Skyports collaborates with Vodafone and Deloitte on space-enabled drone deliveries for NHS in Scotland in COVID-19 response funding initiative

London, United Kingdom (UK), Friday 10 July 2020 – Drone delivery service provider Skyports has collaborated with technology communications company Vodafone and digital consultants Deloitte to transport medical supplies and samples for the NHS in Scotland using drones. The live flights will take place later this year and will use mobile connectivity and space-based technology.

The Skyports-led project was selected following a drive to find space-enabled technology and services that can support the NHS response to coronavirus and stop the spread of the disease in a joint funding initiative between the UK Space Agency (UKSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA).

In the coming months, Skyports will start delivering pathology samples, medicine, essential personal protective equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 testing kits between hospitals and to and from medical practices in Argyll and Bute on the west coast of Scotland.

Through Skyports’ technology, pick-ups that currently take up to 48 hours to be transported between healthcare sites will take only 30 minutes and with a much higher frequency.

NHS staff will be able to make on-demand and scheduled requests to use Skyports drones, via a web customer interface developed by Deloitte.

The drones will be remotely piloted from the Skyports Operations Centre in Argyll and Bute and will fly automatically along predefined routes. Communication between the drone and the ground control station (GCS) will be provided using Vodafone’s 4G network and satellite communications, as well as Earth observation data, to ensure connectivity coverage is provided at all times for safety reasons.

By the end of the project, Skyports aims to integrate its operations into the local NHS supply chain, build its route network and create a foundation drone delivery service that can be scaled for permanent operations.

In May, Skyports completed a trial drone delivery operation to fly essential medical cargo between two hospitals in the Scottish Highlands to assist the NHS and the government in the battle against COVID-19. Skyports is also working with the Argyll and Bute HSCP as part of its involvement in the CAA Regulatory Sandbox.

Duncan Walker, Chief Executive Officer at Skyports, said: “Using drone deliveries within supply chains can create significant time and cost savings. This project is a natural progression from our recent trials with the NHS in Scotland as we scale and develop our operations, supporting a wider network of hospitals and medical practices as they continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We want more healthcare facilities to benefit from our service over the long-term and the experience of this important initiative will put us another step closer to permanent operations that the whole of the NHS could soon benefit from.”

Anne Sheehan, Director, Vodafone Business UK, said: “There will be huge benefits from the use of drones connected to the mobile network that can be flown safely and securely beyond line of sight. This is a brilliant example of how using connected drones can radically change the way things are done, and really change people’s lives.”

Scott Campbell, partner and leader in Deloitte Ventures, said: “Drones have the potential to revolutionise the delivery of urgent goods and services for remote locations. Hard-to-reach communities in Argyll and Bute will benefit from drones as an alternative to land or sea transportation. This project is a powerful example of the value that drones could bring to communities and wider society in the coming years, as businesses collaborate to further develop the technology.”

Drone Delivery Demand

Around the world drones are already being used to deliver products more quickly, cheaply and efficiently than ground transport alternatives, especially in heavily congested cities and hard-to-reach rural areas. Drone deliveries can reduce costs, improve the frequency and speed of transport, optimise supply chains and improve connectivity to underserved areas.

The drone package delivery market is projected to be worth £21 billion (US$27.4 billion) by 2030[1] Increasing amend for faster deliver deliveries, changes to the regulations to enable drone deliveries and the proliferation of low-cost and light-payload drones are fuelling the growth of the drone logistics market.

Sky-Futures wins multi-year global telecoms contract for drone-based tower surveys

Sky-Futures Partners Ltd (an ICR company) has been awarded a four-year global framework contract for the provision of drone-based cell site surveys by a Scandinavian, multinational network and telecommunications company.

Under the contract, Sky-Futures will be required to support the scope of work on a global scale, using its operational bases in the USA, Europe, Middle East and South East Asia as well as leveraging its ongoing experience conducting drone based operations in 31 countries. The drone-based cell site survey service forms part of the global network build plan supporting the rapid growth in the development of the telecommunications network. As the network grows, so will the number of structures and therefore the requirement for cell site surveys.

Chris Blackford, Sky-Futures CEO, said: “Traditionally, conducting cell site surveys requires a team with several different skill sets and the need to climb the towers. With the introduction of drones, site surveys can now be completed with a much smaller team, collecting high quality data more quickly and more safely.”

Once the data has been collected, Sky-Futures will upload the cell site data into AI (artificial intelligence) enabled cloud software to support the global network build programme. Engineers can then make decisions using the 3D model tower data from a remote desktop without having to incur unnecessary site visits. This not only supports enhanced health and safety but helps reduce costs through improved efficiencies of the global network build programme.

