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ASSURE’s Ground Collision Study

What could happen if a drone hit a person on the ground? What are the risks of serious injury from flying small unmanned aircraft over people, and are we doing everything we can to reduce those risks? Through its continued research, the Alliance for System Safety of UAS through Research Excellence (ASSURE), has developed a standard methodology by which potential injury may be evaluated.

The ASSURE research team, led by The University of Alabama in Huntsville and including Mississippi State University, The National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) at Wichita State University, and The Ohio State University, will release the findings of its 18-month, Air to Ground Collision study of small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) at a press conference this afternoon at The University of Alabama in Huntsville.

The team’s new research findings and data may help inform the FAA and industry of operational limitations for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) when operating over people. It will also provide new data from which sUAS design specifications may be developed to further reduce risk to people and property on the ground.

“The research results give the FAA a better picture of potential injuries and their severity, based on established science,” said Stephen P. Luxion, Col (Ret.), Executive Director, ASSURE. “Earlier testing of injury data strongly supported our assessment that long-standing fatality data was overly conservative and largely not applicable to injuries resulting from impacts by more elastic sUAS. Additional testing was needed to develop a more accurate, science-based test methodology that may be used by the FAA, sUAS manufacturers, and operators of sUAS to evaluate the injury risk potential.”

“The Ground Collision Severity Evaluation does not seek to advocate for any new rules or regulations, but rather may inform the rule-making process by increasing the body of scientific knowledge for the FAA, industry and UAS manufacturers,” said David Arterburn, Director, Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center at The University of Alabama in Huntsville and principal investigator for the study. “Rather than speculate on the possibility for injury, the new report also allows manufacturers access to sufficient data that could be used to create new industry consensus standards that reduce the potential of human injury risk for flight over people operations.”

The scope of earlier studies was limited to testing of a single vehicle, with a limited number of impact tests, and no correlation of the testing results to actual human injury.

The ASSURE research team was sponsored by the FAA to assess injury potential of various sUAS of different material properties and construction. The team conducted fixed-wing and multi-rotor sUAS failure flight testing and aerodynamic modelling, full anthropomorphic test device (ATD) impact testing, simplified head and neck only ATD impact testing, Post Mortem Human Surrogate (PMHS) impact testing, ATD and human-body model impact simulations, and high-fidelity head and neck only impact simulations.

Over 512 impact tests and simulations were conducted using 16 different multi-rotor and fixed-wing sUAS, as well as various objects and payloads (batteries, wood blocks, etc.) with weights ranging from 0.71 to 13.2 lbs. Testing also included evaluation of heavier sUAS using mitigations to reduce potential for injury, such as sUAS under parachutes.

“The injury impacts conducted in the study were controlled impact tests of the worst case, using those variables capable of transferring the most energy to a human,” said Arterburn. “Even in these controlled studies, slight variations of the vehicle orientation or location of impact with the human, just prior to impact, reduced the injury potential. These results showed that these worst-case impacts are very difficult to achieve, even under controlled impact test conditions.”

“This data and the continued work that the ASSURE program is conducting may help inform future safety decisions for UAS integration in our National Airspace System,” continued Luxion.

Water-landing drones routinely fly BVLOS missions over marine reserve against illegal fishing and pro-biodiversity

Two units of amphibian Aeromapper Talons were utilized successfully during a set of trials during an expedition to beautiful Turneffe Atoll in Belize, in a workshop lead by the Zoological Society of London and the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association. The drones, built by Canadian company Aeromao, were used to detect and document illegal fishing activities and ecology research toward conservation efforts. The Turneffe marine protected area (MPA) in Belize, was delineated in 2012 but is difficult to manage, in part due to illegal fishing, its remoteness, and high running costs.

The water-landing and waterproof fixed-wing, long-range, multi-camera drones were trialed to monitor and survey marine megafauna (such as turtles, dolphins, and sharks) but also as an exercise to gather evidence of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU).

The amphibious drone was able to fly to the site of interest at 110m altitude, gather intelligence and fly back very quickly. The images highlighted that indeed illegal building work had been occurring. Without the UAV the conservation officers would have no way of knowing this and they were very excited at this revelation”, states one of the conservation officers.

The current enforcement strategy on the Turneffe atoll involves patrols in small boats, around the atoll, to find illegal fishers. Systematic surveys for megafauna aren’t regularly carried out, so the conservation officers tend to document animals they happen across on their patrol. However, boat fuel is very costly, and this limits the amount of area the conservation officers can patrol. The drones proved to a be an exceptional low-cost solution to these challenges.

The conservation team found the front live-link HD camera an exceptional revelation, especially since they were immediately able to spot a diving boat on the LCD screen, that they could barely see from land. The UAV can fly for up to one and half hours, which, flying at 62kph, is a considerable distance and area potentially covered for surveillance.

The pair of drones were also repeatedly operated in BVLOS scenarios. In fact, 24 BVLOS flights were successfully flown during the trials, the average length of 10.9km and with total transect lengths of 263km. The UAV reached a furthest point Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) of 11.3km. BVLOS was tested in a scenario where the conservation officers particularly wanted to scope out a development site several kilometers away across a large bay in order to detect any infringement of their building contract. The amphibious drone was able to fly to the site of interest at 110m altitude, gather intelligence and fly back very quickly. The images & video recorded highlighted that indeed illegal building work had been occurring. Without the UAV the conservation officers would have no way of knowing this and they were very excited at this revelation “We now have the tool we need to see further and faster than before. No one will see us coming!”, Maurice, a conservation officer reported.

