Hello Alan, Thanks in advance for your reply and your time! I made a couple of posts in the "Pilot Lounge" area and got some good advice from Silk Purse. I have never flown a drone or quadcopter, however, I have flown one of the nicer RC Helicopters but never completely mastered it. As far as research on what drone to buy, I took your list of beginner models and went through them with a fine tooth comb and learned a lot about what to look for as well as learning curves, ease of operation etc. I actually settled on one that was a little more expensive than the top one on your list. The reasons were the ease of use for beginners as well as having some advanced options to start learning with as well. I went with the Hubsan X4 H501S. I read a lot of reviews, watched a lot of video on this model and it pretty much got 4.5 stars for it's performance in it's price range which is about $265. It has GPS, Return To Home Feature, Follow Me Feature, a nice radio controller with a descent screen (no need to use cell phone), as well as a 1080p camera. It looks to be very easy to fly especially for beginners! We will see and I will post my experience. I have a background in real estate and construction and have been a contractor for almost 30 years since I got out of the US Navy in 1986. We currently offer environmental inspections, energy loss audits, pre-purchase real estate inspections as well as moisture & leak detection with the use of Infrared Thermal Imaging which I am certified in. Can you see where I'm going? As far as what I want to do, I would love to turn this into a business as an add-on to our existing services or maybe find other opportunities to use it for. Once I get more actual flight experience under my belt and hone my skills a little, I want to take the next step with getting certified and move forward with whatever steps necessary to take this to a professional level which will also include upgrading as I go to better equipment. Any advice or pointers you have is greatly appreciated! Again, I thank you for reaching out and I look forward to sharing experience and knowledge with this community! Blue Skies!
Duane Jordan - Lewisville, NC