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Think Outside the Box: 4 Fun Things to Do with a Drone

Drones have a lot of amazing uses, but that’s only for professional drone flyers, right?
Wrong!
Your drone flying skills aren’t limited to taking areal pictures or filming beautiful scenery.
There are a lot of ways you can get creative and take your hobby to a whole new level.
Keep reading below to learn four fun things to do with a drone.

1. Comforting Hospital Patients
There are people who have been living in hospice care, hospitals, or retirement homes who haven’t been able to go out in nature for a long time. This means they haven’t been able to visit or even see their favorite spots.
You and your drone can change that.
Volunteer your time to connect with some of these patients. Learn about the places they used to go or somewhere they had a special memory. This might include remote spots on the beach or their favorite spot in town.
Take your drone to these locations and use a camera to record video footage for the patients. This gives these patients the ability to relive their time in these spots with their friends and family.
2. Competitive Racing
Drone racing is a real sport. Don’t believe us? You can watch drone races on ESPN.
This is a competitive sport that’s growing in popularity. You can use your drone to join different leagues and show off your flying skills.
And don’t worry if you’re only a beginner. There are many different leagues to choose from.
Some of these leagues are designed for beginner or amateur flyers. Some leagues host professional racers. You can even enter your drone in an LED night race.
To qualify for competitive racing, you have to have the right drone that adheres to the right regulations. But if you have enough time and enjoy the hobby, competitive racing is something you won’t want to miss.

3. Disaster Relief
There are several different ways you can volunteer your drone to help with disaster relief. In fact, in many situations, drones have become a valuable asset for emergency services.
With proper permission, you can use your drone to search for missing people or deliver food and supplies to people in need.
But please remember, this is NOT something you can do on your own. You MUST get the approval of local authorities before you fly your drone near any disaster site.
If you don’t, you can get in the way (or even crash into) of actual emergency vehicles and prevent them from doing their jobs.
If you’re not sure on drone flight restrictions in your area, you must check a U.S. Air Space Map.
4. Flying for Scientifical Studies
Did you know you can help scientists with their important studies if you have a drone? Well, you can!
You have to modify your drone with high-resolution cameras or thermal technology. But once you make these changes, you can help scientist gather valuable information for their research.
Here’s a quick list of some of the ways your drone can help:
Keep track of drought conditionsConduct scientific surveysKeep track of pest infestationsTrack wildlifeTrack fire damage
And these are just some of the studies your drone can be a part of. Some STEM programs even offer workshops on ways you can use your recreational drone for scientific purposes.
This is a good way to use your flying skills to make a difference in your local community, or maybe even the world.

Fun Things to Do with a Drone
There are a lot of fun things to do with a drone that are both creative and unique. So, the next time you want to do some flying, consider volunteering in a research project or enter your drone into a competitive race.
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You’ve Seen Foldable Drones, But Never Like This

One of the more interesting recent developments in the consumer drone space has been the unprecedented rise of foldable drones. From cheaper models like the Zerotech Dobby to this year’s mighty Mavic 2, it seems that drones you can carry in your pocket are in high demand this holiday season, and it will be interesting …

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Ghana Lawmakers Approve Controversial Drone Deal

This week, Ghana’s parliament approved a deal that would spend $12.5 million (in USD) over the next four years to create a system of medical supply delivery to remote areas of the country using drones. The system will be implemented through a partnership between the Ghanaian government’s own Health Service and US-based drone company Zipline, …

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Best RC Planes For Christmas 2018 (RC Plane Gift Guide)

Here at Dronethusiast, there’s no denying that we’re big fans of the classic quadcopter. But unmanned aerial vehicles take all kinds of shapes and sizes, one of which is the popular RC plane. For those interested in this type of drone, we’ve assembled the 5 best RC planes for Christmas 2018, as chosen by our …

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Fly for Cheap: The 3 Best Cheap Drones for Beginners

Are you ready to unleash your inner drone pilot and take to the skies? You don’t need to drop hundreds or thousands of dollars to get a well-made quadcopter hobby drone. Check out the 3 best cheap drones for beginners.
What was initially purely for military use is now a toy for kids and adults. Outside of the military, drones are utilized by industries and private entities for a variety of applications. But the place where drones have made their biggest debut is with hobbyists.

