Drones are fun… they make great gifts… and they are on sale this week!
Yes, drone discounts are still going strong and there are lots of deals online today. Here are our favorites:
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Drones are becoming increasingly popular, and sales more than doubled in 2016. Also known as Unmanned Air Systems (UAS) and Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV), they are cheap to buy and easy to fly thanks to improvements in technology. Most drones come in the form of Quadcopters or Hexacopters, but commercial Octocopters are also available. They have a range of practical uses from aerial photography to surveying in the construction industry. Whatever type of drone you fly, there are some important things you need to know.
1) There are laws to control flying of drones.
The rapid development of drone technology means some Governments and authorities have struggled to keep up, but most countries have introduced laws to control their use. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) governs drone flying in the United States. If you’re traveling to a foreign country with a UAV, always check what local laws will apply.
2) Drones present a real danger to manned aircraft.
Popular drones like the DJI Mavic Pro and DJI Phantom only weigh around a kilogram, but they are a danger to large aircraft if not flown responsibly. A UAV entering a plane’s jet engine or striking a manned helicopter’s rotor blades could cause a catastrophic accident. Flying near airports or in areas of regular manned aircraft activity must be avoided. There have been incidents of airports being closed down due to reports of stray drones in the area.
3) Visual contact must be maintained when flying an unmanned aircraft.
Modern drones have a range of several miles, but it’s very dangerous to fly them beyond visual line of sight. Most countries require that direct line of sight is maintained by law. So called ‘first person view’ (FPV) technology is popular in the world of drone racing, but this can only be used in strictly controlled conditions.
4) Drone pilots sometimes face hostility.
Even when flying legally, you should be prepared for hostile reactions. Concerns are typically around potential breaches of privacy, but some people just have a negative attitude to unmanned aircraft. Noise and fear of an accident are two other potential reasons why you may be challenged for flying a drone in public.
5) You must carry out research before traveling with a drone.
Airlines have introduced rules to ensure passenger safety when drones are carried on aircraft. The main concern is the batteries used to power unmanned aircraft, as these are potentially explosive. Always check before boarding a plane, and let the cabin crew know that you have a drone in your luggage. If traveling abroad, check that the country you are visiting allows the use of UAVs, as they are banned in some.
6) It may be worth investing in UAV insurance.
Even for experienced pilots, accidents can happen. Crashing a drone can result in expensive repairs. If it’s lost due to a ‘fly away,’ you’ll need to buy a replacement. The manufacturer DJI offers a ‘Care Refresh’ package to cover the cost of repairs or replacement for twelve months. State Farm, AIG and other large insurance companies also offer cover for drones. Liability insurance is another important consideration. If you damage someone else’s property or injure someone with your aircraft, Liability cover will pick up the costs.
7) You need authorization to use a UAV commercially.
If you use a drone for work or financial reward in the United States, you must have approval under the FAA’s Part 107 regulations. Part 107 sets out strict operational rules for commercial drone pilots. Obtaining approval under Part 107 includes passing an aeronautical knowledge test and being vetted by the Transportation Security Administration. Using a drone commercially without the FAA’s approval can result in fines and potential imprisonment.
Drones are great fun to fly, but it’s important to know the safety and legal aspects. Follow the tips in this article, and always consider the potential hazards of piloting unmanned aircraft.
The best way to prepare yourself for Cyber Monday and Black Friday is to see what happened in previous years. If you look online, you will come across scores of past drone deals. Let’s look at a few from 2016:
This is one of the most popular and sought after drones. It is normally priced at $1200 but on Black Friday it was offered at Best Buy for a discounted price of $1000. You therefore ended up saving a whopping $200 which is big money to say the least. You were getting a product which came with some of the best features and you were also buying a drone which would never crash or which would never get lost.
Being an entry level drone, this could be one of the best gifting options to children and youngsters. If you bought during Black Friday 2016, you got some great surprises. You would have probably got it at an unbelievable price of $369 against the normal price of $499. Yes you would have saved quite a bit on this drone which also has quite a few attractive and exciting features.
Amazon offered a discount on the Phantom 3 drone. Just a shade below Phantom 4, this would also have been a good buy both as a gift as well as for personal use. This also came with an attractive special Black Friday price tag of $799 against $1259 which effectively meant a saving of $459 and that certainly was a big saving!
These are just a few of the many such offers on drones that you could have come across during Cyber Monday or Black Friday. So, if you are a drone fan, it makes lot of sense for you to keep your eyes and ears open for such offers. Once you see a good deal, act fast because you can be sure that the offers will come and go much faster than you might have expected.
The following products always have great deals in November. Check them out:
Enjoy your shopping!