Introducing Drone Prize

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Our next meetup is scheduled for Wednesday, February 5th, from 6pm to 8pm. We have a private room booked at Lucky Labrador Brew Pub on SE Hawthorne, courtesy of ATI.

We have a pretty exciting announcement to discuss, Drone Prize. We think it will bring national attention to Portland’s Drone scene. We’re holding a joint meeting with our sister club – Silicon Sky. Local media will also be present to cover the announcement – so dress sharp!

While we won’t be flying – bring out your flying machines for show and tell and to trade tips and tricks with Portland’s drone experts.

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See you there!

PDXDrones December Edition

We’re having our next meetup Tuesday, December 17th from 5:30pm to 7:30 pm at Local Roasting in Northwest.

Ben Lester, the winner of the PDXDrones Challenge in September, has volunteered to teach us the basics of FPV systems. If any of you saw him fly in that challenge or have seen his videos, he knows his stuff!

We’ll have the education segment, then social time. Make sure to bring your rig for show and tell!

More Flyins, More Drones

I usually leave things to the last minute, but this month I’m getting really organized and announcing the next several PDXDrone events all at once! We have awesome programming in August and September, and I hope you can all join in for some fun flying and public events.

August PDXDrones Fly-in

Our monthly fly-in is on – so come fly with us. If its your first time or your 10th, its great to see what projects our group is working on.

If you have questions about the PDX Drone challenge, please come to this meetup and ask. It’s your best opportunity to ask me in person about this awesome event.

When

August 15th, 6pm till dark

Where

SE Stark and 12th, at the old high school. You can’t miss us!

August PDXDrones Weekend Edition

We had several new faces attend our weekend edition last month, so I’d like to continue this test in August. Wilsonville might have been a bit far for attendees, so I’d love to ask our members for other suggestions – places you know our flying would be welcome on a Saturday!

When

August 24th, 12pm – 2pm

Where

TBD. Somewhere outside the city with plenty of open spaces. Multi-rotor and fixed wing welcome

PDX Drone Challenge Practice Day

If you plan on flying at the PDX Drone Challenge, but haven’t flown at least once at previous PDXDrones meetups this summer, please attend this meeting. I can see who registered as a pilot for the meetup, so will reach out independently to those I don’t recognize.

If you’d just like to come fly – this is a bonus meet up!

When

Wednesday, September 4th, 6pm – 7pm

Where

SE Stark and 12th, at the old high school.

PDX Drone Challenge

This is the highlight of PDXDrones summer events – and I encourage and ask that you all attend as a spectator or pilot to help make it a smashing success!

We’re taking over OMSI’s front patio for a fun afternoon of building, flying and public education.

First, we’ll go from Zero to Drone in a public demonstration of machine building. We’ll show spectators how quick and fun it can be to build their own machine in an afternoon.

Next, 10 pilots will face off in a drone obstacle course that will test their piloting skill and grace under pressure. Each maneuver will be graded by judges and the winners will take home prizes! Our audience should be quite sizable as TechFestNW conference attendees and OMSI visitors will all be watching.

For more details, please see the full event description and get tickets!

When

Sunday, September 8th, 11am – 3pm

Where

OMSI. We’ll have the “Drone Cage” setup right in front of OMSI’s welcome plaza, so you won’t miss it.

September PDXDrones Fly-in

September’s meetup might be the last of the year with good weather – so you’ll definitely want to make this one.

When

Thursday, September 19th, 5:30pm

Where

TBD. Probably at our usual location in SE, but not finalized yet.

Announcing the PDXDrones Challenge

I’m exhilarated to announce that, in conjunction with TechFestNW and Dialsmith, PDXDrones will hold Portland’s first Drone Challenge. On Sunday, September 8th, PDXDrones will host a day of flying, building and public education at OMSI. Tickets are free and available now.

I sincerely hope every PDXDrones member can make it out to the event. We need everyone’s participation to show Portland, the attending TechFestNW guests and OMSI visitors what fun drone building, FPV flying and Making can be! OMSI_plaza

Schedule

Zero to Drone: Get flying in an afternoon

Think we can build a Drone in an hour? We’re going to find out.

