Virginia Fly-In

Let's get together and do some flying together in Virginia as a community. The location for this event is Ida Lee Park but instead of the main entrance go to the location at this link https://maps.google.com/maps?q=39.126452,-77.572317&ll=39.126556,-77.572322&spn=0.002314,0.004935&num=1&t=h&gl=us&z=18.

We have two beer challenges this time around.

1) A six pack of beer is offered to anyone who can fly autonomously around two objects that I will place in a field. One six pack for flying close around the outside of the objects in an oval pattern. Two six packs for a figure eight pattern or other autonomous fancy flying around the objects that impresses the crowd.

2) A security case of beer challenge. We will award a case of beer to anyone who can jam someone else's signal so they can't fly. Two cases of beer if you can take over someone else's drone. This challenge has strict rules for safety reasons. In order to participate, you must declare you want to take the challenge on before you start so we will know that you are doing this. Anyone found trying to mess with anyone else's equipment without their permission will be banned from the group. Sorry to sound so draconian, but if we are going to open this Pandora's Box we need to be careful about how do it. We are doing this in order to educate ourselves about the vulnerabilities of our equipment, not to encourage abuse of these vulnerabilities.

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  • Brian

    Here is the video I put together using some photos from this site and onboard gopro footage.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...­

    7 · April 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was great to finally attend a DC DUG flying event. The posted photos and video are great.

    As the group moves more and more into autonomous flight, I'd like to throw out a word of caution for group events. I was a little too shy to ask everyone to turn off their 3DR telemetry radios while I flew, but in hindsight I should have either spoken up or flew without telemetry.

    The first autonomous flight of my fixed-wing aircraft went as expected, but the telemetry log showed a great deal of interference. The second flight did not go as expected, so I aborted. I believe I was getting signals telling the autopilot to go into different flight modes.

    For shy folks like me, it might make sense to go back to the old pin system--whoever has the pin has the frequency. All others must have their radios off. This would work well for the video systems, too, I believe.

    It was a great event. Thanks.

    Paul

    2 · April 16, 2013

    • Christopher Vo

      the 3dr radios skew the frequency randomly (by up to one whole channel) using the NETID as the random number generator seed. therefore, two radios using different NETIDs will be on slightly different frequencies. it is good to have a small dry-erase board or clipboard handy at flying events for people to record their NETIDs and frequencies to avoid overlaps. the default is 25. the same goes for people using 1.2G or 5.8G bands for video, even though we avoid using the entire band at the same time, there is still potential for error (like someone testing their equipment on a table while someone else is flying FPV) so a more accurate account of who's on what frequencies is a good idea.

      3 · April 16, 2013

    • Richard

      At the last build party I could not connect well even though I was 2 feet away. Telemetry uses frequency hoping so if we have different NETID's we should be able to avoid some of the issues. If people use the default then they will connect to each others drones with associated issues. This is why I changed my NETID recently from the default.

      April 16, 2013

  • Matt F

    ah...now I have an excuse!...my crash was due to radio interference!

    It had nothing to do with my likely mis-calibrated esc's :)

    1 · April 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Matt. Sorry to have missed you as well, and I sure hope I didn't cause your crash! :-(

      April 16, 2013

  • Matt F

    Paul, I was hoping to meet you at the event, but somehow missed with you. I'll definitely look for you next time!

    April 16, 2013

  • Ian Jefferys

    Has anyone put video from yesterday online?

    April 15, 2013

    • Kevin Good

      I just uploaded to the DC Drone "laboratory" channel. Anyone is welcome to upload to that channel to keep others in the group abreast of what you've been up to. Just contact me or Tim if you want to. http://www.youtube.co...­

      1 · April 16, 2013

    • Kevin Good

      ...sorry... the DCdroneFlyingRobots channel. I forgot what we named it. :)

      1 · April 16, 2013

  • Arlen Raasch

    I had a blast, can't wait for the next event.

    2 · April 14, 2013

  • Toby

    30+ flyers = no incidents. End of the day, me and one other fixed wing in a 5 acre field = midair collision!

    2 · April 14, 2013

    • Ian Jefferys

      Doh! Faster fixed wings need to practice extreme spacial awareness when flying among rotor craft. Was there another mid-air collision earlier in the day between two multicopters, though?

