AA Blackhawk Review

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Altair Aerial is a company that made a name for itself selling beginner drones, but now it wants to take its first step towards the big leagues with the Blackhawk, a heavy metal quadcopter built for distance and speed. After buying one for myself and trying it out, I’m happy to say that it maintains the level of quality we’ve come to expect from the company and has a number of impressive features – all for under 130 dollars!

Let’s take a closer look at what makes the Blackhawk so good:

FAQ About The Altair Aerial Blackhawk

If you don’t see your question listed below in my FAQ section, or have an additional question after going through it, let me know!

Does the Altair Blackhawk have a built-in camera?

No. It does, however, have a mount that you can use to attach a separate action camera – Altair recommends the GoPro Hero 3 or 4 on their Amazon page. The Hero 3 can be found for about $70, the Hero 4 can be found for about $160 – but if you’re looking for an Altair drone that already has a camera, you might look at their AA108.

What are the main features of the Altair Blackhawk?

The two most impressive features – and the ones Altair are selling the drone on – are its 15-minute battery life and its 300 meter flight range, both of which are quite a bit larger than you’d expect from this price range.

Why should I buy a long-range drone like the Blackhawk?

Long-range drones are good for recreational use because the drone won’t fly out of your control range as easily – you won’t have to run after the aircraft while you’re flying it. They’re also good for photography and videography because they let you get hard-to-reach shots and very high bird’s-eye-view aerial shots. All in all, a longer flight range is just a good feature to have!

The Altair Aerial Blackhawk Review

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The Blackhawk doesn’t have a lot of fancy features like its two brothers in the Altair line – there’s no Altitude Hold, no Headless Mode. Instead, the focus is on providing the user with total control. The drone has a 6-axis gyro for stability and it’s very easy to adjust the trim of the drone using the remote, so once you get the hang of the controls the Blackhawk handles extremely well.

It’s also surprisingly fast for such a heavy drone, especially when taking off and landing. It really gives you that “racing feel”, and since the drone has a 300 meter flight range you don’t have to worry about it going out of bounds. I had a lot of fun seeing how fast and high I could go, and that’s really important when you’re dealing with a drone that’s mostly for recreational use.

It’s not a perfect drone. It takes awhile to assemble (about 20 minutes in my experience) and it’s not as durable as it could be, though Altair has anticipated this and included plenty of extra parts in case something breaks. The body itself is pretty heavy and made of metal, so no worries about that being broken or scratched, but I did have to replace the propellers a couple times.

But it does improve on one major issue with the other Altair offerings: it handles extremely well in wind. The powerful brushless motors and heavy frame cut right through winds as high as 13 miles per hour (in my experience – I didn’t try it in anything higher.) This really is a much more advanced drone and it shows.

Another nice feature is the 15-minute flight time. This is a lot longer than other drones in its price range and lets you have more fun with the drone for longer. It could also be good for photography because it gives you time to line up the perfect shot!

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The Altair Aerial Blackhawk

Altair is one of the best companies out there for budget drones and the Blackhawk is no exception. This is a great long-range drone that fast and fun to fly, and I’d recommend it for anyone who’s interested in getting into this great hobby for cheap!

Altair Aerial AA108 Review


Folks, today I want to review the drone that got me into quadcopters. This was my first aircraft and still remains one of my favorites – it’s one I often recommend to anyone who wants to get into the hobby. It’s the AA108, the first drone by relative industry newcomer Altair Aerial.

What makes the AA108 so great? A lot of little things. It’s tough, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive. It’s a drone that’s built to grow with you as you get better at flying. And I’m excited to tell you all about it!

FAQ About The Altair Aerial AA108

If you don’t see your question listed below in my FAQ section, or have an additional question after going through it, let me know!

1.Is the AA108 a camera drone?

The AA108 comes with a built-in 720p high definition camera. It can be controlled with a smartphone or mobile device through the free FlyingSee app. If you want to take video you’ll have to buy a TF memory card separately, but everything you need for pictures is available right out of the box.

2.Does the AA108 have different flight modes?

Yep! The AA108 has three different flight modes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced drone pilots. This makes it ideal for beginner drone pilots who want to improve their skills.