“The pair of drones were also repeatedly operated in BVLOS scenarios. In fact, 24 BVLOS flights were successfully flown during the trials, average length of 10.9km and with total transect lengths of 263km. The UAV reached a furthest point Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) of 11.3km.”

Whilst the UAV flies, the 20mp nadir camera takes 5 images per second, or stunning HD film and the front camera, which can be panned left to right, films and records a live stream, allowing the conservation officers and us, to see what’s out there, in real time, on an LCD screen back at the ground station. Although the drones normally fly on pre-designed routes in auto mode, switching to “assisted mode” to investigate something of interest, is no problem. This kind of flexibility means that if fishers are found in the wrong place, the drones can be steered quickly to get closer pictures of them or loiter around the point of interest at the desired altitude to keep a constant eye in the sky, or if dolphins are spotted for example, the drones can be redirected to take a closer look and use the images to estimate the numbers of the population in the area. Mapping of habitats, using the nadir camera was also possible. Some areas of coral reef and seagrass beds were mapped using Agisoft Metashape.

Several static launches of the UAV from a small, moving skiff were successfully performed, which is something that is unheard of for a fixed wing – long range amphibious unmanned aircraft. This is a tremendously important, and previously unknown ability of the UAV, as it now means that the conservation officers can steam to an area where a beach for launching may not exist (very common in mangrove forests), and simply launch from the boat, then land on the water besides the skiff once the mission is completed. This way, no-where the atoll is out of reach for the conservation team.

Impressive geo-referenced images of turtles, sharks, eagle rays, manatees and birds were gathered during the surveys. A variety of habitats were captured, and to identify environmental issues, such as accumulation of plastic debris, and of sargassum seaweed which can cause deoxygenation of the water and block out sunlight.

Data was used to build a spatial picture of how the atoll is used, be it by fishers or fauna, i.e. how the animals use different habitats and when, and when and where fishers are acting with impunity. The results and conclusions can feed directly into planning where marine protected zones are placed. Previously, information on fish abundances would be collected from by-catch on fishing vessels. Since the Turneffe Atoll is a protected area, you can’t rely on catch data anymore- this is where the drones really come into their own as a non-invasive and efficient tool for surveying.

The scientists leading the expedition stated that having a UAV which can easily land on the ocean, safely, and be flown again in moments, is an exceptionally valuable tool. Likewise, the conservation officers in the Turneffe Atoll are adamant that a UAV like the ones trialled, will become an essential part of their patrolling and enforcement strategy, which will ultimately lead to increased biodiversity in the area. Read full report Case Study and Technical Report here:

Team ALTI is hiring

Team ALTI is expanding rapidly, and currently have the following positions available:

> Aircraft Technician

> Production Manager

> Accounting Manager

> Sales Executive

ALTI is a world-leading unmanned aircraft manufacturer, all candidate needs to be able to perform under pressure, work effectively with a team and have strong communication skills.

– Aircraft Technician

ALTI is looking for an Aircraft Technician to join our innovative international business. Candidates need to be highly experienced in general electronics, computers and ideally robotics, technically minded with strong skills in building, soldering and working with their hands. ALTI Technicians are responsible for manufacturing our world-leading aircraft, from airframe to autopilot, experience in these fields is a big plus.

– Production Manager

To oversee and manage all aspects of the manufacturing process within ALTI. Working together with higher management, the candidate needs to ensure that products are manufactured to a high-quality standard, manage ALTI manufacturing facilities, staff, manufacturing processes, stock and more. A strong background in technical manufacturing and/or aviation experience a big plus.

– Accounting Manager

ALTI is looking for a high-level accounting and bookkeeping manager to join our expanding international business. The candidate needs to add value to all aspects of the business, specifically the management of the finance department, including bookkeeping, day-to-day finances, payments and working well in a high paced, dynamic environment.

– Sales Executive

High-level salesperson to work with the ALTI Sales department, handle day-to-day sales tasks and activities, manage emails, general admin, client accounts and have a strong background and passion for selling products of a technical nature. Candidates need to have excellent communication skills and a technical background is a big plus.

Please submit CV’s to [email protected] or contact us at +27 44 382 7051 for further information.

Drones and Directors Class Sets Sail at Academy of Art University in San Francisco

Many of you may remember that back in the spring of 2016, we stood up several Drone classes at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. At the time, the courses were a collaborative effort between the Communications and the Motion Picture & Television departments and with generous support received from DJI and then director of education, Romeo Durscher.

Academy of Art University President, Elisa Stephens, embraced the potential of the technology for storytelling and greenlit the drone class since it dovetailed nicely with the Academy’s expanding STE(A)M programs. Those early classes focused more on dynamic aerial imaging; they were designed to teach students how to safely and ethically use drones as part of the overall storytelling process. Of course, I wanted the class to take it up a couple of notches to something that had more of a business focus.

This new 499 Drones and Directors class is the Business of Drones turned up to 11. The Jeremiah O’Brien vessel — — is going to dry dock, and this class is going to create content to help educate and engage the public to make things shipshape!

Our work will include using drones in the air, on the surface, and as underwater ROV’s. The ship is the class, and the lessons will be conducted on board and around this working part of history.

The process of educating starts right away. From the time students ascend the gangway, they will be immersed in a project, learning about the ship’s legacy and applying their skills to the goal of telling the Jeremiah O’Brien story to the world. If they can overcome this challenge, students should be able to acquire the confidence needed to undertake, head-on,

any project a dynamic career can present.

