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Audit Initiated of FAA’s Role in Authorizing Small UAS Operators in the National Airspace System

The continuing growth of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) within the National Airspace System (NAS) presents challenges for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in maintaining the world’s safest aviation system while fostering innovation. FAA has processed more than 1.1 million UAS registrations for commercial operators and hobbyists since December 2015. Further, the number of UAS sightings reported to FAA has increased, with 2,185 sightings in 2017 (1) compared to just 238 in 2014.

To advance the safe integration of commercial UAS in domestic airspace, FAA published a rule for small UAS (i.e., systems weighing less than 55 pounds) in June 2016. (2)

However, the rule does not permit commercial UAS operations in airspace managed by FAA’s air traffic control without Agency authorization and approval. Further, our prior and ongoing work has shown that FAA is challenged to keep pace with the volume of requests for UAS to operate in controlled airspace near airports.

To help speed up airspace authorizations, FAA has implemented an automated system in partnership with industry called the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC). LAANC provides near real-time processing of airspace authorizations below approved altitudes. FAA began a nationwide test of this system in April 2018 using phased, regional deployments. The system is now active at nearly 300 air traffic facilities, providing service to approximately 500 airports nationwide.

Given the significant safety implications associated with integrating UAS operations throughout the NAS, we are initiating an audit assessing FAA’s role in authorizing small UAS operations. Our objectives for this self-initiated audit are to assess:

(1) the impact of LAANC on FAA’s review and approval of UAS airspace requests; and (2) FAA’s procedures for coordinating and communicating UAS airspace approvals and notifications between airports, FAA air traffic facilities, LAANC service suppliers, and UAS operators.

We plan to begin the audit this month and will contact your audit liaison to schedule an entrance conference. We will conduct our work at FAA Headquarters, air traffic facilities, and airports across the country. If you have any questions, please contact me at 202-366-0500 or Robin Koch, Program Director, at 404-562-3770.

(1) As of October 26, 2018, there were 2,085 UAS sightings in calendar year 2018, primarily reported by manned aircraft pilots.

(2) 14 CFR Part 107 (June 2016).

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Yuneec Named as CES 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree

Yuneec today announced that it has been named a CES® 2019 Innovation Awards Honoree for the Yuneec Mantis Q drone (the first of its kind with voice control) in the robotics and drones product category. The announcement was made during CES Unveiled New York last night, an invite-only tech event bringing together top media, exhibitors and industry leaders for a sneak peek of the products and trends expected at CES 2019, which will run January 8-11, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV.

An annual program that celebrates outstanding design, the CES Innovation Awards recognizes honorees across 28 product categories. A panel of judges, including designers, engineers and members of the tech media, reviews submissions based on design, functionality, consumer appeal, engineering and how the products compare with the competition. The Mantis Q will be on display in the Innovation Awards Showcaseat the upcoming CES 2019.

ArcBlock Announces New Partnership with Soar to Support Development of Their Blockchain-Based Super Maps

Today, ArcBlock (https://www.arcblock.io), the leading application development platform for decentralized applications (DApps) and blockchain-enabled services announced that it has officially launched a new strategic partnership with Soar (https://www.soar.earth). Soar is working to create the world’s first decentralized Super-map using blockchain technology including the delivery of a new decentralized platform for high-resolution drone, aerial, and satellite imagery that incentivizes content creators and provides access to images, video, and aerial maps for end users to purchase.

“We believe that Soar is redefining the mapping industry by empowering content creators and meeting an increasingly important customer need by delivering maps through a dynamic database, that is shared using blockchain technologies, ensuring the integrity and security of the content,” said Jean Chen, VP of Public Relations at ArcBlock. “Our goal is to work with Soar’s development and engineering teams to support them and give them total flexibility by using ArcBlock’s blockchain-agnostic framework to help Soar facilitate the creation, deployment and ongoing management of their blockchain-enabled service.”

With this new partnership, ArcBlock and Soar will work closely together to create and drive their innovative platform including working together to deliver decentralized services using various infrastructure services including AWS, Alibaba Cloud and Azure, as well as ArcBlock’s Open Chain Access Protocol (OCAP). OCAP is an abstraction layer that gives developers and users complete flexibility by giving them a unified approach to building and analyzing blockchain-enabled services including reusable components that integrate crucial building blocks that significantly improve user experiences for new and existing projects.

“As a leader in delivering high-quality mapping content, our goal is to create an industry leading marketplace for mapping content including helping drone operators monetize their content and to help facilitate the delivery of high-resolution content to end-users,” said Neil Prentice, Partnerships Manager at Soar. “By working with ArcBlock, we have a partner who has the platform and expertise to help us deliver our blockchain-enabled service including verifying and authenticating uploaded drone, aerial, and satellite imagery content.”

About ArcBlock

ArcBlock is transforming the way blockchain-enabled applications and services are developed, managed and deployed by reimagining how these services are going to be created in the years ahead. ArcBlock is comprised of a team of industry experts, developers, technologists, and leaders who are focused on creating successful outcomes by enabling teams and businesses. ArcBlock has created a powerful, but easy, to use development platform that utilizes the power of blockchain in combination with cloud computing allowing developers and businesses to achieve their goals successfully. Follow ArcBlock on Twitter @arcblock_io.

ConnexiCore Partners with Cape For End-to-End Drone Integration and Intelligence

Cape, the leading cloud platform for drone telepresence and data management, today announced a partnership with ConnexiCore to provide end-to-end aerial telepresence and intelligence solutions for companies across industries, including public safety, oil and gas, construction, infrastructure, and insurance.

As part of the Cape reseller program, ConnexiCore customers can now fully leverage the Cape Aerial Telepresence platform. With access to real-time video streaming, customers gain accelerated turnaround time for video collection, as well as enhanced safety capabilities including the ability to define custom geofences, no-fly zones, minimum and maximum altitudes, and maximum speeds. Through the partnership, Cape customers gain access to ConnexiCore’s turnkey drone services and solutions, including image and video analysis, surveying and mapping services to enable faster, more informed decisions.

“In business today, the ability to make informed decisions quickly is paramount to success,” said Cape CEO, Chris Rittler. “We are excited to be partnering with ConnexiCore to help companies more quickly and safely capture the aerial intelligence needed to drive action and improvements, and ultimately maximize their drone investment.”

As part of the partnership, Cape and ConnexiCore will have joint booths at the ISC East Unmanned Security Expo, the world’s largest security trade show, November 14-15 in New York City. Located at booths 84 and 86, the companies will offer attending security and law enforcement professionals the opportunity to remotely pilot a drone located thousands of miles away using the Cape Aerial Telepresence platform.

“Across nearly every industry, drones unlock some of the most impactful data for driving critical efficiencies and improvements,” said Frank Segarra, CEO, ConnexiCore. “We look forward to partnering with Cape to extend the impact of our services, and provide companies with one of the most comprehensive drone integration and intelligence offerings available today.”

Cape’s leadership in telecommunications was recently recognized when the company was selected to the “GSMA 100”, a global innovation discovery initiative developed by GSMA to identify and advance the next generation of connectivity and digital services. Today, Cape technology is relied upon by enterprises and government organizations in markets around the world, including the U.S., Australia, Middle East, and Mexico. One of the longest-tenured companies in the commercial drone software space, Cape is one of the first and only companies in the U.S. to be awarded precedent-setting waivers under both Section 333 and Part 107 regulations, and has performed more than 100,000 flights.

About Cape

Cape unlocks the full potential of commercial drones, giving companies all of the benefits with none of the traditional hassle. Every day, Cape users log in to the Cape Aerial Telepresence™ platform, connect to physical drones around the world, and safely conduct flights with remote visibility to capture live, high-resolution video. The only cloud-based system for drone telepresence and data management, Cape provides secure, real-time visualization that increases productivity and operational efficiency and improves safety. Since its founding in 2014, Cape has been a leader in software for drone usability, and the trusted drone software solution for a wide range of use cases, from construction and public safety to oil & gas and agriculture. To date, more than 100,000 Cape-enabled drone flights have been completed with zero incidents. For more information about Cape, please visit http://www.cape.com.

About ConnexiCore

ConnexiCore™ is an on-demand nationwide UAV Drone Solutions Provider specializing in drone data collection, image and video analysis, surveying, and mapping services. ConnexiCore creates value by delivering data efficiently and effectively through our secure cloud-based content management platform called ConnexiCore Cloud, making our clients mission data capture, analysis, and actionable tasks extremely simple.

Drone Expert Tech: Know Your Limits

Understanding FAA, operational, and personal LIMITS is key to safe flying

At 7:20 p.m. on Sept. 21, 2017, a DJI Phantom 4 had a midair collision with a U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter flying off the shoreline of Staten Island, New York. The collision damaged a main rotor blade and a window on the upper left-hand side of the helicopter, forcing the crew to make an emergency landing at Linden Airport in New Jersey. The Army helicopter was operated by the 82nd Airborne Division and was one of two Black Hawks assigned to a security patrol during the United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York City in advance of the U.S. president’s arrival.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) launched an investigation into the crash, the first incident of its type to have occurred in U.S. airspace. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed that it was assisting with the investigation but said that the U.S. Secret Service was the lead agency for media inquiries. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said that it was assisting the U.S. Army’s investigation. The New York Police Department said it was also cooperating with the investigation, but it referred questions to the FAA and the U.S. military.

The NTSB Aviation Incident Final Report stated that one motor and a portion of an arm of a Phantom 4 was found in the engine-oil cooler fan by Army maintenance personnel. Using the serial number inscribed on the motor, federal investigators were able to identify, locate, and interview the Phantom’s pilot, who has turned over flight data from the ground controller.

The NTSB Report stated the Phantom’s pilot intentionally flew the aircraft 2.5 miles away, well beyond visual line of sight. The pilot of the Phantom 4 was flying for recreational purposes and did not hold an FAA Remote Pilot certificate or a manned aircraft pilot certificate. Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 101 mandates hobby and recreational pilots maintain visual contact with their aircraft at all times and not interfere with the operation of manned aircraft.

While the airspace in the area of the flight is uncontrolled (Class G), it was underlying a shelf of the Class B airspace and a Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) issued by the FAA was in effect at the time of the incident. The NOTAM established a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) due to the United Nations General Assembly meeting. The TFR restricted operations within the lateral limits of the New York Class B airspace. In addition, another NOTAM was in effect establishing a VIP Presidential TFR over the crash site. Both TFRs included a prohibition on model aircraft and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), and the Phantom pilot literally flew from one TFR into another.

Warning screen displayed on the B4UFLY app when drone is in controlled airspace.

Message from the FAA displayed when opening the B4UFLY app.

Warning from the FAA to all drone users displayed when opening the B4UFLY app.

OPERATOR ERROR

During the interview by federal authorities, the Phantom pilot stated that he knew to stay away from airports, and that he relied on the DJI GO 4 app to “let him know if it was OK to fly.” He said he knew that the Phantom should be operated below 400 feet. When asked about the TFRs, he said he did not know about them and that the app did not give any warnings on the evening of the collision. The Phantom pilot said he was not aware of the significance of flying beyond line of sight and again stated that he relied on the app display. He said he did not see or hear the pair of helicopters involved in the collision but admitted knowing that helicopters frequently flew in the area.

Although the pilot stated that he knew not to fly above 400 feet, his flight logs revealed that he had flown as high as 547 feet at a distance of 1.8 miles earlier on the evening of the incident. In addition, even though the Phantom pilot said that he knew there were often helicopters in the area, he still decided to fly beyond visual line of sight, which demonstrated his lack of understanding of the potential collision hazard with other aircraft.

The DJI GO 4 app for the Phantom 4 includes a feature called “Geospatial Environment Online” (GEO), which is designed to help pilots avoid certain types of airspace. GEO provides pilots with real-time guidance about areas where flight may be limited by regulation, such as controlled airspaces and TFRs. Locations that raise security concerns, such as prisons, nuclear power plants, and military bases, may also be identified. When available and activated by the pilot, a message is displayed on the control device identifying the type of airspace.

According to DJI, “The GEO system is advisory only. Each user is responsible for checking official sources and determining what laws or regulations might apply to his or her flight.”