Sky-Futures is already working with tower owners and operators providing cell site surveys and integrity inspections. Maintaining the health of these critical structures is crucial to ensuring smooth operations and reducing the risk of downtime.

With a well-established and respected reputation in the drone-based inspection and survey market, this contract win is another success in the accelerated growth that Sky-Futures has seen since its acquisition by ICR in May 2019. Mr Blackford comments,

Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS UAS Situational Awareness Application provides BVLOS airspace management for Oil & Gas Pipeline Inspection in Africa

Ottawa, CA: Kongsberg Geospatial Ltd., an Ottawa-based geospatial visualisation software company, and Aerial Robotix, the leading UAS services provider in Nigeria, announced that the Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS UAS situational awareness application has been utilized by Aerial Robotix to provide safety critical airspace deconfliction supervised by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to enable conduct of long range BVLOS operations.

Kongsberg Geospatial enables Aerial Robotix to conduct BVLOS Pipeline Inspection demonstration flights in the Niger Delta using Schiebel’s CAMCOPTER® S-100 Unmanned Air System (UAS)

Aerial Robotix are experts in drone operations for Oil and Gas Inspection and deliver UAV operations services to major Oil and Gas companies using professional certified UAV operators. The company’s pilots are licensed and insured, and operate in harsh conditions using a variety of platforms ranging from small fixed-wing and quad-copter drones to large gas-powered rotary wing aircraft.

The Vertical Takeoff and Landing (VTOL) Schiebel CAMCOPTER® S-100 UAS is an operationally proven capability that requires no prepared area or supporting equipment to enable launch and recovery. It operates by day and by night, under adverse weather conditions, with a beyond line-of-sight capability out to 200 km, over land and sea.

“Safe BVLOS unmanned flight operations require the very best in equipment and technology,” said Kolapo Sodeinde, CEO of Aerial Robotix. “We would not have received regulator approval from the NCAA or the client company to conduct BVLOS inspection flights without the Kongsberg Geospatial airspace deconfliction application.”

“IRIS provides an extremely cost-effective solution to deliver airspace situational awareness and significantly improve flight safety,” said Tudor Moss, CTO at Aerial Robotix.

The Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS display technology enables multiple drones to be monitored simultaneously by a single operator and provides real-time calculation of aircraft separation, airspace monitoring and communications line-of-sight to enable BVLOS operations. IRIS integrates a variety of data feeds including ADS-B and radar to provide “detect and avoid” warnings. IRIS provides real-time 2D and 3D visualization of airborne track and weather data, as well as geo-fencing capabilities.

“We’re very pleased to be working with an experienced UAS services provider like Aerial Robotix”, said Ranald McGillis, President of Kongsberg Geospatial. “Their expertise in Oil and Gas logistics and their ability to manage large-scale projects provides an excellent and very unique use case for our technology.”

To learn more about Kongsberg Geospatial, visit their website at www.kongsberggeospatial.com

AO Drones takes to the skies with ambitious ‘Thank You’ for frontline heroes

Dubai, UAE – AO Drones, the specialist provider of drone light shows, recently played a key role in an unforgettable event to thank Dubai’s frontline workers for their heroic service during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conceived and produced by AO Drones’ Producer, Marco Niedermeier, the event combined a stunning aerial display from AO Drones’ sophisticated drone fleet, plus a special message from emergency services vehicles arranged to spell ‘Thank You’, in both English and Arabic. The whole event was captured in a short film, shot in the style of a dramatic action movie, and shared widely on social media.

To realise the event, Niedermeier called on the help of friends from Dubai’s event production network, including Done Events, GTV Film Productions and Brand Dubai. Together they secured support from Government of Dubai and authorities including the Dubai Police Force, the Roads and Transport Authority, the Media Office and others. “Everybody was keen to be involved,” says Niedermeier. “We all wanted to say thank you.”

Dubai’s COVID-19 lockdown meant that all planning meetings were carried out via video conferencing platforms, and on-site operations were conducted in accordance with safe working guidelines.

The film of the event, which took place on 11 June, began with aerial shots of messages of support spelled out on iconic Dubai landmarks including the Burj Khalifa, before following the emergency vehicles along the Sheikh Zayed Road – closed to public traffic for the occasion – to converge on the show site. The film culminated with spectacular aerial views of the ‘Thank You’ messages on the ground, and the grand finale of AO Drones’ aerial display, performed by a fleet of 120 precisely-choreographed drones operated by AO drone pilot in command, Kevin Niedermeier.

The 10.5-minute show featured images including a portrait in light of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the flag of the UAE, and scenes depicting social distancing, hand-washing and face-masks. Finally, the drones formed the ‘#StrongerTogether’ motto, introduced by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and ‘Thank You’ to honour the heroes in the frontline against COVID-19.