3.How long does the AA108 fly for?

Approximately 8-10 minutes per battery, with two batteries included in the box and more available from Altair’s website. So if you charge both you can expect about 20 minutes of flight time.

The Altair Aerial AA108 Review

The AA108 requires no assembly – once the battery’s charged, you’re good to go. If you’re interested in taking pictures or video you’ll need to connect your phone to the UDI RC FlyingSee app – the instructions are contained with the drone and they’re very easy to follow.

The AA108 has a lot of useful features that make it much easier for beginners to fly. 1-touch take-off and landing means you only have to worry about manually controlling the drone once it’s in the air, and Altitude Hold Mode means that the drone will maintain its height so that you only have to worry about four directions once it’s in motion. There’s also a Heading Hold mode that makes it so that the side of the drone that’s facing away from you is always the “front” as far as the controller is concerned, so that you don’t have to worry about the orientation of the vehicle.

These features can be turned on and off, and the AA108 also has three speed settings that get pretty fast, so as you get better at flying the drone you can start taking off the training wheels. And even without those features the drone’s still very fun to fly. It’s durable (I’ve crashed mine multiple times without so much as a scratch) and quite fast considering how small the motors are. The high definition camera also takes very good video, as you can see here:

It’s not a perfect drone. As durable as the body is, some reviewers have complained about issues with the rubber feet coming off if you land it too hard (though if you stick to the one-touch takeoff and landing that hopefully won’t be an issue.) Because of its size it also doesn’t perform well in wind, which depending on your geological region might not make it the right choice for you. And some people don’t like the 8-10 minute flight time per battery, although that’s well in line with a beginner drone of this price so it truly doesn’t bother me that much.

In all other respects, though, this is still one of the best starter drones available today!

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The Altair Aerial AA108

Like I said up top this is one of my favorite beginner pilot drones and I would highly recommend it to anyone who’s just getting started. What’s great about it is the way that it grows with you thanks to its multiple flight modes – the better you get at flying the more advanced a drone this can be. Plus it’s durable, cheap, and backed by Altair’s strong reputation for customer service.

Take a look at this great article written on altairaerial.com about kids drones and why the AA108 is a good drone for beginners.

At time of writing you can buy the AA108 from Amazon here for only $110 USD.

5 Best Quadcopters With Camera and GPS – [2018 Review]

Quadcopters with camera and GPS navigation systems are a plenty these days, so I’ve decided to round up the best ones. These types of drones are great for users who want an abundance of certain features.
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For example, if you want to save the route your drone flew or map out a certain route, you’re going to need a drone that comes with a GPS navigation system. You’ll also need it for Return to Home, Waypoints, Point of Interest, etc.

Although, getting a quadcopter with both a camera and GPS is a better idea for both certain features and aerial photography and videography. Those two go together like ice cream and sprinkles.
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Best Drones Under 400 USD – Our Choice for Drones Under 400

Looking for the best drone under 400 USD is quite the challenge. Why? Because drones aren’t just categorized by their price tags. No, drones are categorized by what they can do, followed by their price tags. Because of this, it’s important to have a general idea in mind of what you want said drone to do.
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Do you need an onboard camera for aerial photography, a mount for an action camera, or just a simple drone that focuses on basic flight characteristics? If this is a tough decision, I don’t blame you.

However, starting with a budget point is the easiest way to figure out exactly what you’re looking for. Therefore, I’ve created a thorough, extensive review on the best drones under $400 to give you a picture perfect idea of what your options are to save you both time and needlessly wasted money.
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5 Best Remote Control Spy Drones for 2018 – Review of RC Spy Quadcopters

Using a remote controlled spy drone may be a conversation that is somewhat controversial, but as long as you’re staying within your the law’s legal limits, you’ll be just fine. Spy drones aren’t exactly used as tools to spy on people, but they can be used to survey your property, for example.
While using an RC spy drone might have you turning your head to look at something else, don’t do that yet. Just because it’s a spy drone doesn’t mean it has nothing else to offer! Besides, drones considered to be spy drones often have some of the best specs. That, or they have a lot to offer in other areas you may be interested in.