NTSB investigators also determined that, at the time of the incident, the TFR airspace-awareness functionality within GEO was not available. DJI had temporarily dis­abled the feature in August 2017 because of technical problems, and it was restored in October 2017. DJI did not issue any notice to users that this advisory function had been disabled. The NTSB further emphasized this feature is intended for advisory use only, and UAS pilots are responsible at all times to comply with FAA airspace restrictions. Sole reliance on advisory functions of a non-certified app is not sufficient to ensure that correct airspace information is obtained. The best way to locate airspace restrictions is to use the FAA’s B4UFly mobile app for recreational users or AirMap for Part 107 operators.

The NTSB determined the probable cause of this inci­dent to be “the failure of the sUAS [small unmanned aircraft system] pilot to see and avoid the helicopter due to his intentional flight beyond visual line of sight. Contributing to the incident was the sUAS pilot’s incomplete knowledge of the regulations and safe operating practices.”

FAA AND OPERATIONAL LIMITS

There are many lessons to be learned from this incident, and everyone, especially the Phantom 4 pilot, should be grateful there were no injuries or fatalities. Clearly, there is still a lack of understanding of “safe operating practices” among some members of the drone community, in par­ticular regarding flight limitations.

There are basically three types of limita­tions in aviation. The first set of limits is imposed by the aircraft manufacturer and may be called “operating limits” or “aircraft limits.” The second category are regulatory limits imposed by the FAA or other government agency, and the third category are personal limits.

All manned aircraft have operating limitations imposed by the manufacturer. Full-size aircraft have limits that are carefully tested and proven by FAA, and are certified for operation within those limits. Since drones are not certified by the FAA, it is simply up to the manufacturer to do its own testing and determine the operating limits.

Drone manufacturers are not required to provide these limits to the user, so these limits are often unknown. DJI has been making an effort to provide this information in its user manuals but the limits are not presented in a standard format as they are for manned aircraft. A closer look at some of these limits in the user manual for the DJI Phantom 4 will help explain the relationship among the three types of limits:

The maximum altitude is 1,640 feet. It is widely known (hopefully) that the regulatory limit for flying drones is only 400 feet. The Phantom 4 has two flight modes: P-mode and A-mode. The 400-foot-altitude limit is preset in the P-mode, and it is not possible to exceed that limit. If the A-mode is selected, it is possible to fly the Phantom 4 up to 1,640 feet above the takeoff point. The standard traffic-pattern altitude for manned aircraft while in

the vicinity of an airport is 1,000 feet, so this would put the drone in an extremely dangerous flight area.

The maximum range is 4.3 miles. FAA regulations state the aircraft must be kept within visual line of sight. This regulation is interesting because the FAA does not give a specific distance for this limit. The actual distance will depend on the size of the drone, lighting conditions, and eyesight of the pilot. In other words, this regulatory limit is established by the pilot’s personal limits. The pilot needs to determine this limit during each flight, and the actual distance may vary depending on the location and conditions. Since most drones now have telemetry data displayed on the pilot’s ground controller or smart device, it is possible to know the drone’s exact distance at all times. Pilots can and should know the actual distance at which their drone becomes difficult to see and then reduce that number by 10 percent or more as a safety margin.

The maximum wind speed is 22mph. While the FAA does not have any specific limit for flight in high winds, it does mandate that all aircraft are flown in a safe manner. Intentionally operating in winds more than 22mph with a Phantom 4 could be considered operating in a careless and reckless manner. Since the dawn of aviation, pilots have been concerned about high winds, and experienced pilots are always aware of both current and forecast conditions. The maximum wind speed for each drone is a critical limit because, once it is exceeded, the drone will not be able to maintain position, even in GPS mode.

Pilots should be aware that the wind speed is not always constant, and strong gusts of wind are unpredictable and may push the drone away and even out of sight. Wind speed usually increases with altitude, and the actual wind speed above surrounding ground structures may be significantly higher than expected. When flying on windy days, it is important to be prepared to react with a memorized emergency procedure. In most cases, it is best to cut the throttle imme­diately and descend rapidly since wind speeds usually decrease the closer you get to the ground. Maneuvering to an area that is protected from the wind (such as the downwind side of a building or structure) will also help maintain control during the landing. Having a personal limit for maximum wind speed is important, and inexperienced pilots should fly only in calm winds.

Map display page on the B4UFLY app showing a drone within controlled airspace

Beginner Mode selected by the user on the DJI Go4 app. Both altitude and flight limits are set to 30 meters 100 feet by default.

Flight altitude and distance limits manually selected by the user on the DJI Go4 app.

PERSONAL LIMITS

Novice drone pilots may find it difficult to set personal limits because they just don’t have the experience to make an informed decision. Keep in mind that determining your personal limits is part of the learning process. When pilots start to think about setting personal minimums, they usually start with weather conditions. Personal limits are your limits, tailored to your experience, strengths, and weaknesses.

Personal limits will also change based on your level of proficiency. For example, a pilot who has been flying in high winds during the day for many months will become more proficient in these conditions. Similarly, a pilot who has been flying at night in calm winds for many months will become more proficient operating in the dark. Clearly, the pilot who flew only during the day would not be proficient at night flying and vice versa.

The responsibility for determining proficiency is a judgment call by the pilot, and this is something that comes with experience. An individual’s definition of “proficient” may vary according to his or her skills, knowledge, and experience. In the absence of firm guidance, it’s up to pilots to determine whether or not to go flying and what conditions are acceptable to avoid a situation that exceeds their skill level or the drone’s limits. Personal limits are determined to help guide pilots through the decision-making process.

Once your personal limits have been determined, some of them can be programmed into the DJI GO 4 app. Maximum flight altitude and radius limits may be put in the app and changed at any time. If you are inexperienced, DJI also created the Beginners mode, which restricts flights to an altitude and height of 30 meters (100 feet). It is important for pilots to identify and understand their personal limits to the same degree they concern themselves with aircraft limits and regulatory limits. After all, does anyone want federal agents and investigators to knock on the front door?

Text & Photod by Gus Calderon

MyDefence Successfully Integrates Counter UAS Sensors in Light Armoured Vehicle

MyDefence Communication announces the successful integration of Counter Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technology in vehicle platforms for military forces. The integration of the drone sensors allows military operators to effectively detect and defeat enemy drones used for reconnaissance or as weapon delivery systems.

MyDefence has developed advanced, networked radio-frequency (RF) sensors, and has worked closely with General Dynamics Land Systems to integrate these drone sensors into a wheeled armoured vehicle platform, providing on-the-move detect and defeat capability of drones for military operators.

We are proud to announce the successful integration of our Counter UAS sensors into the General Dynamics Land Systems Light Armoured Vehicle platform. This is the first fully integrated Counter UAS solution available for mobile platforms with support for third-party battle management systems,” says CEO of MyDefence North America, Luke Layman.

The platform can detect drones using RF technology and defeat threats using smart jamming. The solution can effortlessly be integrated with third-party battle-management systems (BMS), and using a standard tactical link, the mobile platform can communicate and provide feedback to any remote command and control (C2) system, providing greater situational awareness and enhanced battlefield effectiveness.

MyDefence first began integration testing with the General Dynamics Land Systems platform in 2017. The platform has since evolved and the Counter UAS solution can now be fully integrated into any vehicle platform, providing the flexibility and scalability needed for military operators.

MyDefence and General Dynamics Land Systems will be conducting a large-scale demonstration of this integrated technology at the NATO Non-lethal Technology Exercise 2018 (NNTEX-18), an exercise that focuses on capabilities with high technological readiness levels of non-lethal solutions.

About MyDefence

MyDefence is founded by military officers with insight into military operations and advanced radio technology. We are specialized in developing sensors and effectors for military customers to mitigate the threat of malicious drones.

MyDefence protects those who protect us. Our combat proven products provide end users with state-of-the-art technology for enhanced protection and situational awareness on the battlefield. By listening to our end-users and combining their learnings with our technology, we are producing innovative and versatile Counter UAS solutions for any type of mission.

The 20 Best Cheap Drones [Updated November 2018]

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Updated November 2018

Cheap Drones For Beginners Table of Contents

  1. FAQ’s For Cheap Drones
  2. #1 Cheap Beginner (10 Minute Flight – $119)
  3. #1 Inexpensive Beginner Drone (15 Minutes – $160)
  4. #1 Affordable Long Range Blackhawk Drone (300 Meters $119)
  5. Cheap Camera Drones
  6. Cheap FPV Drones
  7. Best Cheap Mini – Micro Drones

We get a lot of comments here at Dronethusiast of people who are looking for drones for beginners. Before you upgrade to a professional level drone that captures amazing footage and performs professional maneuvers, it can be a good idea to practice with one of these cheap beginner drones that did not cost you nearly as much.

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Now that we’re into the first few months of the year, many consumers are searching for the cheap drones, and the offerings as of late are much more plentiful then they were just a year or two ago. Various manufacturers are giving it a go to get a corner (or any share) on this type of market, and many scores of excited owners are carrying home a brand new cheap beginner quadcopter.

The race for companies to build and manufacture affordable drones is nothing new: Since the release of even the Dji Phantom 2, there have been companies that have made it their priority to have drones on the shelves at under the $100 and $40 price point. Consumers have been thrilled to learn how to hover, dip, and land, and the last two years even brought about tiny micro drones that were under $25, even though there was no camera included.

Before we dig into the cheap drones, we have to show you some of our newest review articles. 2018 Black Friday drone deals is a new article where we review the best sales for Black friday 2018.

*Quick reference guide to the top Beginner Cheap Drones

There are a few things to keep in mind when looking for a best budget drone: on many models, you may not be getting that sturdy of a craft, but could still be having your hands on one that will be just fine if you begin your flight path inside. What makes a purchase a best beginner drone may just be that you like the look: most have flight times of around 7 minutes, and are just a super cool way of learning how to fly, and exploring which types of craft work best for them.

Even though some people would lament over and over that “You get what you pay for”, some of the cheap drones with camera on the market are excellent ways to immerse yourself in the hobby of piloting, and having a less expensive drone on hand is a good way to just get out and fly, and not worry about the possibility of damaging an expensive investment.

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If you have children or nieces and nephews that seem interested in electronics and engineering, this is one of the coolest things you could ever present as a gift. When you do learn to use 8a cheap drone with a camera, your skill set could grow as you graduate into more advanced drones, and you could pursue careers such as pipeline surveying and delivery.

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Anyone on the hunt for a best beginner drone will enjoy an item that is ready to fly, and provides a solid opportunity to check out what it’s like to get a drone in the air, land it, and see what type of models they prefer.

Being on the lookout for the cheapest drone possible is not necessarily the worst thing you can do as a drone enthusiast: as long as you keep your expectations just a bit low, you may come out alright and have something to fly around that you’ll enjoy. The key is to go slow when you first get one out of the box, and not to let it be a speed race; if you are testing cheap drones over and over to see how they will handle crashes, you may not get your wish of having a long-lasting possession!

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#1 Best Budget Camera Drone – Altair Aerial AA108 Drone

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They even have an Altair Video Tutorials page that helps you get started. Email Altair Inc at help@altairaerial.com

The Altair Aerial AA108 is a new drone on the market that covers all the bases and comes in at a great sub $129.00 price tag. This drone is very easy to fly due to the Altitude Hold andHeadless mode functions, which are great for beginners and kids. If you’re looking for a cheap drone that is an easy way to get started as a drone pilot, this is the drone for you.

The AA108 is made with high durability manufacturing, meaning it’s not going to break easily if you have an accident. It’s also very stable in the air and you can switch between three flight modes, 1 for beginners, 2 intermediate and 3 for advanced flyers. For the $129.00 price you’re also getting great value because of the long 10 minute flight time and 100 meter range. It really is a very solid drone for all ages.

The Altair company is based in Lincoln, NE. We actually did a full review of this drone and you can read about it here. The founder Matt Cookson and I spoke on the phone and he explained his plan to offer excellent customer service as one of the primary perks for the Altair drone. It seems like they’re doing a good job because when I called their customer service number he was the one who actually answered the phone, not some rep over in China!

