Altair 818 Hornet Beginner Drone with Camera | Live Video Drone for Kids & Adults, 15 Min Flight Time, Altitude Hold, Personal Hobby Starter RC Quadcopter for All Ages (Yellow 818 Hornet)

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  • 720p HD Camera for amazing aerial photos and videos
  • Easy to fly for all ages! Multiple Skill Settings Included
  • Flight Modes like Altitude Hole, One Button Takeoff and Landing, and Headless Mode
  • Smartphone Ready but Not Required!
  • Durably Built for Stable Flights!


THE ALTAIR AERIAL AA818 PLUS HORNET is a professional quality hobby drone with 720p camera capabilities and 30 minutes of flight time right out of the box. The Hornet is specifically designed for budding aerial photographers who are still new to the world of drones, but pilots of all skill levels love this aircraft. LONG FLIGHT TIME The Hornet gets 15 minutes of flight time per battery and comes with two batteries in the box. This gives you 30 minutes of flight time before you even pay for additional parts. This is perfect for longer photography shoots, or even just for those who want to play with a great drone for as long as possible. Read more EXCELLENT CAMERA The Hornet includes a 120° wide-angle 720p High Definition Camera that can take amazing aerial photos and videos in birds' eye view. You can line up your shot using a phone or tablet from up to 60 meters away (full flight range of 150 meters.) This long range, combined with 15 minute flight times and the quality of the camera itself, make the Hornet one of the best camera drones for beginners ever made. Read more MAXIMUM STABILITY As an upgraded version of our most popular beginner drone, the Hornet is designed for improved stability and balance even in wind, making it much easier to line up that perfect aerial shot. Stability Features Include: One-Touch Takeoff and LandingAltitude HoldHeadless Mode With these features, the Altair Aerial Hornet is a perfect introduction into the world of drone photography! Read more ALL THE FEATURES YOU LOVE One-Touch Take Off and Landing are great features for beginners to ensure safely piloting your drone through take off and landing procedures. The Hornet 818 Plus comes with 2 Batteries that EACH have a 15 minute fly time! Compared to the competition, you'll be flying for double the time! With Altitude Hold you can capture smooth and steady footage without worrying about maintaining altitude with the joystick. With 3 Different Skill Levels included, you'll be able to use the Hornet 818 Plus as a beginner though more advanced flying. Once you get the hang of flying on the lower settings, just increase the skill level and unlock more maneuverability and speed! Read more Altair Promise At Altair Aerial, we’re committed to creating innovative products we're sure you're going to love. We are constantly designing new, high-quality drones for pilots of all ages and skill levels. We’ll treat you the way you want to be treated. After all, we believe in the products we create and we want you to love our drones as much as we do. Read more

Battery Cell Composition: Lithium Ion

Package Dimensions: 14.72 x 14.09 x 5.43 inches

Item Weight: 2.9 ounces

Manufacturer recommended age: 14 years and up

Batteries: 1 Lithium Metal batteries required. (included)

Is Discontinued By Manufacturer: No

Manufacturer: Altair INC

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Top Amazon Reviews

  • The 818 hovers more easily for video and is not as quick to respond ...
Just got the AA818 but have flown it indoors and out. Seems very stable in flight. Have had the Altair AA108 for some time and they are completely different animals. The 108 seems quicker and quite capable indoors or out. The 818 hovers more easily for video and is not as quick to respond to the controls (in a good way). We have a lot of windy days here, especially in March, and the FAQ's on Altair's site about limiting your flights with either one to breezes under 10 MPH are not kidding. When you read a review that one flew away my guess is that 90% or more of those flew away on days that were too windy. Gravity is the only thing bringing these little babies down, and an object a foot across weighing 6/10ths of a pound (AA108) or 1/2 pound (AA818) isn't coming down as planned in a strong wind. Although I am pretty much a newbie the learning curve on these is hours, not days, and both seem very forgiving to minor crashes. Have not had a high speed into concrete crash but furniture and grass doesn't hurt them much if at all. These are still "toy" drones but much superior to my previous toy drone that cost half as much as the AA108 and was worth about a dollar. Nice work Altair. I'd recommend either of these as a learning drone and they are OK for an intermediate even. You certainly get your money's worth. And oh yeah. Customer service is unexcelled. Contact them and you will get a quick response and they will bend over backwards to help you and make you happy. ... show more
Reviewed in the United States on March 19, 2018 by Jeffrey A. Rumbaugh

