INTRODUCTION

All pilots love an awesome view from above, that’s one of the reasons we become pilots. I recently started flying in Papua and some of these runways are just too awesome not to share! This is why I went on the hunt for the best bush pilot drone.

The problem comes when trying to get a picture of these runways, you can try take one when you’re a passenger coming into land but that does not happen too often. You can try take one when you’re on final approach, but that’s just plane dangerous (shocking pun, I know) and you don’t get a pretty picture of your aircraft on the runway.

The solution : Use a drone! After a few weeks of not quite getting the right  photo I wanted. I decided a drone was the way to go. The drone I picked was the DJI Spark and here are the reasons why.

Pilot Drone Pros

PROS

Size

It is absolutely tiny, it fits in the palm of your hand. Yes yes, I know you can get the Mavic but can it be charged by a power bank or the cigarette lighter of your plane? This was a major draw card for me.

No Controller needed

This little Spark can be controlled with just your phone or tablet, something you’ll have on you anyway. With the Mavic you’ll need the controller, which adds to the weight of what you will be carrying.

Price

After spending so many dollar dollar bills on my pilot license being able to spend 500 USD on a drone that can do all that I want it to is quite handy. I did consider the Xiro Xplorer but this just ended up being far too big for me to carry. When you’re overnighting with your headset bag, lunch bag and overnight bag, you don’t really want to be adding another bag just for your pilot drone.

Upgrade-able

I am also a novice with flying drones so I wanted something that allows me to upgrade it if I want to take things more seriously. With the controller you get a bunch more options and the distance you can fly increases.

The Gimbal

The gimbal! It works awesomely, other drones in the same price range don’t have the same ability. Apart from the Xiro Xplorer.

Pilot Drone Cons

CONS

There are none. Jokes, that’s what I would say if I was just trying to sell you this drone.

Flyable Distance

Using a phone you can only fly 50m vertically and 150m horizontally. I found this a little frustrating in this picture because I couldn’t quite get the entire runway in sight.

Picture Quality

The picture and video quality is no Mavic pro but it is perfect for me that is not a videographer. It definitely would be able to be good enough to be shown on a YouTube channel.

Battery Life

The battery life sucks! 10 minutes of flying. This wasn’t too bad as all I was wanted to do was fly straight up and across, take a picture and come land.

I’m addicted now and want to fly further and higher. So I’ll have to buy the remote which costs another USD 120!

No Fly Zones

The no fly zones are killer! I live within a 5nm radius of the airport and when I first got the drone, I couldn’t even test it in my garden as it is a no fly zone with other drones this is possible.

EXTRA TIPS

  • Be careful when catching it, cut my thumb trying to catch it in the air hahaha.
  • If you have the space get the Xiro! It comes with the controller and is super stable.

Do you guys know of any drones that I should of considered?

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