Which Drone for 5000 Budget?

What is the best thermal drone for search and rescue work?

This question was posed by one of our members and I am pretty sure how I will respond, but before I do, I would like to get some of our pilots to give their opinions, especially if they have been able to use equipment I have not been able to.

So, what is everyone’s opinion on this? $5000 Budget and a “THERMAL DRONE”



8K Foldable Drone!

Announced at CES 2020, this drone is going to be fantastic for search and rescue work and should be available soon. 

You have to see the video quality of this drone!

Be sure to view at full screen and make sure the highest resolution is set on YouTube. It should be at least 4K. SEE VIDEO BELOW

Visit Autel WebsiteCheck out the specs

Can Mavik Mini be used for SAR?

Got some feedback from a trusted source that the new Mavic Mini is a great training drone or backup for search and rescue. I have not had the opportunity to see for myself, but I suspect this would be a great starter drone, much the same as the Parrot Bebop2 drone. I will also post a video showing the cameras capabilities shortly.

Thermal imaging drones

There is an ever-increasingsuas-fire-banner need for information, training, and equipment recommendations for using thermal imaging drones in search and rescue missions. While there are many formal training programs, they can be quite expensive. It would be very beneficial if any pilots who have had experience using any thermal drones in SAR if you could share your experience and comments on this post, so our other pilots can learn more about this technology!


Search and Rescue Image Analysis

If you have ever worked a search and rescue mission with your drone, you know how difficult it can be to spot your target. It has been proven with studies that humans miss the target when viewing images way too many times. Shane Michaels has developed software to help tremendously with this problem and any search and rescue unit will be able to not only increase your chances of success but look much more professional. 

We all have challenges with funding because we are all volunteers. I believe this software can make a significant difference and wholeheartedly support them in their efforts and hope that all of you will too.

If you don’t have the funding to purchase the software for yourself or your organization, Shane is graciously offering to do image analysis for our members doing drone SAR missions. Please let us know and take advantage of this tremendous resource.

This webinar was put on by LOC8 and supported by Gene Robinson and other Search and Rescue professionals and will show you the amazing capabilities of this software.

LOC8 Software Website

You can visit LOC8 and purchase licenses or download your own free trial. Give it a try, you will be blown away!

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