A good time to buy a drone...?

I don’t own a drone and have joined the forum to gather as much insight about the hobby as I can before deciding what (or if) I should buy.

With the new regulations coming out and certification of new drones uncertain, is now (or when Lockdown 2.0 is over) a good time to buy a drone. Or wait until the regs become clear and the drone manufacturers can produce compliant drones…?

Hi @couplands and welcome to GADC.

There are quite a few threads on the upcoming (maybe) EASA regulations

https://greyarro.ws/search?q=easa

Have a read, its very much swings and roundabouts at the moment as to when exactly the new regs will appear, but we sort of know what they will look like.

In a nut shell anythigng you buy now will still be able to be flown as a ‘legacy’ aircraft.

For the hobbyist not a great deal will change.

Best bet Mavic Mini, as it looks like its going to be the thing you can fly nearest to people and buildings without further qualification

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I’d say go for it as you might wait forever until the rules become clear. Stay within the drone code as it is now as much as you can but above all be sensible and assess what the worst case scenario could be e.g. if the drone develops a problem. Get some third-part insurance - there’s 2 or 3 options available at reasonable prices - just Google it. This should cover you if your drone does some damage to some thing or someone.

In terms of busy-bodies having a go whilst you’re flying my advice is something I hear someone say on a YouTube channel… “Fly it like you stole it”. This means, don’t make your flight like having a picnic. I’ve seen people on YouTube getting a table and chair out, laying everything out with tools, spare props, batteries etc. If you want to minimise any confrontation then get everything ready to fly but keep everything else packed away ready for a quick getaway. As soon as you land and have got the footage you’re after then get the hell out of there!. If someone does approach you looking for an argument just say “sorry, ok I’m going” and leave - there is never any point engaging with such individuals as they always think they know the rules and you will never convince them otherwise (and let’s face it who cares?). Of course if you do fly perhaps outside the strict letter of the rules, then don’t post the footage on YouTube. There are hundreds of busy-bodies willing to have an argument and threatening to report you. You only have to look at some of the posts on this forum to realise there’s a fair few on here as well.

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Whatever you buy will be superseded by a later model six to twelve months down the line. It’s the same with ,any consumer goods. A medium price drone that you buy now will be perfectly capable of manual or autonomous flight and will take perfectly good stills and video. When the new model comes out it will have a couple of new features - it’s up to myou thewn whether you buy into needing the latest shiny or if you stay with a tried, tested and familiar aircraft.

As for lockdown 2.0 my understanding, gleaned from a radio $ discussion, is that you can go outdoors both for exercise and for recreation, meeting one other person not of your household. So you can go and fly solo or in the company of someone else who is interested in fligfht.

Buy now and enjoy while you can!

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Any time is a good time. The problem is there’s never enough time.

And yes, I do have a problem. One which has been well documented on here :crazy_face:

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I think given my lack of experience, a Mavic Mini (used) would be a good place to start. It’ll let me do what my skill level is suited to and won’t be a disaster if I a) lose interest, b) can’t fly c) decide I really like it and want to buy something better…:crazy_face:

You and me both.

My name is Robert and I’m a droneaholic :frowning:

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Hi Simon,

As has already been said, there will always be rule tinkering and model updates and like all tech, prices of older models fall as new stuff emerges.

I suppose it always depends on what you want to do, what features you need (or fancy) and how much you want to pay.

There are many great drones available with superb tech providing a hugely enjoyable flying experience and brilliant video and photo recoding. I went for a second hand Mavic 2 Pro though I must admit the camera can record at high def resolutions our telly can’t even handle - so I could have saved cash by buying something with less tech that would have been perfectly fine (though I’m glad I didn’t as I love the kit).

If you do decide to take the plunge, try to get the best you can afford which meets all your needs and remember that a battery charge will only give you 25mins flight (or so), so add-ons (like the fly more sets) with extra batteries are really essential. Likewise add in the cost of a decent case and make sure you have a phone or ipad which is suitable for use with the drone.

There is loads of advice available on here so just ask if there’s anything else you need clarified.

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