Best American Made Drones that Can Match DJI’s Price and Functionality

Best American Made Drones that Can Match DJI’s Price and Functionality

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Our caller for today, Gordon is looking for some feasible alternatives to DJI. The US-China trade war and data security concerns have given a fillip to American drone manufacturers, who have, till now been unable to compete with the Chinese behemoth, DJI.

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Drone Mapping Guide –

01:56 – This show is brought to you by our in-person trainings
02:53 – Today’s question is about American drone manufacturers and the industry as a whole
04:25 – Have American drone manufacturers priced themselves out of the drone market?
05:18 – Do drone pilots really have any alternative to DJI?
06:50 – Is the power-packed Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Advanced the best drone you can buy for the money?
07:15 – Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Advanced vs. Autel Evo 2 – how do they compare?
08:51 – Are there any American drone manufacturers who can match up to DJI in terms of capabilities and specs?
09:30 – Prominent American drone manufacturers who are making a dent in the market
10:00 – How has the ongoing chip shortage affected supply?
11:38 – Have American drone manufacturers failed to come up with the right products for the mass market?
12:45 – The Auterion system that powers most of the American drones 15:13 – Are there any reliable NDAA approved aircraft that can be used commercially
16:00 – A valuable Mini 2 hack to help you out
22:13 – Is the Freefly Astro a feasible option right now?
23:50 – The Quantum Systems Vector Scorpion – is this the right drone for mapping?
27:00 – The TEAL Golden Eagle – another drone manufacturer vying for a slice of the market
29:50 – Parrot Anafi – a drone that doesn’t quite live up to its potential
31:52 – What are some of the biggest issues with the Skydio?
35:09 – Why the Freefly Astro is miles ahead of the competition
37:10 – Is the hefty price tag on the Autel Evo 2 Dual justified?


  1. Mike The Explorer on May 12, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Mavic Mini most versatile drone. I just dislike the software.

  2. Loingamba Collection on May 12, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Can I get drone

  3. Independent Drone Channel on May 12, 2022 at 6:40 pm


  4. Austin Levi on May 12, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    It’s sad that America does not have the lead or a competitor on the drone market as we are the biggest market as we are far from being in a leader capacit…
    As with many and seems like most all other fields we have lost the capacity to manufacture for consumers …

  5. NGA Outdoors on May 12, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Your wrong on your specs! Autel Evo dual is a Flir 640 as I own one and it’s a American made thermal. Once I receive Autel smart controller DJI does not even come close to Autel period in foldable drones. And before you comment I am 107 licensed and have owned many DJI products and loved them, inspire 1 running xt 336 thermal, Mavic 2, Mavic zoom , phantom 4 pro.

  6. The Curmudgeon on May 12, 2022 at 6:51 pm

    I was interested in the subject, but you ramble way too much. Consider recompiling the video, getting to the point more directly, and show some actual comparisons.

  7. Buck on May 12, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Good the US is making drones…because the last thing we need is Chinese made drones flying all over the country. The govt is already worried about Chinese made drones and are looking to put a ban on them due to the spying that can happen with them seeing US infrastructure or anything we fly them near. Other countries have already put a stop to Chinese made drones being imported.

  8. Tassilo Erath on May 12, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    I switched elswhere you guys talk to much say to little

  9. Mike The Explorer on May 12, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    The tragedy in North America is that we priced basic wages too high to compete with foreign labour. This is why no company in US or Canada can manufacture to create a competitive price for the consumer market. However a company like mine is manufacturing and programming our own systems for our purposes but it won’t be available to the consumer. Only for our internal use.

  10. HylanderSB on May 12, 2022 at 6:59 pm

    The last thing we need is a Jones Act for drones.

  11. Steve Bingham on May 12, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Not sure if communist tollatians use there forced labor camps to produce these drones..if so it going be hard to compete with these camps that no free country can compete with Tolatarian forced labor but Greed hides Truth..

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