 16, 2016
We get it, drones can be dangerous — but knowing it still didn’t prepare me for seeing this video of a drone propeller being hurled into pork at …
This Is Why You Should Be More Careful With Your Drone
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Kill shots: why cinema has drone warfare in its sights

The GuardianApr 14, 2016
Eye in the Sky, starring Helen Mirren, London Has Fallen and Good Kill explore the mayhem unleashed by military drones. But can Hollywood …

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Welcome To Drone-Kota

Popular ScienceApr 19, 2016
I had arrived in North Dakota last June, in the same week MarketWatch declared it the “Silicon Valley of drones.” At each stop I was regaled …

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Droning On and On: Advanced Russian UAV Breaks World Flight

Sputnik International14 hours ago
The new record was set during the drone’s test flight in the town of Chernogolovka in the Moscow Region, which lasted three hours and 10 …


Quadcopters & Drones For Sale

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The internet is flooded with articles and reviews about drones and quadcopters, and deciding which one to buy is not easy.

It is important first of all to understand what a drone is.

An rc helicopter is just a toy. But as soon as you attach a camera to it, it is called a drone. If this drone has 4 rotors, it is called a quadcopter, 6 rotors it is called a hex copter, and with 8 rotors it is referred to as an octocopter.

As soon as the rc helicopter has more than one rotor, which is almost always the case with camera drones for sale, it is called a multirotor. And all drones, rc helicopters and quadcopters, regardless of how many rotors they have, are called UAVs, or unmanned aerial vehicles.

Drones are a new class of product. Some drones are simple and cheap, and are just toys. Some quadcopters are very sophisticated and loaded with features and flying capabilities, and some drones are just hobby models.

If you want to buy a drone, but don’t know which one to choose, or what the best drones for sale are, then coming to China Drone Factory was a good choice. This guide will hopefully take you through all of the best ready-to-fly multirotor quadcopters. It should also give you a reason to pick one drone over the other.

Here is my personal quadcopter blog for ready to fly multirotor drones. In my opinion, there are four key factors that make a good ready to fly multirotor drone. Each model will be rated based on features, quality, ease of use and value.
Estes Proto X1 Best Drone & Quadcopter For Sale

The Proto X is one of the smallest quadcopters on the market. It has 3 gyros, 3 accelerometers, 4 motor speed controllers and a radio receiver all shoved into a tiny PCB board about the size of a quarter.

The price for this mini rc drone is only about $43. It’s one of the cheapest mini rc quadcopters you can buy. It’s very fast for how small it is, but at the same time since the rotors are so small and close together, people have found that it’s a bit hard to maneuvre. Since the Proto X is so cheap, quality inspections at the factory are not the best, and there is a chance you could buy a defective one, but a mini rc drone at this price is a bargain!

I can’t recommend this quadcopter if you’re serious about getting into the hobby, but it’s definitely a good rc toy if you just want something to fly around the house, and get a little exprience flying a drone.

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QAV400 ready to fly version
QAV400 rtf Best Drones & Quadcopters For Sale

The QAV400 is a quadcopter designed for sport flying and FPV (first person view). It’s actually just a frame that’s sold so people can add their own electronics to it, but you can get a ready-to-fly version with all of the electronics installed if you’re willing to pay the price.

The feeling you get when flying FPV with this quadcopter is absolutely amazing. That being said, I wouldn’t recommend buying anything like this unless you already have experience with RC planes or helicopters. This is truly a hobbyist type of multirotor and all of the parts and components are high quality, customizable and made by completely different companies. So getting it set up and fixing it when you crash would be a lot harder than most of the other ready-to-fly drones out there.

The price for this quadcopter is $895 which is normal for ready-to-fly multirotors in this category.

Parrot AR Drone 2.0
Parrot AR.Drone 2 Best Drones & Quadcopters For Sale

The AR Drone 2.0 is one of the coolest quadcopters out there. It has a 1GHz 32 bit processor, 1GB of ram, gyros, accelerometers, magnetometers, a pressure sensor, an ultrasonic sensor, 2 cameras and more. Even though it’s over 2 years old, the AR Drone is still one of the most advanced quadcopters available in its price range which is $299.

The biggest feature of the AR Drone is that it can be controlled from your iPhone. You can also see a live video feed from the phone screen and record video. It’s even running Linux and there’s an AR Drone open API platform, so you can program it to do whatever you want.

Like the other multirotors & quadcopters on the list, this is “not” a perfect quadcopter. The biggest feature of this Drone is actually one of it’s biggest problems. The AR drone can only be controlled with your phone, meaning that you can’t use a normal RC controller with real control sticks. That also means that there’s no way to fly manually.

If you’re planning on learning how to fly so you can operate a more advanced model in the future, you won’t learn anything with the AR Drone.

LaTrax Alias
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If you want to learn how to fly a quadcopter manually, the LaTrax Alias is a great way to start. The reason why it’s a good quadcopter to learn with is because it has a full manual flight mode and it’s extremely durable. This means that you can learn how to fly without worrying too much about crashing.

