The Business of Drones in Costa Rica

Increased demand has been reported of the commercial use of drones in the country, where 15 formal enterprises are engaged in importing and marketing of these products.

Monday, May 4, 2015

In addition to the 15 formal companies that sell drones, it is estimated that there are approximately 25 informal companies. Demand for these devices have evolved and they are now used for photography, TV commercials, property appraisals and recording social events.

Elfinancierocr.com reports that "... There are small drones (330 mm, the size of a cake) and large ones costing up to $17,000. The local firm TicoHobbies, which began importing drones and multiblade helicopters (helicopter with various blades or turning systems) two years ago, sells models from $50 to $1,200 used mainly for entertainment. In the commercial field, accessories are needed (such as control screens and camera equipment, various batteries for extended sessions), wind gauge, battery chargers and computer equipment for editing videos and photographs. "

However, "... With the popularization of the drones informal companies and individuals have emerged who provide services for personal entertainment, but can exceed themselves, for example, at the height of flight, as the controls have a range of up to 1.5 kilometers . "

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