The class’s working environment is located in a place that people from all over the world come to see. From the classroom, students can view the San Francisco Bay’s Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz, and the Golden Gate Bridge.

Finding the right combination of a suitable subject, talented people, the right equipment, and a worthy goal initially presented a challenge. However, once these components came together, then building off of the recipe of the safe and ethical use of drones was all that was needed to make the Business of Drones class a resounding success.

It took the assistance of Motion Picture Department director, Kenn Ferro, and some guidance from the executive director of the School of Entertainment, Jana Memel, for The Drones and Directors class to become a reality. I want to thank the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, CCROV, Lume Cube, and FLIR for their support on this project.

FlytBase – Automate, Scale and Remotely Manage Enterprise Drone Fleet Operations

California, USA, August 20, 2019 — Managing enterprise-wide drone programs is challenging – not only because of the reliance on skilled pilots & siloed operations but also because of the variety of stakeholders involved, across geographies and missions. Automating & scaling such commercial UAV operations requires unified, customized dashboards, real-time information sharing, sophisticated mission planning and remote access to payloads and data feeds.

The key to automating and scaling drone operations for such applications is the ability to remotely plan, control, view, execute monitor, log and share drone missions. This, in turn, requires connectivity and control over 4G/LTE/5G, live HD video feeds, fleet management, survey planning, remote gimbal control, pre-flight checklists, geofencing, airspace compliance,

image & video archives, and advanced waypoint and point-of-interest capabilities. This was made available to customers by FlytBase earlier this year – in the form of FlytGCS, a cloud-based remote operations solution for drone operators and service providers.

As the commercial drone market matures, professional drone operations are maturing to enterprise ones – with corporations across the world building in-house drone fleets and programs, runnings PoCs and pilots for multiple use-cases, and investing in – and even acquiring – drone technology vendors. Taking cognizance of this market evolution from the ‘early adopters’ to the ‘early majority’, FlytBase has now launched FlytGCS Enterprise.

FlytGCS Enterprise is designed to factor in the needs of a variety of stakeholders such as remotely located subject-matter experts, safety managers, technology partners, drone service providers, senior management, and regulatory agencies. The productivity, cost-effectiveness, and speed of drone missions in perimeter security, asset monitoring, utility inspections, emergency response, property surveillance, etc. can thus be significantly boosted – via the conversion of real-time information into well-informed decisions.

Access to telemetry, gimbal and video data can be customized and controlled via the FlytGCS Enterprise edition, so as to strike the right balance between broad stakeholder participation on one hand, and privacy and security on the other hand. Long duration missions are enabled by

automated charging using precision landing on charging pads and docking stations – further helping scale the adoption of autonomous drones.

Given that FlytGCS Enterprise is hardware agnostic, enterprises can build a mixed fleet of custom (PX4 or Ardupilot based) drones as well as off-the-shelf prosumer-grade drones (eg. DJI Mavic, Phantom, Matrice). Drone program managers can thus easily migrate their fleets to newer, SDK-enabled drone platforms that get introduced to the market over time. Finally,

FlytGCS Enterprise offers the ability to localize the dashboard for languages, customize the user interface, and use APIs to integrate with existing business management systems.

Nitin Gupta, FlytBase CEO, commented, “It’s important not to mix BVLOS operations with large-scale enterprise adoption. While BVLOS waivers and approvals are certainly crucial for commercial use-cases such as inspections of oil & gas pipelines or utility transmission lines, there are many applications that can be rapidly scaled with only VLOS/EVLOS compliance.

These include drone-based surveillance and inspection of high-value assets (eg. wind turbines, refinery equipment, construction projects), large agricultural farms, industrial premises, public safety & emergency response, and many more. With the availability of FlytGCS Enterprise edition, the live remote drone operations capability of FlytGCS can now be customized for specific use-cases, sectors, and drone fleets.”

Explore FlytGCS ( via a free ‘Pro’ trial and mature your operations to FlytGCS Enterprise (

About FlytBase

FlytBase is an enterprise drone automation company with technology that automates and scales drone applications. The software enables easy deployment of intelligent drone fleets, seamlessly integrated with cloud-based business applications. FlytBase technology is compatible with all major drone and hardware platforms. With IoT architecture, enterprise-grade security and reliability, the platform suits a variety of commercial drone use-cases, powered by autonomy.

To learn more about FlytGCS, visit, or write to [email protected]

Best RC Boats | Remote Control Boat Reviews – [Updated August 2019]

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Updated: August 20, 2019

RC boats are becoming one of the most popular categories of remote control vehicle. From serious professional racers to hobbyists, everyone with access to water can enjoy a radio controlled boat for sale. The gear available today is nothing like the old-fashioned versions that you saw at amusement parks during yesteryear, and the designs are very sleek.

But with so many awesome RC boat models on the market today, and so few reliable sources of reviews out there, how can you seperate the best from the rest? Well, we at Dronethusiast are experts in autonomous remote control vehicles, and we’ve decided to write remote control boat reviews for the best RC boats of 2019. Big and small, fast and leisurely, stylish and practical – there’s something here for everyone, and we’ve broken out the most fun RC boat reviews down by category as you can see below:

Best RC Boat for the Money – Dronethusiast #1 RC Boat

When you’re looking for the best RC boat for the money, you really need to look no further than the Altair AA Aqua! This boat is super easy to manuever out on the water and can hit speeds of up to 20 mph! That’s the perfect speed for someone that’s new to RC boating, but will still give someone looking to go fast! Check out our video review of the AA Aqua below!

