Quadcopter / August 10, 2018 / Sanni Pekkarinen
Bind-and-Fly on the other hand requires you to first bind the machine with its transmitter before taking it off ground. Such a machine is not meant for hobbyists as it requires a little assembly which only experts can handle. Similarly ARF or Almost-Ready-to-Fly aircraft require some sort of assembly before they could be used. These machines come with an instructions manual so that anyone could assemble it easily and quickly. They are perfect for expert pilots who already have the radio equipment (the transmitter and the receiver) and are only looking for other parts to complete the structure of their vehicles. All these UAVs are available off-the-shelf in the price range of $50 to $3000 and even more depending on their specifications model and overall design. Most quadcopters are very robust and durable and therefore they last for a long time if handled properly. Although these UAVs are considered friendly they do pose threat to public safety as they can mistakenly fly over private property and no-fly zones or collide with another aircraft damage something or crash land somewhere unknown. It is therefore advisable to follow the precautionary measures while flying these seemingly harmless quadcopters for the sake of fun in order to ensure safety.
Ready-to-Fly are the most commonly used UAVs among general public hobbyists and entrepreneurs. As it is clear from the name these types of flying machines do not need much assembly as they come equipped with the required functionality and you only need to put in the batteries and you are good to go. These RTF vehicle are designed to provide the user with many basic and advanced features which are quite useful for a number of applications. The latest quadcopters come with a 12 MP camera for taking excellent quality aerial photos as well as record 4K video. They also offer live HD video streaming on your smartphone or any other hand-held device. The newest ones are associated with a mobile app to give you more control over its functionality as well as use a flight simulator for learning to fly. The flight times vary from model to model but a fairly good quality quadcopter provides up to 30 minutes of continuous flight time.
These include high-power flight battery a powerful mobile app for Android devices or iOS GPS navigation including auto takeoffs and auto landings and a built-in safety database which contains a list of no-fly zones. DJI has put some restriction measures in place to prevent your device from being able to operate within a 15 miles radius of the White House. Also included in this no-fly zone are Arlington Silver Spring Prince Georges County Montgomery County and Falls Church. Your engine is automatically shut off once in this zone even though DJI does not warn you of this issue before making your purchase. However once you are out of the 15 miles radius your drone should work perfectly fine.