Originally Posted by dmksails
I have been flying RC way too long. Conventional wisdom is the first thing you should do is get some time on a sim. RealFlight
is the gold standard but is not cheap
. I have a nVidia Shield and there are some good sims for android platforms that run maybe five bucks. Unless you can get on a sim, take off, fly a figure eight, and land ten times in a row without any crashes you are not ready for the real thing.
Not sure what your time line is but if you want to buy something there is a waiting list for some choices. Something like a Phantom 4
is probably the best choice if you need it right away. Most experienced folks get extra batteries since your flight time will be limited to about 20 minutes or so per battery
I have pre ordered a Mavic
and am very close to the front of the waiting list but I am not expecting it before the first of November at best. If you order now you may not get delivery
till December at best. Lots of online discussion about them not being here till after the first of the year unless you ordered early. Keep in mind that both the Phantom and Mavic are dji products and some folks advise to buy from an official dji vendor to avoid any warranty issues. Ask the vendor before you buy.
I have a Splash as well and have been very unhappy with it. There are problems with water proof RCs. The electronics
inside are often too close and there is interference
, not to mention a problem with heat buildup. I found the Splash very hard to control. I also had problems with the gimbal holding the camera
and had to reinstall the software
multiple times. It definitely is not plug and play.
I also have a couple of HexH20 platforms and a QuadH20
as well. Both these platforms are waterproof and designed to deal with interference
by isolating the components and they also have external cooling
fins to deal with heat. There can be a wait for these platforms. The HexH20 platforms are significantly bigger than the QuadH20 which is significantly bigger than the Phantom platforms which is significantly bigger than the Mavic. The H20 platforms would probably take up half a bunk, the Phanton 1/3 of a bunk, and the Mavic is about the size of a big water bottle.
There are a couple of other waterproof platforms but I have no experience with them.
Quite frankly the only platform I have been able to fly in winds over about 15 knots is my Inspire. This is big somewhat expensive almost pro level platform with a dedicated camera
that produces great image quality.
I suggest you go to youtube and look at some footage from the various platforms and try and get a feel for the minimum level of image quality you are willing to accept. Then look at the price
point for that level of image quality. At that point you will be able to make a realistic assessment of getting into UAS ownership