With the release of updated FAA regulations, civilian quad flying has taken on some new dimensions. Requirements demanding unaided visual contact will keep airbot and operator close to each other while limitations on flying over people will ideally keep bots and bodies apart. The 16-year-old minimum age for pilot certification clearly reflects the age for attaining a driver’s license and not the manufacturers’ target demographic. Given the speed, weight and payload potential of some consumer UAVs, it doesn’t seem a bad thing for users to appreciate a level of responsibility. Considering the number of them out there given as gifts, it is fairly certain that there will continue to be many fledgling operators well under the 16-year age limit.
As the majority of consumer quads are manufactured by toy companies -- regulation notwithstanding -- parents will still be buying them but the kids will be the ones flying them. As flying tools or toys, they are uniquely breakable. Something like the 6-rotored camera-ship Yuneec Typhoon H, hovering at the high end of the price range, could be demolished the first time out owing to loft combined with gravity. Even the mega-tough DJI T600 Inspire 1, if improperly controlled, could destroy itself and even others because of its speed/weight/spinning blade combo. Better to start out light and inexpensive with something like the World Tech Toys Envision, or one that won’t break the law or your budget.
The Gptoys H2O Aviax could prove to be a fine quad for taking the plunge into radio-controlled flight. Another X-flier that went to the Syma School of quad clone design, Gptoys decided to give their quad something more unique than a cheesy camera. The H2O, in accord with its name, is a bit of a water bot. It can fly not only in inclement conditions, but land in water, sink to prop wash depth and fly out. An ideal choice for those on the bayou or places with lots of lakes, the H2O Aviax has a cheap, hobby-grade controller for learning the joys of stick. With headless mode for ease of control, its 6-axis gyro provides stable flight and 360-degree eversion.
This is a very easy to fly and fun quad. I recommend this to anyone who wants a little extra protection from the rain or water.
Pile of junk! Whenever it has a medium to hard bump/landing it has to have the power cable removed and reconnected before it will fly again... Very poor show!
Very disappointed! Straight out of the box, two then three of the motors did not run properly, running much slower than the working blade.
Nice stable quad, well built. Don't concern yourself if it is or isn't waterproof, as it is a great quality quad with good range... Sensible LVC warning, and good lights.
The components are of very poor quality and control of the drone is pretty hard. As a tip I would not recommend, give or buy it.
Flies great and can take a beating. The most fun I have had with a quad. My dog loves chasing it. For this price you can't find anything even close.
It is light enough. It is made of very durable plastic so that when it fall down in midair, it is not damaged. Overall, I am very happy for its size, operation and value.