“Hey Yen, so I wish I could fly a drone like you but man I got one from Walmart and crashed it 1st day”. Yes, I and many other drone pilots have heard this in the past. Well, yes it does take some practice and skill. But honestly it is not as hard as you may think. 1st lets look at the person attempting to fly. If you have no real experience with flying a drone, using R.C. vehicles or at least some video game history. Then yes you may have trouble learning to use the hand eye coordination to be able to fly correctly while attempting to correct course, turn, go forward or back. When the drone is facing you then left and right will be reversed during flight. Lacking the fine motor skills needed to adjust and trim flight for stable leveled moving. These are just a couple of the skills lacked by “the pilot”. These are abilities that are normally built upon skills learned over time from using other hand based hobbies.
Moving along from the human part, now we have the actual equipment. Now if I decided to write down every single drone company out there, this blog would go one for days. (Im sure you all have better things to do than sit and read my horrible grammar right?) So for sake of your sanity I will simply say that there are 100s, if not 1000s of done manufacturers around. You have mini drones that fit in the palm of your hand
to large monster sized drones the size of a car
(thats crazy right??). So somewhere in between both of these scales are your normal consumer drones. So here in lays the problem with the flying stuff. Allot of consumers will walk by a drone at walmart in the toy section and think “Wow, thats so cool I can get some awsome video cause the camera is 1080p, and it has some really cool colors…and its so big.. and.. and … and…”.You get the idea. Problem here is those drones are just 4 motors, propellers, bunch of wires and some doohickies that light up. These drones are nearly impossible to fly properly by anyone. They have no real weight balance, no real stabilization or GPS location.
The saying “You get what you pay for” really says it all here.
So it comes down to what your goals are.If you are looking at purchasing a toy for a child, or just something to beat up then by all means those would be great to have fun with.Luckily with today’s technology there are inexpensive yet great entry level drones.Companies like DJI, Parrot, Autel etc.They bring amazing cutting edge technology while maintaining prices affordable for just about any budget.
In closing, My suggestion is to spend a little more and purchase a drone from a reputable company.The time spent flying will be enjoyable and possibly fuel a new hobby you never thought was there. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to point you in the right direction.Happy Flying…