Drones are cool device, but what do you do with them? Do you just fly your drones over your properties, taking aerial photos and videos of them? There are other cool, fun and legal things you can always do with your drones.
Drones have become incredibly popular in recent years due to their ease of use. Since they are easy to use and can be controlled typically by anyone, this makes it easier for people especially hobbyist to opt for them either for personal use or just for fun.
If you want to explore other fun and safe things you can do with drones, here are five fun ways to use your drones:
1. Join a Drone Racing League
Joining a drones racing league can be of many benefits. Along with recreational clubs, there are flying clubs dedicated to racing. Joining this racing league will strengthen your experience on how to fly drones while competing with others on specially designed courses. Usually, drone racing league are found through universities or local flying clubs.
This drone races are mostly held indoors and feature a variety of obstacles. You may be required to fly through tunnels or under barriers as you race to the finish line against other drone pilots. You might not get to join some racing leagues in your area being intended for experienced pilots and may require modified drones. Nevertheless, you may also find other racing leagues designed for amateur that accept all types of drones.
2. Join a Flying Club in Your Local Area
Flying club often meet to fly drones and RC model aircraft. With the rapidly increasing popularity of drones in the recent years, you are probably unlikely to be the only person with a drone in your local area. Joining a local flying club is great way to meet other drone pilots within your neighbourhood. A flying club is also interesting for those who enjoy modifying or building their own aircraft.
This is also a good way to explore more about drones by being offer advice for DIY projects or even swap parts and also receiving help with repairs the next time that you crash your drone.
3. Take Aerial Photos and Videos of Your Hikes
Hiking trail is also a great place to take aerial photos and videos. Drone pilots often take their drones to hiking trails and large open parks to perform test flights in open areas. Most drones are equipped with a “follow me” feature, which helps in tracking your GPS coordinates from a transmitter or phone. You can set your drone to follow your GPS position, recording or taking photos of your hike as you walk your favorite trails. However, not every drone comes with the “follow me” feature depending on the type of drone you have. Taking short breaks during your hike to snap a few photos or record footage would be the only option.
4. Capture Footage During Special Events
Since you might have gained enough experience on how to fly drone from a flying club, racing league or probably subsequent personal trainings, controlling your drone in the air to take professional footage won’t be much problem. A drone allows you to capture special events from a different perspective compared to photographers or videographers on the ground. With your drone, you can capture the footage of event that people want to remember which might includes weddings, anniversary parties, award ceremonies, family reunions, surprise birthdays and the likes. And doing that could earn you some extra cash or you could also go into business for yourself.
5. Start a Freelance Aerial Photography Business
Starting this comes with a need of permit for commercial drone use from the FAA or other law agencies depending on your country of residence. To start a successful aerial photography business and make some cool cash, ensure that your drone is equipped with a high-resolution camera for high quality photos and videos. You may offer your services as a freelance aerial photographer to a real estate company which may use aerial shots to enhance their listings, a location scouts which may use aerial photography to gain a better perspective of a potential location for TV show or a movie and local governments could use aerial photography for surveying and tourism.
With these lists of five cool things you could actually do with drones, you would probably not go tiring piloting your drone.