Yesterday

The new Fat Shark Attitude V5 FPV goggles might just be the best set you can pick up for less than $300. FPV goggles are an important investment and you want to get it right the first time. They offer a handful of important features and best of all have excellent OLED screens. Fat Shark is #1 when it comes to FPV for a reason and the new Attitude V5’s at $299 are a solid option. expand full story

August 24

A lot of people want to know what the best drone is, but that is actually a very difficult question. My favorite drone is the Mavic 2 Zoom, but I wouldn’t recommend that drone to everyone. I don’t think the best drones of 2019 are here yet as Skydio and DJI have some drones in the works. There are still some excellent options out there, though.

Your purpose and budget are two hugely important factors when looking for a drone. If your goal is to have fun, then I would recommend one of the inexpensive drones on my list. If aerial photography is your focus, then the best beginner drone has been the DJI Spark, but it isn’t one I’d recommend to professional or semi-professional pilots. I’ll take a look at the entry-level competition as well as some of the higher-performing birds, like the Mavic 2 Pro.

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DJI Spark

An Australian drone pilot was fined AUD$7750 earlier this month in the Wollongong Magistrates Court over unsafe drone flights. The man was spotted by the public and later the NSW Police. The fine comes as the Civil Aviation Authority (CASA) is finalizing new drone laws and taking a hands-on approach in the drone community. expand full story

August 23

Do not attach weapons to your drone, FAA warns. This week the Federal Aviation Administration sent out a message in which the agency warns the general public that “it is illegal to operate a drone with a dangerous weapon attached.” Over the years, we have seen our fair share of drones with shotguns, flame throwers, and fireworks mounted on them. Mostly for fun, but the FAA and other government officials worry that weaponized drones might be used for other purposes. If you think that sounds farfetched just see how drones have been used in the MiddleEast. Using a drone with a dangerous weapon attached to it is in violation of Section 363 of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act. And, unless the drone operator has received special authorization from the FAA, he or she is subject to civil penalties up to $25,000 for each violation.

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Score DJI’s Mavic 2 Pro for $1,159 with our exclusive discount (Orig. $1,499)

Wellbots is back with another exclusive offer for 9to5Toys readers, this time discounting the certified refurbished DJI Mavic 2 Pro Quadcopter to $1,159 shipped when code FLYWITH9TO5 has been applied at checkout. Having originally sold for $1,499, it still fetches as much at Best Buy as well as B&H. It’s also one of the few drones still in stock at DJI’s official store. Today’s offer is one of the best prices we’ve seen to date and is $190 below previous mentions. Wellbots only charges tax at time of purchase for New York residents, to make this offer even more enticing. Mavic 2 Pro pairs a 31-minute flight time with enhanced omnidirectional obstacle sensing and more. Plus, a 20MP 4K camera and gimbal system upgrade your aerial photography game. Rated 4.9/5 stars from over 420 customers.

August 22

Drone U Flight Mastery graduates receive lower drone insurance rates from SkyWatch.AI. This means that if you successfully graduate from the Drone U Flight Mastery training course you will receive a 15% discount on any SkyWatch.AI insurance policy. However, it doesn’t stop there. If you increase your safety score through the SkyWatch app you can increase your discount even further.

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