The word “drone” may conjure thoughts of military technology, but in actuality Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are a popular choice among RC hobbyists, especially here in the Triangle area. There are hundreds of models of drones to appeal to all types of interests, whether you’re into collecting RC vehicles, interested in aerial photography or videography, or perhaps you want to build one from scratch!

For those who are new to the drones, the options can be a bit overwhelming. At Hangar 18 Hobbies, we’re a full service hobby store offering everything from RC cars and trucks to table top games. We love multirotor drones and have some tips on how to get started to help out our new enthusiasts!

3 drones we suggest at Hangar 18 Hobbies for a variety of experience levels are:bnr-vista-uav

  • For Beginners, Dromida Vista: This is a good model for new flyers, since getting the hang of controlling the flight may take some time with a few bumps along the way, literally. This drone has a lightweight yet durable frame making it ideal for indoor or outdoor sessions. It’s also equipped with USB charging options so a stockpile of batteries is not necessary, and at $69 it makes for a cost-effective investment for first-time flyers.


  • blh7380t1_b0For Intermediate Experience, Zeyrok Drone: This one is a bit more advanced while still being designed for beginner pilots. Its $119.99 price tag may seem intimidating at first, but it’s highly durable and loaded with awesome features such as LED status lights and a removable HD camera for those craving a bird’s eye view. Also, the Smart Technology makes flying a breeze!


  • rise0200-parts-1280For Advanced, Vusion 250 Extreme: For more seasoned pilots who are looking to get involved in the growing sport of drone racing, this is what you’re looking for. While it rings up at $349.99, it truly is an awesome product that will leave you wanting for nothing. It’s the first and only RTF racing drone with all of the essential first-person-view (FPV) equipment already installed!

These are just a select few models available here at Hangar 18 Hobbies, and we have several others that we’d love to tell you about. For those interested in drone technologies, or if you just want to browse our shop, come by and see us in Cary today!