“It was amazing to see the reactions of the people,” says Niedermeier. “Most of them had not seen a drone show before. When the drones came up, it was a ‘Wow’ moment.”

The response to the show was overwhelmingly positive, and it soon became the talk of the town. “His Highness Sheikh Hamdan posted the film on social media,” says Niedermeier, “so immediately, the word spread around and weeks later people are still talking about it.”

He concludes, “We have had nothing but great feedback, and everyone involved was so happy to have been able to do something so memorable for our frontline workers.”

AeroVironment Receives $21 Million Initial Contract Option for Raven RF Modifications

AeroVironment, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVAV), a global leader in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), today announced the United States Army exercised the first of three options under the sole source Flight Control Systems (FCS) domain of the Army’s multi-year small UAS contract on April 28, 2020.

The value of the initial contract option is $21,058,643 and includes avionics and data link upgrade packages to modify radio frequencies employed by the Army’s existing fleet of Raven® tactical UAS, the largest fleet of Raven systems in the world. Delivery will take place over a two-year period.

The Army exercised the option under the FCS domain awarded to AeroVironment by the Army in June 2019. FCS is one of six domains comprising the Army’s existing five-year Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) sUAS contract, and has a potential value of up to $55 million.

“AeroVironment is committed to providing continuous support to the Army’s ongoing, multi-year programs of record for tactical UAS, such as the Raven, with quick and efficient field upgrades to help operators around the world perform their missions more effectively,” said Rick Pedigo, Vice President, Business Development and Sales for AeroVironment.

AeroVironment’s Raven system is designed for rapid deployment and high mobility for operations requiring low-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. With a wingspan of 4.5 feet and weighing just 4.2 pounds (1.9 kilograms), the hand-launched Raven provides situational awareness, day or night, with an operational range of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).

The Raven’s Mantis i23 EO/IR gimbaled payload delivers real-time video or infrared imagery to ground control and remote viewing stations.

AeroVironment’s family of tactical UAS comprises the majority of all unmanned aircraft in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) inventory, and its rapidly growing international customer base of 50 allied governments. To learn more, visit www.avinc.com.

Parrot and Hoverseen partner to offer drone-in-a-box surveillance and inspection solutions

Hoverseen builds on the ANAFI drone platform to expand enterprise security offerings

Paris – July, 2020: Parrot, the leading European drone group, announced today it is

partnering with Hoverseen, an automatic drone solution provider. Through this partnership,

enterprises can now use Parrot ANAFI drones as an automated, drone-in-a-box surveillance

solution capable of dispatching and charging itself from a lightweight docking and recharging

station.

Parrot’s ANAFI, ANAFI Thermal and new ANAFI USA drones offer an ultra-compact tool to gain new aerial vantage points for security and inspection professionals. In addition to its built-in 4K HDR camera, ANAFI Thermal and ANAFI USA integrate a FLIR® thermal sensor— allowing users to easily capture thermal and visual readings for higher precision and efficiency.

Hoverseen’s software and charging stations now work in unison to morph Parrot ANAFI drones into an effective, automated and secure flying Internet Protocol (IP) camera for enterprises, capable of easily integrating into any business’s existing security system and networks (e.g. VMS). Any professional system requiring livestream video or thermal metadata can take advantage of Hoverseen’s solution. Moreover, pictures and recorded 4K video footage from the drone can automatically download for later offline analysis into the organization’s database upon landing in the docking station as the drone simultaneously recharges.

With Hoverseen’s solution, ANAFI drones follow pre-programmed, automated flight plans and do not require specialized pilots to operate. Instead, Hoverseen provides simple and tailored training to existing staff to help take every organization’s security to the next level.

The interface offers complete real-time monitoring of missions and flight conditions.

Drones can be dispatched automatically in response to an alarm signal, or according to a

routine schedule.

“Parrot is working to drive the next evolution of organizational security with our ANAFI drones by partnering with industry leaders like Hoverseen.” said Jerome Bouvard, Parrot Director of Strategic Partnership. “Our latest partnership is sure to deliver a cost-effective, unique and secure surveillance and inspection solution to organizations in every industry.”

“As an automatic drone-in-a-box solution provider we were looking for a lightweight cost-

effective drone, integrating the best technology available,” said Hoverseen Founding President, Eric Villiers. “We are proud to be working with Parrot to pair our Smart Aerial Scanning solution with the ANAFI, ANAFI Thermal and new ANAFI USA drones to deliver a simple and secure solution to our customers.”

Through its SDK Partner program, Parrot is working to create a global ecosystem of drone

software providers to serve the unique and ever-evolving needs of its enterprise and

professional users.

For more information on Parrot and its ANAFI drones, visit Parrot.com. To learn more about

Hoverseen, visit Hoverseen.com.

