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  • Hello,

    Thanks, that was a great video.When I'm also looking for drone then I'm also a little bit confused regarding drone that which type of drone I should prefer.The first problem is budget because during learning phase drone get crashed so during  a selection of drone in beginners level prefer low budget drone or quadcopter. During search of drone, I found a blog URL I'm sharing a URL, please go through it and read it first before buying a drone.


    I have placed your video here on my quadcopters are fun sites quadcopters page.

    I think that is the appropriate spot, if you have anything you would like me to add, please let me know.

    Best Regards,


  • Gary no problem, I think we're on the same page and again, thank you for all of your contributions, it's what has gotten many of us where we are today.

  • Sorry,

    It was probably excessive.

    I'm just trying to promote a positive initial experience so that you can get you to the point where you can actually fly a quadcopter with the least expense and danger to yourself or anybody else.

    Neophytes with Phantoms are the biggest danger to us all right now re the FAA and bad publicity, due to stupid acts and unsafe practices.

    The only reason that privately held guns have survived is because of the efforts of the NRA and reasonable training and public information programs.

    The same is going to be true for us in the not so long run.

    I actually think the Phantom is the perfect "main" quadcopter for a lot of people, but it's biggest problem is just how easy it is for a neophyte to get it airborne.

    Unfortunately it is a long way from there to knowing how to fly safely and responsibly and where it is reasonable and acceptable to fly for that matter.

    And there is a huge information gap there.

    I basically agree with your assessment that people need to take responsibility for their own actions.

    But in this case, very often they are getting a very sophisticated, complicated and potentially dangerous tool.

    Which often comes without instructions or with an instruction sheet that is no where near up to the task of adequately informing them of reasonable and safe operating procedures and methods.

    Kind of like handing a loaded 45 to a 5 year old - bang, bang.

    BTW I wrote a lot of what is currently in the DIYDrones wiki and may well be the person who first coined the term "flying lawnmower".

    I love UAVs and quadcopters in particular and I feel very privileged to be able to fly them.

    I really want to see our hobby - passion - mania survive which is why I have put together my no profit Drones Are Fun, Quadcopters Are Fun and Multicopters Are Fun Web Sites promoting safe and reasonable use of all forms of UAV.

    Best Regards,


  • Somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed, or maybe you are always like this but anyhow, I'm not pushing anything on anyone just trying to answer a very common question asked.  People need to be responsible for themselves and their own actions.  This goes for life in general.


    What you are actually talking about is position holding capability in a wind.

    I will certainly grant that a number of the featherweight Horizon and Traxxas copters do a really bad job of that, however they also come with instructions that clearly illuminate that fact and tell you to use them indoors or only in windless conditions.

    However a number of them like the Hubsan X4 and UDI818A can certainly handle light winds very comfortably and don't break when they crash, which you do when you are learning (a lot).

    I think based on the real and perceived safety aspects alone future multicopters - quadcopters will be going to very small frames even for photo, video and FPV use.

    The main thing that is going to keep the current Draconian regulatory trends from burying us completely will be our ability to produce tiny but very capable quadcopters that are just so intrinsically non-dangerous they simply can't be regulated out of existence.

    The Blade 200 QX is the harbinger of future quadcopters for non-commercial use.

    It isn't there yet, but it points the way.

    The Phantom, Iris and all the quadcopters that can haul a GoPro on a gimbal are simply too large and potentially dangerous to continue.

    But if you think about it, the Ambarella A9 chip camera inside the GoPro 4 Black is actually a tiny thing and built into a dedicated purpose designed brushless gimbal with outputs to an SD card recorder and FPV transmitter could be cut from over a pound for camera and gimbal to a couple ounces.

    No loss of capability in a tiny package that weighs a very small fraction of the current one.

    All at once a sub 1 pound brushless quadcopter maybe with real lithium 18560 type batteries for decent endurance becomes feasible.

    In any case, off topic, I just strongly believe that purposely selling full sized (Iris and Phantom) quadcopters to first time buyers is irresponsible based on real safety issues alone.

    I would also guess that Corporate Insurers will figure this out eventually as well because there is bound to be a presumed liability.

    Best regards,


  • Gary, I wanted to also thank you for your contributions to our hobby and your websites.  I have added a link to your site in my video description.

  • Gary,

    I never said people should buy a larger quadcopter because they were easier to fly in fact just the opposite.  My comment was targeted towards John's above in that I've had many people come to me and say I went to the local hobby shop and bought this little "XYZ" copter, took it outside and it was all over the place and then flew away in the wind.  In those cases, a GPS position capable copter gives them a chance to reorientation themselves and recover the aircraft.

    A GPS enabled copter should never take the place of proper training or simulator time and like I said in my video, go out and get some help and DON'T buy a $1200 copter if you have no experience.

  • @ AKRCGUY,

    I completely disagree about sub $500.00 quadcopters being less stable.

    A GPS doesn't actually do much for increasing stability and many of the small cheap toy quacopters are easier to actually fly than any of the bigger ones.

    To say nothing of the non-existent potential for disaster.

    One of the biggest problems we have today is people who know nothing at all about quadcopters going out and buying a Phantom because they are told they are easy to use and then basically doing everything they can to bring the FAA down on all our heads because they know absolutely nothing at all about how to fly responsibly.

    They are a danger to themselves and everybody around them and definitely to the community as a whole.

    Something that weighs a few ounces is a lot better to learn on than something that weighs a few pounds (and a hell of a lot cheaper in parts you don't have to replace when you crash).

    I truly believe promoting full sized quadcopters for first use over small safe "toys" is irresponsible and speaks more to making a profit than in doing what is right for the customer, the public or the community.

    And if you want something really small that can fly in any level of acrobatic capability that you might want - get a Blade 200QX.

    Best Regards,


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