Best RC Boats Table of Contents

  1. Altair AA Aqua RC Speed Boat
  2. The Wave RC Boat for Kids
  3. Traxxas Spartan RC Boat
  4. UDIRC Venom Boat
  5. Force1 H102 Velocity
  6. Pro Boat Recoil RC Boat
  7. SOWOFA FT011 Ultimate Racing Boat
  8. Cheerwing RC Racing Boat
  9. Babrit F1 Speed Boat
  10. Traxxas DCB M41 Catamaran Racing RC Boat
  11. Proboat Blackjack
  12. Flytec 3 Fishing Bait RC Boat
  13. HuntGold Electric Bait Fishing Ship
  14. Aquacraft Mini Alligator Tours RC Swamp Boat
  15. Mirarobot GV160 Amphibious Whoover RC Boat with Camera
  16. RC Boat FAQs

Top 5 Best RC Boats For Sale

Not sure what kind of boat you’re looking for? Don’t know the difference between a remote control pontoon boat and a drag boat? Not to worry – this section is dedicated to our top 5 overall picks for the best RC boats for sale. These new remote control boats are great for adults and kids alike, and are a great choice for anyone looking to find the best RC boat for the money and get into the radio control hobby.

#1. Altair AA Aqua – Best Remote Control Boat

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The AA Aqua is a fantastic looking RC boat that really has some performance numbers to go with it. This release from Altair can reach speeds of up to 30 km/h at a range of up to 100 meters which is fantastic when you think about the price ($80). The boat comes loaded with features that include an Anti-Capsize Hull System that ensures if your boat flips over it will right itself in the water for you. There also is a low battery alarm and an out of range alarm just in case you lose track of how much fun you’re having.

The one drawback that I found on this boat is that the battery life isn’t what I would want it to be (only 7 minutes), but they do include 2 batteries in the package so you do get almost 15 minutes of runtime before you need to re-charge both batteries.

Pair that kind of performance and top notch features with the Altair brand that is known for releasing high quality products and you have a rc boat that is one of the best bang for your buck remote control boats on the market today!

AA Aqua Specifications

  • • Can Reach Speeds Up to 30 km/h
  • • Range: 100 meters (330 ft)
  • • Comes with 2 x 3.7V 1500mAH Li-ion Batteries
  • • Out of Range Alarm, Low Battery Alarm
  • • Anti-Capsize Hull System Designed to Not Flip Over

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#2. The Wave – Great Budget RC Boat

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The AA Wave is Altair’s other boat to release this year and it stands a close second on our list the the AA Aqua though it’s tough to go wrong with either boat. Just like the AA Aqua, the Altair Wave features an Anti-Capsize Hull System that can self correct any time your boat flips upside down in the water.

While this boat does go slightly slower (25 km/h) than the AA Aqua, the features on the two boats remain practically identical. Again, we wish that the battery life on this product was slightly longer, but they do send an extra battery with the product and at $70 you really are going to have a hard time finding a better buy.

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AA Wave Specifications

  • • Can Reach Speeds Up to 25 km/h
  • • Range: 120 meters (390 ft)
  • • Comes with 2 x 3.7V 1500mAH Li-ion Batteries
  • • Out of Range Alarm, Low Battery Alarm
  • • Anti-Capsize Hull System Designed to Not Flip Over

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These boats are super easy to pilot and great for the whole family, you can see them in action here in this video from Altair.

#3. Traxxas Spartan – Best Professional Racing RC Boat

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Traxxas is one of the most well-respected RC boat and car manufacturers working today. They’ve knocked it out of the park once again with their 57076 Spartan, which is one of the fastest remote control boats for sale thanks to an incredible top speed of 50 miles per hour!

How does it move so fast? Well, this is one of the new wave of brushless RC boats. Brushless motors operate more efficiently and can give the boat more power, and Traxxas’ Velineon motor is one of the best models around. Innovative design is the hallmark of every piece of this large RC speedboat, which also includes Traxxas stability management and a much better wireless connection than most other remote control boats.

There’s no denying that this is the most advanced and overall best RC boat we’ve reviewed, especially for rough waters. However, some of our readers will be turned away by the price, which is $421 before batteries and charger (which have to be purchased separately.) Still, if you have the money for it, this is a perfect boat for beginners and advanced pilots alike.

Traxxas Spartan Specifications

  • • 30-50 MPH top speed, depending on battery type
  • • 36” V-hull
  • • Low battery alarm will warn you when the boat is almost out of power
  • • Can be controlled via smartphone or radio transmitter
  • • equipped with Traxxas Stability Management
  • • Batteries and charger sold seperately

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#4. UDIRC Venom

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This is a faster RC speedboat model that is really made for those that want to experience higher speeds and a lot of excitement. This cool RC boat is about a foot long and represents what people usually want most out of a modern, sleek remote control boat in the cheap price range. Some even consider it the best remote control speedboat for sale, although it’s only #2 on our list.

Users really love the low-battery alarm, which makes it so that you don’t have to worry about getting stranded way out in the middle of the body of water. It’s not recommended for use in an area that has huge waves, but the hull is overall very durable. And it controls very well, especially considering that most electric RC boats under $50…well, to put it politely, do NOT control very well.

One of the Venom’s unique features is the fact that it automatically cools its motor and prevents it from overheating using the water it sails on. This helps the boat last longer and also improves its battery life, which is among the best in its price range.

All-around, this is one of the best RC boats under $100.