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The Altair Aerial offers:

• Altitude Hold

• 1 Touch Take off and Landing

• 8 Minute Flight Time

• Has a range of up to 300

• Uses a 6-axis gyro stability for maneuverability and ultimate wind resistance

• Headless Mode for Novice Pilots (super easy to use)

• 3 Flight Skill levels, you can easily transition between them (making it GREAT for beginners and experts!)

• FlyingSee App by UDI RC – For FPV flight in Realtime

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Alltogether the Altaier Aerial AA108 is the best affordable drone you can buy at this price point. It checks all the boxes as far as tech specs and flight time goes, and with an added bonus of having an American based headquarters and customer service.

Altair 818 Hornet Drone

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This is another fantastic choice for a drone that won’t break the bank but which nonetheless comes with a wide array of features. The A818 Plus is an updated version of the U818a that’s especially good for beginners, and sold by Altair Aerial, a company that provides top tier customer service. This version of the drone has a new shape that balances the weight evenly, allowing for an incredibly stable hover (further improved by the new inclusion of a hovering mode feature.) It also has longer landing gear and thicker prop guards, which means that it’s very durable. This is something that’s incredibly important for beginners and often overlooked – you’re all but guaranteed to crash the aircraft a few times when you’re learning how to fly it, so it’s important to choose a drone that can take a hit or two.

But one of the best features of the A818 Plus is the extra-long battery life – up to 15 minutes off a single battery. Sure – that may not sound too impressive to fans of the DJI line, but for less than $200 it’s practically unheard of. It’s a really great feature and shows why the A818 Plus deserves such a high spot on this list.

Additionally this drone is made by Altair Aerial, a company that provides fantastic customer service, you can read more about them at their website.

Check out some video from the camera on the Altair 818 Hornet

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Here’s some quick features and specs for the Altair U818 Plus:

• Altitude Hold

• 1 Touch Take off and Landing

• 15 Minute Flight Time

• 720p HD Wide-Angle camera

• Customer Flight Route Mode

• Headless Mode for Novice Pilots (super easy to use)

•Long landing gear and stable cover shape make the drone more stable and more easy-to-use

• FlyingSee App by UDI RC – For FPV flight in Realtime

Altair Aerial Blackhawk

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For only $119 you’re getting an amazing drone at an amazing price! Get super fast and free shipping when you order the Blackhawk from AltairAerial.com, or you can also see Best Price at Amazon. The Blackhawk is a more advanced level quad with 15-17 Minutes of Flight time and 300-500 Meter Range!

If you’ve been looking for a cheap drone that knocks it out of the park when it comes to durability and speed, you really need to check out the Altair Aerial Blackhawk. We’re big fans of other offerings from Altair Aerial and the Blackhawk is their most advanced quadcopter yet. This drone is super fast, has a flight time of up to 15 minutes, and it can go a long way for a drone in this price range (300 Meters).

Customers looking to move up from the Altair Aerial AA108 and 818 Hornet will love this heavy duty drone for its stability and speed. The Blackhawk doesn’t utilize altitude hold which unlocks the potential for extreme control! The ability to go vertical and descend super fast will give you that racing feel while you’re flying! While a camera does not come with the Blackhawk, it is equipped to handle a GoPro or similar camera when you’re ready to capture the action.

Here are some quick features of the Altair Aerial Blackhawk:

• Heavy duty and stable

• 15 minute flight time

• Range up to 300 meters

• Action camera slot for GoPro or similar camera

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Force1 UFO 3000 LED Quadcopter

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Losing a drone from flying in low visibility and not being able to find it later on is no longer a problem, in this case. The blue and green vibrant LED lights on this drone can be seen from incredible distances, but that’s not all that it has to offer.

It was designed with beginner drones in mind through offering precision piloting, multiple flight modes, added stability, and all other aspects aside from the visibility factor.

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Here are some quick features and specs that the Force1 UFO 3000 boasts.

• 3D stunts and 360° flips at a push of a single button

• Includes Low and High speed modes and 3 flight modes with a streamlined, lightweight design for high-speed aerodynamics

• Comes with a bonus 3.7V LiPo battery for double your flight time, each lasting up to 9 minutes

• 2.4GHz technology with 4 flight channels

• Weighs only 1 pound with a total size of 8.3”x7”x4.2”

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The Hubsan X4 H107L 4 channel 2.4ghz RC Quadcopter

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This is a fun palm-sized affordable drone that you can have a blast with indoors or out. The batteries are included, and this is one choice out there that is strong in the best beginner drone category, and a very popular pick.

This drone comes with a USB connector to charge it, and it is ready to fly out of the box with everything needed except the batteries for the controller. This one is known to be fast and agile, and picking up extra batteries right away is a great idea to get a bit more flight time out of it. Generally in the “Toy quad” category, this is actually pretty stable for the price, and fun to fly all-around.

Here are some basic specs on this model, to let you know a bit about it before you buy: this is a pretty reliable drone for the price.

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• Durable one piece main frame

• Precision 6-axis gyro

• Ready to fly out of the box

• 4-channel 2.4Ghz control

• High-capacity LIPO battery

• Durable one piece main frame

• Precision 6-axis gyro

• Motor type: brushed

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The Holy Stone HS170 Predator Rc Affordable Drone

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This is a sleek and powerful option for affordable drones: many customers are calling it their favorite for the price. This one actually has quite a bit of speed, and is a blast to fly around at the drop of a hat.

It’s controller is a pretty standard Xbox-style format, and the HS170 Predator can fly for around 8 minutes on one charge. You can fly more than one of these at once because of the built in anti-interference system, and there are 6 aa batteries required. One word of caution is that there are more than 1 reviews stating that it just stopped working suddenly: when this happens with any electronics product, it is hard to say if it will happen in large numbers or not. Here are some stats on the HS170 that will allow you to decide whether or not you want to purchase.

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• Headless security system enables any level of players to fly

• GHz technology is present for anti-interference

• Craft has 6-Axis Gyro stabilization system

• Has about 6-8 minutes flight time, and 60-80 minutes flying time

• No FAA registration required for this affordable drone

• Headless mode brings more confidence to beginners

• Colorful LED lights make it very easy to identify front and back

• Affordable Drone has 3 different speed modes for beginners on up to advanced pilots

• Item weight is around 14 ounces

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The Yizhan Golden X4 4CH 2.4G 6 Axis Radio Control Affordable Quadcopter

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This is another entry in the cheap quadcopter category. This model has throw-in-the-air startup capabilities, and a pretty cool searching light for flying in the dark. When it arrives it’s ready to fly after a full charge and getting the batteries ready, and the flight time is around 7 minutes after an hour-long charge.

Of the 3 flight modes offered, the highest is pretty challenging for the lower-priced drone category, and while it looks pretty large in the photos, still is situated in the much smaller side of the cheap drone group. The Hubsan X4 is quite possibly one of the most popular beginner drones on the market, and this is one of the models that is compared quite closely to it.

Here are some of the technical specs on the Golden X4, which is priced incredibly low on Amazon, and is a great starter drone to get anyone accustomed to the fun of flying.

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• Controlled by a 2.4GHz frequency, long-distance control

• Can fly for around 6-7 minutes after charging for approx. 1 hour

• Model number: X4

• Control Range: 100m

• Batter: 3.7V 350MAh Li-Po variety

• Transmitter battery uses 6 AA batteries

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Cheap Photo Drones

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As consumers look for options for the best camera drone under $100, 2018 looks to be a pretty good year. Some manufacturers have taken cues from DJI as to how users may want the controller to look, and some have went off on their own tangents a bit as far as sleek, game-controller looking designs.

Cheap quadcopters with cameras are a great way to get used to traversing over different types of land, and using the features that allow you to see what higher-grade models offer.

Holy Stone F181C With HD Camera

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You don’t always have to invest in an expensive drone if you’re looking for a cheap drone with camera. This one is actually one of many that give the professional drones a run for their money. The HD camera is already a wonder in itself, never mind all of the great features and specs that come with it.

Right off the bat, you get One Key 360-Degree 4-Way Flips, Continuous Roll, Altitude Hold, One Key Return to Home, One Key Engine Start, One Key Landing and even the Headless Security System for features. All of the included features make it easy for someone who’s entirely new to the world to drones to get the hang of the more complicated features at their own pace.

The Altitude Hold feature is actually an upgraded version from the same model, yet it’s an inexpensive cheap drone with an HD camera, that will make you feel like you’re investing in a super high-quality drone without paying a fortune.

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Here are some of the features and specs that the Holy Stone F181C With HD Camera has to offer:

    • It uses a 720p HD camera with 1280x720p video resolution

    • Has a total of 4 different speed control modes for beginners and experts alike

    • You’re able to choose from Left and Right Hand Operation modes in accordance with your preference

    • Uses a 2.4GHz transmission frequency

    • Includes a controllable LED light

    • Uses a 6-axis gyro stabilization system

    • Takes a 3.7V 750mAh LiPo battery

    • Has a maximum transmission range of between 50 to 100 meters

    • Requires 4 1.5V AA batteries that are not included

    • Comes with a 4GB Micro SD card and a bonus battery

    • Has a maximum flight time of between 7 to 10 minutes

Unfortunately, it does not have FPV and cannot be connected with your smartphone or other smart device, but it’s still an awesome cheap drone with an HD camera!

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The UDI U818A HD+Quadcopter

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This is a great choice for the cheap drone with camera category: It has features such as a return home function, HD camera, and the standard 6-axis gyro stability that helps many cheap drones fly with ease.

At this time, this is NOT a drone that requires FAA registration, and there are also 2 lipo batteries included as a bonus. The charging time is around 90-120 minutes, and the flight duration is 7-9 minutes.

Here are some of the technical features of the UDI U818A: This inexpensive drone is a bit wider and bulkier than some, but still a very popular choice due to its durability and ease of handling.

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• Has a forward-facing HD camera

• Control distance of around 30 M

• Weight: 1 pound

• 4 GB micro-SD card is removable

• 4-channel, 2.4GHz transmitter has LCD screen that displays full flight status

• 2 Joysticks will move the copter in any direction

• Instant 360-degree roll button for stunts

• Movie resolution is now upgraded to 280* 720 at 30 frames per second

• Low battery alarm broadcasts from transmitter

• Very easy to start and stop recording with one-touch video button

• Frequency: 2.4 GHz

Known as a very light quadcopter, this one may start to drift with winds that are even in the 7 MPH range. Begin the video recorder before you take off to make things more simple, and enjoy flying one of the best and cheapest drone options out there.

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The X5C RC Drone with HD Camera

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This is a great way of taking pictures outside from above in 720p video, and enjoying the high-resolution pictures you can glean of landscapes, real estate, seasons changing, and any other sites that strike your interest.

This is a good contender for a best budget drone because it definitely does not have to be registered with the FAA, and it even has a microphone too. You definitely will want to start in beginner flight mode, as this will allow you a bit of leeway to get used to its movement.

It does not have a “return to home” function, but for the price, has a decent camera, and high ranking reviews from many users. The transmitter will warn you of low battery, and the weight of this inexpensive drone is around 3.8 ounces. Here are some of the key features that will allow you to make the best purchasing decision:

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• Headless mode is great for beginners, and reduces possibility of crashing while learning

• HD video camera is a forward-facing stationary 2MP HD video camera on this drone

• Comes with 2GB micro SD card

• 6-axis gyro stability, which is great for wind resistance and maneuverability

• Execute 360 degree flips and tricks with push of one button

• FAA registration is not required

• Strong and powerful motors enable longer and more efficient flight

• 2 long-life included batteries can be swapped or charged in place

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The DBPOWER MJX X400W FPV Drone With WiFi Camera

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This is a fun drone in the cheap drones category that is in the higher end of the low-priced element. What’s pretty cool about this one is that it is where you begin to be introduced to the awesome things you can do with a partner app, and see what the inexpensive drone sees on the mobile device of your choice.

With a 3D Split Screen Display, you can use the VR headset to see the world in a completely modern way, and this just adds to the excitement you get from this device. This best budget drone does not need to be registered with the FAA, and its weight is under 1.6 lbs. It has been said to be able to take a beating during many reviews, and has a pretty awesome white underwater-stealth looking appearance.

