15 Killer Drones for Sale [Updated for Winter 2017]

Top Drones for Sale

Note: This list is updated for winter 2017. Fly safely and responsibly, folks. Never flown before? Learn to fly for free over here. Need to get your FAA commercial drone certificate? Start studying over here.

Trying to find the right drone to buy?

We’ve spent hours testing and researching the top UAVs and quadcopters out there, and we’re happy to say we’ve narrowed it down to a select few.

This article lists of some of the best remote control (RC) drones for sale on the market right now. Whether you’re looking for a cheap indoor flyer or a professional rig for aerial videography, we’re confident you’ll find a quality drone on this list that will meet your needs.

Want to skip the details and go straight to the list itself? No problem:


“RC drones” can mean many things (cars, boats, planes, etc) but this article focuses on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Why?

Because they’re awesome! (And they’re our specialty ;).)

We’ve categorized this list by type of remote control drone for sale. You can use the following links to navigate to each section (or just scroll down to start from the beginning):

Read on to find out which sUAS is right for you:

Note: All specs/features come from either the manufacturer or retailer.

Note #2: When checking out prices, we’ve included models available for sale on Amazon, one of the largest and most respectable online drone retailers. We do our best to keep these listings up-to-date on a regular basis, but if you see something we missed, let us know at support@uavcoach.com.

Note #3: Big thanks to USA Toyz, who sent us a few of the models on this list to test and review. USA Toyz is a U.S. based company that sells through Amazon. Unlike many of their non-U.S. counterparts, they offer quality customer service, user manuals you can actually understand, and good business ethics.

Beginner Camera Drones

The following drones are excellent for taking aerial video and images.

They offer stable handling, quality cameras, and some advanced features pilots want in a quality drone with a camera.

1. DJI Phantom 3 Standard

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DJI Phantom 3 Advanced

DJI is one of the industry’s top drone manufacturers for a reason: They’ve created a standard for consistent, high quality multicopters that both recreational and commercial pilots love flying.

The DJI Phantom 3 Standard is one of four models in DJI’s Phantom 3 line. (The other three are the Advanced, 4K, and Professional.)

With a range of over half a mile and crystal clear live video streaming over Wi-Fi to your mobile device on the free DJI Go app, the Phantom 3 Standard delivers sophisticated functionality with a simple learning curve and an accessible price point. At 25 minutes, the P3 Standard actually has a slightly longer flight time than the P3 Advanced, but control distance is capped at 1,000m (compared to the Advanced’s 5km).

Pro Tip: Buy an extra battery to add more flight time to your sessions.

The Phantom 4K is the next level up. The 4K offers an upgraded 4K video capture and 25 minutes of flight time. Control distance is capped at 1200m.

Finally, the Phantom 3 Professional offers 4K video, 23 minutes of flight, and a 5km control distance. This is the second highest level version.

DJI also recently released the Phantom 4 Pro, an upgraded version of the Phantom 3 series with an obstacle avoidance system. 

All of these versions are solid rigs and they’re ranked #1 in this list of drones, but the DJI Phantom 3 Standard is equally balanced on all fronts, making it a great camera drone for recreational and commercial pilots.

EXTRAS

These extra parts are available for the DJI Phantom 3 Standard:

→ Extra Battery

→ Extra Propellers (2 Pairs)

→ 64 GB MicroSD Memory Card

→ DJI Phantom 3 Propeller Guard

→ DJI Phantom 3 Camera Lens Protector + Cover

→ Remote Controller Strap

→ DJI Phantom 3 Carrying Backpack

Features and Specs
  • 2.7K video and 12MP stills from the 3-axis stabilized integrated camera makes the Phantom 3 Standard a strong value
  • View a live image streamed from the drone up to a half mile away on the free DJI Go app using your mobile phone or tablet
  • GPS assisted flight features let you concentrate on getting great images while the drone helps you fly safely. You can achieve advanced camera perspectives with the Point of Interest, Follow Me and Waypoints modes (pending app feature availability)
  • Fly up to 25 minutes with the included intelligent battery
  • A range of accessories is included: 1 battery and charger, 2 full sets of propellers, radio controller, 8GB micro SD card


2. Parrot Bebop 2.0 

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Parrot Bebop 2.0

The Parrot Bebop 2.0 is Parrot’s upgraded version of the popular original Bebop drone.

