Wondering About How to Start Flying or Racing Drones? Two Innovative Models to Consider

If you grew up with kites and gliders and model airplanes, but skipped diving into radio controlled planes, you have probably been eyeing the growing drone market and wondering if there is a way in.

That was me, and I was recently able to check out drones from both ends of the skill spectrum. Yuneec offers an entry level model, and Bolt has just launched an innovative model for the growing competitive racing sector.

Yuneec started out as a manufacturer of remote-controlled aircraft for model-making enthusiasts. The company was founded in Hong Kong in 1999 and produced the first commercially successful ready-to-fly fixed wing RC airplane. The company now holds hundreds of patents and employs nearly 2000 people in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Los Angeles and Hamburg. Intel recently invested in Yuneec.

I recently flew the company’s new Breeze, an entry level model. Out of the box, the time to successful flight was quite short. It is essentially a flying camera, controlled by either an iOS or Android device with the Breeze Cam app. It was a delight to see the view of the drone’s camera on my mobile phone screen, where I could capture aerial photos and video, the latter in sparkling 4K Ultra High Definition. I was soon able to master the five ‘task modes,’ ranging from ‘pilot’ (full control) to ‘follow me.’ Breeze has optical flow and infrared positioning sensors that allow it to hold its position both indoors and outdoors, making it safe for any occasion. The auto-landing and auto return-to-home feature provides newbies a sense of comfort as they earn their drone wings.

 Weighing only a pound and costing $450, the Breeze is a formidable player in the entry-level market.
The Breeze features infrared technologyThe Breeze features infrared technology

For those graduating to the burgeoning market of racing class drones, Bolt Drones Inc. offers an affordable solution. Built with carbon fiber, the Bolt offers first person view (FPV) piloting at a starting price of $150. The company’s Kickstarter campaignlaunches today.

I spoke with co-founder Vay Ho about his perspective. He explained that the radio controlled toy business transformed when the drone market exploded four years ago. Two years ago saw the birth of the new sport of drone racing, starting with YouTube videos and communities sprouting up. ESPN now broadcasts drone racing.

From: https://www.forbes.com/sites/bradauerbach/2017/04/24/wondering-about-how-to-start-flying-or-racing-drones-two-innovative-models-to-consider/#6d44cc397536