UDIRC Venom Specifications

  • • 15 MPH top speed
  • • 12” V-hull
  • • Takes a 3.7 V 600Mah lithium ion battery (2 included)
  • • Low battery alarm will warn you when the boat is almost out of power
  • • ABS anti-tilt hull construction
  • • USB battery charger and cable included

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#5. Force1 H102 Velocity – Best Remote Control Boat for Lakes

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The Force1 H102 Velocity is a very popular remote control boat for sale – a regular Amazon best-seller with good reviews to back it up. So it’s probably no surprise that the Velocity ended up so high on our list. There’s a lot to love with this new remote control boat – it’s easy to sail, costs less than 100 dollars, and moves at a fast 20 MPH top speed.

One of the best features of the Velocity is that it’s one of the new self-righting remote control boats that are becoming more popular. This means that if it capsizes, it can automatically right itself in most circumstances. This is a great feature for beginners who are more likely to capsize, and it’s also a great RC boat for lakes! A lot of experts like this sort of feature too, because it makes it easier to recover your property and means you can use it outside of shallow water.

Force1 H102 Velocity Specifications

  • • 20 MPH top speed
  • • 13” V-hull
  • • Takes a 7.4V 600mAh Lion Battery (2 included)
  • • Features a self-righting Capsize Recovery Mode
  • • Battery charger and cable included

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#6. Pro Boat Recoil

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The Recoil is another self-righting remote control boat for sale by Pro Boat, a company with a good reputation for customer service. It combines a lot of things we liked about other boats higher up on this list: it’s a fast boat, it’s large, and it’s a self righting RC boat. In fact, many would consider it the best beginner boat for sale. It also uses a 2950Kv brushless motor.

So what’s the catch? Well, first is the price. $180 isn’t beyond the pale, but it’s not exactly cheap, and some of these features are available in RC boats under 100. The second problem is the battery life – the Recoil only lasts 10 minutes on a single battery charge and doesn’t come with a spare.

Still, if you don’t mind springing for a few extra batteries, this is a great radio controlled boat for somebody who wants all of the latest features in a single, somewhat cheap package.

Pro Boat Recoil Specifications

  • • 25 MPH top speed
  • • 17” Deep-V hull
  • • Takes a 3S 1300mAh 11.1V LiPo Battery (1 included)
  • • 2950Kv brushless RC boat motor
  • • Battery charger included

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#7. SOWOFA FT011 Ultimate Racing Boat

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The SOWOFA FT011, also known as the Ultimate Racing Boat, doesn’t quite live up to its name. In particular, it wouldn’t be right to mention this boat without explaining that the company behind it is a little less than ethical – the top image of this product on their Amazon page, for example, is blatantly misleading.

However, there’s still a lot to love about the FT011, which is one of the fastest and most fun remote control boats for sale. It has an incredible top speed, especially considering its large hull size. It operates on powerful brushless motors that don’t need cleaning and can self-right itself after a capsize. It also has a solid internal cooling mechanism that keeps the electronics running longer, and it’s a good thing too, because the battery life is only about 10-15 minutes. However, you can pay for a better battery and charger to upgrade this boat for not too much extra money.

In all, this is an excellent large RC boat for sale that will please hobbyists and experienced racers alike with its speed and ability. Just don’t expect a lot of post-sale customer support.

SOWOFA FT011 Specifications

  • • 50 MPH top speed
  • • 25” V-hull
  • • Takes a 14.8V 2200mA battery (1 included)
  • • Self-righting RC boat mode
  • • Brushless remote control boat motor
  • • Battery charger included

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#8. Cheerwing RC Racing Boat

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The Cheerwing RC Racing Boat is a popular radio controlled boat because of its small size and excellent controls. Its streamlined hull and compact shape are actually specifically designed for use in smaller bodies of water such as a pond or lake.

And despite the Cheerwing’s low price it actually has decent specs, with a top speed of 15 MPH and a sailing time of 8 minutes off of only 80 minutes of charge. You might want to buy a couple spare batteries, but at least you won’t have to wait long to sail again after they’ve been spent.

This awesome RC boat for lakes is especially good for beginners, because it has self-righting capsize recovery features built right into the hull, auto-corrects its own tilt, is water-cooled, and has built-in alarms for low battery or weak signal connection. So if you’re looking for a great small RC boat that can be used in any conditions, the Cheerwing RC Racing Boat is an excellent choice.

Cheerwing Racing Boat Specifications

  • • 15 MPH top speed
  • • 13” V-hull
  • • Takes a 3.7V*2 600mAh Li-Fe battery (1 included)
  • • Self balancing stability mode
  • • Auto-correct yaw
  • • Fast charging time
  • • Battery charger included

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#9. Babrit F1

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The Babrit F1 is a small boat that can move in any direction: forward, left, right, and reverse. Not many boats can move in reverse, and that advanced versatility makes the F1 one of the best remote control boats for lakes, because it’s easy to back away from the edge if you find yourself getting into a dangerous situation. Precise port position and self balancing sailing also keep this boat stable and upright in any condition.

The Babrit F1 is also just a good boat all around – it moves fast (but not so fast that it’s unusable in a smaller space), has a decent battery life, doesn’t cost too much and never loses signal connection. The only downside is that the transmitter range is a little short, but that really doesn’t matter in a small lake or pond. All in all, this is a great RC boat for beginners and experts (though it may find more favor with the former.)

Babrit F1 Specifications

  • • 20 MPH top speed
  • • 11” V-hull
  • • Takes a 4.8V 700 mah battery (1 included)
  • • Self balancing stability mode
  • • Moves in reverse
  • • Battery charger included

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#10. Traxxas DCB M41 Catamaran – Fastest RC Motor Boat

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Now, someone’s almost certainly going to point out that technically ALL the boats we’ve reviewed so far have been remote control motor boats. That’s because all remote control boats (and remote control vehicles in general) require a motor to operate.

