21 Feb A review of the DJI Mavic Pro Drone by FlyRyte Drone Academy
The mavic is portable, well built and packs a mighty punch!
Portability of a drone is one of the key features that most pilots want right now. They want quadcopters which can be packed in a bag and carried anywhere they go. A which is very feature present in DJI Mavic Pro Drone. DJI have done something really special here with a significant improvement relative to the Phantom series and better than anything else we have seen out there.
The main feature that stands out with the Mavic is its portability. Having gone back to the drawing board, DJI were able to come up with a deisgn incorporating folding arms, allowing it to be folded into a small package instead of it having fixed arms and using the traditional case or backpack. It also has a compact controller which makes it the most portable drone that ever existed. One of the really cool features that we like here at FlyRyte is that you don’t need to connect your phone but still get telemetry data, allowing an increased level of safety on the day where you choose to not use a smart device.
On the front side it has a 4K camera and a 3 axis gimbal. This unique feature allows the drone to capture videos that are stable and there are no resolution cutbacks that occur in the process. Behind the camera is a DJI Active Tracker and a software that monitors optical flow, such that any objects can be easily tracked and sensed, with great optical avoidance which we first saw in the Phantom 4.
In terms of flight range and video transmission, the Mavic is very impressive, since the Ocusync makes it possible to cover a distance of over four miles and its resistance to interference. Of course, legally this isn’t something we can do in Ireland, but it means that the chance of poor reception at 300m is incredibly low. Compared to the features of the DJI phantom 4 which include: waypoints and Course Lock, it has new gesture and Terrain Follow modes.
Build quality and the design
Its build quality is marvelous since it has one of the toughest hulls that we have ever come across. At first it feels a little ‘plasticky’ but this fades fast as it is a solid build and should win an award just for the asthetic design. Here at FlyRyte Drone Academy, you get to see these features in real life rather than simply relying on theory and you can experience the Mavic first hand. The only flaw that we came across when testing the device was in the 3 axis gimbal assembly, its shape and size is smart but the 4 tiny rubber bands that hold it can easily snap since they are fragile. This means that you will not get stable video footage from the drone. There’s a lot to learn when it comes to drones, invest in your future career and train with us today!
Irish Drone Training Vs US Drone Training
There are several differences between becoming a drone pilot in Ireland and the USA, here are how the recent changes to US regulation compare to Irish rules…
Becoming a pilot is one of those things that most young people aspire. As years passes by, they realize that they might not fulfill their dreams due to various reasons. Some of them due to their passion end up making their own drones and flying them without being certified. It is very unsafe for one to become a drone pilot without going through a test. At Flyryte Drone Academy, we are committed to ensuring that you become a professional drone pilot, which is why we have the most experienced drone instructors in Ireland. At FlyRyte Drone Academy, we do not only offer training to our students, but we give them the support they need after they complete their training. But enough about us, what about America?
The new rules are meant to suppress the drones made by dummies which interfere with commercial aircrafts, the firefighting department’s work and the lawn in the white house. This new regulations have been created after realising that it has become a booming industry and if not well mitigated can lead to acts of terror. FAA expects to certify around 650,000 drones that are used for commercial work and the sector is set to generate a lot of revenue for the U.S economy. Commercial drones are not supposed to weigh more than 55 pounds but those for fun should weigh much less. For hobbyists, one should not be less than 16 years old and their drones should be at a visible range which is below 400ft. They should also not be flown at night and one has to pass the aeronautical knowledge test for those who want to be earthbound pilots. FAA then conducts a background check on you before they register you. The only exception that is given to fly a drone without a certificate is when you are observed by someone who is certified.
How to pass the US test
The test is basically all about aeronautics do not expect something different. The topics you should be well prepared for include; how to evaluate aviation weather and the source of the information, how to maintain and inspect drones prior to flights, the performance of drones and how to officially communicate through radio. In case you pass the certification, it lasts for 24 months after which you have to retake the test to prove that you are competent enough. This test is a positive challenge especially for commercial drone pilots which reduces incompetency in the drone industry.
So what are the differences?
Well, things are actually quite sinilar now, with the States adopting a model similar to Ireland, however, in Ireland, you can fly your drone at night, and the Irish Aviation Authority won’t conduct a background check on you!
Flyryte is a dream comes true for those who look forward to becoming pro drone pilots, check out our website www.flyryte.com and rememer, keep calm and FlyRyte!