Here are some of the specs and feature on the MJX X400W, so you can make a decision regarding whether or not it will be your next drone.

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• Budget Drone Weight: 112 G

• Drone Battery: 3.7 V 750 mAh Li-po battery

• Charging time: about 120 minutes

• Flying time: 8-9 minutes

• Control Distance: About 100 meters

• Support Mobile Device: Ios/ Android System

• Has headless mode for easier/beginner control

• Transmitter Battery: 3x AA Battery

• Comes with 4 spare propeller blades

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The H6 Quadcopter RC Helicopter

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This is a very cool drone under $100 that is equipped with an HD camera, and does a great job of being wind resistant for a drone in this price point. We always like to see drones in the inexpensive category be able to hand launch in the air, and this is one that is deemed definitely pretty easy to fly.

This is a pretty compact-sized drone, sitting at 5.25” by 5.25”. There are crash guards installed, and it records to SD card, so the video is not really able to be viewed during flight. This may prevent many pilots from wanting it, but it is still known for it’s sturdy handling, and is a good model to learn the basics of flight with.

Here are some specifications of the H6 quadcopter, so you can decide if it is one you want to add to your collection.

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• Has a 720 p HD camera: this records to SD card for later viewing

• Very high wind resistant: high stability designed for indoor and outdoor flight

• Easy controls allow nearly anyone a simple flight

• Equipped with 2.4Ghz spread spectrum technology

• Compact in size at 5.25” by 5.25”

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The U28W FPV Best Budget Drone with altitude hold and HD camera

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This is an example of a ready to fly drone that you can purchase in the lower priced category that is a great one to use with a tablet or smartphone. Absolutely one of the best beginner drones out there that still has many of the latest features that you see on higher-end models.

Having an altitude hold function is one of the things about this one that makes it very easy to fly: beginners can use this to their advantage, and not have to fret about the drone continuously dipping up and down. It also has features such as one-touch takeoff and landing, and you can even program a custom route to have it follow. These features alone are usually found on models that are much higher-end, and this is why we have no choice but to heartily recommend this one.

Here are some specs and features on the U28W FPV Drone, so you can use these to your benefit when making a decision.

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• Wide-angle HD Camera captures pristine video and photos in 720p HD

• Custom Route Mode: traces the desired flight path to help user ease off controls

• Has capability for FPV and VR headset compatibility

• One Touch takeoff and landing feature

• You can trace custom route mode

• Come with 4 spare propellers

• 2.4Ghz controller

• Comes with micro SD card reader

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JJRC H11WH

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Not only are you getting a 2.0MP HD camera, but you’re also getting the full 720p FPV experience along with it. It comes with a bountiful amount of features and a wide variety of specs that we think you’ll find are all incredibly impressive.

This cheap drone with HD camera features FPV, Altitude Hold, One Key to Reset, One Key Return to Home, Ascend and Descend, Left and Right Side-Fly, 360-Degree Roll and Emergency Stop. The overall high-quality construction and design is one that is dressed to impress and go the extra mile.

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Here are the features and the specs that make the JJRC H11WH what it is:

• It’s made of high-quality materials with rubber painted coated fuselage

• Uses a 6-axis gyro stabilization system

• Has a maximum flight time of up to 7 minutes

• Takes a 1100mAh LiPo battery and 3 AAA batteries, all are not included

• Has a maximum transmission range of up to 60 meters

• Uses a 2.4GHz transmission frequency with up to 4 channels

• Has a controllable LED light

• Uses a 2.0MP HD camera with 720p FPV

It’s a little unclear as to whether or not the 1100mAh LiPo is actually included or not, one section says that it is while another says it’s not, but picking up one, even if it’s an extra if it’s actually included, is never a bad idea!

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Cheap FPV Drones

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The race has been on for the past year to find the ultimate FPV drone under $100: many pilots know how awesome and feature-filled drones such as the Dji Phantom 4 are, but they are in a completely different price range. For these types of drones, the craft is driven or piloted remotely from a first-person perspective, and video is fed to a video monitor, tablet, or goggles.

When consumer drones first began popular about 3 years ago, there were next to no options in this category. Cheap FPV drones were not necessarily the rage, because many brands were just beginning to release drones in the under 100$ category that had just 8 minute flight time, but no camera. Here are a few that we recommend, that will get you into the swing of gleaning video, but not break the bank.

The Hubsan X4 Quadcopter with FPV Camera Toy best Budget Drone

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This is a drone at a very reasonable price that does a great job of offering FPV technology. It is lightweight, and offers the standard 7 minute flight time with around 45 min. charging time. We like how the transmitter has a built-in 4.3” screen, and that alone for this price almost softens the blow of the drone only having a 480p camera.

Make sure you install the rotor shield, as this will help you greatly when it comes to crashes. Some users claim that the way the drone handles and sturdiness for its size are great for the price, but the video is not even worth glancing at. Still, its a solid product from a well-trusted brand that allows you the ability to do some great maneuvers, and not spend a fortune.

Here are some specs on the Hubsan X4 Quad: we think this is an all-around great drone, and that almost anyone would be interested in purchasing it.

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• Control Distance: 50-100 Meters, with live video distance around 100 meters

• Latest 6-axis flight control system with adjustable gyro sensitivity

• Very lightweight airframe with nice durability

• FPV flight option allows for viewing while you are in flight

• Video from flight records to SD card

• Radio Band: 2.4Ghz

• Item weight: 7 oz.

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Syma Toys X5C-1

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This is an upgraded version of the original X5C-1, which has a sleek, sophisticated look that’s made better by the awesome HD camera. This cheap drone with HD camera has the right specs, the perfect amount of features, and a look that will have anyone who sees it asking questions and looking to learn more about it.

Because it’s an upgraded version, it has new, enhanced Anti-Collision and Anti-Fall Performance features. It also able to perform aerial rolls and automatic stabilization due to the enhanced, upgraded gyro stabilization system.

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Here are the impressive features and specs of the Syma Toys X5C-1:

• Has a maximum flight time of between 6 to 8 minutes

• Uses a 2.4GHz transmission frequency with up to 4 channels

• Features an upgraded 6-axis gyro stabilization system

• Takes a 3.7V 500mAh LiPo battery

• Has a protective circle made of highly elastic plastic that prevents the blades from wearing out or taking damage

• Uses an onboard HD camera

The upgraded version is an enhanced masterpiece that you can’t go wrong with investing in.

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U818A Wifi FPV Quadcopter Drone

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This is an FPV drone with a bit of a different look: The quadcopters have circular guards above them, and it does give the budget drone an entirely unique appearance. It has features such as headless mode, and you can capture 720p video with the built-in camera.

You can mount your smart device on top of the controller, and this drone is also VR headset compatible. The 4 GB of micro SD storage is a definite bonus, and this drone’s weight will make it a bit more stable in wind. If you are ok with the look, (which probably can grow on any pilot), this is a pretty good example of what’s available in the inexpensive drones category for FPV.

Hear are some stats on the U818A: this is a pretty awesome budget drone, and the features such as custom flight mode will render it selling itself easy to many pilots.

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• FPV with VR headset compatibility allows for streaming directly from your Apple or Android device

• Custom Flight Mode allows you to map your desired path on the app screen, and then the drone will fly without any pilot assistance!

• Headless mode allows you to bypass multiple adjustments before takeoff, and is great for beginners

• Second battery and power bank are included to heighten flight time

• 4GB Micro SD card for Extra Storage

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The Focus FPV Drone with 720p Camera

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This drone gets a few extra points for one thing in our book: it has a very unique controller design. Instead of having the typical flattened-out bottom end, it is rounded further out than usual, and there is still the ability to watch 5.8 Ghz FPV right on the controller’s screen.

The drone itself has a pretty interesting shape: the frame has four jutted-out supporters for the props that make it kind of resemble a spider or watercraft. It comes with an extra battery, and functions such as return home allow you to retrieve the drone without fear of loss. The camera even has a fish eye lens, and this is a pretty sturdy craft.

Here are some specs on the Focus FPV drone: this is another one that has completely strayed from trying to imitate the looks of the Dji product line, and the results are actually pretty striking.

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• FPV with live video feed, through 5.8 Ghz display mode

• Return home function brings the drone home with the push of a button

• Headless mode eliminates the need to adjust aircraft before taking off, and makes flight easier for newbies

• FAA registration not required due to weight

• LED lights allow for enjoyment of stunts even at night

• Very Durable construction includes protective rotor guards and soft landing pods for added longevity of device

• Controller has a built-in LCD screen for easy viewing

• Weight is 2.4 lbs.

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The U818A Wifi FPV Drone with Altitude Hold, HD live Camera, Remote Control, and VR Headset

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This has a few upper-end features that make it differ just slightly from the U818A defined earlier in this article. The drone is pretty much the same model, but this package includes a power bank along with the extra battery, which is quintessential for charging on the go.

You still get features such as altitude hold, custom route mode, and a bonus VR headset included. If you were a fan of the slightly different design and appearance of the U818A, you can simply just consider this package an upgrade. You still are capturing 720 p aerial photos, and there are great features such as one button take off, one button landing, and custom route mode.

Here are some specs on the U818A Wifi FPV Drone: you’ll enjoy taking this one up in the skies for surveying, learning how to do stunts, and much more.

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• Altitude Hold makes this an easy one for beginners to start with: helps stabilize the drone for aerial photography while in flight

• Custom Route Mode allows the pilot to trace the desired flight path on the mobile app screen, and the drone will follow along the path without assistance

• FPV with VR headset compatibility makes watching live video a cinch, and the bonus VR headset is included

• Captures HD aerial photos and videos in crips 720p with built in 2MP camera

• With this package, you get a bonus second battery and power bank, to quadruple your flight time

• One-button take-off and landing allows the drone to fly down slowly, landing gently on the ground before motors kill

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The Force 1 U45 Blue Jay WiFi FPV Quadcopter Drone

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This is a neat and fun to use number that is cloaked in black, with a cool looking black and blue transmitter that mounts a smartphone on top for viewing. This drone has a lot of the same functions as the one we just reviewed, but the look is honestly quite a bit more modern.

You still get to enjoy features such as 360 flips and tricks, 6-axis gyro for stability, wind resistance, and easy maneuverability. This drone also comes with a 4 GB ScanDisk Micro SD Card, and the camera is manually adjustable for the ability to capture the best picture possible. The controller design and overall packaging of this number make it one of the best we’ve seen in this price category, and we applaud the modern design.

Here are some stats about this drone that allow you to have a good idea about what it is capable of.

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• Has FPV with VR headset Compatibility: you can watch live video feel of your flight from Iphone or Android smart device

• Altitude Hold Function allows for ease of use when beginners want to fly, and makes control simple

• One Touch Takeoff and Landing: the drone automatically hovers at a set altitude after take off and before landing, making it easy to control and maneuver, and helps with the issue of a potentially lost drone

• Custom Route Mode: traces the desired flight path on the mobile app screen, and the drone will take this path without assistance

• You can capture 720p HD aerial photos and videos with 2 MP camera, and sync it directly to the controller

• Comes with 4 spare propellers

• Uses 2.4 Ghz controller

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Best Cheap Smaller Drones

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A cheap mini drone can be a super fun way to get kids interested in engineering, have fun indoors during the winter months, and learn the controls before you take charge of a much bigger drone. Finding a cheap micro drone on the market will take you a bit of research, and reading reviews beyond this one can help you analyze if there are some that just don’t cut it in terms of how well they are built.

The fun you can have with a cheap quadcopter is endless: some of our other features have spotlighted how you can play numerous pranks, scare and surprise those around you, and sneak up on unsuspecting family members on the couch. One of the most fun things about them is that you get a peek at a smaller version of drones that rule the skies can do, and you get to learn your maneuvers to build up your skills before purchasing a larger one.

Eachine X6 2.4G 4CH 6 Axis RC Hexacopter

This hexacopter has a 2MP camera with a micro SD slot, and is known for having a bit longer of a flight time than others in the good cheap drones category, at about 11 minutes in the air. It’s a little bit bigger than many common nanoquads on the market, and the look is not one that has an exposed-board feel: the arms light up to give it a unique flair.