The Bebop 2.0 is one of the top all around drones for sale with a camera. The 2.0 offers a whopping 14 megapixel full HD 1080p image and video capture, and the camera gives you a 186-degree field of view.

Full-digital image stabilization technology allows you to take stable and clear aerial footage regardless of the Bebop drone’s movements. The lens is also splash and dust proof.

Their Freeflight 3 mobile app also lets you control the quadcopter, adjust settings, and take pictures/videos straight from your mobile device.

Check out Parrot’s second version of the Bebop drone for a great all-around photography/videography UAV experience.

EXTRAS

These extra parts are available for the Parrot BeBop 2.0:

→ Extra Battery Pack

→ Extra Propellers

→ Bebop 2.0 Carrying Case

Features
  • Can fly at up to 38 mph
  • 14 megapixel full HD 1080p camera
  • Rear flash LED for better visibility
  • Equipped with powerful motors for flight in greater altitudes
  • Compatible with the Freeflight 3 mobile app
Specs
  • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
  • Gyro: 3-Axis
  • Size: 15 x 12.9 x 3.5 inches
  • Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Charging time:
  • Flight time: 25 minutes
  • Control distance


3. U818A Wifi FPV Drone with Altitude Hold and HD Camera

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UDI is a highly reputable and affordable sUAS manufacturer that’s been constantly upgrading their training / beginner drone models over the last couple of years.

This model, the U818A, boasts altitude-hold and a first-person-view (FPV) screen, so you can see exactly what the HD camera of your drone sees…in real time. Great practice for those of you looking to get into FPV racing.

u818a wifi fpv drone with altitude hold and hd camera

But that’s not all! You also get bonus VR goggles, an extra battery, extra propellers, AND and a bonus power bank for additional charging.

Box Contents:

  • 1 U818W
  • 1 Controller
  • 2 Batteries
  • 1 USB Battery Charger
  • 1 SC Card reader
  • 1 4GB SD card
  • 4 Spare Blades
  • 1 Spanner
  • 1 Manual

The HD camera can capture 720P video at 30 frames per second (with an SD card). This is one of the most popular training quadcopters on the market, and I like this particular package because it comes with an extra battery.

The LCD screen on its transmitter displays a full range of flight stats to keep you in the know. Its light but durable frame makes it a great quad for new pilots to practice with.

Extras

These extra parts are available for the the U818A:

 

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Features
  • Forward-facing camera takes HD video and HD photos with color and white balance
  • Movie resolution upgraded to 1280 * 720 at 30 frames per second
  • FPV and VR headset compatibility
  • Removable Micro-SD (TF) card stores enough for several flights
  • Data port and USB Data Cable – upload your new AVI and JPEG files to Facebook, Email, Photoshop LCD radio controller
  • LCD screen displays full flight status
  • Extra battery to double your flight time
  • Photo Button snaps pictures, Video Button starts & stops video recording
Specs
  • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
  • Size: 13.4 x 13.0 x 2.2 in
  • Weight: 1 pounds
  • Charging time: about 90-120 minutes
  • Flying time: about 8-10 minutes


4. UDI U45 Blue Jay WiFi FPV Drone with HD Camera

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UDI is one of the top manufacturers of quality RC drones at affordable prices. The UDI U45 Blue Jay is one of them.

