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The Complete Guide to Drones Paperback – 12 Nov 2015
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Drones are everywhere at the moment, but should you buy one or build one? How do you go about flying them, and where can you do so legally? Here's the guide that tells all.
About the Author
ADAM JUNIPER has been flying drones and model helicopters for years, and enjoys nothing more than sharing those skills and the videos he captures. He is active in the community and his YouTube videos have been seen by tens of thousands of fellow pilots. He's also worked as a book publisher and professional video producer (with a book on the subject to his name), and has written for numerous digital creativity magazines.
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Can I first start with the negative. Even though I have only scanned through the book over the course of half an hour, I spotted several spelling and grammatical mistakes. Things like Attitude instead of Altititude and It's instead of Its and words added by mistake. So shame on the proofreader who rather bizarrely is the authors dad. If you read the acknowledgements you'll see that the author rushed the writing of the book and was late submitting it. Not sure why we needed to know that nor about all the other folk who "rushed" their jobs. To quote! There are some poor typos and mistakes in this such as INSERT NEW LINE HERE etc. Anyway...
Now with the positive.
Even though I only scanned through the book, I have to say it is absolutely brilliant.
The layout is great, easy to understand and easy on the eye.
If you're an experienced drone flyer, this book is useless because you'll know it all... most probably. It is for people with a new interest in drones.
In terms of content, it has everything you need to know about drones starting off with a little history lesson. There's chapters on the various components that make a drone which is very interesting as I am thinking of building one. Incidentally, at the back of the book is a very detailed yet easy to grasp tutorial on how to build a drone. There's a cut out template for you so you can cut the wooden frame to the right size. Can't wait to read this in detail. The components sections are easy to understand and interesting but of no use if you just want to be the person who flies drones and isn't interested in building one.
There are tutorials on how to actually fly a drone. Flight basics, skills, exercises etc.
I love the section on photo/video work too. Very detailed and well presented.
The legal section is incorrect however. The legal height for flying in the UK is wrong/outdated and I suggest you look at the CAA guidelines on this rather than taking the word of the author, who in all fairness was probably describing the law as it was at the time of publication.
I just know I'm going to love this book. You will too!
However, he absolutely loved this book and has learnt many new things.
Highly recommended for beginners and those who think they know everything about drone flying!
It's a bit out of date too.
I was just expecting a bit more.
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