SOARIZON discount for Heliguy pilots

Drone pilots trained by HELIGUY.com will be offered discounted access to SOARIZON by Thales’ operations management platform, thanks to a new partnership.

SOARIZON’s digital drone planning software enables operators to plan, fly, track, and

collaborate on their drone missions – increasing the ease and effectiveness of commercial

UAV programmes.

This secure and efficient ecosystem provides operators with advanced mission planning,

airspace intelligence and 3D visualisation, risk assessment tools, NOTAMs, and mapping

capabilities – all in one place.

As one of the world’s leading drone companies, HELIGUY.comTM understands the value of a

streamlined operations management solution, engineered for building a fast, effective, and

professional drone enterprise.

Thanks to the new partnership, candidates who book an online drone training course

through Heliguy Blackbox will be able to buy a subscription to SOARIZON Elevate for a

reduced fee.

Heliguy Blackbox – an e-learning portal delivering the A2 CofC and GVC drone training

courses – provides a flexible solution, allowing candidates to access on-demand content,

whenever and wherever they like.

Ben Shirley, HELIGUY.comTM Head of Training, is delighted to join forces with SOARIZON,

believing the partnership will add real value to training candidates, empowering them to

maintain a full view of all their drone operations, from planning through to approval and

delivery.

He said: “SOARIZON is the best platform for operational planning available on the market. It

is incredibly intuitive and comprehensive.

“A lot of our training candidates mention the operational planning process, finding it

somewhat laborious and daunting, because they have previously had to switch between

different platforms and navigate their way through different information and formats.

“However, the benefit of utilising SOARIZON’s software is that all of the operational planning

is in one place, which streamlines the process and helps you access all of the right

information, which is a huge advantage and empowers operators to maximise the potential

of their drone commercial drone programmes.”

Karim Cosslett, Head of Growth at SOARIZON by Thales, said:

“As one of the UK’s largest and most respected drone training providers, we jumped at the

chance to add Heliguy to our growing ecosystem of partners. Heliguy’s commitment to

operational excellence mirrors our own, putting the safety and efficiency of drone operations

first and foremost. The powerful combination of Heliguy’s training and SOARIZON’s digital

platform will enable drone pilots to plan thoroughly, fly safely and scale effectively.”

Candidates can access the Soarizon discount by logging into their Blackbox training account

and accessing the Partner Discounts section, where there will be a link to claim the

discounted offer.

Through the partnership, SOARIZON customers will be able to benefit from discounted

access to training from HELIGUY.com.

SkyWatch.AI launches a revamped drone insurance platform with the help of Google for Startups

SkyWatch.AI, the leading telematics-based drone insurance company released today their new online policy management platform. The revamped platform offers an advanced streamlined user experience with a modern design and improved functionality when purchasing and managing drone insurance policies. The system was created to help drone pilots, fleet managers, brokers and affiliate partners easily control and manage their insurance online.

The new comprehensive platform is currently available on web and mobile web, and will soon be released for SkyWatch.AI’s mobile app as well.

Throughout the new system’s development process SkyWatch.AI participated in Google for Startups Growth Program. Under the guidance and mentorship of Google’s expert team, SkyWatch.AI’s R&D team developed this innovative drone insurance management system. “During the program, we provided SkyWatch with the best of Google to help them grow. It was a great pleasure to have the SkyWatch team on our program, watching them achieve new targets,” says Lior Noy, Startups Growth Lead at Google Israel.

“We are thrilled to debut our improved drone insurance policy management system to insured SkyWatch.AI pilots, our affiliate partners, brokers, and to the drone industry as a whole,” says Ori Blumenthal, SkyWatch.AI’s CTO and Co-founder. “The SkyWatch.AI R&D team created an exceptional User Experience that keeps drone pilots’ needs at the center focus.”

“This platform reflects our desire to keep drone insurance simple and flexible, while also allowing us to scale our operation together with our partners,” Lior Geller, SkyWatch.AI’s Head of Product. “We want our pilots to have a painless experience when it comes to managing their insurance, which is why many of the new features were inspired and tested by our pilot community.”

About SkyWatch.AI

SkyWatch.AI is the world’s first telematics-based insurance platform for the drone industry. The SkyWatch.AI platform leverages the power of machine learning to assess and mitigate risks and provide tailor-made hourly, monthly and annual coverage for drone pilots across the United States and Canada. Since 2018, SkyWatch.AI has provided thousands of commercial drone pilots with flexible insurance coverage.

Drone insurance is provided by SkyWatch Insurance Services, Inc. a licensed insurance broker in 50 US states and Canada. SkyWatch.AI’s policies are underwritten by STARR Indemnity & Liability Company, the largest aviation insurer in North America. (“A”, excellent rating by A.M. best).