What it is:

Watch as we take disparate parts and build a fully functional flying machine. Get up close and personal as we expertly assemble arms and propellers, solder wiring and add crucial electronic flight equipment that brings it all together. If you’ve always wondered how Drones are put together, or even if you’ve built robots before, you’ll want to see this speed build. And make sure to stick around when we demonstrate how it really flies!

I need your help with:

Brian with Roswell Flight Test Crew has graciously volunteered his time and parts to show the crowds how easy it is to get flying. I expect we’ll have enough spectators to support several builds going on simultaneously. If you would like to donate your time and parts to start your own build, please contact me. If you have contacts at any manufacturers who you think would be interesting in sponsoring this effort in exchange for publicity at the event, please contact me. We’ll have a camera positioned for close ups, so those people not able to stand right around your tables will have a chance to see whats going on.

The Drone Challenge

What it is:

We’re bringing PDX’s best drone pilots together into the Drone Cage to battle head to head in our skill testing obstacle course. 10 pilots will enter, but only one will emerge victorious and walk away with our fabulous prize package (we’ll have prizes for individual accomplishments as well). Each challenge event tests pilot’s skills in navigation, precision, calm under pressure and time management.

What? You don’t know any Drone pilots? Meet them in real life as they explain how they got started in this fascinating and exciting hobby, how they built their machines.

I need your help with:

I need pilots! We already have several volunteers, but I’m looking to fill out the roster. I hope to have at least 10 pilots compete here. The course will consist of a series of obstacles you’ll fly under, over and through. There will also be several landing targets that test your precision landing skills. Most machines should be able to compete, thought larger birds may have a more difficult time with most.

Flight demonstrations

What it is:

Throughout the day we’ll conduct flight demonstrations of the latest hobbyist Drones. You’ll get to meet the pilots and get up close and personal with the Drones themselves. Don’t worry they won’t bite. You’ll learn about their capabilities and what missions are well suited for each machine.

I need your help with:

I’m looking for people who want to fly and take part in the event! Whether or not you’d like to take part in the Drone Challenge, your welcome to show your machine off to our spectators.

Get involved

So this sounds great right? How do you get involved? Head over to the event page to get your tickets. If you’d like to be a pilot, please select that tickets. If you’d like to volunteer or contribute in some other way, please contact me.

Make sure to RSVP for the event and tell your friends on Facebook and Google+.

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PDXDrones Weekend Edition

PDXDrones will host our first ever weekend edition fly-in, away from the constraints of urban Portland. We’ll head out to open fields – even enough space for our fixed-wing brethren to join in!

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When

Saturday, July 20th, 11am until we’re done (typically 3 hours, but then I’ve never flown on the weekends before)

Where

Boones Ferry Primary School (probably around the back facing the fields)
11495 SW Wilsonville Rd
Wilsonville, OR 97070

Getting There: If you’d like to attend, but don’t have a car – let’s carpool. I have some extra seats, and I’m sure there are other members who are willing to offer up rides for you and your drone. To organize this, please leave a comment on this post if you need a ride! The only way we can have enough seats is if people raise their hands to be counted.


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As a reminder – between meetings you can keep the conversation going on our Google Group. Some people reported having trouble with the link last time, so you can always just search Google Groups for “PDXDrones” and we’ll be there.

Also there are some people starting to join our Facebook page, which is another good place to share Drone videos or news as you see them.

A Note on Safety

Safety should be everyone’s top concern when flying, and it certainly is mine. When you fly at PDXDrones, please make sure you have someone spotting you at all times. There are plenty of people there who will volunteer to help. If you are testing out a new rig or new software thats fine, but make sure you have a clear space to do so! And of course, please be respectful of other people using the park so we show how FPV/UAVs used responsibly can integrate just fine with society.

