Flying kites is fun, especially if you make one from scratch with your kids. This can help teach the principles of flight. It is interesting that the history of kite flying traces back to eastern China, and that the latest technological advancements in drone flight are coming from China as well. However, the first consumer drone that came to market was from Parrot, a French company, that was brought to market in 2010. Yes, kite flying is fun, but flying a drone with a camera is phenomenal fun for kids.
Choosing a Kid-Friendly Drone
The FAA rules are that any drone 8.8 ounces or heavier must be registered, and it must be flown according to FAA rules. This includes always having your drone within your visual line of sight and using a spotter if you are using FPV (first-person view) goggles. If you want to bypass all FAA rules, then get a drone under 8.8 ounces or only fly indoors where no FAA rules apply. This way, your kid cannot inadvertently be in violation of any federal flight rules. However, if your kid is the responsible type, all drones that you own that require it can be registered directly with the FAA for one fee of $5.00.
Your First Drone Should Be Easy to Fly
If you are just in the initial phases of considering what type of drone to buy, you should read up on the available technologies. You will discover that a slightly higher investment in your drone purchase can give you an incredible advance in drone flight technology. Here are a couple of drone technology terms to familiarize yourself with that make flying one easy and fun.
- Automatic Return-To-Home – If your drone loses its connection to the remote, it flies back to its takeoff point.
- Automatic Takeoff and Landing – Not absolutely needed for first-time fliers, but it can be useful.
- Headless Mode – Will fly in the direction you move the control stick no matter which way the aircraft’s nose is pointing.
- Low-Battery Return – Automatically returns your drone to the takeoff spot with enough reserve power to land.
- GPS – Uses Global Positioning System to map takeoff point, to hover and to determine altitude.
- Altimeter – This is a pressure sensor to aid in hovering as well as determining altitude.
- Gyro – Stabilizes your drone for hovering, and eliminates wobbly flight characteristics.
Consider Battery Life
Some micro-drones only fly for five minutes before needing their built-in battery pack recharged. This is okay if you have more than one drone to fly or if the drone recharges fast. However, a drone that has battery technology that allows longer flight times—some fly for 30 minutes—or allows you to just pop in another fully charged battery to keep flying is much more fun. Take a look at the specs for the drone you and your child are interested in to see if it supports easy-to-swap batteries as well as how long you can fly with one battery. Pick up a couple of extra batteries when you are looking for drones for sale to be able fly as long as you wish.
The options are practically endless when it comes to drones. It is much easier for first-time fliers to manage a drone that will hover in place with no stick input. This allows the pilot to relax and consider the next move without worrying about which way the drone is traveling. A switch or button that automatically brings your drone back to the takeoff point is also very helpful should you lose sight of it in the open sky. This technology helps prevent lost drones and lets you fly without worry. Your kids will probably end up being better drone pilots than you, but make it easy for them to have fun when they first start to fly.
Have you ever considered flying a drone with your kids?
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