Since it’s about 7 inches wide and has big propellers it also has great yaw authority, so doing bank turns, pirouette maneuvers and more would be no problem. It’s also big enough to carry a small camera like the 808 keychain camera. I’ve even seen people instal video transmitters and do FPV.

The only down side about the Alias is the price which is about $150. It might seem a little bit pricy at first, but at the same time it’s built well and even if you do manage to break it, all of the parts are replaceable. This is not the type of quadcopter where you end up throwing it away after a month of use.

3D Robotics IRIS
3d robotics drone in action Best Quadcopters & Drones For Sale

Out of all the drones for sale, (other than the AR Drone) the IRIS has the biggest list of features. In a nutshell, the IRIS is for people who have never owned a drone before, but want something that they can tinker with and modify.

It has a lot of auto-pilot features such as auto takeoff and landing, GPS waypoint flight (with a computer or android device), live data telemetry and more. You can also order the IRIS with a brushless gimbal for the GoPro (made by a company called Tarot) for shooting aerial video, although in my opinion, shooting video was just an after thought when 3D Robotics was designing the IRIS.

The IRIS is an interesting quadcopter, especially for people who want to learn about flight controllers and how auto-pilot systems work, but for the rest of us out there it’s a bit hard to justify spending $750 which is how much it costs to have something that isn’t very user friendly.

Quanum Nova
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If you’re on a budget and want a lot of features for your money, the Quanum Nova is probably the best drone for you. It has a similar shell design to the DJI Phantom 2, but it’s running the same software as the 3D Robotics IRIS, which means that it has almost all of the features of the IRIS (with the exception of data telemetry) at a fraction of the cost.

The Quanum Nova is only $300 which is very low for what it can do. You have to buy the battery and charger separately, but even when adding that to the full cost it would only be about $400 for everything ($350 less than the IRIS). Just like the IRIS, the Nova also has an optional brushless gimbal for the GoPro that costs $100 extra.

The main thing to take into consideration with the Quanum Nova is that it’s a very new quadcopter. There aren’t many videos out there or documentation on how to use it, or problems that it could potentially have in the future. So far, all of the reviews I’ve seen have been great, so this is definitely a quadcopter to consider if you’re looking for a super low cost camera platform.
Blade Nano QX Best Drones & Quadcopters For Sale
The nano QX is a lot like the LaTrax Alias but smaller. Because it’s a few inches smaller than the Alias it doesn’t have as much yaw authority, but it’s still a lot better than the tiny Proto X.

It has two flight modes, stability and agility. In agility mode you have full control over the quadcopter to learn how to fly manually. It does not have the auto flipping functions that the Alias does, but that isn’t a problem since you can do flips manually and it’s more fun. Since the Nano QX is smaller than the Alias, it’s only $90 instead of $150. The only annoying thing about having a smaller quadcopter like the Nano QX is that it’s harder to see when flying far away, so it’s easier to lose orientation, but in general, it’s still a good quadcopter to learn with, especially since you can also use it with any DSMX RC transmitter.
DJI Phantom 2 Best Quadcopter & Drone For Sale

Last but not least, the best drone for sale right now is the Phantom 2. There are a few reasons why it’s so great. The first is that it’s the easiest multirotor to fly hands down. Even an 8 year old could learn how to control it within a few minutes. Not only is it a great quadcopter for beginners, when combining it with the H3-3D gimbal it’s one of the best aerial video tools ever made. It also has the longest flight time (20 minutes) out of any ready-to-fly quadcopter that’s under $1000. DJI is also always updating their software to fix bugs and add additional features to their products.

The Phantom 2 is priced at about $680 which isn’t cheap, but at the same time it’s made a lot better than the other quadcopters like the Quanum Nova and it flies a lot better too.

Another bad thing that actually has nothing to do with the Phantom itself is DJI’s bad customer support, probably because they have so many people buying Phantoms that they can’t keep up with questions and complaints. On the other hand, the amount of YouTube videos, websites and people in general talking about Phantoms is huge. Any questions that you might have, there will always be someone out there who knows the answer. You can also find a massive amount of after market products for sale like carrying cases, upgrade parts and more
Drones For Dummies: Everything You Need To Know About Buying Drones & Quadcopters
This article explains the very basic “key words” needed to understand the world of drone. Several years ago, someone, somewhere, decided that rc helicopters with a camera are…drones. Drones of course are weapons used by the military, but suddenly, out of nowhere, anything that flies with a camera is a…drone. The word drone has become one of the biggest marketing gimmicks of all times. This basic explanation of the relevant drone keywords will help dummies and almost everyone else.

First, what is “RC”? RC means: Remote control, Remote controlled, radio control and radio controlled. All of the above are referred to by drone professionals as “rc”, which indicate the ability to control a flying object by holding the control unit in your hands.

RC helicopters are toys. They come in multiple sizes and shapes: mini rc helicopters, micro rc helicopters and tiny rc helicopters. Then there are large rc helicopters, outdoor rc helicopters and of course what everyone is looking for: New rc helicopters. All of these rc helicopters have one thing in common: they are toys.

Now lets take anyone of these RC helicopters and attach a camera…now we have a…drone. Drone has become the generic word for anything that flies and has a camera or a video camera. Now it is all a question of which drone we are referring too.

