After working in the retail camera store for more than three years, I’ve seen the interest of drones increase exponentially especially since the release of the super popular DJI Mavic Pro. What I’ve noticed is that customers tended to be very intimidated by the idea of flying a drone as they’ve never had experience with flying a radio control aerial device. The most common phrases I’ve heard are: “I’m scared i’ll crash it”, “I don’t have a drone licence so I can’t fly it”, “They look hard to fly”.
Over the years drone laws have been more flexible for the average consumer to fly for leisure purposes. If you are flying a drone that weighs less than 2KG in Australia, and/or are not using it for commercial gain then there are a set of rules for you to follow which do not require you own a licence.
In terms of difficulty to fly a drone it has never been easier. There is so much technology packed into these things now, that a complete novice who’s never touched a drone before can fly and create amazing content. Even in the most basic of drones there are features such as: Return Home, where you can click one button and the drone flies back to you automatically to where the GPS home point was set. In terms of crashing most DJI drones now come with obstacle collision avoidance where the drone will sense obstacles and will either stop, or attempt to fly around it.
Image source: Dion Tavenier