If you thought the technology in the computer industry evolved fast, the drone industry is evolving at lightning speed. Just when you think you have the latest and greatest on paper and ready to purchase, that model of drone is no longer in production and a new model is coming out. The sensors from last year that cost over $10,000 now cost less than $1,500.
There is a bright side to all this technology that may interest you. Ready for this? it’s the mobile App market industry. A mobile app is a software application designed to run on mobile devices such as smartphones. There are plenty of drones to choose from now, and the number of apps to enhance those flights is also growing, including apps that tell you where you can’t fly as well as apps that give you better control over your drone.
Take a moment and type the word ‘Drones’ into the App marketplace and see what pops up. Many are designed to sharpen your skills in operating drones. Yes, they do look like games and they are for the most part. But so was the small toy remote control quadcopter you bought a few years ago. As with any App, you take responsibility of operating your drone in your own hands. While many have been BETA tested to improve operations, there are some that will always have issues which could create fly-aways or just drop out of the sky. The bottom line is to always practice using whatever system and App you’re working with. While some, like Pix4D, allow you to fly the drone with virtually no fingers on the control, it’s always good to be ready for the unexpected.
It’s no different with pilots flying larger airplanes. While the planes are outfitted with cruise control and the plane pretty much flies itself, it’s always good to know the emergency procedures in case you must take measures into your own hands. Nothing is fool-proof in the age of drone technology.
One App, that provides great information to help you operate your drone is https://www.uavforecast.com. It provides flight weather, solar activity that can affect your flight, a map that describes where you can and CAN’T operate a drone. It’s free for the current forecast but if you want to see a 7-day forecast, it will cost you $1.99/ month – well worth it.
Many third-party Apps (Apps that are not made by the drone maker themselves) are quite innovative and it’s just the tip of the iceberg with new drone apps coming out daily….and updates coming out almost weekly.
Fly safe. Have fun and enjoy this new technology!
If you are interested in getting your drone license, Certified Training Institute offers an FAA Remote Pilot in Command Certification Exam Prep Test course. This online course will prepare you for the FAA Remote Pilot in Command Certification Exam that you need to pass to fly your drone (sUAS) for commercial or business purposes.