Drones are becoming an increasingly popular purchase. Many teenagers are asking for them for a Christmas gift, but parents often remain confused about what they should be looking for in a good drone. Your child might help you out, or even choose the model they want, however, it’s important to check out all the features of the drone to ensure you are getting what’s best for their needs.
Things to Consider before Buying a Drone
The most important thing for any new drone user to learn is the rules of flying a drone in public places. Thoroughly check airspace regulations, and if buying something larger than a toy drone, it will possibly need to be registered with the FAA. There are certain places where drones cannot be flown, so make sure they learn the rules and ensure you will have access to an area which is suitable for flying.
When buying a drone, the most important thing to check is whether or not it is ready to fly. For beginners, a ready to fly (RTF) is usually the best choice, unless you have a lot of previous experience with RC vehicles. Almost ready to fly (ARF) vehicles often require some assembly and don’t usually come with a transmitter. They’re ideal for those who are more experienced and are looking for a more customized drone.
The best type of drone for a beginner is the quadcopter, which tends to be more stable. Some other factors which are worth considering include the battery life – it will probably be quite short so it’s worth purchasing spare batteries to give longer flight times. Also, think about the weight of the drone, and the weather conditions it will be used in. Many of the cheaper drones are very lightweight, which is great for maneuverability, but can make them handle poorly in high wind speeds.