Ten Benefits of Flying Quadcopters

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It's all about Fun, Flying, and Photography

There are all kinds of reasons why people buy a quadcopter and learn to fly one.  For some it’s simply the pleasure of flying a radio controlled aircraft while others are inspired by the possibilities of aerial photography.  Here are ten benefits of flying quadcopters that spring to mind.  You might have other reasons so feel free to let us know what you love about this sport.
  1. Accessibility.  18-80, just about anyone of any adult age and ability can fly a quadcopter.
  2. Affordability.  There are quadcopters to suit a range of budgets and a well maintained quadcopter can last for years.
  3. Sociability.  Once you start flying you’ll inevitably meet others who fly them or who are interested in learning more about them. You’ll find these people at your local BMFA affiliated RC club and online in forums where there is daily chatter about all aspects of quadcopter flying.  People love to chat and share tips and experiences. Pretty soon you will have learned some of the new terms associated with drone flying and talking like an old hand and sharing experiences of your own.
  4. Fresh Air.  For some it’s the golf course or some other sport that draws them away from the desk, but quadcopter flyers seek and find open spaces and wide open skies in which to practice, and this sometimes means walks in the countryside to the take-off point.
  5. New Perspectives.  Familiar sites and landmarks we take for granted are seen anew when you fly a camera around it and observe it from 100ft.
  6. The Bigger Picture.  The civilian drone market is growing rapidly and many of those who are part of it feel as if they are pioneers at the start of a technology change which will have as big an impact on our lives and in the world of commerce as mobile phone technology has had over the past 30 years.
  7. Create The Future.  With the technology still in development there is plenty of scope for multirotor pilots to experiment and invent new ways of using the physical components, the software, and the photography.
  8. The Pleasure of Learning.  Thought quadcopter flying was just about RC flying?  Think again.  You will also learn about aviation, meteorology, photography, video editing, GPS,  to name a few.  Entering the world of this channel of aviation is passing through a doorway to a large and every changing arena.
  9. The Pleasure of Sharing.  Search YouTube or Vimeo for “DJI Phantom” and you’ll find thousands of clips uploaded by enthusiastic flyers experimenting with flying and filming.  You too can enjoy the practice of aerial photography and develop editing skills to produce good quality short films to share on social media.  Impress your friends and enjoy explaining how it was all achieved.
  10. Career Prospects.  Turn your recreational flying into a career.  With practice and dedication you could obtain a BNUC-s or RPQ-s licence within a few months.  It’s easier to learn when you love what you do and those who have followed this path are now gainfully employed by the growing number of companies who need qualified and experienced sUAV Pilots for research, surveying, agriculture, environmental studies and many more tasks.  It is estimated that commercial and civilian drone flying could form 10% of the aviation market within a few years.  You too could be part of this new market either as an employee, a self employed sUAV Pilot, or running your own business.
Footage filmed with a DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus
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It's surprising what even an amateur with little experience can achieve.  This short video was shot with DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus which captured about 20 minutes of footage. This was then edited down and a free backing track added using software that cost about £50. The Vision+ has a 3 axis gimbal that keeps the camera steady, even in a breeze.
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