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Long Range Drones – Now Affordable For Everyone!

When it comes to flying drones, one of the features that many enthusiasts look for is a long controllable range. Whether you are flying your drone as a hobby or doing it for professional purposes, long-range drones improve the whole experience by allowing you to access remote landscape and capture amazing footage.

Considering that many commercial drones will only offer a remote distance of about 30 meters, getting your hands on a long-range drone could prove to be a game-changer. Not only do you get to fly the drone further from the controller, but you can also reach greater altitudes.

Some good examples of long-range controller drones currently available in the market are the new DJI Mavic line of quadcopters.

Long Range Drones

DJI has always been a leader in the field of drone making; from their compact and lightweight quadcopters that are great for hobbyists to those with advanced features that any professional drone user will appreciate. As for drones with a long control range, the two models that stand out in their product offerings are the DJI Mavic Zoom and DJI Mavic 2 Pro.

There is more that unites these two long-range drones than separates them. One of the most notable features is the 8 miles of maximum transmission range that they offer you. This is quite a long distance when you compare it to the average drone in the market.

When you combine this with the almost half an hour of flight time, the potential of using these drones in the field is nothing short of endless. You’ll be in a position to capture long and amazing aerial footage of hard-to-reach landscapes and other activities you may want to.

This is what makes them some of the best long-range quadcopters you can find for your commercial endeavors. The main difference, apart from the price, has to be the quality of the camera units that these two drones come with.

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The two cameras are a world apart! While the Pro features a fixed lens, the Zoom has a variable lens to allow for more creative shots. It also boasts 4K resolution video shooting capabilities that any professional videographer will be glad to have.

But before you go out flying your newly acquired long-range quadcopter, you might want to interest yourself in what the law says about flying these air-bone machines. This is because according to the FAA, all commercial drone users are required to get a remote pilot certificate, which is more of a drone license.

This is an obligation of the Part 107 regulations established by the FAA in 2016, as a way of standardizing the level of proficiency and knowledge of commercial drone pilots. It also serves to put in place operational limits as far as drone flight is concerned.

Among the requirements for getting this drone license is passing the Part 107 knowledge test. This covers different aspects of drone flying such as relevant legislation, meteorology, drone operational limits, drone troubleshooting, aeronautical chart reading, etc.

But you don’t have to worry about the Part 107 rules if you are a recreational drone pilot. This is because they only apply to commercial drone users. However, you have to follow the “Special Rule for Model Aircraft” instead.

These rules are meant to ensure that drone flying is a safe activity. Overall, they are far less restrictive than the Part 107 rules.

Any drone that weighs between 0.55 pounds and 55 pounds needs to be registered according to FAA rules. This weight range basically involves all quadcopters that are designed for outdoor flight, including the small DJI Spark.

If you are looking to buy a drone that will spare you the trouble of having it registered, your best bet would be to get a nano-drone or mini-drone, designed for only indoor flight.

This registration system aims to ensure that anybody flying a drone will be accountable for their quadcopters in the event of an accident or any other related issues. Fortunately, the registration process is easy and quick, so it shouldn’t be a turn-off.

So, if you’ve been thinking of acquiring a commercial drone, then you should also include getting a drone license as part of your plans. There are numerous exciting models available for sale to the public, including the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic Zoom.

This post looks at the different long range drones available for the public. You’ll get to know about the licensing obligations for you to fly these commercial drones.

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