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Which Drone To Start With? Sounds Easy, But There are many things to Consider!

Drones can cost just about anything up to thousands of dollars. The best drone for search and rescue for you could very well hinge on your budget. Sometimes the real first question is what is the first drone I should start with? Nobody would recommend you spend thousands of dollars on the perfect SAR drone when you are just learning to fly. One of the better drones to start with might be something like a Parrot Bebop 2 FPV because it is very affordable, comes with FPV goggles so can even try the virtual cockpit experience. When you feel proficient, then you can get the perfect one.

Frequently Asked Questions
Best Beginner Drone?

There are some minimum equipment requirements for doing SAR work and sometimes that can cost more than you should start with.

You might want to start with something like a Bebop 2 FPV package that costs around $250 right now!

How do you decide what is best?

We rely on the experience of our extensive SAR pilot network and pilots with real-world experience using drones for SAR missions.

What about these FLIR Drones?

We have found that the “entry-level” FLIR cameras leave a lot to be desired and to really get a great result you probably need one that costs thousands of dollars. That is not to say the entry-level FLIR cameras on something the DJI Enterprise is not good, but they can give you very different results then you might have expected. All infrared is definitely not the same.

Will I need any "official" training?

You can refer to our SOP for all the requirements that need to be met to be able to fly missions.

What about apps for flying drone missions?

We have a complete section just to cover drone apps. One thing you will notice, and it is definitely a consideration in my book, is what drones are supported by the various app? You will find for example, that DJI is the only drone that seems to be supported by virtually all the apps. 

Consumer Level Drones

Bebop 2

Parrot Drone
White – FPV

Phantom 4 Pro

DJI Drone
Phantom – 4 Pro


XDynamics Evolve
Black – 4K

Inspire 1

DJI Drone

Parrot Bebop Pro

Pro Thermal Drone

Parrot Anafi

Parrot Drone
Parrot Anafi Drone

Inspire 2

DJI Drone

It has been suggested by some to not exclude any drones from here becuase of price. Drones like the Matrice series and many other from other MFG are obviously great drones for search and rescue, just out of range for most of us. If you have the budget and would like any advice on those, just let us know and we will point you in the best direction.

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