The prop guards serve their purpose very well: we took this little guy up to about 30 feet in the air where we encountered a tree limb, and it fell down to the ground but still was able to fly again right away. The controller may seem a bit small to some, but it has a snugness to it that some of the rectangular models do not, and will seem a bit like a bit smaller of a Super Nintendo remote version.

Here are some of the technical specs of the Eachine X6; check them out and see if this is going to be the cheap drone with camera that you add to your collection this week.



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• Battery: 3.7V

• Frequency: 2.4GHz

• Flight time: 10-12 minutes

• Unit has 2MP camera

• Battery charge time: 40 minutes

• 6-axis gyro for improved stability and handling

• Control range: 100m

The transmitter uses the same battery as the quad, so some pilots appreciate the fact that you get both, others like just buying disposable batteries for the controller and using the rechargeables for this cheap good drone. Because of the extended flight time and cool shape, many pilots out there will be making this purchase this summer.

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FQ FQ777-124 Pocket Drone

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This drone is absolutely of the tiniest type you can imagine, and it is literally one of the cheapest drone options on the market. Having the one-touch return is awesome for such a little machine, because even if you are trying to navigate indoors, there’s a lot that can happen in even the most open of quarters.

Since the designers knew that all ages and skill levels may be using this drone, the rotor protector is a big plus, and helps bystanders not get stung suddenly by it as well. There are pretty cool LED lights on this tiny drone, and the fact that it has landing skids bodes well for it because its just the kind of small starter drone that WILL be abused heavily sooner or later.

Here are some of the specs on the FQ-FQ777 that will help you decide on whether or not you want to make it your latest carry-on addition for fun.

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• 4GHz frequency

• 6-axis Gyro

• Size is 7 X 7 X 2.7cm

• Weight: .46 ounces

• Charging time: 20 mins

• Control distance: 50 meters

• Batteries for the quad are 3.7 V 100 MAH and are included

• Batteries for Transmitter are 4x AA batteries and are not included

One thing that’s great about this drone is that it’s really only double the price of what some retailers would sell for just a high-quality USB charging device. It’s really all about pure fun in a small package, and is perfect for those in cold climates that want something to fly around a gym or basement.

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The Hover-Way 6-axis 2.4 Ghz Aerial Micro Drone

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This is one of the smallest that exists on the market, and will be a bundle of fun for you and the entire family. You get about a 6 minute flight time with a 35 minute recharging time, and there is sync-lock technology that allows you to fly more than one of these little numbers at a time in the same room.

You do receive replacement blades with the kit, which you may put to use immediately, since it can take just a bit to get used to the way that these handle. This would be a fun one for an experienced pilot to use that just wanted to blow some steam off indoors, or a great first purchase for someone who wants to really get into drones full-force during the future.

Here are some specs and features of the Hover-way 6-axis micro drone: scanning over these can let you know if you want to purchase this incredibly fun little quad during 2018.

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• Can perform 360-degree aerial stunts, flips and barrels in both directions, 6-axis gyro stability and trim adjustments allow you to customize your flight

• 5 or 6 minute flight time is achieved after around a 35-minute charging time

• Sync-lock technology allows you to fly more than one at once in the same room, which will be tons of fun for the whole family

• Remote requires two aaa batteries, which are not included

• Item weight is 4.8 ounces

• Battery is Lithium ion, which is included and rechargeable

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JJRC H20C

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With WiFi FPV, a 2MP HD camera, and a price that’s more than a bargain, you can’t go wrong investing in this cheap drone with an HD camera. Though the price isn’t a large one, the HD camera has impressive specs.

It features One Key Return to Home, 3D Flips & Rolls, Hover, WiFi FPV and Headless Mode. Compared to the others on our list, the amount of features it has a little short, but fear not – it comes with impressive specs that make it an awesome little drone.

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Here are the features and the specs of the JJRC H20C:

• Uses a 2.4GHz transmission frequency with up to 4 channels

• Takes a 3.7V 380mAh LiPo battery

• Weighs less than a pound

• Has a maximum flight time of up to 5 minutes

• Uses a 2.0MP HD camera

• Has a maximum transmission range of up to 60 meters

• Uses a 6-axis gyro stabilization system

• Has automatic LED lighting

• Uses 6 propellers

This hidden gem is one that shouldn’t be ignored if you’re looking for a simple, cheap drone with HD camera. This little pocket drone is a lot more powerful than you’d think.

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Sky Viper m500

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Nano drones are great for indoor and outdoor flight, especially if they come with an onboard HD camera and have a great price to go with it. Though there are a few nano drones that don’t fare that well in outdoor environments, especially if it’s a windy day, this one is still able to hold it down and fly perfectly.

It features One Touch Stunts, One Touch Flips, Auto Flight, Auto Hover and Auto Land. It has a total size of less than 2”, minus the blades, and weighs less than 9 ounces – no FAA registration required!

SKY VIPER M500 specifications
Here are the specs and features that make the Sky Viper m500 what it is:

• Uses a 6-axis gyro stabilization

• Has a number of flight sensitivity modes

• Includes a durable body and removable blade guards

Interestingly enough, it was nominated for Toy of the Year during 2016, which proves how much of a quality cheap drone with camera it is.

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The Hubsan H111 Q4 Nano Drone Quadcopter

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This is a very small bundle of fun. This is a blue and white smaller model that we rank high for it’s toughness in design: for the size, it may be about the most durable on the market. There is also a built-in gyroscope for stability, and the flight time is right at 5 minutes.

It is 4-channel, very beginner-friendly quad with a stealth appearance, that is most likely the sturdiest micro quad on the market. The crash guard will help make sure that you won’t have any misfortune, and extra propellers and motor are pretty easy to find in case you need replacements.

Here are some stats and notable features on this little bundle of power that you can check out if you are considering immediate purchase for hours of fun.

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• Features 360 degree flips/rolls for fun with stunts

• USB charger is included

• Controller is 2.4Ghz

• USB charger and 4 spare blades are included

• Consists of very tough 1-piece frame, and built-in gyroscope for stability

• Measures approx. 2” by 2”, charge time is 20 minutes, flight time is 5 minutes

• Shipping weight: .3 ounces

• Does not require FAA registration

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FAQ’s For Cheap Beginner Drones

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What are drones?

A drone is technically a flying vehicle, that is not manned by any type of pilot. Their use has grown exponentially over the last few years, and many have enjoyed the hobby they have discovered.

What are quadcopters?

The quadcopter is a type of good cheap drone that has four rotors. You can hear them spinning on most models, and they make up a majority of the drones for beginners available now on the market.

Can you find these cheap?

You can absolutely find good cheap drones and quadcopters for low prices. The most exciting thing as of late is that the budget drones that have higher-quality cameras have sunk

a bit in price, making gathering of overhead property more inexpensive in the long run.

What Kinds of Cheap Drones are on the market?

Anyone who is on the hunt for the best budget drone they can find will be glad to see that there are numerous options. Micro budget drones are for the most part most fun when used around the house, and you need to be careful with them as they can completely blow away. In the more inexpensive category, you can find copters that have a 720p camera,which gives you some good practice hours for image gathering from above.

What is the Cheapest Drone?

You may be able to find a few that get a bit lower than this, but the JJRC 2.4ghz RC Quadcopter pictured here is just $9.95. It is a very tiny quad that gives you about 5 minutes of flight time, and has a control distance of about 30m.

Typically Where are Cheap Drones Manufactured?

The majority of the cheap quadcopter options you locate on websites such as Ebay and Amazon are manufactured in Taiwan, and China. Hubsan, which is one of the manufacturers who have a pretty broad range of drones for beginners, are made in China.

What are the Return Policies on Cheap Drones?

Return policies on the cheapest drone options out there tend to seem strict, but you simply need to abide by protocol, and act quickly. One good plan is to purchase buying protection plans directly from the manufacturer, since many of the retailers such as Wal-mart and Best Buy only provide options such as a 15-day return window, even if the equipment is damaged.

Do the Manufacturers Stand By their Products if they Break?

Some portals such as Tmart.com will allow you to return products for up to 180 days: what the manufacturer is going to check for most commonly is if the damage was caused in any way by the user. Generally speaking, if you order a product from Amazon.com, they will take returns within 30 days, and will ship a replacement item if you receive one that is damaged or defective. Sometimes it’s just the transmitter or batteries, and sometimes it may be the drone itself.

Mike is an online entrepreneur and digital marketing specialist who also loves flying drones. He has owned and managed Dronethusiast since 2015 and enjoys writing reviews and analyzing different topics in the fast moving Drone technology space. Along with the editorial team at Dronethusiast Mike spends hundreds of hours each year analyzing and studying different drones and their tech specs to help consumers find the best products for their needs. Contact Mike by using the Dronethusiast.com Contact page or reach out at mike@dronethusiast.com.

Drones For Kids – Updated November 2018

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Children of all ages are interested in flying toys just as much as us adults if not more, that’s why we’re reviewing the best drone for kids! Remember, we’re all children at heart! There are now plenty of drones for kids.

In the past, I’ve bought various flying toys for friends and family. They’re long-lasting and they’ve always generated a smile, especially around Christmas time. Of course, drone child safety is extremely important and based on our reviews as well as other people’s, we’ve come up with a list of drones we feel will appeal to young Dronethusiasts. None of the drones listed will break the bank and all come highly recommended.

Children are never too young to start. I’m sure most parents will agree that children, whatever their age, often work an iPad or games console far better than most adults! So don’t be surprised if they learn to fly much faster than you! You may even spark an everlasting enthusiasm, without further ado here are the top 12 of what we consider the best drone for kids.

Table of Contents

  1. FAQs on Childrens Drones
  2. Knowing Your Drones
  3. The Range and Battery Life of Drones
  4. #1 Best Beginner Drone For Kids $129
  5. #2 Altair 818 Hornet 15 Min Flight $169
  6. Best for Teens Tomahawk Drone $199
  7. Long Range Aerial Blackhawk $129
  8. Drones for Small Children
  9. Childrens Drones for Ages 8 and Up
  10. Drones for Ages 14 and Up
  11. Drones with Camera for Kids
  12. Quadcopter Drones for Teenagers
  13. Best RC Helicopter for Kids and Teenagers
  14. Drone Child Safety


Before we start evaluating all the dronese for kids I wanted to announce our newest articles for the holiday 2018 season. Check out our 2018 Cyber Monday drones article where we recommend the top Cyber Monday drone sales!

Drones for Small Children

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As promised, we scoured online to find the best drones for small children, and based our reviews on the amount of stars on Amazon, which had to be at least 4 or higher, user reviews, safety ratings, features, our own experiences, you name it.

The next two drones are the best for all ages. After that, we’ll move on into particular age groups.

Best Camera Drones For Kids – Altair AA108 & U818 Plus

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The Altair Aerial AA108, new drone for sale that out classes every kids drone!

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The Altair Brand is a great new company who brings great products to market out of Lincoln, Nebraska. They have 2 very durable and easy to fly drones for sale for kids, the AA108 ($129), which has 10 minutes of flight time, 100 meter range and top tier stability, as well as the 818 Plus drone ($169) which has 15 minutes of flight time, 110 meter range and is really easy to fly. Both of these drones are great for kids.

The Altair Aerial brand makes great drones for children of all ages. The reason for this is because they’re really easy to learn to pilot and very stable. A couple of things that help on these drones are the “Altitude Hold” and “Headless Mode” functions. Altitude hold helps by maintaining the altitude of the drone at a hover even if you remove your thumb from the control. Headless mode is a function that makes it easier to control the drone directionally. The Altair drones are quite a bit easier to fly than most of the other drones at similar prices today. Read our full review here.

The AA108 is quite stable when flying and especially easy to control with its 3 flight modes, 1 for beginners, 2 intermediate and 3 for more advanced flyer. This allows children more leeway for error while learning the controls, simply set it to level 1 while they’re learning and switch to 2 or 3 as they advance.

The U818 Plus (more details below) offers headless mode as well as a little bit longer range than Altairs AA108, additionally you have 15 minutes of flight time on a single battery (DOUBLE the flight time) and it comes with 2 of these batteries so that’s a great deal. The missing 3 flight skill levels means it’ll be just a bit harder to get used to flying, but we’ve found kids ages 9 and up have had no trouble learning to fly either of these drones.

