The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Drones

A comprehensive starter's guide to the hobby

Published February 14, 2017

There are more reasons than ever for getting into drone piloting. Whether you are interested in taking aerial photography, participating in FPV races, or simply exploring your surroundings in a unique way, there is something in the hobby for everyone.

But where should you start?

Whether you are still planning on which drone to buy, or are interested in learning what you need to do before takeoff, you’ve come to the right place. This comprehensive guide will help beginners choose a drone that best matches their needs, detail how to stay compliant with drone laws, and help beginners connect with the global drone community.

Selecting a drone:

There are several considerations to keep in mind when choosing the best drone for your needs. Drones come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes — and every type of drone has certain advantages and disadvantages. Newcomers are often understandably intimidated by the amount of information to sort through.

With some guidance, however, the process is simple. The articles below can help beginners determine what type of model to buy:

Are you more interested in speed, or tight controls? How much airspace is available to you? These are a couple of the questions that first-time buyers should keep in mind when deciding on whether to get a multirotor or fixed wing drone. Here, you can find a comprehensive explanation of the pros/cons of both varieties of UAVs.

Drone kits are sold in three varieties: ready-to-fly, bind-and-fly, and almost-ready-to-fly. The differences between these packages are not immediately clear to beginners. To learn which type of drone kit is best for your needs — as well what you need to do before takeoff — read this article.

Have you considered building your own drone? With the right tools and online resources, it is much easier than you might think. Learning the ins and outs of drones by creating your own can be an exhilarating experience. Read on to learn about all of the benefits of building your own drone.


What you need to know before takeoff:

After you’ve picked out the perfect drone, there is some information you need to know before taking it out for its maiden voyage.

In addition to learning how to properly maintain a drone, there are essential steps that new pilots should take prior to flying their drone in order to avoid future problems. These articles will help users find a supportive drone hobbyist community and remain compliant with the law.

Did you know that you have to register your drone with the FAA prior to using it? Or that there could be state or local laws that prevent you from using drones in particular areas? Here, beginners can find out everything they need to do to stay on the right side of the law.

While some people choose to pay for drone training when getting into the hobby, training is no replacement for the constant support of a hobbyist community. In this article, you can find a wide variety of resources. Among them are drone news sites, places to meet like-minded hobbyists, forums, and manufacturer support sites. These resources will keep you connected to a larger global community.

With this information in mind, you will be prepared to enter one of the most exciting hobbies around today. If you are interested in learning more about drones, continue reading at the Amain Hobbies blog.

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