One of the big upgrades with the Blue Jay is “Altitude Hold,” which gives you the ability to take your left thumb off the throttle and to have the drone hover at the same altitude. This makes controlling the drone a LOT easier for beginners and those looking to truly master multirotor orientation. You also get a one-touch take off and landing, and a custom route mode that allows you to trace your desired flight path on your phone or tablet screen. In the past, these features were reserved for higher end RC drones, but now we’re starting to see them in the $50 to $150 range.

The UDI U45 Blue Jay wouldn’t be a camera drone without an HD camera to capture 720p high definition aerial photos and 2MP video. Camera can be synced to controller.

For less than $170, this drone is an excellent choice for aspiring videographers.

EXTRAS 

These extra parts are available for the UDI U45 Blue Jay:

→ Extra Battery (to extend your flight sessions)

→ Extra Propellers

→ 1 to 3 Battery Charger

→ UDI U842 Landing Gear

Features
  • HD Camera allows you to take high-res pics & video during flight. Includes 2MP camera with upgraded 4GB Micro SD.
  • Headless mode eliminates need to adjust aircraft position before flight & improves learning curve.
  • Return Home function—one key to return your aircraft makes it easy to find the way home
  • Ready to fly out of the box

Specs
  • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
  • Gyro: 6-Axis
  • Size: 11 x 18 x 3.8 inches
  • Weight: .5 pounds
  • Flight time: 8 minutes
  • Control distance: 80m


5. Parrot AR Drone 2.0

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In 2014 and 2015, the Parrot AR Drone line was one of the most prolific RC drones on the market. Using their FreeFlight app, you can choose to pilot this camera drone entirely using your smartphone or tablet, or you can fly it with a traditional dual-joystick controller or first-person view system.

Parrot AR.Drone 2.0

720p HD video can be streamed directly to your smartphone, and while you’ve got the app open, you’ll be able to read things like your altitude, speed, and battery level.

Key Specs

  • Camera Resolution: 2MP
  • Video Resolution: 720p at 30 FPS
  • Max Flight Time: 12 minutes
  • Notable Attributes: Foam Shell, Good For Beginners

 

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Parrot AR Drone 2.0 Accessories

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 sits somewhere between a traditional training quadcopter and an introductory professional system. We chose it for this list because: 1) it’s reasonably priced for a beginner pilot; 2) Parrot is a reputable, French-based company that has been one of the larger global RC manufacturers; and 3) we love the foam frame!


Top Professional Drones

These drones are best for professional pilots who are flying commercially.

They offer top-of-the-line flight capabilities, camera quality, and advanced features to help you get the perfect shot.


6. DJI Phantom 4 

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The DJI Phantom 4 launched in March 2016. What are the big improvements from the Phantom 3 series? Better battery life, obstacle avoidance, and a newly designed camera lens.

dji phantom 4 drone with 4k camera

A lighter magnesium skeleton lets the Phantom 4 stay in the air for up to 28 minutes, an increase in effective flight time of 25% over the Phantom 3 Professional.

Also, a newly designed lens offers crisper, cleaner video.

Key Specs

  • Camera Resolution: 12MP Adobe DNG RAW
  • Video Resolution: 4K at 30 FPS / 1080p at 120FPS
  • Max Flight Time: 28 minutes
  • Max Speed: 45 mph (20 m/s) in Sport mode
  • Notable Attributes: Battery Life, Obstacle Avoidance, Flight Modes

 

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DJI Phantom 4 Accessories

Improvements to the Vision Positioning System (VPS) and front-mounted obstacle sensors help provide greater security and confidence when flying indoors, or with obstacles around.


