A lot of our customers have a lot of questions, and no wonder when we started off ourselves we also had a bunch of questions. But some questions are more frequent than others so to save a lot of time here is a collection of the most frequently asked questions. Hope they give you a answer and if not please ask us by filling in the form at the bottom. Thanks for visiting and happy flying.
Hoverfly/DJI and Dronera Safety Regulations
Please read the safety regulations. Safety Regulations
How much weight can I lift with a Dronera UAV?
We pride ourselves in providing the highest lifting capacity on the market, Currently our base model the DRONERA 8 can have a maximum take off weight of 24 kg. But id doesnt mean that you can lift 24 kg with it. The Dronera 8 Has a empty weight of around 4 kg, without batteries. With batteries and ready to fly its weight is around 7,5 kg (with total of 24.000 Mah of battery power onboard) we recommend that in order to have good flight characteristics you should never exceed a total weight of more than 65% of the maximum take off weight. so for the Dronera 8 it means a take off weight of 15,6 kg. – the weight of unit with batteries= 8,6 kg for camera gimbal and whatever payload you wish to add. As a general rule try to stay below 50% and rather upgrade or choose a large vehicle such as the Dronera X16 or the Dronera X8U. But even the Dronera 8 already permits you to fly A RED Epic or any DSLR on the market or a Black Magic Camera.
What is the difference between the Hexa-, Okto-, Dodeca- and Decahexa Copter?
Main differences are the lifting capacity and the redundancy. The Hexa copter normally has problems landing safely should one motor fail, While the Octocopter can safely land with up to 2 motors failing. While the x16 can have up to 8 motors failing (given that it is loaded below 50% of max take off weight.) (of course depending on which motors fail. (if for some reason all motors on only one side of the copter fails it will fall to the ground. ) but if all motors on either top or bottom row fails it should still be able to fly. If you intend to fly expensive equipment use as many motors as you can afford.
Hexa means 6 motors, Octo means 8 motors, Dodeca means 12 motors, and Deca hexa means 16 motors. Any DRONERA copter with a X means there are 2 rows of motors facing eachother so the x8 has 4 arms with 2 motors on the end of each arm one on top and one on the bottom. x16 has 8 arms with 2 motors on each.
How long does a Hexa/OktoKopter fly on one battery charge?
It really depends on the payload, type of copter, age of batteries, and the temperature, Altitude at which you are flying. A regular Dronera 8 with a Canon DSLR with 16.000 MAH of batteries has a flight time of approx 14 Minutes. A Dronera X8U with a DSLR 3 axis gimbal and 60.000 MAH of batteries can fly for around 50 minutes. But in general you need to test out your own setup and always try to stay on the safe side, the results of running out of battery in a multicopter is generally very bad unless you are lucky. No battery and the copter will drop to the ground like a rock. That is why we always recommend to use at least 2 batteries when flying. in case one should die on you even though extremely rare sometimes a lithium battery can malfunction and suddenly stop working.
How you fly is probably the most important factor of battery life. Hovering in same position gives you a lot more time in the air than continuously accelerating and stopping going up and down etc.
Can I fly with 2 or more batteries?
Not only can but you should always fly with at least 2 batteries, It is possible to fly with 2/4 or more batteries in parallel and gain a flight time of 30+ minutes or even a little more. Depending on craft, payload etc. Our DRONERA X8U supports up to 8 batteries. and can fly for up to 1 hour with this.
Who builds your RTF systems?
We build ALL of our RTF systems in our own shop. All DRONERA platforms are professionally built, tested, flown and tuned to perfection! when your craft is ready we will notify you so you can choose between picking it up with a free 2 day course or have it shipped to you.
How do you protect the RTF system during shipping?
All DRONERA RTF systems are shipped in Professional Waterproof Pelican Cases with custom cut foam padding. Most components ordered with your RTF system will also ship in these cases.
How difficult is it to fly a Dronera Multikopter.?
If you have previous experience of RC models you will find flying a Dronera Multicopter very easy. The system is very stable in the air and you really dont have to do much to keep it hovering nicely. The GPS and Compass systems ensures stable and precise hovering and flight, and you will get a flying machine that does not require a lot of experience. But it is always difficult to do it the first time so to assist you in that we recommend you spend at least 10 hours flying a flight simulator on your computer first. Flight simulators are included in all our RTF systems. And is shipped immediately after you place your order.
Where can I learn how to fly?
You can start by purchasing a flight simulator for your computer at home. Or if you have ordered a Dronera RTF we send one out to you immediately.
DRONERA also offers in house training sessions, flight training, POI and GPS training, Please contact us for more information or visit our Flight training page.
How much does it cost?
The cost of your multi-rotor platform depends on your required payload, required flight times and the add – on’s, cameras/lenses and options that you choose. Please see our product pages for more information.
Ready to Fly or Build yourself?
Even though anyone with good skills in RC, Soldering, Electronics, Aerospace, Software/computers, programming can easily build a multicopter it does still take a lot of time to get everything right, If you have not built one before you will spend numerous hours trying to figure out the bits and pieces to get everything to work. For everyone else there is the option to let us professionally build it, test and tune to your specifications saving you lots of work and hassle and potentially the entire craft. (yes we know of people who have tried to build it themselves who have totalled their craft on their first test flight, and sometimes even lost their craft totally as it simply flew away and dissappeared. On the other hand it is good to build it yourself since you will learn all the bits and pieces about your craft. Owning and operating a Professional Multicopter is not recommended if you have no technical, computer, soldering or electronics experience. But if you are a bit technical it is not Rocket science either.