Folks, today I want to review the drone that got me into quadcopters. This was my first aircraft and still remains one of my favorites – it’s one I often recommend to anyone who wants to get into the hobby. It’s the AA108, the first drone by relative industry newcomer Altair Aerial.
What makes the AA108 so great? A lot of little things. It’s tough, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive. It’s a drone that’s built to grow with you as you get better at flying. And I’m excited to tell you all about it!
FAQ About The Altair Aerial AA108
If you don’t see your question listed below in my FAQ section, or have an additional question after going through it, let me know!
1.Is the AA108 a camera drone?
The AA108 comes with a built-in 720p high definition camera. It can be controlled with a smartphone or mobile device through the free FlyingSee app. If you want to take video you’ll have to buy a TF memory card separately, but everything you need for pictures is available right out of the box.
2.Does the AA108 have different flight modes?
Yep! The AA108 has three different flight modes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced drone pilots. This makes it ideal for beginner drone pilots who want to improve their skills.
3.How long does the AA108 fly for?
Approximately 8-10 minutes per battery, with two batteries included in the box and more available from Altair’s website. So if you charge both you can expect about 20 minutes of flight time.
The Altair Aerial AA108 Review
The AA108 requires no assembly – once the battery’s charged, you’re good to go. If you’re interested in taking pictures or video you’ll need to connect your phone to the UDI RC FlyingSee app – the instructions are contained with the drone and they’re very easy to follow.
The AA108 has a lot of useful features that make it much easier for beginners to fly. 1-touch take-off and landing means you only have to worry about manually controlling the drone once it’s in the air, and Altitude Hold Mode means that the drone will maintain its height so that you only have to worry about four directions once it’s in motion. There’s also a Heading Hold mode that makes it so that the side of the drone that’s facing away from you is always the “front” as far as the controller is concerned, so that you don’t have to worry about the orientation of the vehicle.
These features can be turned on and off, and the AA108 also has three speed settings that get pretty fast, so as you get better at flying the drone you can start taking off the training wheels. And even without those features the drone’s still very fun to fly. It’s durable (I’ve crashed mine multiple times without so much as a scratch) and quite fast considering how small the motors are. The high definition camera also takes very good video, as you can see here:
It’s not a perfect drone. As durable as the body is, some reviewers have complained about issues with the rubber feet coming off if you land it too hard (though if you stick to the one-touch takeoff and landing that hopefully won’t be an issue.) Because of its size it also doesn’t perform well in wind, which depending on your geological region might not make it the right choice for you. And some people don’t like the 8-10 minute flight time per battery, although that’s well in line with a beginner drone of this price so it truly doesn’t bother me that much.
In all other respects, though, this is still one of the best starter drones available today!
The Altair Aerial AA108
Like I said up top this is one of my favorite beginner pilot drones and I would highly recommend it to anyone who’s just getting started. What’s great about it is the way that it grows with you thanks to its multiple flight modes – the better you get at flying the more advanced a drone this can be. Plus it’s durable, cheap, and backed by Altair’s strong reputation for customer service.
Take a look at this great article written on altairaerial.com about kids drones and why the AA108 is a good drone for beginners.
At time of writing you can buy the AA108 from Amazon here for only $110 USD.