 7. DJI Inspire 1 V2.0 

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The DJI Inspire 1 is bigger and offers a full 360° camera rotation, providing an unrestricted view of the world below. It’s 3-axis gimbal and camera system can easily be removed from the aircraft for safe transport and future upgrades.

dji inspire 1 white camera drone

Because DJI offers different camera systems (like the Zenmuse X3, Zenmuse X5, Zenmuse X5R, Zenmuse XT, etc.), the DJI Inspire 1 is flexible and the kind of model you can grow with over time.

dji zenmuse gimbal comparison

Key Specs

  • Camera Resolution: 12MP
  • Video Resolution: 4K at 30 FPS
  • Max Flight Time: 18 minutes
  • Max Speed: 49 mph (22 m/s) in ATTI mode, no wind
  • Notable Attributes: Dual-Operator Mode, Multiple Zenmuse Camera Systems

Buy With One Or Two Controllers

Ever heard of dual-operator mode? The DJI Inspire 1 lets one person fly, and another person control the camera. I’ll tell you this: Once you fly with dual-operator mode, it’s hard to go back to flying solo. Operating sUAS with a talented crew member is really fun.

 

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DJI Inspire 1 Accessories

If you’re looking for a bigger bird with payload flexibility, 360° camera rotation, and dual-operator mode, the DJI Inspire 1 is a great fit.


8. Yuneec Typhoon H

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If you haven’t heard of Yuneec, you’re missing out on some high-quality aerial camera platforms that may very well be the perfect fit for your recreational (or business) needs.

yuneec typhoon h hexacopter review

The Typhoon H comes equipped with six rotors, a 360-degree gimbal camera and retractable landing gear with Yuneec’s standard of being ready out of the box, easy and safe to fly, with stunning Ultra HD 4K video and stills.

Key Specs

  • Camera Resolution: 12.4MP
  • Video Resolution: 4K at 30 FPS
  • Max Flight Time: 25 minutes
  • Max Speed: 43.5mph (70km/h) in Follow Me mode
  • Notable Attributes: Hexacopter = better redundancy, Obstacle Avoidance, 360-degree camera

yuneec typhoon h camera drone

The Typhoon H comes with the Android-based ST16 controller, which has a large 7-inch integrated display and HD 720p first-person-view (FPV) downlink for incredibly clear real-time video reception.


9. DJI Phantom 3 (Professional)

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DJI is a drone manufacturing giant.

Their DJI Phantom 3 series arguably represents the best selling drone models of 2015 and 2016. Within the series, there are four different models: Standard, 4K, Advanced and Professional.

 

DJI Phantom 3 ProfessionalThe DJI Phantom 3 Professional is the most sophisticated option in the series, and as the name suggests, was designed for professional pilots.

It offers 4K video, 23 minutes of flight time, and a whopping 5km control distance.

The quadcopter also comes with five advanced flight modes:

  1. Follow Me
  2. Course Lock
  3. Waypoints
  4. Home Lock
  5. Point of Interest

These autonomous modes allow you to focus on camera control and getting the right shot. This makes the DJI Phantom 3 Professional a smart choice for pro pilots.

Key Specs

  • Camera Resolution: 12MP
  • Video Resolution: 4K at 30 FPS
  • Max Flight Time: 23 minutes
  • Max Speed: 36 mph (18 m/s) in ATTI mode, no wind
  • Notable Attributes: Older Model = Lower Cost (But Still Quality Aircraft)

 

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DJI Phantom 3 Professional Accessories

If you are on a budget and/or able to sacrifice some of the bells and whistles of the newer systems, the Phantom 3 series offers more affordable pricing but units that still pack a lot of punch.


Top FPV Racers

With the Drone Racing League (and many other FPV leagues) beginning to commercialize the sport, drone FPV racing is starting to take off (literally and figuratively).

As such, some great ready-to-fly racing drones are hitting the market. Here are two of the best:


10. Walkera Runner 250 Pro 

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Walkera Runner 250 PRO

Walkera manufactured one of the most popular RTF FPV racers: The Walkera Runner 250 Pro.

This RC quadcopter features a carbon fiber frame that is ultra-durable and crash resistant. It’s simple to disassemble and reassemble. This allows pilots to customize its features and tune the rig.

The Walkera Runner 250 Pro reaches speeds of up to 21-25 miles per hour, and the Runner 250 Pro is equipped with an 800TVL HD camera for live FPV streaming.

