Getting Into Drones

Drones are becoming a hugely popular form of recreation with new models becoming available all the time from toys for children to fully functional aerial photography machines. In this blog, we’ll look at some of the types of commercially available drones.

What are drones?

Drones is a catch-all term for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). They are generally built for recreational purposes but can be used to carry cameras for videos or still photography, to inspect bridges, track wildlife or a wide variety of other purposes. These machines are controlled from the ground using a control unit. Most drones will only be able to fly for minutes with some not being able to fly for more than 10 minutes while others can fly for upwards of 30 minutes. The difference in price will normally reflect this operating time.


Types of drone

There are thousands of designs of drones that are available commercially but here are some of the most popular types:


These are the most popular type of drone is a quadcopter, which is a helicopter that uses 4 rotors in a square pattern to provide lift and control when in the air. These are generally powered by battery, so you will be limited to how long you can fly by the capacity of the battery


GPS Drones

GPS drones us the GPS system to take note of their location including their point of origin (where the drone started it’; flight from). In the event of your drone leaving your control reach or starts running out of power it can automatically return to its point of origin.


Ready to Fly

Ready to fly drones are the easiest for people new to drone flight. This type of drone will be ready to fly from the box after its battery is charged. These are the easiest type of drones to learn how to fly.


Trick Drones

Trick drones are smaller toy type drones. These are generally small and weigh a few ounces and reach a maximum size of around 25cm. These are a good introduction to the world of drones.


Helicopter drones

This type of drone uses a single rotor and is effectively a remote-control helicopter. This type is easiest to land and to keep hovering in a single location.


Legal requirements – Rules for flying drones in the UK

  • Keep your drone in your line of sight and at a maximum height of 400ft (122m).
  • Make sure your drone is within 500m from you horizontally.
  • Always fly your drone well away from aircraft, helicopters, airports and airfields.
  • If fitted with a camera, a drone must be flown at least 50m from a person, vehicle, building or structure not owned or controlled by the pilot.
  • Camera-equipped drones must not be flown within 150m of a congested area or a large group of people, such as a sporting event or concert.

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