With all the talk about drones, isn’t it about time to get one? But anybody contemplating having a flying machine needs to be aware of some time-honored steps to insure that the $$ spent won’t be “blown” out of the sky the first time it takes flight. Strictly speaking, they’re less steps and more the same kind of common sense that surrounds having any kind of remote controlled vehicle. It’s just that one that flies has to be given more consideration.
So that’s why the AERIUS is the drone to have — for those looking for fun it’s a perfect choice (for those looking to mount a video camera, not so). The AERIUS not only fulfills the needs of the flight hungry, but does it in a manner that makes for an easy ride regardless of whether it’s a novice or a “Top Gun” at the controls. But let’s hover for a second.
Those common sense steps are baked into the AERIUS: it’s tiny enough to make for an easy ride in a knapsack or even large pocket. But the remote that controls the drone also doubles as a carrying case for it — it rides sedately inside a bubble top when not in use. Granted that you need the special USB cable to attach to the drone for it to sip at the power needed, but otherwise it’s an all-in-one R/C flying vehicle. Those controls make good sense too. You look at it because it’s big enough to not be a concern for average/large fingers and see two joysticks side by side; these represent the main controls for flying. All this is powered by commonplace AAA batteries that will last for a reasonable time, especially since they’re not being called upon to charge up the drone.
So you find an open space indoors or outdoors (hoping for as little wind as possible and dry ground also (no sprinklers need apply), pop the lithium-battery charged up drone out of the bubble top and place it down. If you want, give each of the 4 propellers a gentle spin (a foursome set of replacement blades are included but hopefully will not be needed). Take a few steps back and power on the controller. Gently apply pressure to the left joystick both ways and wait for the lights on the drone to go on to indicate connectivity. Then to start the propellers spinning and to get the drone off the bottom, up goes the left joystick. Move it left/right for rotation while the right joystick handles forward/backward motion and left/right direction.
So now the drone’s up and running (make that “flying’). “Trim” settings so as to have more precise control as it moves comes from the same-named tabs on the controller — hey, good thing you spent some time looking through the manual so as to take advantage of the knowledge that the developers knew you needed, right? For those who know it all, expect a longer and more frustrating learning curve. That include being able to alter the speeds and orientation of the drone so as to make it more adept at handling your commands (having it default to slow speed makes a lot of sense too).
Best part is that once you get the hang of things, the “Trick Mode” setting makes doing rolls and flips easy and yes, it looks damn cool too! Especially in front of someone, so make the flight in front of friends or family not the first time you take ‘er up, but after a few flights for which you will have gained the experience to know what to do, when to do it and how much to do it for. If you bring a USB charger for a cellphone with you, you won’t have to go back to your computer to recharge after what is, after all, a minimum amount of time for flying (about 5-7 minutes on average), followed by around 15-20 minutes to take the drone’s power from empty to full. Thank you AXIS drones for flashing the drone lights when the power is just about up so it doesn’t end up falling like a lightweight plastic rock.
The AERIUS is designed for fun and the ease in which it can be carried around and operated reflects that. A couple of colors but orange is still the best black to me — besides using it in the dark, this color helps along with the LEDs to avoid it disappearing. Obviously there’s a fair amount of high tech going on here, but who cares? Dish out $35 and join the drone race already.