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Anyone into Drones?

I know there was a discussion some time ago about rc planes and drones and the people who fly them..L

Im looking at the Traxxas ATON plus for the purpose of throwing a go-pro on there and getting some family videos, maybe some cool off-roading shots, etc.. Anyone have any thoughts? Seems reasonably priced at 400 bucks (minus go pro) .. I have run traxxas trucks for years and they have been pretty reliable so thats why I am leaning towards Traxxas instead of other, admittedly fancier models on the market.
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No, but I am going to watch for the responses. I am a commercial and industrial real estate appraiser, and it's only a matter of time that I should be taking a closer look at those roofs I can't get up to, or some large tracts of land that are not completely accessible on land. I am about to read an article on how the FAA is backing off on needing to have a standard pilot's license to use them commercially, even if you are staying below 500' ASL. Saw an article the other day about the GoPro Karma which runs for around $1,000.

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No, but I am going to watch for the responses. I am a commercial and industrial real estate appraiser, and it's only a matter of time that I should be taking a closer look at those roofs I can't get up to, or some large tracts of land that are not completely accessible on land. I am about to read an article on how the FAA is backing off on needing to have a standard pilot's license to use them commercially, even if you are staying below 500' ASL. Saw an article the other day about the GoPro Karma which runs for around $1,000.


Don't waste your money on the GoPro Drone........https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M5AWEP1..._t3_B01LYBWQ23 ..The more expensive packages has extra batteries and stuff.

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Don't waste your money on the GoPro Drone........https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M5AWEP1..._t3_B01LYBWQ23 ..The more expensive packages has extra batteries and stuff.
If I read right, the go pro has been having issues falling out of the sky.. I believe the Mavic pro doesnt have the remote with it, its extra?
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Don't forget to get your license.

Remember, there are toys, there are hobbys, and there are professional.

If you are going to get bored in 2 weeks, get a toy.
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Don't waste your money on the GoPro Drone........https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M5AWEP1..._t3_B01LYBWQ23 ..The more expensive packages has extra batteries and stuff.
DJI is the brand for sure.
I prefer the video from the Phantom 4, personally, but the Mavic is a great product.


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Didn't we just elect a handful of them last week?
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Didn't we just elect a handful of them last week?
Correct I think the Dems gained 2..

So according to my friend who owns an aerial survey company for the last 20 years..
1. you can only fly them on private land and with the property owners permission.
2. not supposed to cross any access points, so roads, trails, etc..
3.I think he said limited to 400'
4. cannot film ANyone other than those who gave permission or its up to a 5K fine per person
5 public places like beaches , parks, ball fields, etc are off limit unless rules are expressly written to allow them.

So Basically it's it pointless unless you go full out and get a license to do so..
How strict laws are enforced are key and they seem fairly lax in a lot of areas especially when you view you tube videos.

I have lost interest.
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Check out the Hubsan h502e About $100. Great for your first Drone.
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Ron, that's not all incorrect but your friend gave you some bad/incomplete info. Some of that may be true where you are, but all of it is certainly not true everywhere.

Here's the actual FAA rules that apply everywhere are here, and you can get a professional license for a trival investment if it's important to the operator.
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Ron, that's not all incorrect but your friend gave you some bad/incomplete info. Some of that may be true where you are, but all of it is certainly not true everywhere.

Here's the actual FAA rules that apply everywhere are here, and you can get a professional license for a trival investment if it's important to the operator.
My understanding is new rules went into affect in august, that is dated June?
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This is the ruleset that was adopted Aug 1. See here.
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After doing a quick once over of the above link to the FAA's stipulations I came across this declaration;
PLEASE NOTE: You DO NOT need a Remote Pilot certificate if you are only operating your drone for hobby or recreational purposes.

So unless you're a realtor or suchlike then it's "carry on as normal" & enjoy your droning!!!
That was listed as a June article, new stricter laws came out in August. And the filming, which is what i'm really interested in has rules as well.
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If you're familiar w/ the process of federal rulemaking, there's always a period of proposed rules, a period of public comment, a reevaluation period, a posting of the new rules, and then a deadline for the new rules to start.

The rules I listed ARE the new rules. Google "FAA Drone Regulations" and it gives you that page. Those are the MOST RECENT rule set.

They DO apply to amateurs BUT you can certainly cross roads and such and you don't need the special COMMERCIAL license if you're not charging for it.
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Well l'd advise you to do some online research if you're so worried about it all...................
It is not a 'worry about it' or not, item. Do you have a motorcycle endorsement on your license? Or are you not worrying about it.

Flying a drone is a privilege, not a right. There are privacy concerns, interference with traffic in the air and on the ground, etc.
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If you don't want to spend money repairing your drone, start off with real flight simulator and learn how to fly. $175 investment in learning controlled flight.

The more sensors on board the easier the drone will be to control because the flight computer can take advantage of the sensors for stable flight.

You can also get mission planner to create profiles for way point navigation.
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