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Best Drones by Category 2018

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Table of Contents Best 2018 Long Flight Time Toy Drone Best Professional Drone 2018 Best Long-Range Hobby Drone 2018 Best Small Drone 2018 Best 2018 Folding Drone

If you’re reading this, you’re probably interested in purchasing a drone. With so many options out there, it can be tough to decide what the best value is. Well, the best drones for 2018 are all right here.

Seriously consider the five top drones for each category mentioned in this article if you’re shopping for the best drone you can get! The top 2018 drones all combine great prices, expert craftmanship, durability and excellent features to offer a drone you can enjoy flying for a very long time.

Best 2018 Long Flight Time Toy Drone Altair Hornet 818 Plus

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The Altair 818 Plus quadcopter is a market newcomer, but it’s already set itself apart as one of the best. With a 15-minute flight time and an extra battery it you wonder why people buy other drones in its $180 price range that only fly for 5 to 10 minutes.

It has a range of 150 meters and 15 minutes is plenty of time to fly within that distance. It also includes a TF card that means that it can record video right out of the box, as opposed to similarly-priced camera drones (like the AA108.)

The Altair 818 Plus drone has all the features that make a drone flyable for beginners and an absolute breeze for experienced flyers.
There’s headless mode, which will prevent many a crash for new flyers, and low-signal and low-battery alarms to warn you before your drone becomes unresponsive to your remote control, or plummets out of the sky, which is one of the worst ways to crash.

It has a low, medium, and high-speed flying setting which allows for more options to suit different flying styles and goals and accommodates varying levels of flying experience.

It also has altitude hold, which is not only convenient for flying but makes for better footage. It comes with a 720P 120-degree wide angle camera and is first-person view enabled. Its rubber-damping camera decreases vibration for even more stable imagery. Combine that with its altitude hold feature and you get amazing footage and photos. Looking through its high-quality camera in FPV might just make you feel like you’re the one flying, and not just the drone.

Click To Shop or Read Reviews   Best Professional Drone 2018

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My favorite professional drone for 2018 is the highly advanced DJI Phantom 4 Pro. It has superior flying ability, with obstacle sensing in five directions that make it nearly impossible to crash. It’s remote comes with a mobile device holder to assist with its FPV capabilities.

It has a range of about 3 miles (people have flown it even farther), it can fly at up to 45 MPH while still being easy to control, and has a flight time of up to 30 minutes. It weighs just over 3 pounds, a testament to the power of its motors, and an indication of durability. It also has a return home feature that uses GPS, so if you lose track of it, it can find its own way back. And it comes with 8 extra propellers.

The best part of this drone by far is the camera which comes with a 16GB micro SD card. It has 20 megapixels and a massive 1-inch sensor. It has a mechanical shutter to eliminate the rolling shutter distortion that can happen when capturing images of fast moving objects. It has a 4k 60 FPS video camera for high video quality and the ability to capture magnificent slow-motion footage.

And last, but not least, it has a professional-caliber gimbal for guaranteed stable footage. This camera drone is the best drone for 2018 because it can produce beautiful footage and pictures that any professional would be proud of.

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Click To Shop or Read Reviews   Best Long-Range The Blackhawk Drone 2018

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For $129.00 you’re getting a killer powerful drone in the Blackhawk. Get super fast and free shipping when you order the Blackhawk from AltairAerial.com, or you can also see Best Price at Amazon. The Blackhawk is amore advanced level quad with 15-17 Minutes of Flight time and 300-500 Meter Range!

The best 2018 drone for those hobbyists who want to enjoy long range flight is BlackHawk Drone. It has a range of 300 meters. This is a $160 drone, which means its range blows away the competition in that price range. It also has a 15-minute flight time and comes with two extra batteries, allowing you to fully exploit its range, and enjoy it with friends and family who will all be able to take a turn flying it.

It will fly about as far as it can be seen clearly. It comes with LED lights which are beautiful at when you fly around sunset.
The controls are easy to learn and feature a high speed and low speed mode to accommodate flyers of all experience levels.

