Getting Started in the World of Drones

No matter how popular drones are in the civilian world today, there are those who still have vague ideas about drones and drone flying. Fear or mistrust for drones and what they can do lie behind some misconceptions.

For example, here the two biggest myths that people should learn to overcome in order to appreciate the real benefits of drones: “UAVs are only used for spying on innocent people or used as killing machines.” and “UAVs are toys.”

In fact, drones are useful in many different fields, which include “search and rescue, surveillance, traffic monitoring, weather monitoring, geographical mapping, agriculture and firefighting. […] Potential applications for personal drones include home security, child monitoring and the creation of virtual tours, among a great number of other possibilities.”

DJI Mavic 2 Pro, one of the best drones in the market todayDJI Mavic 2 Pro, one of the best drones in the market today   Photo by Bram Van Oost on Unsplash


Aside from those mentioned above, drones are common among photography/videography enthusiasts, whether as personal hobby or for professional/commercial use.

Just as there are a variety of uses for drones, there are also different kinds of drones. “The drone market is divided into 2 main domains. There are the high level, enthusiast grade drones like the DJI Phantom 4, and the DJI T600 Inspire 1, and then there are cheaper options. The low-end drones, AKA toy drones, cost way less than what you’d expect to pay for a DJI Phantom 4, or other drones of similar class. Still, they can offer some irresistible fun.” Read more here, as well as this to see the best drone cameras (10 in each list) to buy in 2019.

For you who want to get into this exciting world of drones, you may ask which drone is best for you. “With so many purchase options, it’s important to know (or at least have an idea) of what you want to use your drone for. Are you interested in aerial photography or do you just want to stunt through the park? […] What’s more important to you, an aircraft with a built-in camera gimbal or the ability to perform pre-programmed barrel rolls?” Read more here to find out.

The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) lists down different classifications of drone users. Among these are the recreational fliers and modeler community-based organizations. According to FAA, “you are considered a recreational user if you fly your drone for fun, as a hobby. It is important to know when and where you can fly and how to register your drone.”

Other drone users as classified by FAA include:

  • Certificated remote pilots including commercial operators
  • Public safety and government users (such as, law enforcement)
  • Educational users
  • Advance operations users

FAA gives safety tips as well as the rules to follow in flying a drone depending on one’s mission or purpose.








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