Finally, Altair Inc offers great customer service and they are based in the USA. We called their service line and sent them an email at help@altairaerial.com and they responded quickly. When we spoke to them on the phone they explained that it was very important that they provide a level of service to each online customer the same as if they were meeting with them in their office in Lincoln NE. Most drones around $100 are sold by Chinese companies, so it’s refreshing to speak to founders of a company set on providing this level of customer service.

They even have an Altair Video Tutorials page that helps you get started.

The Altair Aerial AA108 offers:

• Altitude Hold

• 1 Touch Take off and Landing

• 8 Minute Flight Time

• Has a range of up to 300

• Uses a 6-axis gyro stability for maneuverability and ultimate wind resistance

• Headless Mode for Novice Pilots (super easy to use)

• 3 Flight Skill levels, you can easily transition between them (making it GREAT for beginners and experts!)

• FlyingSee App by UDI RC – For FPV flight in Realtime

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Altair 818 Hornet Kids Quadcopter

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The 818 Plus is a drone that’s perfect for all age groups. It’s a little more expensive than the AA108, but the 818 has a larger frame that make it very stable and great hovering, which is perfect for young drone enthusiasts in windy areas or who want to get the hang of flying more slowly. It also has larger landing gear and thicker prop guards than its predecessor, the U818, which makes it a lot more durable even after multiple crashes. You can take your pick between the AA108 and the AA818, these are two really solid drones for children, the 108 is a bit cheaper and has less range and flight time, or you can upgrade to the 818 and get the 15 minute flight time!

The following is a list of the specifications:

• 1 Lithium Ion battery in the drone, 4 AAAs in the remote

• Wide angle 720p HD camera

• 2.8 pound shipping weight

• 15 minute flight time

• 4 channels

• Plastic

Pros:

• Long-lasting battery

• Durable design

• Very easy to keep in the air

Cons:

• Slightly more expensive than the AA108

Check out some video from the camera on the Altair 818 Hornet

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These first two drones are your best bet for picks overall for kids. However we want to cover some other RC toys for kids that you might need if you are trying to shop for younger children, if so please keep reading and see what we’ve come up with!

The Altair drones are also the drones we recommend for their sales for 2018 on Black Friday. Read more about it in our Black Friday 2018 drones page.

Tomahawk Drone

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Though Altair Aerial’s newest drone looks like it may be a tad too technical for kids, that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s the perfect beginner drone to get your kid interested in aerial photography, one that they can learn and grow from.

This drone is the one we recommend for anyone shopping for a teenage flyer. The tech specs are fantastic, long flight time, 15-17 minutes, great distance, 300 to 500 meters and very easy to use controls. This drone will have your teen out flying regularly. Make sure you buy an extra battery so they can fly up to 35 minutes!

This drone has a 720p camera that will be fun for all those future filmmakers out there. Altitude hold means the Tomahawk wont fall if you take your thumb off the control for a second and the 360 flip function is just awesome!

Read our full review of this drone here.

The following is a list of the specifications:

• Uses a 720p HD WiFi camera

• Weighs 490g (1.08 lbs)

Pros:

• Comes with a number of extra pieces, such as 4 high-landing gears

• Has a minimal amount of features, great for younger children

• Able to hold up well in windy conditions

• Has a great range of up to 500 meters

Cons:

• Older children may not take to the lack of features

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Check out this video of the Altair Tomahwak:

Drones for Smaller Children

Cartoon R/C Race Car for Toddlers Ages 2+

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This cartoon car comes with a little remote control and works on infrared technology. It’s lightning fast and easy to use with only forward, reverse left and right. The basic setup of the controller makes it simple to use for the youngest children. Also it’s as safe as they come for a remote controlled toy. No small parts for your toddler to eat and no sharp edges or electronics either.

This is a great choice if you’re looking for something extremely simple for your toddle to be able to push a button and see the car go!

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The following is a list of the specifications:

• 3 AA’s in the car, 2 AA’s in the remote

• Changeable batteries

• Shipping weighs 500g

• 6-axis gyro

• 4 channels

• Plastic

Pros:

• Great for very young children, such as toddlers, to start learning basic drone controls

• Builds hand eye coordination

Cons:

• Does not fly, is not an actual drone aircraft

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While this is not exactly a drone aircraft, it’s still made by a quality manufacturer,Holy Stone, and we do still highly recommend it.

EACHINE E010 Mini UFO Quadcopter Drone – Age 6+

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Drones don’t get much more affordable than the EACHINE E010 Mini, an easy-to-use beginner UAV that’s even capable of a few spins and flips!

The following is a list of the specifications:

• 150mAh 3.7V for drone

• 30 to 50 minutes for charging

• Weighs 1.76 ounces

• Wingspan of 4”

• Built-in gyroscope

• 4 channels

• Plastic

Pros:

• Great for beginners to learn and master the skills needed for flying a drone

• Can do 3D flips and rolls

• Very durable and capable of withstanding multiple crashes

Cons:

• No automatic hover function

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The EACHINE E010 Mini Quadcopter for kids is a great way to get kids under 10-years- old to get involved and learn to love drones. With very little effort required to learn how to use it, it’s great fun for kids of all ages.

JJRC H20H Nano Hexacopter Drone – Ages 14+

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One look is all you need to see that the JJRC H20H quadcopter for kids is something very special. Unlike our last entry, the H20H’s six propellers give it an an excellent steady hover even outdoors, and one-button course reversal lets you pull back from potentially dangerous situations in the blink of an eye.

The following is a list of specifications:

• 150 mAh 3.7V battery for drone and 3 AA batteries for the remote

• 45 minutes for charging

• Weighs 11.7 ounces

• Wingspan of 6″

• 4 channels

• Plastic

Pros:

• Very difficult to crash, very stable in the air

• 3D tumbling in 4 direction

Cons:

• Not the most durable quadcopter for kids – not recommended for younger children

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With an awesome design complete with snazzy LED lights, this is the perfect toy for first-time fliers who are old enough to handle a more serious flier.

Nerf N-Strike Elite TerraScout – Ages 8+

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While this isn’t necessarily an aerial kid friendly drone, it’s still a drone and a pretty awesome one at that. Nerf is one of the best manufacturers when it comes to toys that shoot things, and this drone is no exception. It can shoot targets up to 45 feet away and walks on all different types of terrain. The head rotates 360-degrees and moves in all directions with an adjustable blast angle.

The following is a list of specifications:

• 9.6V NiMh battery for the drone and 4 AA batteries for the remote

• Live video feed

• Weighs 9 pounds

• 4 channels

• Plastic

Pros:

• A great choice for kids who want something that is both a drone and a gun

• Has multiple angle, rotation, and firing options

• Able to walk and move around

• Moves at an impressive 215 feet per minute with a full battery

Cons:

• Requires an SD card to take photo and video

• Only comes with 18 darts

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This is a great kid friendly drone for any age range, especially if your kid is a fan of combat toys.

Cheerson CX-10 Mini Quadcopter – Age 7+

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Compact drones are always pretty interesting to see, and this one is definitely a cool one. It’s got features that any kid can take advantage of, especially ones that are as young as 7-years- old and up.

The following is a list of specifications:

• 3.7V 120mah and 2 AAA batteries

• 25 minute charge time

• Weighs 15g

• Wingspan of 2″

• 6-axis gyro

• 4 channels

• Plastic

Pros:

• Comes with 3 flight speed modes

• Has an LED light for low light flying

• Has a low voltage alarm

• Is a great compact kid friendly drone for indoor and outdoor flight

Cons:

• Not very durable at all, so avoid crashes

• Can be difficult to control, you must read instructions very thoroughly

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This is a fantastic choice for parents who want something that their kids can enjoy mainly inside, but be careful it doesn’t get too beat up.

Childrens Drones for Ages 8 and Up

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Now onto the small drones for kids that are best for children aged 8-years- old and up. Following the guidelines for certain age groups is the best way to get the most out of a kid friendly drone, so if your child is this age, or relatively around it, consider one of the drones here. In truth both of these drones are great for the age ranges of 8 to about 12 and 14. They’re great for beginners and intermediates skill experiences alike!

Top Race Dragon Drone – Ages 8+

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If you’re looking for a drone that has a protective ring for whatever reason, maybe because your child has never flown a professional drone before but wants one, this one is definitely one to consider. It’s got the ring, a cool design, and everything you’ll want in a drone for children.

The following is a list of specifications:

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• 2 AAA batteries

• 20 to 30 minute charge time

• Weighs 1.2 pounds

• Protective guard

• 6-axis gyro

• 4 channels

• Plastic

Pros:

• One of the best starter RC helicopters for kids

• Comes with 3 speed modes, headless mode, and one-key return features

• Can perform stunts

• Added protection with the ring

Cons:

• Short battery life, only up to 6 minutes total

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This is a great drone that teaches kids how they work, how to properly gain control over one, and lots more. Plus, you simply cannot go wrong with that protective ring.

JJRC H36 Mini Drone – Ages 8+

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This is another example of superb RC helicopters for kids. The H36 is a cheap mini quadcopter that is child safe (as long as they don’t put their fingers in the propellers while they’re spinning) and which comes with all the features a beginner drone pilot could possibly want.

JJRC H36 Mini Drone specs
The following is a list of specifications:

• 3.7V 150mAh LiPo and 2 AA batteries

• 30-50 minute charge time

• Weighs 22.5 grams

• 3.74” x 3.74” x 1.96” dimensions

• 6-axis gyro

• Carbon fiber and foam

• LED lights

Pros:

• Can be used indoors or outdoors

• Can perform 3D rolls at the touch of a button

• Does not require FAA registration

• One of the cheapest kids’ drones for sale

Cons:

• No camera included

• Not the most durable drone

A lot of RC helicopters can be difficult for kids to control, but this one knocks those drones completely out of the park. With a decent battery life and some interesting features paired with the look, it’s definitely one of our favorites.

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Drones for Kids Ages 14 and Up

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Now we move onto drones for kids of older ages, ranging from around 14-years- old and up. These drones are better suited for more advanced ages where kids can really grasp the concept of more thorough, complicated controls.

Altair Aerial Blackhawk

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For only $109 you’re getting an amazing drone at an amazing price! Get super fast and free shipping when you order the Blackhawk from AltairAerial.com, or you can also see Best Price at Amazon. The Blackhawk is a more advanced level quad with 15-17 Minutes of Flight time and 300-500 Meter Range!

Teenagers that are more experienced quadcopter pilots are going to enjoy the speed of this Altair Aerial drone and parents are going to love its durability! The Blackhawk has racing drone speed, a flight time of up to 15 minutes and a range of 300 meters.

This drone doesn’t utilize altitude hold which allows the Blackhawk the ability to go vertical and descend super fast for a racing feel that will impress every teen pilot. While this drone doesn’t come equipped with a camera, there is a camera slot fitted for a GoPro or similar action camera so you can add-on right away or upgrade later.

The following is a list of specifications:

• Powerful and quiet operation

• 15 minute flight time

• 300 Meter range

• Action camera slot for GoPro or similiar camera

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Force1 UFO 3000 LED Quadcopter

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Drones don’t always have to be serious or a solid color, they can also be fun, vibrant, and light up a kid’s life in more ways than one. This one has the looks, the features, and the specs to be something your kid will love.

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The following is a list of specifications:

• 2 3.7V LiPo and 4 AAA batteries

• 1 hour and 50 minute charge time

• Weighs 1 pound

• Wingspan of 7”

• 4 channels

• Plastic

Pros:

• Comes with a bonus battery

• Flies for up to 9 minutes on a single charge

• Uses vibrant green and blue LED lights for maximum visibility

• High and Low modes for speed

• Performs 3D stunts and tricks

Cons:

• Problems with the motor have been reported

• The batteries only last 7 minutes each, so you’ll need to have both with you

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Force1 X5C Quadcopter With HD Camera – Ages 14+

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Just because it’s a high-tech drone, doesn’t mean it’s not for kids! Force1 is a drone manufacturer that knows what both kids and adults want, especially when it comes to this drone. It’s a great drone for kids that can lay the necessary foundation for moving on in the future to more professional drones.

