Despite the current purgatory of commercial regulations the technology currently finds itself in, drones (or unmanned aircraft systems, as the FAA prefers to call them) will very likely have a major impact on the construction industry. As we detailed in our September feature, some professionals (and firms) are already exploring the possibilities drones present to the industry. If you’d like to start understanding the ins-and-outs of drone piloting and what these devices are capable of, the best drone we can recommend is the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. At $1,099 it’s not a cheap toy, (it is on sale though, regularly $1,300) but it is probably the best drone available right now that is ready to fly out of the box. It captures stunning images, boasts smooth operation and a recent software update has made it a full-featured drone capable of 3.1 miles of continuous autonomous flight. Plus, if you have your own GoPro, you can save a bit of money and grab the $550 (also a sale price) Phantom 2 model.
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