Chapter 1

Drones 101

In This Chapter

arrow Getting a brief history of drones

arrow Knowing the various types of drones

arrow Understanding the different uses for drones

In this chapter, you take a close look at various types of drones and their applications. You gain an understanding of the differences between drones, UAVs, and RC devices. You even see how drones are used in modern warfare, as well as how they were used in world wars.

Many different types of drones are available for the general public. In this chapter, you see the differences between planes, helicopters, multi-copters, and tiltrotors. You get a glimpse of how average Joes are using drones for hobby flying, aerial video, and aerial photography. You even get a look at how drones are being used for commercial purposes by high-flying drone companies.

Before the chapter kicks off, please make sure that your seatbacks and tray tables are in their upright and locked positions. Ensure your carryon is stowed under the seat in front of you, and your seatbelt is securely fastened low and across your waist. It’s time for take-off!

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