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If you ask drone operators what it’s like to pilot a drone, they will most likely tell you that the thrill of flying these aircraft can not be recreated anywhere else. One operator describes it as an “out of body” experience!
Drones are best described as unmanned aerial vehicles with a typical quadcopter design. Stability is achieved through on-board flight controllers that supply feedback to the motor controllers. Each motor must control speed in order to fly in all directions. Drone popularity has grown dramatically in the last decade and as such, drone technology has evolved in sophistication. Flying applications have expanded as well, especially in commercial usage.
Drones are typically divided into three distinct types; camera drones, racing drones, and toy (beginner) drones. Camera drones, sometimes called “flying cameras”, are camera equipped drones capable of taking the most sophisticated and amazing videos and photos. Most camera drones being manufactured today are considered increasingly flyer friendly. There are many designs from which to choose, and technological advances make them amazingly intelligent. Uses for camera drones include everything from aerial cinematography, film and media, map construction, land development, search and rescue and military applications, to name only a few, and are increasing exponentially.
Racing drones are typically smaller than camera drones and reach speeds of 70mph (112kph) and above when track racing and in excess of 100mph (161kph) when nose diving. An important factor when considering a racing drone is the importance of a modular design which permits component replacement in case of crashes, which is almost certain when drone racing. A modular design also permits upgrade to bigger engines
When drone operators refer to toy drones, they have in mind less expensive aerial flying equipment. Though they cost less, toy drones should still have a sturdy construction. While each drone has a different control range, most toy drones have a range from forty to three hundred feet. All drones with a quadcopter-like design are limited by their battery life. Keep this in mind when making your choice.
While drones are fun to fly, it is essential to remember that they are considered to be real aircraft and are regulated by aviation authorities in each respective country. Regulations are on the increase in the need to ensure safety for both operators and the general public. In Canada for example, “Transport Canada” states: “As drones take off in popularity for industrial and personal use, it’s even more important to know how to fly one properly.” Transport Canada regulates the use of drones and our industry professionals can get you up to speed on the rules.”1 https://www.tc.gc.ca/en/services/aviation/drone-safety/register-drone.html. A special certificate may be required if you are flying for work or research.
Richmond Community College drone instructor Chad Osborne asks: “How would you like to explore the friendly skies without ever leaving the ground” ? That’s exactly the experience you’ll get when you sign up for the Drone Technology and Operation course offered at the community college located in Laurinburg, NC. Osborne continues: “If you’ve ever wanted to fly a plane, this is the least expensive way to experience that feeling.”2 www.richmondcc.edu/about-us
It is difficult to think of a sport or hobby that offers such exhilaration and is open to so many. Drone flying is not restricted by gender, age, (except by restrictions set by the governing authorities) or physical ability. It is advisable to receive proper training as crashing your brand new drone can be very disappointing and a little expensive. But once you have acquired the necessary training you are free to take to the skies.
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