Parrot Airborne Cargo Review

Parrot Airborne Cargo Review

Parrot Airborne Cargo Review


I bought a couple of really cheap drones for my niece recently – the Parrot Airborne Night and the Parrot Airborne Cargo. In this Parrot Airborne Cargo Review, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about this little drone from Parrot, which is targeted at kids and costs a mere $49. The Airborne Cargo is meant to be flown indoors, but you can fly it outdoors too, as long as there isn’t much of a wind outside. Let’s talk a bit more about this cute little drone.




The Parrot Airborne Cargo is not exactly the toughest drone in the world, but is tough enough – it is, after all, meant for kids and costs very little. It’s not a drone that you repair – it’s one that you use for as long as possible till it breaks down, in which case you get it replaced. The Parrot Airborne Cargo comes with replaceable rotors and can withstand most crashes indoors – but you never know.

Airborne Cargo is available in many attractive colors and uses Lego bricks quite liberally in its construction. While it is made from plastic, it is still quite robust and capable of taking a lot of punishment.Parrot Airborne Cargo Review It should, because you know how it’s like when kids start flying drones! The rotors come with an extra bumper protection. The Airborne Cargo is quite small and measures just 7.5 x 7 inches, even with bumpers attached and it is about 1.5 inches high. If you take away the bumpers, it measures just 6 x 6 inches.


 Flying Experience


I was surprised how easy it was to fly the Airborne Cargo. You can control the mini-drone by using the FreeFlight app on your iPhone or Android. It lifts easily when you click on the takeoff button on the app and hovers at about 3 feet above the floor. You can land it by using the landing button on the app – which does everything needed to ensure that the quadcopter touches down safely. The app does everything for you and allows you to easily control the direction in which you want the mini-drone to go.


Control Modes


The Parrot Airborne Cargo comes with three different control modes – Ace, Normal and Joypad. All three modes consist of virtual joysticks which you can use to maneuver the drones and have different levels of difficulty. I found the Joypad mode to be the easiest to use, so that’s a great way to get a child learning to fly drones for the first time.

The Normal mode is slightly more sophisticated, and I recommend using that once your child picks up some kind of proficiency with the drone. The Ace mode is the toughest of the three and allows you to perhaps complex maneuvers with the Parrot Airborne Cargo such as flips and double flips. I recommend using that when your child has picked up at least a couple of weeks of experience with flying the Parrot Airborne Cargo.




There’s a tiny little camera that comes with the Airborne Cargo that shoots straight down into the ground from the base of its body. It’s not sophisticated by any means, and is capable of nothing more than a low picture resolution of 640 x 480-pixels. But that’s good enough for kids, who are the Parrot Airborne Cargo’s intended audience.


Parrot Airborne Cargo Review


Battery Life


The Airborne Cargo is powered by a 550-mAh lithium-polymer battery that gives you not more than 10 minutes of flight time. Not bad for a miniature drone, but not the best either.


Parrot Airborne Cargo: Pros and Cons



  • Very Cheap, costs just $49.
  • Great for kids
  • Attractive design
  • The FreeFlight app is quite good
  • Three different landing modes with automatic landing and takeoff


  • It’s only for children!
  • It’s not the most robust drone in the world
  • It’s not worth repairing it
  • Low battery life of just under 10 minutes
  • The camera is very amateurish, and is suitable only for the most basic drone photography



Hope you liked this Parrot Airborne Cargo Review. My niece loves both the Airborne Drones – Cargo and Night and spends a lot of time flying them. If you would like to buy a Parrot Airborne Cargo for your child, please click here to make your order.



I wish you all the best, and remember that if you have any questions or comments you can post them in the comments section at the bottom of any blog post. It’s great to hear from you.

Kind regards,

Founder of All Best Drones

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6 thoughts on “Parrot Airborne Cargo Review

  1. Julius

    It only lasts ~10 minutes? Damn! That’s pretty bad, I personally think it’s not worth a purchase just for that reason.

    Might fit for kids though, just definitely not for serious photography or filming.

    1. Emanuel Post author

      Hi Julius, the battery of the Parrot Airborne Cargo only lasts for about 10 minutes, that´s right.

      If you want to extend the flight time, you may consider purchasing additional batteries.

      They are not expensive.

      Definitely the Parrot Airborne Cargo its not a professional drone.If you are looking for some professional drones for photography or filming, you may want to check this post.

      Thanks for your comment.

  2. bart

    Had no idea that the drones that you could buy at any old eBay site where as sophisticated as they are. I’m not sure if that’s cool or creepy. Like the Amazon ads curious do you have a store or are these links to someone else’s store

    1. Emanuel Post author

      Hi Bart, I really appreciate your comment.

      The links you see are some recommendations from related with the Parrot Airborne Cargo.


  3. Brad

    Hi Emanuel,

    This looks like a pretty cool little drone. How did you find it with the little guy standing on the top, did it make it top heavy and harder to fly?

    I like the Parrot gear, but it seems to be quite expensive compared to many of the other brands that offer similar specs for around half the price. Particularly if they are going to end up broken.

    I had an MJX drone that was heaps of fun, but I lost connection and it flew off never to be seen again. So I am a bit worried about spending too much on a replacement.

    What is the range like on the Parrot drones?

    1. Emanuel Post author

      Hi Brad, the Parrot Airborne Cargo MiniDrone features a base for attaching items like building blocks and mini figures. It doesn´t come with a figure, you must get one. As to the “little guy” presence, you do not notice any difference in handling the mini drone.

      In this particular case you can fly the Parrot Airborne Cargo up to 20/25 meters range.(it works with the bluetooth of your Smartphone/Tablet).

      Thanks for your comment.


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