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    Drones over Aruba

    I have only noticed or heard of tourists bringing their drones. I have seen some great video's of Aruba filmed using the drone. They are a great way of getting aerial footage of this wonderful Island. I am bringing mine in June to continue the filming. I know there are probably people against using these flying camera's, but they are few. The drones now are so safe to use if used properly.

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    I hope you will come back & post the video
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    We brought our hobby drone to Aruba two years ago. We wanted to see if there was an ocean view from a piece of land we were looking at buying (i.e. wanted to know, if we built a two-storey house, would the second floor have a view of the water).

    It was challenging to use the drone because of the trade winds. There were only one or two times we could get it up twenty feet without it severely shifting direction (the land was surrounded by houses and cactus).

    We were using a Parrot drone.

    Something to keep in mind if you're using something entry-level.

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    welcome to the aruba.com community forum.

    enjoy your droning.......maybe you could post the finished product after your vacation?

    Quote Originally Posted by RobKnight-Leatherby View Post
    I have only noticed or heard of tourists bringing their drones. I have seen some great video's of Aruba filmed using the drone. They are a great way of getting aerial footage of this wonderful Island. I am bringing mine in June to continue the filming. I know there are probably people against using these flying camera's, but they are few. The drones now are so safe to use if used properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    We brought our hobby drone to Aruba two years ago. We wanted to see if there was an ocean view from a piece of land we were looking at buying (i.e. wanted to know, if we built a two-storey house, would the second floor have a view of the water).

    It was challenging to use the drone because of the trade winds. There were only one or two times we could get it up twenty feet without it severely shifting direction (the land was surrounded by houses and cactus).

    We were using a Parrot drone.

    Something to keep in mind if you're using something entry-level.
    I do know about the Parrot drone,but mine is not entry level,I am using the new DJI Phantom 4 which would have less of a problem of drift,my phantom 3 pro which i took last October handled quiet well in the winds,but i accidentally crashed it into a patio window.My new Phantom will not do that as it has Obstacle Avoidance.

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    I need "Obstacle Avoidance" returning from Moomba some nights .. Welcome to the forum!

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    Walt, for the $1400 it would cost you for the Phantom 4 I would be willing to escort you back for to your room safely for a fraction of that cost, lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba4ever View Post
    Walt, for the $1400 it would cost you for the Phantom 4 I would be willing to escort you back for to your room safely for a fraction of that cost, lol.
    Thanks Jay! But I'm not sure a vacation at the Ritz would be a fraction of that

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    I have an entry level drone that's < $200. It's more of a toy, but has a camera, standard flight control configuration - it's an inexpensive training device intended for when I upgrade to something nice. Probably more demanding to fly this one since it's so light weight and wind limited. I've gotten fairly good flying it, can maneuver around inside house, perform flips in tight quarters, control it pointed towards me or right angles, etc. I've already lost one (crashed it near kids in adjacent neighborhood where it was taken lol), crashed in neighbors yard, been stuck in trees, but I've managed to keep it tame lately. When budget allows, I should be ready for the upgrade.

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    Right now a few islands in the Caribbean (Barbados) have placed a ban on the importation and/or use of drones till regulations are put in place sometime in June/July of this year. As long as users are responsible with their drones it should be all good. I've seen several videos on Youtube of drone coverage on Aruba, pretty good.

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