This article is addressed to all those who use the professional drone and this, regardless of the field of intervention. Whether you are the decision maker or the person flying the aircraft, we compare the pros and cons of renting and buying a quadricopter.
Buy a drone
Buying a drone can quickly become complicated, as there are many models and sensors that can affect your results. And without the right support, your equipment can quickly become outdated and not adapted to your needs. That’s why we’re going to go over the different steps for buying a drone.
Things to check before you buy
Drone regulations in Quebec
The first and most important thing to know is that, whatever the drone you buy, you will have to respect some rules to be able to fly, which will depend on its weight and/or its class. Be aware of one thing: you can’t fly everywhere! To learn more, you can visit the website of Tranports Canada, which is the ministry that regulates the use of drones on the territory.
With the development of drones and their technologies, there are now drones for all budgets. Before investing, it is important to set a budget and to take into account all the additional expenses, because in addition to the purchase of the drone, it will be necessary to buy one or more SD cards, additional batteries, ND filters, spare propellers, or insurance.
Define these needs
There is no need to run on the most expensive drone or sensor, but you should go for the one that best fits your expectations. Video resolution, photo quality, autonomy, size, weight, etc. Another important point to take into account is the environment in which you will carry out your surveys or shots. If you wish to be accompanied in defining your needs, do not hesitate to contact one of our consultants.
Although drones have more and more aids and assistances: at take-off, at “RTH” (Return To Home), “quickshots” (shortcuts to perform flight sequences such as automatically turning around a viewpoint). Nevertheless, it is important to know how to fly and control your drone, and this requires training and a few hours of practice.
The advantages and disadvantages
Buying a drone means becoming the full owner of your aircraft. This means that you can dispose of it as you wish, although long-term leasing also offers you this opportunity. The purchase remains interesting if you already have a fleet of drones and qualified personnel to use them. However, if you do not have these skills in-house, the purchase can quickly become complicated, as you will have to call on an external company for the maintenance, revision or update of your device. In case of partial or total breakage of your drone, you will have to wait the time of the repair, which can sometimes turn out to be longer than expected, the time of the availability of certain spare parts. In conclusion, purchasing remains a good lever if you already have the know-how and skills within your company.
Depending on the needs of each person, the price of the equipment can vary, from simple to triple, depending on the field of activity, the desired shots and several other parameters. If you wish to obtain a detailed quote and discuss your project, please contact one of our consultants who will be happy to advise you in order to find the best solution for you.
Where to buy a drone?
With the democratization of drones, many players have appeared on the market. However, not everyone is an expert. Before taking the plunge, check that the company you choose has real know-how and that it is capable of providing you with customized support before, during and after the purchase of your equipment.
All about drone rental
The advantages and disadvantages
The negative point of renting is that the equipment does not belong to you, however it offers many advantages. Today, with the democratization of this new tool that is the drone, the rental services have evolved and are now adapted to your needs, whether for a short, medium or long term. This approach also allows you to benefit from a tailor-made support, with the choice to take or not, an insurance in case of partial or total breakage of your device. By opting for this option, you benefit from a loaner aircraft immediately and during the entire duration of the repair of your drone to ensure a permanent continuity in your operations. You can also benefit from a maintenance and update of your equipment in order to always have a tool with the point of technology which enable you to carry out your missions of flights and shots in full safety. You will have understood it, the drone rental remains a very interesting offer if you wish to remain competitive at lower cost.
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