Either way, in this review we’ll be going over my favorite spy drone picks. Hopefully, you find one you like and make a purchase. They’re often great for aerial photography and videography, aerial surveillance, and a whole lot more.
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Top 5 Drone Toys – 2018 Review of Remote Control Drone Toys

Toy drones are all the rage these days, so it’s no secret that everyone is looking for the best drone toys. Toy drones are usually inexpensive, simple drones that are made for flying both indoors and outside so the user can use them no matter the weather. Toy drones are fantastic gifts for kids because of their simplicity, as well.
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Surprisingly, sometimes you’ll find a cheap toy drone that trumps a more professional one that costs hundreds of dollars.

Why, you ask? Easy, because they have better flight characteristics, may handle better, and offer more that makes it seem like you should be paying double, if not triple, the original price.

With toy drones in mind, I’ve decided to make a review of the top drone toys to give you an idea and some insight into their world. I want to show you my top 5 favorite toy drones in hopes that you’ll discover their wonder just as I did over a period of time.
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Top 5 Drones Without Camera [2018] – Full Review

When people think about the concept of drones and the many uses they have, the majority of people will immediately think about drones with cameras. Thankfully, there are a lot of drones without camera that are just as good. Some are even able to accommodate an action camera, such as a GoPro, for example.
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Drones without cameras are often used just for fun and as a general hobby. Much like their cousin, the RC helicopter, drones without cameras focus on features, technical specifications, and the aspects that tie into a great flight experience in general. As I mentioned before, some drones without cameras come with a mount for action cameras, or even have onboard cameras that you can remove whenever you want.

Because not everyone wants a drone with a camera, I’ve decided to put a review together of my 5 favorite drones that don’t come with an on-board camera. There are hundreds, maybe thousands, of drones on the market today, so sifting through them all to find your favorite is a tough task that I’ve taken upon myself to do for you.
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Top 3 Remote Control Helicopter With Live Camera [Review for 2018] – RC Helicopters With Camera

A lot of people assume that remote controlled helicopters and drones are very similar, if not identical. For one, they are both unmanned aerial vehicles. This is somewhat true, but once you look at drone helicopters with cameras side by side you’ll notice the very obvious differences.
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RC helicopters are used much like drones are – for a hobby, aerial photography, you name it. Speaking of which, did you know that a lot of RC helicopters come with cameras? Not a lot of people actually know this, considering they’re often remembered or regarded as something that’s built or a model, in general.

I love RC helicopters, I think that they have just as much to offer as drones do, so I’ve decided to craft a review of my top 3 picks for the best RC helicopter with camera to give you an idea of how great they can actually be.
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5 Best FPV Drones – Full Review Quadcopters With FPV

FPV drones are awesome – no doubt about that! Fortunately for us, there are mounds of FPV drones out there just waiting to be flown. However, not all of them measure up to a certain standard. I won’t say there’s a lot of crap out there, but there are a lot of FPV drones that rank high above the rest.
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Instead of sending you on a wild goose chase, I’ve decided to give you the rundown on the 5 best FPV drones.

Narrowing down the best drones with FPV wasn’t an easy task on my part, but I think you’ll like what I’ve come up with.

With all of that said and done, let’s get straight to the best FPV drones currently out on the market!
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5 Best Phone Controlled Drones

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The freedom of flying is something that few people get to experience in their lifetimes. We can take a commercial airliner somewhere but we never get to experience flight properly because we’re not at the controls. The arrival of phone controlled drones is putting you at the controls of your own personal aeroplane- albeit a miniature one. Combined with a VR headset, this is the closest you’ll get to flying without taking your feet off the floor.

Commercial use Drones can in to existence, as with most technology, because of the military. Commercial drones started to hit stores in 2010 and flew off the shelves. Phone controlled drones can be used to help people to pursue their photography dreams, provide hours of fun for the whole family or simply to take a birds-eye view of their local neighborhood.

Whatever their uses, one thing is guaranteed, Drones are one of the most exciting products on the market. Here, we give our run-down of 5 of the best phone controlled drones available in 2017.
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