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The following is a list of specifications:

• 3.7V 500mAh LiPo and 4 AA batteries

• 30 to 40 minute charge time

• Weighs 3.8 ounces

• Wingspan of 3”

• 6-axis gyro

• 4 channels

• Elastic frame and plastic

Pros:

• Includes useful features, such as headless mode and a low battery alarm

• Able to perform 360° tricks and flips in the air

• Has LED running lights and a signal light for the remote

• The remote uses an LCD screen for full flight status

• Includes a 1280x720p HD resolution camera

• Comes with 2 3.7V 500mAh LiPo batteries for extended flight time

Cons:

• Potential engine failure

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Drones for youth don’t have to be low-tech, or even anything basic, they can be just as exceptional as the pros!

Hubsan X4 H107C Quadcopter – Ages 14+

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For kids who are breaking into the more serious world of advanced drones, Hubsan is a great place to start. This drone is a step up from beginner and sits between the level of intermediate and expert. It has great features and options to offer for all.

The following is a list of specifications:

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• 3.7V 500mAh LiPo battery

• Depends on the battery used

• Weighs 1.1 pounds

• Wingspan of 5.75”

• 6-axis gyro

• 4 channels

• Plastic

Pros:

• Has a built-in camera with 0.3MP recording

• Includes a Micro SDHC card

• Can flip 4 different ways during flight, performs tricks

• Great to master controls for the more advanced drones

Cons:

• Camera isn’t the greatest quality wise and it does not move

• You will need to purchase your own Micro SD card for saving purposes

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If your kid is more concerned with the drone aspects of one, and doesn’t really care about the camera part, then this is a great drone to get. It’s simple and easy to use.

Wonder Chopper RC Stunt Drone Quadcopter – Ages 14+

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This crash proof foam stunt drone is a great choice for active kids who really want to see what kind of cool tricks their quadcopter is capable of.

The following is a list of specifications:

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• 3.7V 300mAh LiPo and 6 AA batteries

• 60 minute charge time

• Adjustable settings

• 6 minute flight time

• 6-axis gyro

• Durable and crash proof frame with screw-reinforced 3 bladed propellers

• LED lights

Pros:

• Cheap

• Good battery life for the price

• Adjustable settings allow this drone to be used by all experience levels

• VERY durable and crash proof

Cons:

• No camera included

• Kind of a long charge time

If your child is looking for a beginner drone but doesn’t want to get stuck with something that’s too basic, this is a great drone that they can really “grow into” as they get better at flying.

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GooIRC Mini UFO RC Quadcopter – Ages 14+

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This mini drone is super cool. It has all the gear and features that a future tech guru could ever want, and it’s very cheap for what you’re getting. Definitely a good choice for older kids looking to seriously get into the art of flying a drone.

The following is a list of specifications:

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• 3.7V 150mAh LiPo and 2 AA batteries

• 50 minute charge time

• Weighs 4.6 ounces

• Wingspan of 1200mm

• 6-axis gyro

• 4 channels

• Plastic

Pros:

• Built-in 0.3MP camera

• Can fly in multiple directions

• Records through an SD card

• Multiple modes and flight options to make it fun

• Protection on the propellers for crashes

Cons:

• SD card is not included

• Camera is not adjustable and cannot turn

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This is another great drone with camera for kids that focuses more on the flying experience rather than the quality of the camera, but you can still get some decent shots with it.

TDR Spider Stunt Quadcopter – Ages 14+

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If you’re looking for a drone that can perform some pretty cool tricks in the air, this one is it. It can be used inside and outdoors and is more for kids that have more of an advanced grip to drone controls.

The following is a list of specifications:

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• 3.7V 380mAh LiPo and 4 AAA batteries

• 60 minute charge

• Weighs 14.1 ounces

• Wingspan of 5.75”

• 6-axis gyro

• 4 channels

• Plastic

Pros:

• Performs 5 different stunts in the air

• Able to fly in windy conditions outside

• Has multiple modes to make flying and returning easier

Cons:

• Very long charge time compared to the 5 minutes of flight time you get

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For a kid who just wants to mess around and do some tricks with a drone, this is the perfect one to get.

Blade Nano QX BNF Quadcopter – Age 14+

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This one comes with a FREE crash kit that will allow you to make any repairs needed.The drone itself is pretty great, too, of course. It’s packed with plenty of features, modes, and some great flying characteristics.

The following is a list of specifications:

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• 3.7V 150mAh LiPo and 4 AAA batteries

• 30 minute charge

• Weighs 0.58 ounces

• Wingspan of 2.25m

• 6-axis gyro

• 4 channels

• Plastic

Pros:

• Very durable

• Stable in windy conditions outside

• Great charge time

• Easily controlled and great for beginners

• Multiple modes and features to play around and have fun with

• Includes a crash repair kit

Cons:

• Short flight time and range/distance

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For a simple yet surprisingly advanced drone for the older kids, we highly recommend this one.

Drones with Camera for Kids

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Not all kids want to play with your run of the mill drone, some want one that has a camera that can deliver to mediocre or great shots. Whichever it may be, we have some seriously cool drones that have quality cameras on board available, so let’s get to it.

Holy Stone F181 RC Black Quadcopter

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This camera drone for kids comes with a 720p HD camera and lots of high-tech features that make it easy for beginners to fly. It’s one of the most popular beginner camera drones around, and when you take a look at the features it’s not hard to see why:

The following is a list of specifications:

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• 3.7V 750 mAh LiPo battery

• 80 minute charging time

• 14.1 ounce weight

• 7-10 minutes of flight time

• 3-axis gimbal

• 4 channels

• 720p HD camera

Pros:

• 4-directional flips

• 4 flight modes make this drone great for beginners and advanced fliers

• High definition camera

Cons:

• Short battery life

• The controls on this drone are not the most intuitive, particularly with the over-sensitive throttle

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JJRC H11WH FPV RC Quadcopter

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JJRC is a company known for making great beginner drones, and the H11WH is their newest and most advanced model. This drone is a great gateway into serious flying gateway into serious flying and it comes with some very impressive features for the price.

The following is a list of specifications:

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• 3.7V 1100mAh LiPo and 3 AAA batteries

• 2.5 hour charge time

• 7 minute flight time

• 120 meter operating range

• 6-axis gyro

• Rubber frame

• 4 channels

Pros:

• Comes with beginner features like Headless mode

• Can take 720p High Definition video

• Highly durable and stable

Cons:

• Very long charge time

• Very short flight time

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Syma X5C Quadcopter with HD Camera

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As far as camera drones for kids go, this one is one of the best currently available. It has everything you’d want in a drone plus an HD camera to get some shots during flight.

The following is a list of specifications:

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• 3.7V 500mAh LiPo battery

• 100 minute charge

• Weighs 2.1 pounds

• Wingspan of 15”

• 6-axis gyro

• 4 channels

• Plastic



Pros:

• 2MP HD camera which takes some good quality shots

• 2.4GHz remote controller

• LED remote and lights for night flying

• Two different modes for added control and fun

Cons:

• If you are not an experienced pilot, the video may come out pretty shaky

• Battery only last for up to 7 minutes

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As a starter camera drone, this one definitely takes the cake is a great choice for kids who are at an intermediate flying level.

Hubsan X4 FPV Quadcopter

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This drone is definitely for kids who have mastered controlling a drone, or those who are nearly there. This FPV camera drone is pretty advanced and has a much better camera, and a higher cost, than the drone previously mentioned.

The following is a list of specifications:

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• 3.7V 380mAh LiPo and 4 AAA batteries

• 30 minute charge

• Weighs 7 ounces

• Wingspan of 5.75”

• 6-axis gyro

• 4 channels

• Plastic

Pros:

• First person video drone capability

• 4.3” screen transmitter

• Quick charge time

• Can fly both indoors and out

• 480p camera

Cons:

• Camera is in fixed position, cannot move or tilt

• Record quality can come out spotty in certain conditions

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For a more advanced camera drone we highly recommend this one!

Quadcopter Drones for Teenagers

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Teenagers are using drones more often these days. Whether it’s for a hobby or for a serious future interest in the business, we have checked out some of the coolest drones that are great for teenagers ages 16-years- old and up.

Syma Toys X5C-1 Explorers – Ages 16+

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This durable anti-collision drone controls like a dream and comes with a decent amount of flight time. If your teenager is a first-time drone buyer, this isn’t a bad place to start.

The following is a list of specifications:

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• 3.7V 500mAh Li-Po battery

• 1 hour and 40 minutes charging time

• 1.6 pound weight

• 17.5 inch wingspan

• 6-axis gyro

• Plastic frame

• 4 channels

Pros:

• Very stable

• Can be flown at night

• Comes with 4 replacement propellers and a 2 GB micro SD card

Cons:

• Long charge time

• Camera is only 2 megapixels

If you’re worried about crashes, this is one of the most durable drones for kids available. It’s well worth the asking price!

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DJI Mavic Air – Ages 16+

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This is a much pricier quadcopter than the other entries on this list at a price of nearly $800 USD. However, DJI is known for making some of the best drones out there and the Air is their newest and arguably most advanced portable offering. If your child wants to take their drone skills to the highest possible level, this is the drone to buy.

The following is a list of specifications:

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• MAVIC AIR Intelligent Flight Battery

• 55 minute charging time

• 430 gram weight

• 213mm (unfolded) wingspan

• 3-axis gimbal

• 20 channels

• Plastic and aluminum frame

Pros:

• Foldable and extremely portable

• Great flight time

• Great flight range

• Amazing camera with a huge field of view

Cons:

• The most expensive drone on this list

• A complex drone that may not be suitable for first-time pilots

We know not everyone can afford to buy a drone at this price, but trust us – you will get your money’s worth for sure.

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DJI Phantom 4 Quadcopter – Ages 16+

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DJI is another insanely popular drone company, and for a very good reason. They are constantly dishing out quality stuff, including what you are about to see. While it may be expensive, DJI produces nothing but the best, so it’s well worth the price.

The following is a list of specifications:

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• 15.2V 5.350mAh LiPo batter

• 80 minute charge

• Weighs 8.8 pounds

• Wingspan of 559mm

• 2-axis gyro

• 8 channels

• Plastic

Pros:

• Has a control system that is incredibly user-friendly

• Very stable and flexible

• Easily controlled

• Over 20 minutes of flight time

• Comes with beneficial features and modes to take advantage of

• Has an obstacle avoidance system

Cons:

• As it moves away from the 5k range limit the image quality goes down

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DJI makes fantastic drones for both beginner and expert drone users, and this one sits right in the middle. We highly recommend it!

Yuneec Breeze – Ages 16+

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For a simple yet highly professional drone, the Yuneec Breeze (a cheaper version of the popular Typhoon line) offers an impressive array of features at a steal of a price. What other drone lets you stream footage in real-time or film autonomously for less than $500?

The following is a list of specifications:

• 2 2V LiPo and 2 AAA batteries

• 50 minute charge

• Weighs 3.3 pounds

• Wingspan of 328mm

• 4K Camera

• Plastic and carbon fiber

Pros:

• Incredible video and photography capabilities

• Easy-to-use with 6 speed modes that let you work out to advanced flight

• Lightweight design

• Great features and modes available

Cons:

• Making a drone with this many features for a price this low means that the batteries don’t last very long and take almost an hour to charge

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This is an especially good choice for teenagers who have an interest in photography or in filming videos. It’s rare to see a 4K camera on drones that cost less than $1,000 – never mind less than $500!

Parrot AR 2.0 Elite Edition – Ages 16+

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For a drone such as this one, the price tag should be a misprint but thankfully it isn’t! Once again, we vouch for Parrot and recommend this drone for teenagers and pro drone users who are looking for a great piece of hardware.

The following is a list of specifications:

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• 1,000mAh LiPo and 4 AAA batteries

• 30 minute charge

• Weighs 4.8 pounds

• Wingspan of 731mm

• 3-axis gyro

• 4 channels

• Plastic

Pros:

• Integrated HD camera

• Android and iOS compatible

• WiFi control can reach up to 165 feet in the air

• Can perform aerial tricks

• Decent flight time

Cons:

• The application can be glitchy, which interferes with how the flight performance pans out

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We highly recommend this drone, and Parrot in general, for teenagers seeking out the perfect drone for them.