The Altair Aerial Blackhawk automatically levels in wind to maintain stability. This drone won’t crash often, but it has a sturdy build and consumers report that it holds up incredibly well in crashes, should you make a mistake. It comes with extra propellers too, a must-have because propellers are the most easily damaged part.

Ultimately, the BlackHawk has exquisite handling and highly responsive controls which makes for easy flying and allows you to do tricks like full 360-degree flips with ease. It really is a great value and one of the best drones for 2018.

The drone’s weight is well balanced for stable footage. It also flies extremely quietly for less vibration and better audio recording.

There is some assembly required for this drone but it’s easy and straightforward even for unexperienced people. It weighs 3.7 pounds and can carry up to 7 extra ounces of weight, which means you can attach a GoPro camera if you’d like to fly this drone with first-person view.

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Altair Aerial AA108

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I recommend the Altair AA108, my favorite small drone. It can be purchased for only $129 and has a lot of cool features. It’s durable and can withstand repeated minor crashes. It comes with a 120-degree wide angle, 720P HD camera that offers real time first-person viewing during flight.

The Altair AA108 is easy to fly and features headless mode, altitude hold, and a custom route mode, where you can draw a flight path on your smart phone and the drone will follow it!

It also offers three skill levels for flight, from 1 to 3, or beginner to advanced. The first level is very kid friendly, giving the opportunity to pass the passion for flight on to the next generation. It’s small enough to be flown indoors, allowing for fun on windy days or just when you want to conveniently fly in the comfort of your own home.

What makes the Altair AA108 one of the best 2018 drones is its long range and flight time. It can fly for up to 10 minutes and has a range of 100 meters. It also comes with a bonus battery so you can fly for even longer! Many drones in this price range offer only half the range and flight time. The Altair AA108 comes with an out of range alarm, an out of battery alarm, and an emergency landing function to prevent simple mistakes from becoming major crashes.

Click To See Best Price Best 2018 Folding Drone

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The best 2018 drone that folds up for convenient transportation is the DJI Mavic Pro. This drone sells like crazy for a ton of reasons. It can fold down to as small as a bottle of water and comes with a convenient carrying backpack. It has the extremely high quality and advanced technology you would expect from a DJI drone.

You can fly it up to 40 MPH or for up to 27 minutes, giving you the opportunity to get great footage, especially since it has a range of 4.3 miles! These numbers combine to offer opportunities that few other drones do.

It offers obstacle avoidance technology and sensor redundancies that increase the drone’s reliability and safety. The DJI Mavic Pro can see obstacle 49 feet away, which means it can safely fly at up to 22 MPH while automatically avoiding anything in its way.

Trust me, flying drones that prevent themselves from crashing is awe-inspiring and incredibly cool and this drone does it better than most other drones. It utilizes GPS technology for precise positioning and can be flown by phone via Wi-Fi. It can fly itself back to its takeoff point with amazing precision and maintain a stable hover on windy days.

The DJI Mavic Pro is one of the best 2018 camera drones because it is designed with aerial photography in mind. It features a “tripod mode” which decreases the max speed to 2.2 MPH and makes the controls less responsive, allowing for more precise movements when capturing footage, a very useful feature.

It offers 1080P HD video streaming and the camera is 12 Megapixels and can capture 4K video at up to 30 frames per second! The DJI Mavic Pro also features a gimbal for stable footage, a rare bonus for a drone so small.

DJI Mavic Pro

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$1,000 is Up for Grabs Every Week – AirVuz Drone Video of the Week Contest!

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AirVuz is the top spot for drone videographers to show off their work.  Show off your best with a chance to win $1,000 every week in the AirVuz Video of the Week contest!

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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$1,000 is Up for Grabs Every Week – AirVuz Drone Video of the Week Contest! was originally posted at https://dronelife.com/2018/04/08/1000-grabs-every-week-airvuz-drone-video-week-contest/ by Miriam McNabb

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The Alliance for Drone Innovation

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Manufacturing giant DJI has announced the launch of the Alliance for Drone Innovation (ADI), an effort to broaden the support for the goals of the former Drone Manufacturers Alliance originally formed 2 years ago by 3DR, GoPro, DJI and Parrot.