What’s a Drone?
Drones are unmanned, and pilots operate them via remote control. Drones are called, by the FAA, unmanned aerial vehicles or unmanned aircraft systems. They come from generations of model airplane builders and enthusiasts, with roots in some of the greatest technological innovations of the 20th and 21st century.
Some hobbyists buy drones for the sheer enjoyment and challenge of piloting. Some amateurs and professionals seek the perfect shot by capturing spectacular high-quality photographs and video from an aerial vantage point. Or, maybe you want the drone that can win any race.
There are as many ways to use cheap drones as there are drone hobbyists.
Cheap drones are, either built for endurance or for speed. Most cheap drones don’t have GPS or wind-stabilization, but many have a built-in camera.
Most hobby drones are quadcopters, meaning the vehicle has four propellers. But, hobby drones exist with up to eight propellers-called an octocopter.
The 3 Best Cheap Drones for Beginners
The cheaper the drone the less functionality it will have. Most often, that means that cheap drones have a shorter flight time than expensive drones with better batteries.
Drones with the longest flight time, either are equipped with solar panels or several big batteries.
1. Tello Quadcopter Drone by Ryze
The Tello Quadcopter Drone by Ryze is the best cheap drone for beginner quadcopter pilot training. Just toss it into the air and start performing stunts and HD photography. This drone flies for up to thirteen minutes and includes an introduction to drone coding.
Newbies can get accustomed to piloting the drone in slow mode, and increase their speed gradually, over three-speed settings. And, the Tello Quadcopter Drone features dual antennas, for enhanced stabilization in the air.
The Tello Quadcopter Drone by Ryze (co-manufactured by world leader in high-end drones DJI) is an affordable model for serious beginner pilots, priced under $100.
2. SYMA X5C Quadcopter
If you want to get some HD pictures from an aviary angle, the SYMA X5C Quadcopter is the best cheap drone for pictures. This drone features the ability to do flips in the air with the press of a button. And, it boasts strong gyro control to resist strong winds.
You can fly for up to seven consecutive minutes, with 100 minutes of recharge time in-between. The fly-time to charge-time ratio is high, but it is very affordable, under $40.
3. Force1 U818A Discovery Quadcopter
If you are looking for the next level up in drone quality, check out the Force1 U818A Discovery Quadcopter. This beginner drone is on the high end of cheap quadcopters, coming in just under $100.
The Force1 U818A Discovery Quadcopter features a 4Gb micro-SD storage card to store the 720p HD photos it takes. It features a 6-axis stabilizing system for wind resistance, and it orients itself to your heads direction.
But, best of all, the Force1 U818A Discovery Quadcopter features up to 18 minutes of flight time, making it the cheap drone with the best battery. For about twice the price you get twice the flight time.
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Drone Footage Spots Shark Near Popular Beach

We’ve written before about the many surveillance companies that are hoping to use drones to track shark movements and spot sharks from the air before a rescue mission is necessary. But last week, a massive grey nurse shark was found not by a spotting company, but by a freelance photography drone owned and operated by …

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How Amazon’s Five-Year Drone Delivery Plan Failed

In December of 2013, Amazon CEO and wealthiest man alive Jeff Bezos gave a 60 Minutes interview in which he promised that the company would have drone delivery operations up and running within five years. “It will work,” Bezos promised at the time, “And it will happen, and it’s gonna be a lot of fun.” …

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Best Beginner Drone [Top 5 Beginner Drones]

Looking for the best beginner drones? You’re in the right place. Lots of people want to get into the drone hobby but don’t know where to start. Thanks to the recent explosion of the consumer drone market, there’s thousands of options out there and each one claims to be the best choice for first-time fliers. …

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The Best Drones With Cameras Reviews

ewsDrones with cameras have revolutionized the field of aerial photography. Getting that perfect bird’s-eye-view perspective in a photo or video is a lot safer when it doesn’t involve risking life and limb in an airplane or helicopter. Drones have also made it possible to get shots that are impossible for traditional camera setups – tilting …

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