For more information, visit www.skywatch.ai

About Google Start Growth Lab

Startup Growth Lab is Google’s exclusive program for Israel’s promising B2C and B2SMB startups, aiming to accelerate their business growth. The 6 month program is comprised of educational workshops such as brand communication strategy, Product and UX/UI as well as ongoing 1:1 mentoring provided by Google and industry experts. Some of the program’s graduates: DayTwo, Elementor, Freightos, Bookaway, Melio, Guesty and SkyWatch.

FlytBase Announces Technology Alliance with RAWview

The protection of property, equipment & other high-value assets against threats is a critical,

24/7 market need. The unprecedented pandemic has pushed the labour-intensive security

services sector to look for automation solutions that can complement human resources,

without any compromise in efficiency. Drone solutions for security have emerged as viable

alternatives to traditional security technologies such as CCTV. By providing aerial capabilities,

drones can augment the patrolling productivity of security staff, while decreasing risk and

improving coverage.

For efficient aerial surveillance, seamless integration between reliable drone equipment and

intelligent drone automation software is imperative. Real-time access to remote operators is

crucial for drone missions, especially when scaling aerial surveillance operations. Therefore,

FlytBase and RAWview have chosen to collaborate to provide world-class UAV solutions for

security companies and public safety organisations.

About the Companies

FlytBase, Inc., a Silicon Valley company, provides drone agnostic software solutions to

automate and scale drone operations. The FlytBase technology platform allows easy

deployment of intelligent drone fleets, connected with cloud-based business applications.

FlytBase offerings are compatible with major drone hardware platforms (eg. DJI, Ardupilot, PX4) and come with SDKs, simulator and APIs for reliable testing and seamless integration.

FlytBase’s cloud-connected offering, FlytNow, enables users to easily control and manage a

fleet of drones remotely. An intelligent fleet of drones can be put into operation, supported by

mission planning, geofencing, live-video streaming & sharing, etc.

FlytNow also has advanced capabilities such as precision Landing, AI-based detection, and support for thermal cameras.

RAWview Drone Systems Ltd is a UK-based drone technology expert, whose mission is to

simplify organisations’ transition to commercial drone use. They are suppliers of world-leading

commercial drone equipment, software, and training services – which they complement with

high levels of pre and post-sale consultation and support – to provide their corporate customers with custom drone solutions that address their most complex challenges.

How does this Partnership help?

FlytBase and RAWview both share the vision to provide scalable drone systems for security and

public safety in the UK and, in fact, across Europe. The blend of FlytBase’s remote fleet

management software FlytNow, with RAWview’s expertise in the deployment of integrated

drone systems, will result in turnkey safety solutions for security stakeholders and public safety

authorities. FlytNow has transformed how security businesses operate, by providing aerial

intelligence and enabling subject matter experts to access onsite activities remotely and in real-

time.

Moreover, RAWview will leverage the artificial intelligence capabilities of the FlytBase platform,

to deliver advanced features such as intruder detection, precision landing, collision avoidance,

night vision, etc. Enterprise customers can also be assured of comprehensive system setup,

reliable training services, and priority support.

Joe Waldron, RAWview’s Product Integration Director, commented: “We pride ourselves on

supplying the most advanced commercial drone solutions that truly make a difference to our

customers’ operations, and we believe that developing robust, long-lasting commercial

partnerships with the drone industry’s most innovative vendors are central to our customers’

success. FlytBase is at the cutting edge of enterprise-grade drone software and is continually

driving to maximise the potential that drones have within industrial applications. It’s because of

this shared vision that I am delighted with our new collaboration.”

He went on to say: “From the numerous conversations we’ve had with UK security companies, we know that their main barrier to drone adoption was the ability to get real-time video footage from the drone to a control centre, which could be located many miles from the surveillance site. With FlytNow’s stable, cloud-based video transmission, we can now easily remove this barrier for our customers.”

Nitin Gupta, FlytBase CEO, added: “RAWview and FlytBase share a common vision of helping

customers accelerate their adoption of intelligent drone fleets. We understand the challenges

faced by enterprises, and the solutions required, for rapid, scalable drone deployments. Via this

partnership with the UK’s leading UAV solution provider, RAWview, FlytBase is excited to bring its aerial security solutions to the country, powered by cloud-connected, enterprise-grade software.”

To learn more about FlytNow solution, visit https://flytnow.com/ or Schedule a 30-min free consultation with our drone expert and understand how FlytNow works.

Contact us today at https://flytnow.com/contact/

To learn more about RAWview, visit https://rawview.co.uk/

Best Drones For Kids

Updated: June 12, 2020

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! The most important factor we consider in this article is the trust of the company selling the product. We’ve found over the years that drones are pretty similar across the entire marketplace, but what really matters is that you purchase from a drone company that you TRUST and that will provide service before and after the sale as well.