The Traxxas DCB M41 Catamaran, however, is the fastest RC motor boat for sale today. This is the kind of boat that you can actually use for racing, if you feel so inclined!

When you’re looking for cool RC motor boats with pure speed, there’s just no beating Traxxas. The DCB M41 twin-hull Catamaran (a term which refers to the boat’s unique shape) can go faster than 50 miles per hour thanks to a water-cooled, waterproof VXL-6s marine ESC with low-voltage protection and a Velineon 540XL brushless rc boat motor.

If that sounds like gibberish to you, here’s what you need to know: it’s fast, it’s tough (with an aluminum and stainless steel body), it has fine-tuned controls, and it moves great across smooth water. The only downside with this boat is that it’s fairly expensive and doesn’t come with batteries. But for anyone looking for one of the fastest RC motor boats around, money should be no object.

Traxxas DCB M41 Catamaran Specifications

  • • 60+ MPH top speed
  • • Takes a 6S lithium-ion polymer battery (not included)
  • • Velineon 540XL Brushless motor with high flow water-cooling jacket
  • • Blue-anodized aluminum rudder support, rudder, and drive strut
  • • Stainless steel trim tabs and hardware
  • • Battery and charger not included

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#11. Proboat Blackjack

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If you’re interested in fast remote control motor boats but can’t afford any of the best Traxxas models, the Proboat Blackjack is a great $200 substitute. It still moves at a good speed of 30+ miles per hour thanks to a powerful brushless 2000Kv water-cooled motor and 30A Li-Po compatible ESC. An off-set rudder system provides decent stability, and the red and black design just looks great cruising along a lake or pond.

A strongly recommended motor boat for the intermediate RC boat user.

Proboat Blackjack Specifications

  • • Takes a 2S or 3S lithium-ion polymer battery (not included)
  • • 30+ MPH top speed with 3S battery
  • • Brushless RC boat 2000Kv water-cooled motor
  • • 30A Li-Po compatible ESC
  • • 2.4GHz Pro Boat radio system
  • • Battery and charger not included

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#12. Flytec 3 Fishing Bait RC Boat – Best RC Pontoon Boat

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An RC pontoon boat is a flattish catamaran boat that floats on cylindrical tubes called “pontoons.” Pontoons are good RC boats for lakes and are mostly used for fishing because they can run longer on less battery.

This classical pontoon boat works well as a tool for bait fishing. It has about 20 hours of battery life according to the manufacturer, and though you can’t always trust those claims, we can tell you from experience that this RC pontoon boat lasts about as long as you could possibly want it to. It also moves at a steady 1.5 miles per hour, which is typical of this kind of vehicle.

It also has a solid motor, two large bait containers, a quiet operation, and good durability, all for less than 150 dollars. This is one of the most consistently well-reviewed radio controlled pontoon boats for sale, and we think you’ll love it too.

Flytec 3 Fishing Bait RC Boat Specifications

  • • 1.5 MPH top speed
  • • Takes a 3.7V 5200mAh Lipo battery (1 included)
  • • 2-20 hour continuous navigation time
  • • 2 super capacity bait tanks
  • • Can move in four directions
  • • Battery charger included

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#13. HuntGold Electric Bait Fishing Ship

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This is definitely not what you think of when you think of a typical RC pontoon boat, because it only has a single large buoyancy pontoon instead of two smaller ones. However, the HuntGold Electric Bait Fishing Ship is one of the very best RC boats for lakes in its class.

It lasts for 8 hours of continuous usage (according to the manufacturer, at least – we’ve never had cause to use it for quite that long) and the large pontoon helps keep it stable in the water and gives it better wind resistance than some of its competitors. Plus, it can be used at night thanks to LED lights, and it’s nearly silent, which is ideal for when you’re chumming the water with bait.

This RC boat may not be the most exciting looking, but it’s a great choice for serious fishing enthusiasts.

HuntGold Electric Bait Fishing Ship Specifications

  • • 2.5 MPH top speed
  • • Takes a 4.8V DC battery (1 included)
  • • 8 hour continuous navigation time
  • • Can move in four directions
  • • Battery charger included

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#14. Aquacraft Mini Alligator Tours RC Swamp Boat Review – Best Remote Control Swamp Boat

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RC swamp boats are becoming more popular, as they’re more equipped to traverse stagnant waters and more rough natural areas. Most RC swamp boats are also RC airboats – some consider the terms interchangeable.

This popular remote control swamp boat emphasizes safety and stabilitly over everything else, which is often what you want from a swamp boat. It has a very impressive 500 foot range, a sailing time of up to 14 minutes, and a decent speed. It’s modeled after real-life swamp boats, only scaled down, giving it a unique look that fans of aesthetics are sure to appreciate.

All in all there’s not much to say – this is just an incredibly solid, consistently well-reviewed RC swamp boat and easily one of the best for sale.

Aqucraft Mini Alligator Tours RC Swamp Boat Specifications

  • • 10 MPH top speed
  • • 18.25 inch hull length
  • • Takes a 6-cell NiMH battery (1 included)
  • • Magnetic hatch under the seat allows for quick pack changes
  • • Flat-bottom ABS hull lets it go places that would ground other boats

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#15. Mirarobot GV160 Amphibious Whoover – RC Boat with Camera

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This boat is something truly special. The first thing you’ll notice is the unique four-propeller design and the amphibious undercarriage that allows this swamp boat to travel on land or water. The second thing you’ll notice is how small it is – only 8 inches in length!

