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Naming your drone business: here are the most common drone company names

Want to have a completely unique name for your drone company? Something along the lines of “Aerial Drone Media, Ltd.” probably won’t cut it.

Just for fun, the team at The Drone Girl analyzed the list of drone companies as compiled in the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority list of authorized drone service providers. We ran a count of the most common words that come up in company names.

The list has 4,141 businesses total, and no surprise, putting words like “aerial,” “media,” “drone,” “photography” and “services” will instantly make your drone company’s name pretty generic.

Here are the words used in the 50 most common drone company names, according to the list of companies authorized to provide services in the UK (ranked in order of most to least common): Continue reading Naming your drone business: here are the most common drone company names

What does the inside of a drone look like? Here’s a dissection of a DJI Phantom

Ever wonder what the inside of a drone looks like?

Southern California-based retailer Dronefly did a virtual drone dissection to show exactly what’s inside (click to expand the image size).

The dissected drone is a DJI Phantom 4, which was released in 2016 and was revolutionary for being the first consumer-grade drone to have a sensor capable of detecting obstacles and making decisions to autonomously fly around them. The DJI Phantom 4 drone only had a forward obstacle avoidance sensor, though most DJI drones today, including the new DJI Mavic Air, have a rear obstacle avoidance sensor as well. Other consumer-grade drones on the market today have evolved to have closer to a dozen obstacle avoidance sensors.

 

Related read: DJI Phantom 4 review: a drone light years in the future Continue reading What does the inside of a drone look like? Here’s a dissection of a DJI Phantom

Drone insurance: 5 options to protect yourself financially if your drone crashes

Drone insurance: do you need it? If you want to protect your own gear in the event of a crash, as well as protect yourself from liability in the event of crashing into something else (or someone else), then you do.

Unlike car insurance, drone insurance is not a legal requirement in the U.S. But, having it could save you a lot of headache later, should you be on the hook for something like your drone downing power lines, or just getting reimbursed for your own drone crashing into your pool.

And while you almost certainly want insurance for your business, hobby pilots should consider getting it too.

Here are 5 options for drone insurance targeted at hobby drone pilots:

  1. IDRA: The International Drone Racing Association (IDRA) offers liability insurance for drone pilots that has no drone limit, no deductibles, and worldwide coverage. The $1 million policy costs $265 annually and activates within 24 hours of purchase. The policy is valid for 1 year, covering all potential liabilities from recreational flying, racing, and training.

 

2. Equipment insurance through the manufacturer: Manufactures including DJI and Yuneec offer equipment insurance for an additional fee, beyond the standard warranty. DJI’s drone protection plan, DJI Care Refresh,  covers accidental damage for an annual fee. Fees vary by drone, but typically starts at around $100. Yuneec offers a similar warranty program called Yuneec Extended Service.

 

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2017 Cyber Monday drone deals: your buying guide to DJI, Yuneec and more

Looking to score some sweet Cyber Monday drone deals?

Here are my top 5 favorite Cyber Monday deals:

  1. DJI Phantom 4 (typically $1,199) for just $899 on B&H Photo Video, including free shipping and no sales tax in most states
  2. The first 50 orders on Nov 27th (PST) will win an $100 DJI gift card: (applicable on the purchase any of the below Black Friday deals from DJI)
  3. Propel’s Star Wars drone (typically $149) for just $99 on B&H Photo Video, including free shipping and no sales tax in most states
  4. AirHog’s Micro Drone Racing kit (typically $39.99) for just $20.50 at Amazon
  5. DJI’s spiffy new DJI Mavic Pro in the Alpine White color for just $1,049 (typically $1,999)

Looking for more? Here’s every drone deal you need to know about, sorted by drone, and then broken down by where to buy it:

DJI Mavic Pro vs. Spark: which is better?

Cyber Monday drone deals: DJI Spark

The DJI Spark is DJI’s smallest drone and perhaps its smartest, able to lift off from the palm of your hand and make a decision of where to fly based on your body movements. The drone is so wildly popular, it was even named one of Time Magazine’s 25 Best Inventions of 2017. The drone typically retails for $499, but it’s way cheaper if you buy it on Cyber Monday.