If you’re looking to get into drone FPV racing, this drone is a solid start at a modest price.

EXTRAS

These extra parts are available for the Walkera Runner 250 Pro:

→ Extra Propellers (<— smart, because you’ll probably lose/break a bunch of these)

Features
  • New GPS/GLONASS dual mode satellite positioning system
  • Carbon fiber structure
  • Simple to disassemble and re-assemble
  • Reaches speeds up to 35-40km/h
  • 800TVL HD camera

Specs
  • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
  • Size: 22.5 x 20.5 x 9.2cm
  • Weight: 1.16 lbs
  • Charging time: About 120 minutes
  • Flight time: 12 to 14 minutes
  • Control distance: 1000m

 


11. ARRIS FPV 250 Racing Drone with Flight Controller 

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ARRIS FPV 250

The ARRIS FPV 250 is one of the highest rated racing quadcopters you can find on Amazon.

The ARRIS 250 FPV is made of a durable carbon/glass fiber composited material to help it handle crashes and accidents. The drone is also equipped with a 700TVL camera that offers zero delay between what the drone sees and what you see.

Another thing to note is that all parts are tested by the manufacturer and ready to fly.

Looking for a high-rated racing drone? Check out the ARRIS FPV 250.

EXTRAS

These extra parts are available for the ARRIS FPV 250:

→ Extra LiPo Battery

→ Voltage Checker + Warning Buzzer

→ Extra ARRIS Propellers (5 Pairs)

Features
  • Carbon/glass fiber composited material
  • 700TVL camera with zero delay
  • All parts tested and ready to fly

Specs
  • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
  • Size: 9.6 x 9.1 x 5.3 inches
  • Weight: 1.22 pounds
  • Flight time: 10 minutes
  • Control distance


Top Indoor Flyers

The following drones are smaller than the previous ones and have less features, but they’re great for having fun indoors and practicing your pilot skills.

If you’re a beginner learning how to fly a quadcopter or an experienced pilot looking for a fun indoor flyer, consider these models:


12. SYMA X5C Explorers 

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syma x5c cheap drone

Even in moderate winds, the Syma X5C held up very well during my test flights. This exclusive package comes with an extra battery, effectively doubling your flight time. You’re also getting extra propellers as well.

The Syma X5C also comes with a forward-facing HD camera (720p) and 2GB SD card. That, plus a few autonomous features like headless mode and one-button flips and barrel rolls, make the Symca X5C a great drone for beginners.

Note: We have other lists of drones, similar to this one buy covering different, more advanced models like: 13 Remote Control Drones to Buy.

Extras

These extra parts are available for the Syma X5C:

 

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Features
  • With Headless Mode, no need to adjust the position of aircraft before flying
  • One key to return function makes it easily find the way home
  • 4 Channel can do ascend, descend, forward, backward, left sideward fly, right sideward fly and rolling 360°
  • HD VIDEO CAMERA: 2MP HD video camera (Resolution: 1280 x 720; Framerate: 30 FPS) lets you take high-resolution pictures and videos during flight. Comes with 2GB Micro SD Card!
  • Lightweight airframe with nice durability
  • Battery protection

Specs
  • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
  • Charging time: 90-120mins
  • Flying time: 7-9mins
  • Control distance: about 30m


13. Blade Nano QX RTF Quadcopter 

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Gizmodo calls the Blade Nano “The Best Drone for Advanced Beginners.”

Blade Nano QX RTF Quadcopter - ImageFirst, it’s got SAFE technology. SAFE stands for Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope. It helps you prevent crashing your drone and assists you in takeoff (two necessary skills for any newbie pilot).

If you lose control or need to take a breather, simply let go of the sticks and the quadcopter will hover in place.

When you get more advanced, switch the quad to agility mode to perform skillful maneuvers and hit top speeds.

The Blade Nano is a beginner drone (for under $100) that will carry you into the veteran landscape. (Blade was also featured in our list of drone companies to watch, among a few of the other manufacturers listed in this article.)