But one of the best things about the Mirarobot GV160 Amphibious Whoover is that it’s the only rc boat with a camera on this entire list. That’s right – there’s a 600TVL camera built right into the boat itself, allowing you to stream FPV video to the controller or even record it to share later. If you’re an amateur photographer who’s also interested in RC swamp boats, this isn’t just your best choice – it’s basically your ONLY choice.

All that, plus good specs, for less than $70. A clear winner in its category.

Miraroboat GV160 Specifications

  • • 18 MPH top speed
  • • 8 inch hull length
  • • Takes a 1S 3.8V 500mAh 25C battery (1 included)
  • • Built-in 600TVL camera
  • • Battery charger included

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Radio Controlled Boat FAQs

What’s the best RC boat to buy?

We consider the Traxxas Spartan the best remote control boat of 2019. However, there’s really no objective answer to this question. While the Spartan is the most powerful boat and easily one of the fastest, it’s also very expensive and may not have as much appeal to beginners, who may want a boat with self-righting capsize recovery technology.

That’s why we have broken this list of best electric RC boats into several categories – it lets you, the reader, find the boat that works best for you specifically.

How do RC boats work?

The transmitter or mobile device being used to control the boat sends a radio signal to a receiver on the boat itself. The receiver then interprets the signal and uses the boat’s motor to go forward, turn, or reverse. RC boats have been around for several years now and are a very popular. There are even a selection of RC boats for kids that make a great gift

Can RC boats go in saltwater?

Most remote control boats should not be used in saltwater. Unlike freshwater, saltwater can cause rust and other forms of damage to the delicate electronic parts inside your vehicle. However, RC boats that are designed to be used in saltwater do exist – so as long as you make sure to buy something that says it’s “saltwater safe”, you should be able to use it anywhere.

What’s the fastest RC boat?

The fastest RC boat ever recorded is the Munich SAW, which was recorded at speeds of over 300 kilometers per hour (a little under 200 mph.) However, this world record setter was a custom build and is not available for commercial sale.

The fastest RC boat that you can buy is probably the Traxxas DCB M41 Catamaran. It regularly moves at speeds of 50-60 miles per hour, and with the right battery it can even go much faster than that.

What is the best RC boat for rough water?

The Force1 Velocity, UDIRC Venom, and anything made by Traxxas are great RC boats for rough water.

Where to buy RC boats?

RC boats can sometimes be found in a store, but are most commonly purchased from Amazon or directly from a manufacturer’s website in the modern age. We’ve included Amazon links to every product on this list to make finding the perfect RC boat more convenient for our readers.

Finding the Best RC Boat for You

RC racing is one way to get some great enjoyment out of your day off, time spent with kids, and learning the ropes of a new hobby. These days it’s exciting that there are submarines popping up on the market, as many will love to explore under the surface instead of racing on top of it.

The best RC boats are only going to become more exciting and more technologically advanced as we head into 2019 and beyond. We hope this article has helped you find something that’s perfect for you. And if you’ve got a great RC boat we missed, be sure to let us (and our readers) know all about it in the comments below!

Dronethusiast Team. Kennedy Martinez


Kennedy Martinez is a resident writer who joined Dronethusiast at the beginning of 2019. She has years of experience reviewing drones and other tech products. When it comes to flying drones, Kennedy loves the ability to create artistic videos from a unique point of view. Kennedy enjoys researching new drones and other exciting products that are available to consumers which is why she is committed to creating the best buyer’s guides for our readers.

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Freespace Operations granted CASA Type Rating Approval RePL for Freespace Callisto 50 Multirotor

Freespace Operations Managing Director and Chief Remote Pilot, Ken King, has been granted Type Rating Approval RePL (Remote Pilot License) for the Freespace Callisto 50 Multirotor (rated to 50 kg MTOW) from CASA:

– Remote Pilot License (RePL) – Freespace Callisto 50 Multirotor (MTOW <50kg)

This bolsters the previous held capability of the the following Multirotor categories, Powered Lift (VTOL) & Aeroplane aircraft licenses:

– Remote Pilot License (RePL) – eirobotix Titan 40 Multirotor (MTOW <40kg)

– Remote Pilot License (RePL) – Multirotor up to 150 kg (Type Rated)

– Remote Pilot License (RePL) – Powered Lift <7 kg

– Remote Pilot License (RePL) – Aeroplane <7 kg

Upgraded ReOC (Remote Operators Certificate) for these new Type Rating Approval categories has been granted to partner company eirobotix Pty. Ltd. utilised by Freespace Operations.

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Joby Aviation Additive Manufacturing Lead

Located in Northern California, Joby Aviation has been steadily working toward our goal of providing safe, affordable, fully electric air transportation accessible to everyone. Imagine an air taxi that takes off vertically, then quietly and quickly carries you over the congestion below, giving you back that time you’d otherwise spend sitting in traffic. Technology has advanced to the point where designing and operating an all-electric aircraft is completely viable. Our team has been discreetly designing and flight testing this vehicle and is looking for talented individuals to see it through certification and high rate production.

About The Job

As the Additive Manufacturing Lead located in our Marina office, you will lead al technical aspects of the additive design and manufacturing team while developing the company’s presence in breakthrough additive manufacturing. You will work cross-functionally with other teams including Design, Finance, Legal, Composites Manufacturing, and Subtractive Manufacturing. Your management of the additive team will expedite the team’s push from research and development into production and certification.