Great for: Beginners, Students, Travelers, and People who love taking selfies and group photos.

Buy the DJI Spark from DJI’s storePurchase the DJI Spark directly from the DJI Store, and you’ll save $100. Continue reading 2017 Cyber Monday drone deals: your buying guide to DJI, Yuneec and more

17 low-cost holiday gift ideas for the drone fan in your life

The following guest post was submitted by my friends over at AirVuz.

Do you have a friend or loved one who’s looking for a drone or some drone accessories under the Christmas tree this year, or stuffed into their stocking?

According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), more than 2.5 million drones are in our skies today, with an estimated 7 million drones in the air by 2020. Clearly, whether for fun or for commercial use, drones are becoming a regular fixture in our day-to-day lives.

So, if you’re looking for gift ideas for the drone enthusiast in your life, AirVūz, the world’s largest online community for drone videos and photography, has created the ultimate holiday gift ideas list. From small items to entry-level drones, the list offers a wide range of gift ideas to fit just about any budget.

dji mavic pro review drone girlStocking Stuffers ($5-$10 + small items)

●      Spare drone props (DJI Phantom 4DJI Mavic), $8 – for a pilot who already has a Phantom or Mavic drone but could always use some extra props.

●      Battery straps for FPV racing drone, – the perfect gift for the first-person view (FPV) pilot who loves drone racing.

Drone Gift Ideas Under $25

●      AirVuz shirts and hats, $20-$25 – with more than 1.25 million content creators and fans, AirVūz is the world’s most popular online community for drone enthusiasts. Time to join the fun.

●      1-year subscription (6 issues) to Rotor Drone Magazine, $19.99 – for those who want to read up on the latest drone products and news.

●      The flying Santa Claus drone, $24.99 – the perfect gift for people of all ages who love Santa and drones.

Drone Gift Ideas Under $50 Continue reading 17 low-cost holiday gift ideas for the drone fan in your life

Black Friday drone deals: your ultimate guide to deals at DJI, B&H and more

Is a drone on your Christmas list this year? Black Friday is offering LOADS of drone deals this year through stores including DJI and B&H Photo Video. You’ll save $100 on the wildly popular DJI Spark, more than $100 on my favorite pick, the DJI Mavic Pro, and you could even walk away with free extras like batteries, memory cards, landing pads and more.

Here are some of the deals you need to know about, sorted by drone, and then broken down by where to buy it:

DJI Mavic Pro vs. Spark: which is better?

Black Friday drone deals: DJI Spark

The DJI Spark is DJI’s smallest drone and perhaps its smartest, able to lift off from the palm of your hand and make a decision of where to fly based on your body movements. The drone is so wildly popular, it was even named one of Time Magazine’s 25 Best Inventions of 2017. The drone typically retails for $499, but it’s way cheaper if you buy it on Black Friday. Continue reading Black Friday drone deals: your ultimate guide to deals at DJI, B&H and more

Drones for real estate: here’s your getting started course

You’ve got the real estate license — now you want to get into drones too?

The Drone Trainer has launched a drone training course specifically for real estate agents, real estate photographers or existing drone pilots who want to break into the real estate industry to shoot aerial images and videos of homes and commercial spaces.

The Drone Trainer’s real estate course goes through important topics like site surveying, outbuildings, data management, clip selection and video editing topics like color correction and cutting.

*Note that to operate a drone for commercial purposes, you’ll need a Part 107 license. Here’s my guide to taking and passing the Part 107 course. Continue reading Drones for real estate: here’s your getting started course

What qualities to look for when buying a toy drone

Buying a low-cost, toy drone is going to be a different animal than shopping for a fancy camera drone.

When sorting through product descriptions, it’s easy to be fooled by words like “HD video” or “easy to fly” — essentially meaningless terms. HD (high definition) can be meaningless if the camera is only one megapixel, and easy to fly — well that’s relative.

Buying a drone from an established company like DJI guarantees high quality video and a relatively easy flight experience. But when you are spending less than $200 on a drone, you lose that guarantee.

Here are the things you should look for when purchasing a toy drone from an unknown manufacturer, according to Best Drones For Kids: Continue reading What qualities to look for when buying a toy drone