  • It would be nice to be able to do it manually
First of all, Altair Aerial's customer service is top notch. They were quick to answer my questions, and did so in an easy-to-understand manner. They are also quick to fix any mistakes, and take important things such as holidays into consideration when they do. They just sent out replacements to every person who recently ordered the 818 Hornet Plus, because there were some orders sent out with missing parts. Every business makes mistakes at times, it's inevitable. These guys know how to make up for it. On to the product. Cons: the trim and skill level selector are buttons on the back of the controller. It does make adjusting the trim a bit tricky if you're not familiar enough with the button locations and controls. Must use the auto-takeoff feature. It would be nice to be able to do it manually, especially flying inside. I don't consider the camera quality a con because a high quality camera would make the price skyrocket. Pros: customer service. The drone is very easy to fly. The auto-takeoff feature works very well, so does the altitude hold. I ran into the walls a few times (operator error), and didn't leave a scratch on it. The three skill level modes are awesome, and you can definitely tell the difference in them. It's a great beginner drone to learn the controls and get some flying time in. I can't comment for experienced flyers, but it's ideal for beginners. I would recommend giving them a try before going anywhere else. I'm looking forward to many hours of learning and flying. I may leave more comments after I've flown it for a while. ... show more
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2017 by Adam Moore

  • Great Training Drone
Let me just start by emphasizing that you're almost certainly not going to use this drone for professional work. But the FAA currently considers drones under 250g to be toys, and at 248g this one is correctly classified. If you're a hobbyist who likes to shoot photos/videos or training to become a commercial drone pilot, this is a rugged little drone that's a great choice. For me, after learning to fly with this, transitioning to a professional drone (which will cost you at least 10x as much as this one) was a breeze. The big pro for this drone is that it's simple and durable. I crashed it countless times while learning, and it keeps on flying. The controls were easy to master, and Altair Aerial's customer service was very helpful when I had a question. (The instruction manual was clearly translated into English by a non-native speaker.) The big con is that it's simple and lightweight. That means that every breeze, every convection current grabs it and tosses it around. This is great for making you a better pilot, but your only prayer of getting great imagery out of it would be on unnaturally calm days. That said, the fact that you can take pictures and videos with it means that emerging pros can get used to flying and shooting at the same time, and amateurs have the ability to get imagery at a very reasonable price. The secret with any drone purchase is to know what you plan to do with it, and to select the right drone for the job. I'm a photographer who bought this so I could learn to fly on something I didn't mind crashing. I'm very happy with this purchase. ... show more
Reviewed in the United States on February 4, 2020 by K.J.

  • Recommended entry-level HD camera drone
Recommended entry-level HD camera drone. Used this to inspect my roof, took several attempts to capture the video I was looking for, but this did the trick. Somewhat challenging to control, doesn't always hold level, and when it does, tends to slide to the side. The camera app integrated controls don't appear to have a headless mode, so the included controller is needed for headless. Recorded video quality is very good, though streaming video quality is only fair. Durable, has hit a few things and still flies. The included spare battery is key, and I like that it includes spare blades, though they haven't been necessary so far. Instructions would have you test indoors but this is probably not a good idea. ... show more
Reviewed in the United States on March 24, 2018 by sleepyastronaut sleepyastronaut

  • Great drone and easy to fly
My 10 year old son was an expert out of the box. The drone is very easy to learn. The controls are intuitive. Flight time is very good. It comes with two batteries and claims a 15 minute flight time per batter. I am usually skeptical of battery life claims so I timed it. It averaged 18 minutes per battery. I highly recommend this drone. ... show more
Reviewed in the United States on December 27, 2019 by armyminusr

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