Best Drones Under $100

Best Drones Under $100 Making the best choice of gadgets at a minimal cost is the desire of every consumer. In this post, we will highlight the best drones that are under $100. Depending on your little budget, you will acquire the best flying machines. But if you have limited resources, we’ve selected the fastest, long-lasting, smartest, and most stylish UAVs below the $100 benchmark.  Blade Nano QX: With a market price of around $89, this is one of the best flying machines under the $100 mark. It may not perform like the Phantom 4, but it outshines its own price. As its name implies, the Nano QX is quite small. Business Insider describes it as being small enough to fit into a palm; the minuscule nature …

5 Things I Learned On The Road With Drones

After a 6 week filmmaking adventure that took the Drone Dudes from Texas, up to Michigan, and all the way to New York there are a few things I learned that I wanted to pass on to you. Using Drones on the road isn’t as glamourous as it might sound at times. There’s a lot you have to think about, plan for, and account for while your on the road. Below I’ve compiled 5 things that I learned while on the road with drones. 1. Forget Sleep; Your Batteries Need To Charge! One of the most challenging thing’s I’ve learned in my years in aerial cinematography is that most nights you might not get much sleep. For the Octocopter we had 12 10,000 Mah packs that we…

Rules & Regulations: A history of drone laws in the United States

Editor’s Note: In May 2020, the American Bar Association held its 34th Land Use Institute—an annual forum aimed at educating attorneys, planners, and government officials about recent developments in the law regarding zoning, permitting, property development, conservation, and environmental protection. With the increasing use of drones to address many of these questions, as well as several well-publicized conflicts between local jurisdictions, property owners and drone pilots, Martindale-Hubbell preeminent-rated attorney Wendie Kellington of the Kellington Law Group, P.C. and pioneering drone expert Patrick Sherman of the Roswell Flight Test Crew prepared the following briefing for the conference. The Insitu ScanEagle has seen extensive deployment by the United States armed forces and those of allied countries. However, it was also the first uncrewed aircraft system (UAS) …

FPV: Vortex Freestyle

The ImmersionRC Vortex is one of my favorite quads.Having been in a hard crash breaking more than half my motors I decided to upgrade to the Cobra 2204 1960Kv motors. They’re really nice, though I’m still trying to feel the difference between these and my old 1306 2300kv motors. Regardless, the performance of the Pro-Tune’d settings in the Vortex makes flying a breeze. Without worrying about PID settings, it’s going to ensure you a good flying expierence.

Ready, Set, Launch! 30 pro tips to incorporate drones into your business

Gaining buy-in from your executive team is an essential first step that can make or break any company’s drone program. While a boots on the ground professional or a business manager is interested in new use cases, increased efficiency, hiring pilots, and processing data, your executives may not care about any of those things until you can prove the drones won’t increase your company’s liability. Your compliance and legal teams may be most concerned about ensuring that your flight crews will never violate airspace regulations, damage infrastructure, or infringe on privacy. As a customer success manager at Skyward, I have helped many businesses reinforce best practices for drone adoption and management, and I share some of my best tips for success in this article. At any …

A Good Day for FPV Racing

   The Drone Racing League  Today is a great day for drone racing. This morning, the news that Stephen Ross, Miami Dolphins owner, just invested $1 million into The Drone Racing League. With such a substantial investment into the technology, people are bound to take notice and really give drone racing the respect it deserves. But everyone is wondering, who the hell is The Drone Racing League? I cannot seem to find any information about them, which makes me worried about the structure of their events. With people in the space like MultiGP who have been doing timed races for over a year and many chapters all over the US, a lot of people are hoping The Drone Racing League doesn’t screw up potential investment opportunities for…

Quadcopter Surfing; A thrill or a horrible idea?

Quadcopter Surfing; A thrill or a horrible idea?  Yesterday I was cruising the canyons on one of those sunday-drive with no destination type of days. I stopped and found a few cool flying spots, but nothing beat the beach. I’ve flown at the beach before, but never with a mini quad so I naturally wanted to rip it up. I’ve never really had the trust in my solders and my equipment until now, where I have a trust with my equipment. This was filmed with the Immersion RC Vortex and a GoPro Hero 4.

XHover MXP180 FPV Maiden

The XHover MXP180 is quickly rising to the top of my favorite-to-fly list. It’s small footprint is a huge part of making me make that decision. If a 180 flies the same as a 250, why would I fly the 250? The 180’s size reduces chances of crashing in small gaps but still maintains the ability to carry a GoPro Hero4.

