The arrival of drones on our shelves has sparked a new tech revolution. A decade ago it was smartphones. First only affordable to the wealthy, now an everyday essential device, smartphones have infiltrated our lives by stealth. Drones really are no different. While for the consumer they are still often considered to be a novelty gadget, they are in fact the next piece of big tech.

You would be forgiven for thinking that drones are simply a radio controlled aircraft. If that were the case, they would not be generating the attention that they have. Everybody loves a drone. They make the ideal gift for almost anyone. From grandparent to primary school child there is a good reason to consider the drone as a gift.

 

Educational benefits of Drones

Drones provide access to educational experiences in a way that is different to other tech. They are wholly interactive. Children and young people that use drones gain an enormous amount from their use. Their fine motor coordination enjoys refinement as the activity requires concentration and control. Because legislation is currently being enacted to prevent the abuse of drones, the concept of responsibility is instilled in children as young as six years old. Playing with a drone is also a practical physics lesson. Children can grasp how movement of air and the forces of gravity affect the movement of their mini UAV.

By owning a small scale drone, youngsters also get to appreciate how larger organisations put them to good use. Police, Emergency medical services and firefighters now all use drones to make their job s easier and improve on the safety of the people they serve.

The Hobbyists dream

The ardent amateur photographer has clearly stepped into the next big leap for imagery. Drones are ideal for taking photographs from different angles. Whether grandad has been painting photographs or painting landscapes during his retirement, the drone will change things completely for him. Being able to view a scene from any desired angle makes painting it so much easier, especially for a hobbyist developing their skills.

On the other hand, grandpa might have been armchair racing fan all his life. Now he can get into drone racing. This kind of fun can be shared by the whole family and friends. Drone racing has become a particularly popular pastime amongst enthusiasts and clubs have started to emerge all over Europe. There are many model aircraft clubs that have a drone group. The emergence of drones as a popular hobby has swelled their ranks.
Model builders assemble and create their own aircraft, racing cars and ships. Drones are the ideal next step for any model hobbyist and there are several bespoke additions and alterations that can be made to their design offering hours of fun.

Drones open a new experience to the world. They provide opportunities that were previously unavailable. Even grandma can enjoy the flowers in the garden
Drones are great for other things too. Finding that pesky leak in the roof or checking where a wasp nest has become established in your house all bring the awe and wonder of these devices to the forefront.
Soon, drones will be used by gardeners and builders too.

When buying a drone for hobbyist it is important however to remember that each country in the EU will have laws that dictate the use of drones. The European convention on human rights is clear about the right to privacy. Infringement of privacy has already been highlighted in the press, because of abuse of drones. In fact, in the UK drones above a certain weight will need to be registered and owners licenced to use them because of security concerns. It may seem entertaining to be able to view aircraft up close but using a drone over or near to an airfield is not a good idea. They can present serious dangers to passenger carrying aircraft.

Understanding the rules

When buying a drone for hobbyist it is important however to remember that each country in the EU will have laws that dictate the use of drones. The European convention on human rights is clear about the right to privacy. Infringement of privacy has already been highlighted in the press, because of abuse of drones. In fact, in the UK drones above a certain weight will need to be registered and owners licenced to use them because of security concerns. It may seem entertaining to be able to view aircraft up close but using a drone over or near to an airfield is not a good idea. They can present serious dangers to passenger carrying aircraft.


Airfields are however not the only areas that may get you into trouble. Police stations, prisons and other government buildings should be avoided. Knowing about this is what teaches children to be responsible with drones. Applying these rules prevents drone users from developing a bad reputation too.
Remember that when you are going to take your drone across the border into a different country you may be subject to different rules. These fantastic pieces of new tech come with some responsibility. Implementing the rules with responsible use will provide you with fun and entertainment for years to come.

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