Welcome to Drone Flying 101! Thanks for stopping by. My name is Jeremiah Burnett and I started this website in 2020 after becoming fascinated with the toy drones I got for my two boys, Bobby (11 years old) and Ryan (9 years old), for Christmas in December 2018.
While I watched them sitting in their pajamas on the living room floor helping each other assemble their drones and figure out the controls, I realized it was one of the first times that Bobby and Ryan hadn’t started fighting over a toy in years. I’d finally found a hobby that brought them together.
Since that Christmas morning, watching my boys get more and more skilled at flying their drones, doing flips, hovering in place, zipping around the house knocking books off of shelves (yes, I made them play outside after that!), and finally having some peace in the house, I decided to see if I could turn drones into a family bonding experience.
I picked up our first “real” drone – a DJI Mavic Air – a few weeks later and my kids were super excited! It was certainly an upgrade to the toy drones that they had been playing with.
And I have to say that it worked like a charm. My kids finally stopped treating me like their boring, annoying old dad (even though I haven’t even turned 40 yet!). I got to spend time with them doing something that all three of us enjoyed. We got to learn about flying drones together.
It’s been over two years since then and we have only grown closer since then. My eldest Bobby has become passionate about making short films using his own drone videography, and is smoother on the controls than even I am. Apparently, kids learn way faster than adults, especially when it comes to new technologies.
My younger son Ryan is more interested in racing drones. With the money he saves, he’s put together a pretty sizeable collection of racing drones and accessories. In fact, his bedroom most days looks like a bomb went off and scattered drone parts all around it. I do NOT walk in there barefoot – it’s worse than a floor covered in Legos!
While I also enjoy flying drones, taking photos and making short films around my hometown and the parks within a couple hours’ drive of my home, I’ve also started to take an interest in building my own drones – specifically, 3D printing them. There was certainly a massive learning curve when I first started looking into 3D printing but with some months turning into a year under my belt, and after many failures (and some very messed-up looking 3D-printed drone parts!), I am finally starting to see my drone design ideas translate into workable prototypes. It’s extremely exciting and satisfying at the same time.
Thanks for taking the time to read about me and my family and how we came to be so enamored of drones. We’re always excited to share our love of the hobby with others and get new people started (and hooked!) on drone flying.
If you’d like to connect with us or you just have a question, feel free to contact us here.
Best wishes to you and your family.
– Jeremiah Burnett