The marketplace of drones for kids is full of international sellers, there are a lot of sellers on amazon and other places that are actually from China. These sellers will definitely provide the lowest price on the market but you’re not going to get very good service. We’ve included a few of these in the list but we’re really recommending that you buy from American companies because that way you know you can reach them if you need to return the drone or ask any questions.

We like to recommend Altair drones because it’s a company out of Nebraska (learn about Altair) and they really take care of their customers! If you’re searching for a drone for someone under 10 check out the Altiar Hornet, if you’re shopping for kids who are 14 years old or older we suggest the Altair 818 Hornet which comes with 2 batteries and is easy to handle. If your shopping for drones for teens we recommend the Outlaw GPS Drone by Altair which has 600+ meter range and is super fast, or on the lower end of the budget the Altair AA300 drone. Take a look at the list to read more details on each product.

Here we have our initial list of the best drones for kids for easy reference.

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

#1 Altair Falcon – Editor’s Choice – Best Drone For Kids 2020

Click here to See it On Amazon! or you can get fast and free shipping from the manufacturer’s website at AltairAerial.com.

Altair Aerial has been a favorite of ours on Dronethusiast since they released their first two easy to fly drones for sale for kids, the AA108 and the 818 Plus drone. Both of these drones are great for kids and now their new drone the Falcon is out and it does not disappoint!

One amazing feature on the Falcon that stood out to us was the Autonomous Hover and Positioning System. Not only do we appreciate that this system is unique to Altair, but it keeps the drone in place which makes it easy for a child to learn the controls. Another kid friendly feature we noticed about the Falcon is the size of the controller. It’s more compact than other controllers on the market which makes it a perfect fit for a child learning to fly a drone for the first time.

falcon best drone for kids mid range

We know how much kids love to play for hours and hours and we were impressed that the Falcon comes with two batteries that are each good for 10 minutes of flight time. This means double the fun that you normally see included in similarly priced drones of this size. Finally, what we love about the Falcon that sets it apart from the competition is the outstanding customer service you receive from the Altair Aerial company. Altair Aerial is a great new RC Products brand located in the United States that we’ve written a lot about. This company is constantly coming out with high-quality drones, RC boats and even an RC Monster Truck. They respond quickly to our emails and phone calls and it’s refreshing to be able to speak to a real person rather than automated responses that many of us are used to.

The U818 Plus (more details below) offers headless mode, as well as a little bit longer range than the Falcon. 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, like I mentioned above, 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.

Check out this video explaining a UNIQUE feature of the Altair Falcon – AHP or autonomous hover & positioning, it’s something no other drone has at this price point, pretty cool.


The Altair Aerial Falcon offers:

• Autonomous Hover & Positioning System

• 720p live video and still photography camera

• 120-degree viewing angle

• Free extra battery

• Custom flight routing

• Headless mode

• Altitude hold

• One-key takeoff

• 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

altair aerial kids drone

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#2 Altair 818 Hornet Kids Quadcopter

altair 818 hornet

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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 Falcon (which we will talk about next), 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.

The main selling point of the 818 is it’s 15 minute flight time. You won’t find many other drones for this age group that has that long of a flight time. This will allow you to spend more time flying and less time charging your batteries!

This drone 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 won’t be disappointed when you pick up with 818 Hornet Drone for Kids. The battery life is fantastic and you have a pretty good flight range on this drone as well. However, if you want to find something just a little bit cheaper, take a look at our review of the Falcon.

The Falcon is a bit cheaper and has less range and flight time but it is still a really solid drone. I still go with the 818 Hornet over the Falcon because of the incredible 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:

• More expensive than the Falcon

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#3 AA108 Easy to Fly Kids Drone

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What makes the AA108 great for kids is how easy it is to fly. With features such headless mode and altitude hold, this drone allows any pilot to have a stable flight. You don’t have to worry about losing control while using this drone.

Plus, it’s compact size makes it perfect for those younger pilots. Larger drones can be intimidating but don’t worry, the AA108 is the perfect small size and won’t leave you feeling overwhelemed. Check out the AA108 in action below:

The AA108 comes with not one, but two batteries which doubles the flying time, and the fun. Another awesome thing is that the AA108 has battery alarms so you never have to worry about your drone dying. Beeps and blinking lights will indicate it’s time to land your drone.

Features

• 2 rechargable batteries

• Wide angle 720p HD camera

• 8-10 minute flight time

• Low Battery Alerts

• Headless mode

• Altitude hold

Pros:

• Flight modes make it easy to fly

• Affordable price

• High-quality camera captures fun footage

Cons:

• Somtimes struggles in windy conditons

The AA108 makes a great gift and is perfect for children just getting started with drone flying. Take a look at our article on other Gifts for 10 Year Old Boys by clicking here.