Drone Nation: An Inside Look into Drone Racing

Drone Nationals Live Stream @ Drone Dudes A Drone Nation; Something to be excited for, or extremely scared of? In this two part series Fusion TV takes you into the world of Drones to see who’s cashing on on this ‘gold rush’. 1st, we meet the Drone Dudes. Drone Dudes is a full service creative studio out of Downtown Los Angeles providing complete ground and aerial filmmaking solutions, as well as an online shop with expert help if your looking to get your own drone. If you haven’t checked them out before watch part one of Drone Nation. After, go to their website  and look at their work. It’s phenomenal. (Disclaimer: I might be a little bias, as I took the majority the…

Why FlyBi is Set Up For Failure

The FlyBi drone. At first I ignored this concept when I saw it about a month ago. I don’t understand who exactly FlyBi’s is trying to market to, which is a little off-putting. The company is using flashy words like “VR” and “Autonomous” to gain traction while sporting a very high promise of features mixed a very low project funding goal goal. I find it hard to believe they will deliver the on the features they are promising. I give my comprehensive review and explain why I think so. Lets take a look at the features FlyBi is promising. VR Glasses with Head Tracking   This is the first feature that I believe people will be let down by. They are promising a …

CAUTION: Risk of Jail Time For FPV Flights in Los Angeles

Want to fly FPV in Los Angeles? There is a new proposed ruling by the LA city council would completely ban all FPV flights including those done with a VLOS spotter and even in AMA sanctioned flying fields. If you are found flying FPV in Los Angeles you risk a $1,000 fine and/or 6 months in jail. Brendan Schulman, the Drone Lawyer, explains what the proposal would mean below. dronelaws @CineDrones @ericgarcetti Criminalizes children playing in backyards, doesn’t actually track FAA regs, outlaws the new drone racing sport… 10/15/15, 11:34 PM In the words of Mike Fortin, CEO of FAA Exempt filmmaking company Cinedrones, he states: “While I believe there should be rules and laws in place I feel as though the City of Los Angeles has…

Why The Intel Aero Is A Big Deal

This week in San Fransisco at IDF (Intel Developers Forum) Intel released their newest development platform, the Intel Aero. When thinking about drones and their uses, hardware is subjective. The aspect that makes the drone useful for different applications is the software that is paired with the hardware. Having a drone that you can fly is great. Having a drone that can fly its self and navigate obstacles while flying autonomously is a huge deal. The Intel Aero with Intel Realsense Technology will be the 1st open source Smart Vision development platform that is available to customers in an (almost) ready to fly package. (The Flight Control board is available now, with a RTF version coming before the end of Q4.) For reference, the DJI Matrice…

Getting Started in Drone Photography

In this article, I’ll share with you some of my experiences doing drone photography with my new flying camera. I learned on a DJI Mavic Pro, but the principles here apply to any newer camera drone as well. You’ll see how learning to use and fly a drone can help you improve all your photography as well. Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned: Learn to fly before you learn to shoot This means finding an open space and learning the controls well so don’t have to consciously think about every lever and button and what it does. You’ll have plenty of time for making photos later. Get the feel of the aircraft now. Visualize before you take off On the Mavic Pro, you get about 26 …

Mid-Air at the Beach

It isn’t all aerial imaging and crop surveys; sometimes, people use drones to do bad things. Through a partnership with DroneSec—a private drone security intelligence firm with offices in Australia and Singapore—RotorDrone Pro is able to offer these briefings regarding the nefarious use of small UAS worldwide. A Bad Day at the Beach Incident Type: Mid-Air Collision Incident Location: Punta de Tralca, Chile Aircraft Type: DJI Mavic 2 Pro Incident Resolution: Crew injured but safely landed aircraft, drone seized No one is more forceful than me in advocating for the safe use of drones. We must always make safety our highest priority, and avoiding potential conflicts with crewed aircraft must be a paramount concern within that overall goal. Punta de Tralca is a popular seaside resort town …

Augmented Reality: A benefit or a burden for drone operators?

The next time you are out flying, ask yourself: what am I looking at? According to a study by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, there’s a pretty good chance that it isn’t your drone—but augmented reality has the potential to help you do a better job of focusing on your aircraft, which is really important, as this excerpt from Part 107 shows: 14 CFR § 107. 31: Visual line of sight aircraft operation. A. With vision that is unaided by any device other than corrective lenses, the remote pilot in command, the visual observer (if one is used), and the person manipulating the flight control of the small unmanned aircraft system must be able to see the unmanned aircraft throughout the entire flight in order to: 1. Know the unmanned aircraft’s location 2. Determine …