Best RC Helicopter for Kids and Teenagers

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The next category highlights RC helicopters that are great for both kids and teenagers alike, so if you are a parent or relative looking for drones for a kid and a teen, we’ve definitely got you covered!

Blade Scout CX Heli Drone – 12-16+

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For a more simpler take on a drone, we’ve got you covered. This RC helicopter has a decent design, is worth every penny, and has some great characteristics about it. It’s a drone that is great for beginners to start flying with, or for a pro who is looking for something to play around with.

The following is a list of specifications:

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• 3.7V 70mAh LiPo and 4 AAA batteries

• 20 minute charge

• Weighs 2 pounds

• Wingspan of 2.25m

• 6-axis gyro

• 3 channels

• Plastic

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For an RC helicopter drone that is more on the simpler side, we highly recommend this. It’s a great drone for everyone to have, no matter what your skill level and experience may be!

Syma S107G RC Helicopter – Ages 12-16+

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For a simple, plain, RC helicopter, this one is a definite great choice. It’s pretty basic, easy to use, and has a great price tag attached to it.

The following is a list of specifications:

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• 3.7V 150mAh LiPo battery

• 40 minute charge

• Weighs 1 pound

• Wingspan of 3.9”

• Built-in gyro

• 3 channels

• Plastic and metal

Pros:

• Great for beginners

• Durable metal body to withstand crashes and collisions

• Great charge time

• Very precise flying

Cons:

• Only suitable for indoor use

• Needs IR signals which can be affected

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For a plain, basic option that your kid won’t use too much, we highly recommend this one.

Drone Child Safety

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Deciding which drone is the best drone for kids and which is the safest is extremely important for many reasons. Obviously there are fast moving parts that could hurt little fingers, eyes, etc. There can be sharp edges to consider and small parts that could be choking hazards.

It is your responsibility to make sure the drone is age and developmentally appropriate and to keep drones designed for older children out of reach of younger ones. It goes without saying that closely supervised children are safer children! As with all toys, only you the parent/caregiver will know what’s best for your child. Also, you are responsible for making sure drones are flown in appropriate places, so please be aware of current and new laws concerning the use of drones in your area. Whichever one you buy, make drone child safety and everyone else’s safety paramount.

All drones listed are to be used at your own discretion, obviously the best drone for kids list is to help you see what’s out there and provide you some safety guidance. It is your responsibility to take all necessary precautions to ensure the safe use of whichever drone you purchase. The ages we have suggested for each of the drones are a guide only. These are just some of many drone toys available today. I’m sure we have missed some other great options, so if you have good experiences with other products, that you can recommend to others, please feel free to leave a comment below about our best drone for kids article! There are just too many to list!

Remember if you get your kids interested in drones young, someday maybe they’ll end up starting a drone business with one of the Phantom drones from DJI and you’ll get to fly it too!

FAQs on Drones for Kids

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There are a lot of frequently asked questions when it comes to the topic of owning and flying a drone, so we figured it’d be a good idea to highlight some of them for you in case you personally had any.

Most drone users will already know these questions and the answers to them, but if you’re a parent who has little experience with drones and have questions, keep reading.

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Can I fly a drone through my neighborhood?

This is a very common question that both kids drone users and neighbors of drone users ask, and for very good reason. There really is no straight answer for this question, unless you are flying over restricted airspace which is more than illegal to do, which is by the Federal Aviation Administration has crafted requirements that all recreational drone users register their aircraft.

Where private property is concerned, however, no one really knows. Landowners,which include homeowners, obviously, have a degree of say of the airspace over their homes. Shooting drones down has happened before once they go into someone’s airspace above their home, mostly for the fear of spying and taking pictures, but that is not technically legal either.

Therefore, we recommend that drone users fly in open fields, their own backyards, and never through their neighborhood as it can cause some serious disputes between homeowners and their private space.

Then where can I safely fly a drone?

As previously mentioned, flying in random fields or your own private space is your best bet when flying a drone. However, specific guidelines from the FAA must be followed, one of which being that a residential drone cannot exceed the height of 400 feet in the air. You will also be expected to be at least 5 miles away from any airport while flying your drone.

What if my drone gets away from me?

If your drone should randomly fly away from you, which happens quite a bit believe it or not, the range of the controller is what will kick it back. Depending on the drone you have, it will go into return to land mode and go back to the last location recorded as your location in the internal GPS.

Knowing Your Remote Control Drones for Kids

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Depending on the drone’s category there are multiple names and terms for each. Not all drones are called drones, but have different names and classifications, which are listed out for you below.

Drone: Underwater or unmanned aerial vehicle and closely associated with the larger UAVs that are used by intelligence systems and the military for the purpose of conducting surveillance, launching missiles, or dropping bombs. However, residential drones are used for hobby and recreational purposes.

UAV/UAS: Short for “unmanned aerial vehicle”, UAV, and “unmanned aircraft system” UAS, which are terms for aerial devices that do not have a pilot inside and are controlled internally through a battery and from the ground.

Quadcopter: A common sUAS with four rotors that are horizontally oriented to appear as a helicopter, able to hover and remain stable in the air, and can go up to eight rotors total.

sUAS: Short term for “unmanned aircraft system” that describes aircraft powered by batteries for the purpose of flying, and are usually large enough to be picked up by two people minimum.

There are many different types of drones out there, but the ones listed above are generally used for recreational and hobby purposes, so we will only list those for the time being. Whether it’s remote control drones for kids, such as drones for 6-year- olds, we’ve got you covered.

The Range and Battery Life of Drones

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Each drone has a different range and battery life, so not all will be the same. For example, the DJI Phantom 3 Advanced drone has a range of 3 miles, while the Quadcopter Condor has a battery life of up to 90 minutes long.

You can decide which kids drone for you based on the range, battery life, etc. Some shopping around will definitely be needed, which we can help you with!

Are There Kids Drones?

Absolutely! There are tons of remote control drones for kids that are both safe and easy to control for kids, and if that’s why you’re here, then keep reading to see what the options are. We have found multiple options for each age range, such as RC helicopter drones for 7-year-olds and up, for example.

Additonal Resources

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Justin is a certified Drone Enthusiast with several years experience piloting as many UAV aircraft as he can get his hands on. While shooting footage as a hobby has now become more of a full time job, Justin still enjoys the peaceful feeling of getting a birds eye view while hiking or on vacation with his family. Reach out to Justin by using the Dronethusiast Contact Page or email at dronethusiast@gmail.com.

Color Me Gobsmacked

The following hardball (and softball too) questions took three-plus weeks (and in some cases 6 plus years) for the FAA to answer as they had to ask around the various compartments, nooks and crannies of the Caerbannog. As is usually the case in the fluid world of the drone, more questions pile up as stories break and products rain from the sky. Attached so neatly at the end are some follow-up questions that were asked or became relevant while waiting for these answers.

Just so folks don’t believe I am beating my head against the wall, we are making some headway with the level playing field effort!

https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Notice/N_8900.483.pdf

Now on to the story –

All answers in blue (except for some links) are attributed to an FAA Spokesperson!

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Patrick,

Here are our answers to the remaining unanswered questions. Please attribute anything you use to the FAA or an FAA spokesperson.

Q1. Why is the UASIO unwilling to share information about office expenditures with the public?

This information is available through the FOIA process. You have previously submitted a FOIA requesting this information and the FAA responded. If you need further clarification to the information provided, please submit your specific request through the FOIA process. We will be happy to assist as needed.

Q2. Aren’t the taxpayers and NAS stakeholders entitled to see a breakdown what they are paying for?

All Agency budgets are posted on line ( https://www.faa.gov/about/budget/ ). Also, the FAA’s Authorizing Committees in Congress have full visibility on the Agency’s budgets and appropriations.

( https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/agc/practice_areas/legislation/congressional_committees/ )

Q3. Progress reports would help the stakeholders and public understand the value of the UASIO, why not share?

We agree. We routinely report on progress on our integration efforts via updates on our website. In addition, we are actively engaged in social media and routinely share our integration efforts and accomplishments directly with the public. Also, the FAA hosts an annual UAS Symposium where senior FAA and DOT executives engage directly with UAS stakeholders on current, near-term, and long-term integration activities and goals.

Q4. Why does the largest UAS news outlet have to go to Congress to get answers to FOIA requests?

The FOIA process applies specifically to the Executive Branch. However, individuals, as well as media outlets, are welcome to engage their elected representatives at any time.

Q7. Who is writing the speeches for Mr. Elwell?

Mr. Elwell’s speeches are handled by a team of employees under the supervision of the FAA’s Office of Communications.

Q8. Why is FAA allowing ASTM to have Intel, Google, Amazon, et al sponsor F-38 meetings?

ASTM is an International Standards Developing Organization. They operate independently from the FAA, and are not funded by the FAA. This question is probably best addressed by them (ASTM).

Q9. Does the FAA Global harmonization effort include Mr. Kenul (paid ASTM consultant) going to Europe to discuss ASTM standards with the European regulators and stakeholders?

Since ASTM operates independently from the FAA, this question is best addressed by ASTM.

Q10. Is it true that the LAANC data is taxpayer funded data that is being repackaged in apps (by 3rd parties developers) and sold back to end-users for access to the NAS?

Through the FAA UAS Data Exchange, the government and private industry share airspace data. Under the FAA UAS Data Exchange umbrella, the agency supports the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC). This Data Exchange is managed by the FAA. A number of companies have entered into agreement with the FAA to provide LAANC services to end users.

I also asked about the Balloon Fiesta Fiasco and am waiting back to hear about enforcement action taken on the 40 unique ID’s and if the DJI is going to share the end-user information they don’t collect with the FAA enforcement branch. As well as the video in this link wanting to know if the same VO deputizing procedure works for everyone. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ifxs9iGour8

UK to hold major BVLOS trials at Manchester Airport – Operation Zenith

This demonstration of Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) will be held at Manchester Airport, where drone flights will be safely integrated with manned aviation within and near the airport. The demonstration will be live-streamed to the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Operation Zenith is the codename for a programme of live demonstrations of Air Traffic Management (ATM) and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) integration in controlled airspace. It is critical to the success of the programme that we demonstrate several key characteristics that also set the demonstrations apart from other drone demos observed worldwide.

Realistic use of airspace: to date, most demos – particularly of BVLOS operations – take place in segregated airspace. In Operation Zenith, we wanted to show true integration, not doing anything different or ‘special’ for the introduction of drone traffic in an otherwise sensitive area. This is why we chose a busy, international airport.

Featuring both cooperative and uncooperative traffic: we firmly believe that no UTM solution can be considered complete without due attention being given to the uncooperative airspace picture. That’s why GuardianUTM O/S has real capabilities to integrate and connect with numerous detection systems to properly cater for the threat and challenges posed by uncooperative unmanned traffic.

Demonstrate integration with ATM: Both from a technology and an operational procedures perspective, drones have immense potential to transform lives and revolutionise businesses, but there are many issues blocking their routine and common use – particularly beyond visual line of sight and fully-automated flights.

A key reason for this is ‘separation’: the ability to ensure that a drone doesn’t cause any harm to other air traffic, especially manned aviation. Although various solutions have been proposed, these are often restricted to sensors on the drone or require participation from multiple manufacturers to adopt a common system of hardware which does not scale well or offer much room for innovation.

Many have proposed UTM solutions as the answer, but typically such proposed implementations are deliberately incomplete, avoiding tackling the actual blocking issues by focusing instead on ‘walled garden’ scenarios involving an entire vertical stack of technology.

Altitude Angel, NATS, and our partners believe that no UTM solution is complete without the ability to integrate deeply and seamlessly into existing ATM systems and processes and to propose how both cooperative and uncooperative drone traffic (and potential risks) can be detected and mitigated.

The solution being proposed here, at Manchester Airport, is designed for deployment by Air Navigation Service Providers and provides a fully configurable, standards-compliant platform for ANSP use. It is powered using GuardianUTM Airspace Management Operating System, a purpose-built platform which allows the secure data exchange between ATM systems and UTM providers.

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