Most drones have 4 rotors, and are called quadcopters. Obviously, these quadcopters are RC quadcopters. If they have 6 rotors, they are called hex copters, and if they have 8 rotors they are octocopters. The hottest kind of rc drones on the market are the rc quadcopters, not really sure why, maybe because 4 rotors is just the right number of rotors go give the helicopter enough power and the right amount of ease of control for steady flying.

UAVs are all of the above. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Anything that flies with a camera, drones, quadcopters, hex copters and octocopters are all UAVs, and they fly unmanned and are controlled via the RC control unit.

I almost forgot to mention…multirotor. Well, let’s see, what can a multi rotor be?

Feel free to buy your quadcopter directly from the factory, buying factory direct usually saves money.

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To summarize my drone blog below: drones are weapons.  The drones for sale offered on this site, and every other site, are rc helicopters with cameras, not real drones.  It seems like the word “drone” is turning out to be one of the best marketing gimmicks of all times! RC mini helicopters, tiny rc helicopters and palm size rc helicopters are usually too small to carry cameras or video cameras. But all other kinds of remote control helicopters, regardless if they are indoor rc helicopters or outdoor remote controlled helicopters usually have the ability to carry a camera or a video camera.  Once an rc helicopter for sale has a camera attached to it, it becomes a “drone“. Some of these “drones” are just rc toys for sale, and some are a more sophisticated hobby model flying rc helicopter for sale with a better overall quality, but do not confuse rc helicopters for sale with real drones for sale.  Every “drone for sale” on this page and on the market is just an rc helicopter for sale, real drones are not for sale on consumer websites!

Originally the only kind of drones were military drones. But these days drones have become very popular, and include multiple kinds and categories of drones, like: rc drones, toy drones, hobby drones, commercial drones and professional drones, and they vary in quality and equipment from drones that are just toys, to real aircraft quality. An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly known as a drone and referred to as a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), is an aircraft without a human pilot aboard. If a drone does not have a camera or video capabilities it is not considered to be a real drone. Its flight is controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle. The typical launch and recovery method of an unmanned aircraft (drone) is by the function of an automatic system or an external operator on the ground. Historically, drones were simple remotely piloted aircraft, but autonomous control is increasingly being employed. Drones are usually deployed for military and special operation applications, but also used in a small but growing number of civil applications, such as search and rescue, policing and firefighting, and nonmilitary security work, such as surveillance of pipelines or bridges. Drones are often preferred for missions that are too “dull, dirty or dangerous” for manned aircraft.  The toy and hobby industries went through an “earthquake” in 2005 when the first rc helicopters came on the market.  Once the action moved up into the air, it was obvious that rc helicopters were the most exciting and most fun kind of toys, and the mini rc helicopters became hot and popular toys.  From that moment onward, rc helicopters continued to EVOLVE in quality, precision and equipment.  Moving from a remote control helicopter to a drone was a natural step.  Take a radio controlled helicopter, put a camera on it, and now it is a…drone.  The line between rc helicopters and drones is a thin line.  Any rc helicopter with a camera or a video is in fact a droneDrones appeal to the mass market as rc toys, and will no doubt continue to be the hottest toys forever, as nothing beats a flying helicopter with a video camera.  What makes the drones so unique is the fact they come in so many shapes and sizes, and vary in quality from rc toys all the way to aircraft quality….real airplanes!  And besides being very exciting and fun to fly toys, drones have so many useful practices.  Drones are and will be a very hot selling product forever!

I was in the toy manufacturing business for about 25 years.  At a certain point it became obvious that the best selling category of toys is the rc toys, also known as remote control toys or radio control toys. Kids love rc cars, particularly rc stunt cars, but also rc boats, rc trucks, and of course rc airplanes.  Flying an rc airplane is a lot more exciting than playing on the ground with an rc toy, but, it is still somewhat boring, similar to flying a kite that just sits there.  When the rc helicopters came out in 2005, they came as a tsunami….The factories in China were not able to produce enough to supply the demand: mini rc helicopters, tiny rc helicopters, palm size rc helicopters, indoor rc helicopters and outdoor rc helicopters….it just went on and on. It was crystal clear that remote control helicopters and radio controlled helicopters are the next big thing…for a very long time.  But who could imagine that the craze of flying rc toys, would turn into the “drone craze”?  All the toy factories in China need to do is attach a camera or a video camera to an rc helicopter, and this helicopter now becomes a drone.  The number of uses for drones is unimaginable and unlimited. First, just like the rc helicopters, the drones come in multiple sizes and shapes.  Large drones, mini drones, outdoor drones, indoor drones, expensive drones, cheap drones, it just goes on and on.  Now I tell my dog to fetch the newspaper, it is just a question of time before indoor tiny drones will be able to fetch and move things from one place to another inside a house.  Just think of all the aerial photography opportunities the drones offer! Land surveys, agriculture use, search and rescue, spying and tracking movements, delivery of goods, and last but not least, just fun….As time goes by, the drones will be put to use more and more for commercial and professional use, but the largest sector using drones will always be the consumer market, drones are the ultimate toys!


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