Should You Buy a Fixed Wing or Rotary Drone?

When looking to purchase a professional drone, one of the key buying decisions you’ll need to make is whether to go for a fixed wing drone (sometimes referred to as a flying wing) or a heli-style rotary system, such as a quadcopter or multicopter.

So, how should you decide? Which UAV will be the perfect fit for your business? The answer – as is often the case when buying expensive kit – is that it depends.

It depends mainly on how you plan to employ your drone.

  • What kind of areas or structures are you looking to document?
  • What object resolutions are you aiming to achieve?
  • What size areas will you typically want to cover?
  • What are the weather conditions likely to be?
  • How much room will there be on-site in which to land safely?

The infographic below explains the core differences between what a fixed wing drone (such as the eBee) and a rotary UAV (such as the albris) have to offer. In essence, these differences are largely the same as with full-sized aircraft (the coverage difference, for example, being the reason you probably don’t fly off on vacation aboard a helicopter!).

Fixed Wing vs Rotary Drones

Fixed Wing Drone Rotary UAV Compare (Click to expand image.)

Moving on from the starter guide above, the table below gives a real-life senseFly-specific example. It compares the key specifications of our eBee and albris UAVs; the eBee is senseFly’s popular fixed-wing mapping drone, the albris is our intelligent quadcopter for inspection and close mapping applications.

senseFly eBee vs senseFly albris


Fixed Wing Drone Rotary Compare (Click to expand image.)

Explore our full eBee/albris comparison page.