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#3 The Outlaw SE

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We feature the Outlaw SE Drone here as our best drone for anyone ages 14+, teenagers and adults love the outlaw and there’s tons of reasons why, check it out!

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Because of its relative lack of safety and durability features, as well as its focus on innovation, The Outlaw SE is not a great choice for children aged 8 years old to 14 years old. But it’s the perfect choice for any teen or pre-teen who can be trusted with a more expensive toy and who’s looking to get into the quadcopter hobby.

For less than $300 USD, the Outlaw SE brings you a 20 minute flight time (in ideal conditions), a massive 600+ meter range, and a 1080p High Definition camera that’s built right into the vehicle. But the best feature of the Outlaw is its innovative GPS functionality. With the touch of a single button, the drone will return itself back to where it came from.

And in GPS flight mode, the drone practically flies itself! Once your teen flies it to a point in space, it will automatically keep itself hovering in the air, even under fairly serious winds. This makes it easy to line up the perfect photo or video shot and means that even an inexperienced pilot can have a great time flying the Outlaw.


The following is a list of the specifications:

• Uses a 1080p built-in HD WiFi camera

• Nearly 20 minutes of battery life

• 600+ meter flight range

• 500 meter FPV video transmission

• Can return to a “home point” with the touch of a button

• Keeps itself stable in the air in GPS flight mode

Pros:

• Many advanced features

• Extremely easy to fly in GPS mode

• No assembly required

• Has the best range and battery life of any drone on this list

Cons:

• Lacks prop guards and other durability features

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#4 AA300 GPS Drone

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The AA300 is a GPS drone that preteen kids are going to love.

It’s GPS features give you different flight modes for a fun and easy flying experience. For instance, automatic return-to-home will bring the drone back to where it took off with a push of a button or if the battery is running low.

No need to stress about losing your drone in the trees! Check out the AA300 in flight below:

The AA300 also has a 1080p camera giving kids the opportunity for FPV flying which is really fun. Kids can feel like they’re in the cockpit of the aircraft and watch live-video from the sky.

With Altair’s amazing and trusted customer service, all of your questions will be answered no matter what.

Why You Should Buy the Altair AA300:

  • • Helpful GPS Features for Stable, Controllable Flight
  • • 1080p Built-In Camera Gives Kids a Fun FPV Flying Experience
  • • Automatic Return-to-Home Functions Bring Drone Back Quickly

Who is the AA300 For:

  • • Greet for Teens 12 and Up

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Drones for Smaller Children

#6 EACHINE E010 Mini

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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.

#7 JJRC H20H Nano

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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.

#8 Nerf N-Strike Elite TerraScout

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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.

#9 Cheerson CX-10 Mini

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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!

#10 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:

• 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.

#11 JJRC H36 Mini

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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.


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.

#12 Force1 UFO 3000 Quad

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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.

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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#13 Force1 X5C Quadcopter

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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 with camera for kids that can lay the necessary foundation for moving on in the future to more professional drones.


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!

#14 Hubsan X4 H107C

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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:

• 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 flight aspects of their quadcopter for kids, and doesn’t really care about the camera part, then this is a great drone to get. It’s simple and easy to use.

#15 Wonder Chopper RC Stunt Drone

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This crash proof foam stunt drone is a great choice for active kids ages 14+ who really want to see what kind of cool tricks their quadcopter is capable of.


The following is a list of specifications:

• 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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#16 GooIRC Mini UFO RC

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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:

• 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.

#17 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:

• 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.

#18 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:

• 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.

#19 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:

• 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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#20 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:

• 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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#21 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:

• 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.

#22 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:

• 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.

#23 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:

• 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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#24 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:

• 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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#25 Yuneec Typhoon H – Ages 16+

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For a professional-quality drone that’s still easy to fly, you just can’t beat the Yuneec Typhoon H. With 8 autonomous flight modes, the drone pracitically flies itself, and the extra propellers of this hexacopter make the Typhoon H one of the most stable drones around. This is in addition to many other high-end features listed below.


The following is a list of specifications:

• 4S 14.8V LiPo Battery (POWER 4) battery

• 1 hour charging time

• Weighs 3.75 pounds

• Wingspan of 310mm

• 4K Ultra HD camera

• Plastic and carbon fiber frame

Pros:

• Incredible video and photography capabilities

• Easy-to-use with 8 speed modes that let you work out to advanced flight

• Extremely stable 6-propeller design

• Great obstacle avoidance features

Cons:

• Costs $899 USD

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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!

#26 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:

• 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!

