The rise of the drones is upon us, and more remote control (R/C) air vehicles are on the market all the time. With this deluge of personal aircraft, the FAA has placed new restrictions on personal drones, and even requires registration of all units over 0.55 pounds. So how does one get started, without having to register with a federal agency, and without too much cost? I turned to Odyssey Flying Machines. I recently put my hands on a pair of their drones, and was pleased to note: None of Odyssey’s drones is over the 0.55 pound benchmark, meaning you don’t have to register any of their units. Let’s take a look at the Microlite X-7 and the Photon X-9.