PDXDrones July Fly-in

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I’m sorry guys – I dropped the ball last month and couldn’t get organized. So this month I’m doubling down to make up for lost time.

This Thursday we’ll have our July fly-in, and then Saturday the 20th we’ll have a weekend edition.

This Thursday’s edition will be held at our venue for the past couple meetups – the abandoned high school on SE Stark between 12th and 14th. We’ll start flying at 6pm and will continue until 9pm, or whenever we run out of batteries.

As a reminder – between meetings you can keep the conversation going on our Google Group. Some people reported having trouble with the link last time, so you can always just search Google Groups for “PDXDrones” and we’ll be there.

Also there are some people starting to join our Facebook page, which is another good place to share Drone videos or news as you see them.

See everyone Thursday! I’m excited to show off my new DJI Phantom. Yep – I finally upgraded from my AR.

When

Thursday, July 11th, 6:00pm to dark

Where

Abandoned Washington High School. On SE Stark between 12th and 14th. Its an open field. (Same as last time)

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A Note on Safety

Safety should be everyone’s top concern when flying, and it certainly is mine. When you fly at PDXDrones, please make sure you have someone spotting you at all times. There are plenty of people there who will volunteer to help. If you are testing out a new rig or new software thats fine, but make sure you have a clear space to do so! And of course, please be respectful of other people using the park so we show how FPV/UAVs used responsibly can integrate just fine with society.

RSVP on Calagator

PDXDrones May Fly-in

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When

Thursday, May 16th, 5:30pm to dark

Where

Abandoned Washington High School. On SE Stark between 12th and 14th. Its an open field. (Same as last time)

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A Note on Safety

Safety should be everyone’s top concern when flying, and it certainly is mine. When you fly at PDXDrones, please make sure you have someone spotting you at all times. There are plenty of people there who will volunteer to help. If you are testing out a new rig or new software thats fine, but make sure you have a clear space to do so! And of course, please be respectful of other people using the park so we show how FPV/UAVs used responsibly can integrate just fine with society.

RSVP on Plancast or Calagator

Community Q&A Site

I’ve had several requests for more interactivity form PDXDrone’s online presence. I tried to build a fancy shmancy forum section for us to use, but Google Groups works just as well and I don’t have to worry about maintaining it as much. So, please check out our new Google Groups section. If you have questions about a build, certain equipment, local places to fly – whatever, this is the place to ask the local community and get your answers.

PDXDrones April Fly-in

PDXDrones has been quiet for a while as I was traveling in Chile. Now I’m back so let’s go out flying!

When

Thursday, April 25th, 5:30pm to darkness. We’ll be flying until there are no more batteries!

Where

Abandoned Washington High School. On SE Stark between 12th and 14th. Its an open field.

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A Note on Safety

Safety should be everyone’s top concern when flying, and it certainly is mine. When you fly at PDXDrones, please make sure you have someone spotting you at all times. There are plenty of people there who will volunteer to help. If you are testing out a new rig or new software thats fine, but make sure you have a clear space to do so! And of course, please be respectful of other people using the park so we show how FPV/UAVs used responsibly can integrate just fine with society.

RSVP on Plancast or Calagator

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PDXDrones March Flyup

I held off announcing our March meetup for a bit, but the weather now looks solid enough for Tuesday. March’s PDXDrones meeting will be a Flyup! We’ve been cooped up indoors all winter, and now is the time to stretch our legs and do some flying.

When

Tuesday, March 12th, 5:30pm to darkness. The clocks have just changed, so we get an extra hour to fly!

Where

Clinton City Park. It’s a big place and I don’t know exactly where in the park we’ll set up, but we are a bit conspicuous.

A Note on Safety

Safety should be everyone’s top concern when flying, and it certainly is mine. When you fly at PDXDrones, please make sure you have someone spotting you at all times. There are plenty of people there who will volunteer to help. If you are testing out a new rig or new software thats fine, but make sure you have a clear space to do so! And of course, please be respectful of other people using the park so we show how FPV/UAVs used responsibly can integrate just fine with society.