Extras

These extra parts are available for the Blade Nano QX:

 

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Features
  • Features exclusive SAFE™ (Sensor Assisted Flight Envelope) technology with stability and agility modes (if you get in trouble, just let go of the sticks)
  • Small enough to fly in any room or office
  • Tough, lightweight airframe with blade guards
  • Potent brushed motors that provide smooth and powerful lift
  • Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can switch the SAFE system to agility mode for faster flying speeds and more maneuverability

Specs
  • Frequency: 2.4G
  • Gyro: 6 axis
  • Size: 35.8 x 21.3 x 11.4cm
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Flying time: 10 minutes


14. Hubsan X4 (H107L) 

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Hubsan X4 (H107L)

The Hubsan X4 H107L is the model we first used to learn how to fly.

It’s fairly basic but flies well. It has a built-in 720 pixel camera. Its compact size still makes it an excellent indoor flyer. Please note that this model does NOT come with an extra battery, propeller guards, etc. Consider getting a “crash pack” from the link below. We wish we would have bought one when we first started flying this thing back in 2014.

The Hubsan X4 H107L is a great first model for the newbie pilot, but pretty bare bones compared to some of the other models on this list.

Extras

These extra parts are available for the Hubsan X4 H107L:

 

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Features
  • Lightweight airframe with nice durability
  • 2.0MP, HD 720p (1280×720)
  • Video recording module included (requires a Micro SDHC card)
  • The transmitter (TX) supports both Mode 1 and Mode 2 stick configurations

Specs
  • Frequency: 2.4Ghz
  • Charging time: about 30-40 minutes
  • Flying time: about 8 minutes
  • Control distance: 100m


15. Cheerson CX-10 Mini

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Allow us to introduce one of the best-selling RC multirotors on Amazon — the Cheerson CX-10 Mini.

It’s a best seller for a reason. This thing is a perfect quadcopter for beginners, and veterans will enjoy flying it as well. It’s great for all skill levels.

Cheerson CX-10 Mini

The Cheerson CX-10 Mini is (super) small and durable, so even if you do end up losing a few propellers, spare parts are inexpensive. Despite its size, Cheerson still managed to pack a 6-axis flight control board in there for advanced maneuvers, which is great.

Extras

These extra parts are available for the Cheerson CX-10:

 

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Features
  • Model: CX10. Color: Bright Orange. Body Material: ABS Plastic. Main Rotor Diameter: 1.14″ / 2.9cm. Speed Control: Integrated. Required Radio: 4Channel. Frequency: 2.4G.
  • Flight Time: Approx. 4-8 minutes. Charging Time: About 30-40 minutes. Battery: Rechargeable 3.7V 100mAh Lithium Battery. Transmitter Battery: 2 x 1.5V AAA Batteries (Not Included)
  • Control Distance: About 40 meters. . 6-axis design makes the gyroscope adjustable, promoting flying stability. Suitable for: Ages 14+
  • Powered by a piece of rechargeable 3.7V 100mAh lithium battery. 3-level adjustable speed flip function.
  • Package Includes: 1 x Mini UFO QuadCopter 1 x USB Cable, 1 x Transmitter, 2 x Main Blades, 1 x User Manual


What’s Next?

Thanks for checking out our list of killer RC drones for sale. I hope you found a drone model to meet your needs.

Once you’ve found the right drone for you, if you need to get your pilot skills up to par check out these guides:

And if you want to fly commercially, we can help you get your drone certification. We even have a Drone Pilot Ground School training course to help you prepare for your written test.

Happy flying!

Do you have any questions? Email us at support@uavcoach.com.

Alan Perlman

Founder at UAV Coach
Alan is an FAA-certified drone pilot and founded UAV Coach in 2014 to help connect drone enthusiasts, to provide world-class sUAS industry training courses, and to help push the drone community forward with a focus on safety and commercial opportunities.