The new organization will address the same issues – but the coalition has now expanded to include suppliers and software developers of both personal and professional drones “as well as the innovative Americans who fly them for recreational, artistic, and business purposes,” says the Alliance.

Led by Jenny Rosenberg, former Department of Transportation Acting Assistant Secretary for Aviation and International Affairs, the group’s focus is on legislative and regulatory activity: matters of critical importance right now to stakeholders in the recreational drone industry.  Recent arguments over the repeal of Section 336 in the next FAA Authorization package – a move which would grant the FAA broad authority to impose laws for recreational drones – could threaten the growth of the sector.  Recreational drone manufacturers and advocacy groups are committed to keeping the law in place, which would mean that recreational droners do not have to get a Part 107 license or additional training to fly as long as they fly within the framework of a community-based flight organization, such as the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) or the Drone User Group (DUG.)

“ADI is focused on promoting innovation and the growth of the unmanned aircraft industry for both personal and professional use,” says ADI.  “…ADI promotes awareness among policymakers, media and the general public of how drones help society, ensuring that government policies allow everyone to achieve the benefits of safe and responsible drone flight.”

“We look forward to working with Congress, the administration, and other stakeholders on policies that promote innovation and allow the drone market to flourish in a responsible and safe manner,” said ADI Executive Director Jenny Rosenberg.

In addition to legal protections for recreational operators as mentioned above, the ADI supports a micro-drone classification exempting very small and lightweight aircraft from certain laws, and the preservation of FAA preemption.  FAA preemption refers to the idea that the FAA should maintain ultimate authority over the airspace, preventing state, tribal and local governments from passing their own drone laws.

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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TWITTER:@spaldingbarker

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The Alliance for Drone Innovation was originally posted at https://dronelife.com/2018/04/07/alliance-drone-innovation/ by Miriam McNabb

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Firefly Drone Shows: The Team Behind That Viral Video Expands Their Fleet

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Press Release: Firefly Drone Shows, founded by Kyle Dorosz and Ryan Sigmon, is expanding their fleet to 200 custom-built drones and booking for a variety of outdoor events this summer. They are the third company in the United States to gain approval for performing across the country, and one of the few in the world to also possess a night waiver from the FAA for drone shows. Routines are pre-programmed, choreographed, and automated by a computer to create any design imaginable in the sky. This level of customization makes light shows an ideal alternative to traditional fireworks for corporate, private, and special events.

Firefly recently made headlines in regional news outlets, including MLive and ABC 12, after a video of their first test performance, recorded by Grand Blanc resident Kaylin Adams, went viral. Dorosz was operating 30 drones at dusk, from Holly Cloud Hoppers flying field, which piqued the curiosity of Adams plus 10-15 other drivers who parked on the shoulder of the I-75 highway to safely view the synchronized light show.

Traditional fireworks are loud, costly, can be used only once, and emit various harmful toxins. Drone shows don’t leave a carbon footprint and can be executed repeatedly, something co-founder Dorosz believes will appeal to to eco-conscious industries including music and entertainment. “We are able to create bright, impactful displays in the sky without the significant pollution or steep costs generally associated with fireworks.”

A light show can last up to 20 minutes. However, additional drones can be launched to replace drones with depleted batteries, creating a seamless and continuous light show. Anyone attending a music festival, county fair, or corporate event this summer will be relieved to know that if they spot groups of lights performing mesmerizing routines, it’s likely a Firefly Drone Show at work and not a visit from extraterrestrial beings.

Firefly is currently booking summer events across the nation. View more of their shows, and follow along, on Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, or visit fireflydroneshows.com.

About Firefly Drone Shows

Firefly provides synchronized drone light shows for corporate and private events, as well as custom applications. One of the only FAA-approved companies in the world, Firefly offers the latest technology operated by the most experienced pilots.

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