  • Guide development of documentation toward certification standards
  • Direct the team regarding manufacturing goals, research and development of equipment, setting production guidelines
  • Provide technical guidance for materials research, hardware diagnostics, and production development.
  • Work with other engineering teams to create and meet large project expectations
  • Work with Operations Lead to set budgetary expectations and project timelines
  • Some domestic and international travel will be required


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Management, a related field, or equivalent experience.
  • Several years experience managing a high-budget, high-output team.
  • Rock solid engineering fundamentals and understanding of applications in additive.
  • Extensive knowledge of and skill in DFAM (Design for Additive Manufacturing Technologies) including SLM, DED, SLS, MJF, SLA, and DLS, etc.
  • Strong understanding of and skill in design optimization for conventional manufacturing technologies including CNC milling, casting, turning, injection molding, etc.
  • Familiarity and experience with NDT and metrology methods applicable to AM.
  • Ability to stand, walk, climb stairs, crouch around machines, and lift up to 50 lbs regularly

Suntuity AirWorks Awarded Multi-Township Governmental UAV Bid in Southeast Florida

Suntuity AirWorks, the UAV and Drone Services division of the Suntuity Group of Companies with offices in multiple US states including Florida, has been awarded the RFP to deliver UAS training, equipment and services for the Town of Davie and other members of the Southeast Florida Governmental Purchasing Co-operative. This includes 56 townships, agencies and counties that constitute members of the Co-operative Group.

As part of the RFP, Suntuity AirWorks is positioned to supply, train and maintain commercial drones for various divisions of the Co-op members including but not limited to police, search and rescue, and firefighting. The drones supplied by Suntuity AirWorks leverage technologies ranging from infrared cameras for Search and Rescue to artificial intelligence for first responders and crowd control. Suntuity University’s AirWorks Academy will provide both on and off-site training for members of the Co-op.

The Suntuity AirWorks proposal incorporated multiple packaged solutions from global companies like drone market-leader DJI and prestigious Suntuity University trainers that are former US military and graduates of aeronautical universities. The in-depth proposal curated for the Town of Davie and other Co-op members will optimize the safety and security of various departments throughout Southeastern Florida. The Suntuity AirWorks solutions also stand out from its competitors by incorporating not just hardware and software solutions but also training, financing and best practices that are delivered by best-in-class executors.

“We’re excited to be selected by the Town of Davie and the Southeast Florida Governmental Purchasing Co-operative Group,” said Charmie Pujalt, Director of New Business Development at Suntuity AirWorks. “Our full scope of solutions for training and equipment purchasing, paired with extensive talents and resources through our user-friendly online platform, positions us as a unique choice for Co-op members. Our services further streamline processes for law enforcement, first responders, search and rescue, security, crowd control, civil engineering, and marketing.”

Packages and solutions offered through Suntuity AirWorks can be customized to include training on various UAV platforms and payloads in addition to professional services like UAV program development and FAA Certificates of Authorization.

Municipalities can participate by reaching out to Charmie Pujalt at 833.424.7957 or [email protected]. More information on the Co-op is accessible here:

About Suntuity AirWorks

Suntuity AirWorks is the UAV and Drone services division of the Suntuity Group of Companies, with drone and UAV service offerings in multiple countries and across the US. Its hardware and software platforms deliver state of the art industry-specific solutions from DJI, FLIR, Berkley and other reputable organizations. Suntuity Airworks recently acquired BirdsiVideo and Osprey Assessments, two of the largest UAS service networks across the United States.

About Suntuity University

Suntuity University is the comprehensive drone and solar academy training program for the Suntuity Group of companies. Students of AirWorks Academy can receive a Certified Drone Professional (CDP) certification through curriculum that covers a wide range of drone regulations, processes, technologies and solutions.

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Scotland’s Transport Secretary pays visit to Cranfield

Scotland’s Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Secretary, Michael Matheson MSP, today visited Cranfield University on a fact-finding mission to learn more about the latest technological developments in sustainable aerospace and aviation.

On the visit, the Transport Secretary heard from Cranfield Aerospace Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the University, about their work on ‘Project Fresson’ with Loganair which aims to develop the world’s first electric-powered passenger flights on island-hopping routes between Orkney and Kirkwall.

Mr Matheson also toured some of Cranfield’s leading aerospace and aviation facilities including the Digital Air Traffic Control Centre, the first to be operational in the UK, and the Aerospace Integration Research Centre, a £35 million partnership between the University, Rolls-Royce, Airbus and the UK Government.

As well as current projects, Mr Matheson also heard about the developing Digital Aviation Research Technology Centre (DARTeC) and the Urban Observatory. DARTEC is a £67 million partnership between the University and major industry partners such as Aveillant, Boxarr, Saab and Thales, with support from Research England, that will spearhead the UK’s research into digital aviation. The Urban Observatory allows researchers at Cranfield, through a sensor network, to monitor environmental impact and suggest mitigation strategies at Cranfield Airport.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: ‘It was fascinating to visit Cranfield University to learn more about the latest technological developments in sustainable aviation. It was also inspiring to hear about their work on ‘Project Fresson’, and their collaboration with Loganair aiming to develop the world’s first electric-powered passenger flights on island-hopping routes between Orkney and Kirkwall.

Professor Iain Gray, Director of Aerospace at Cranfield University, said: “I was delighted to show the Transport Secretary around Cranfield’s global research airport with its unique facilities. We are already seeing Scotland embracing sustainable aviation through developments such as ‘Project Fresson’ and it was a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate to Mr Matheson what more could be achieved through technological developments.