Live Video Drones for Kids

Most drones on this list already have a live video camera. You rarely come across a drone nowadays that doesn’t include a camera. We have searched through the marketplace though and found the best video drones for kids to include and we recommend picks number 1 and 2 for that choice. The Altair video drones include live real time first person view video that you can stream directly to your phone or tablet.

Live video drone streaming is something that’s super fun to use because you can see what the drone is seeing live, in real time. Check out the Altair 818 Hornet, Outlaw or the Falcon to get the best live video drone for children.

How to Find Kid Friendly Drones

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When searching for a kid friendly drone, there are some features that you should look for that will ensure that is a great option for a younger pilot.

Since kid pilots are just learning, autonomous flight modes can really help them. Altitude hold is a great feature to consider when buying a kid’s drone as it autonomously holds the drone’s altitude making it easier for a kid to fly. Another great flight mode is automatic return-to-home which will bring the drone back to where it took off at the push of a button, if the battery is low, or if the drone loses connection. These are kid-friendly drone features that will help them get started in the hobby.

Other kid-friendly features to be on the lookout for include a drone with about 10-15 minutes of flight time or drones that come with two batteries. This helps get kids in the air exploring all of their drone’s features and helps them improve their flight skills.

Note that most kids must be 14 years or older before operating a drone, and an adult should always be present while they are flying. This is for safety reasons in case the drone loses control or something else happens.

If you have a younger child who wants a flying toy, there are kid-friendly mini toy drones available that aren’t as high powered and may not require a remote control. These are often much easier to use and are great for starting off with. Then as your child gets older they can learn to operate a larger drone.

A great kid-friendly drone is the Altair Falcon because of its unique autonomous hovering and positioning system that holds the drone in place making it one of the easiest drones to fly.

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!

Toy Drones for Kids & Drone Toys

In this article we didn’t recommend any actual drone toys. Toy drones consist of a type of drone that is so low cost that you can’t trust that’s it’s going to last more than a month or two. You play with toy drones and you crash into the wall once or twice and it’s destroyed. The sellers of drone toys are almost all Chinese sellers, which in and of itself isn’t a bad thing but you’re not going to be taken care of by these sellers if something breaks on your toy drone.

We recommend more hobby grade drones rather than toy drones. We find that toy drones for kids just aren’t built to a standard of quality that we would recommend on Dronethusiast.

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.

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 or remote control boats for kids, 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!

FAQ Section for Kids & Drones

What is the best drone for kids?

There are many great drones for children available – and the “best” option will vary quite a bit depending on the age and interests of your child. If you’re looking for a drone with camera for kids, the 818 Hornet listed at the top of our guide is an excellent choice. Listed above we have several drones for different age groups so you can find drones for 8 year olds, for 10 year olds, for 12 year olds, and for 14 year olds.

What is the best drone for 5 year olds?

Though we’re often asked about drones for 5 year olds, this is in our opinion much too young to be flying drones. Children at 5 years old lack the fine motor control necessary to fly a vehicle of this type and are not likely to appreciate the hundred dollar toy you buy for them. We suggest waiting until your child is at least 8 or 10 years old before introducing them to the hobby!

What is the best drone for kids?

There are many great drones for children available – and the “best” option will vary quite a bit depending on the age and interests of your child. If you’re looking for a drone with camera for kids, the 818 Hornet listed at the top of our guide is an excellent choice.

What age is appropriate for a drone?

Drones are appropriate for ages 8 and up, but you should be very hands on helping them fly if they are under 12 years old. Drones can be dangerous because the spinning propellers can cut skin easily, so it’s important to be careful. Additionally LiPO batteries used in drones need to be properly cared for.

How do you know what makes a kid friendly drone?

A kid friendly drone should be durable and easy to replace or repair. It should have a lot of features that make it easy to fly (as most children under 10 years old lack the fine motor control necessary to perform difficult flying feats). There also are also some fantastic rc cars for kids and mini rc cars for sale if you’re looking for something you can use on the ground.

Are there camera drones for kids?

Most drones (kid friendly or otherwise) come with cameras, but the quality of the camera will depend on the price you pay for the drone. You can get anything from a super basic cheap camera that will make blurry photographs up to 1080p HD cameras in DJI drones.

A drone with camera for kids is generally recommended for children aged 10 years old-12 years old and older.

What is a toy drone?

A toy drone for children is typically anything in the under 200$ range, these drones have range of up to 1000 meters at the high end, and typically fly for about 15 minutes or less before the battery needs recharged.

What is a quadcopter for kids?

A quadcopter is a drone with 4 propellers. It is the most common type of drone for children, although you might also see a hexacopter or hexa drone, which has 6 propellers.

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Dronethusiast Team. Kennedy Martinez

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

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