      April 14, 2013

  • Larry Kerschberg

    I really enjoyed the event, the people and the flying. Thank to our organizers and the weather! I learned a lot and got to see some very unique flying machines, including fixed wing aircraft.

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • Brian

    Great gathering and perfect weather. Glad to see some basic safety rules laid out and most followed them and those that didn't were informed of the situation. Good job Tim.

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • Cyrus Phillips

    I had a great time, weather was gorgeous and everyone was super cool!

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • David Siedlyk

    Found: Pliers & bundle of tie down straps. Ken: These might be yours. They were left on my table along with a bundle of tie down straps. I secured both items and will release them at the next group gathering.

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • Terry Kilby

    Belinda and I had a blast today. It was great to meet so many new people. We can't wait for the next event.

    1 · April 14, 2013

  • Christopher Vo

    i got my missions loaded in mission planner ready to test out =)

    April 14, 2013

    • Christopher Vo

      be prepared to see spectacular crashes and mid-air explosions! or something.

      1 · April 14, 2013

    • Matt F

      I did what I could..no explosions, just 2 broken landing gear

      April 14, 2013

  • Nils Granholm

    I got rear ended, chopper is fine :)

    April 14, 2013

    • Matt F

      glad you're ok too

      April 14, 2013

  • Fredrik Nyman

    Great!

    April 14, 2013

  • Daniel Allen

    Omg I'm cursing to myself for not trying harder to make it. Next time

    April 14, 2013

  • Matt Fowle

    Super late start. Hope I see some of you there.

    April 14, 2013

  • Hocine C.

    Hi Chris,

    Please, if you have some time tomorrow, could you help me tune up my quad copter before, during, or after the flying party.

    Thank you so much for organizing the group buys, the build parties and the workshops, I sincerely appreciate your generosity, your time and your expertise.

    I would also like to thank Gus for helping me build my quad and Toby for his encouragement.

    Finally, many thanks, Timothy, the board and all the DC drone members user groups.

    Have fun tomorrow and enjoy the flying,

    Regards,
    -Hocine

    1 · April 13, 2013

    • Christopher Vo

      Sure! =) I also sent you a Telemetry Air Module in the mail, I hope you got it.

      April 14, 2013

  • Matt Leonard

    Coming with my little guy to watch (from a distance).

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • Timothy Reuter

    I wanted to let everyone know that we may have a number of reporters from different news outlets at Sunday's event, including some television crews. If you are uncomfortable being filmed or don't want to talk to any of the journalists, please let me know at the beginning of the fly-in or email me ahead of time and I will tell them to avoid filming or interacting with you. This is a great opportunity for us to get the word out about all the positive things we represent as a community, but I will strive to balance this with ensuring that the focus of the event is on all of us getting to enjoy flying together. Thanks, and I look forward to seeing you this weekend.

    2 · April 10, 2013

  • Daniel Allen

    I'm not sure I can make it anymore. I'll keep in touch.

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello everyone! I'm a student at the University of Maryland's journalism school and I'm working on a project about personal drones. Would it be okay if I come to the Fly-In to talk with some of you, get some photos and check out drones in action? Thanks!

    1 · April 10, 2013

    • Terry Kilby

      Hey Lucas. Glad you found the group. I'm sure I'll see you Sunday.

      April 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm really looking forward to it.

      1 · April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll be covering it as a reporter

    3 · April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will it be possible to fly fixed-wing aircraft at this location?

    Thanks.

    1 · April 9, 2013

    • Christopher Vo

      of course! :-)

      April 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Christopher. Just wanted to be sure before I commit to the drive.

      April 9, 2013

  • Nils Granholm

    Gonna bring my Octocopter, need some Mikrocopter software TLC if anyone has a chance to sit with me a few min.

    1 · April 7, 2013

  • Dave Howe

    I just learned of DCDrones and joined tonight. I have been flying FPV and this is a perfect opportunity for me to learn more! I plan to make the drive from Norfolk. Look forward to meeting yall!

    2 · April 5, 2013

  • John

    The 14th is Thai New Years.

    March 13, 2013

    • Matt F

      Songkran! I can throw a bucket of water on you if you like

      April 3, 2013

  • Troy D. White

    I originally planned on attending, but the Outlaws are visiting. I'll be sure to catch the next Meetup in DC or NoVA

    April 3, 2013

  • Christopher Vo

    I have a lot of extra 10x4.7 ABS plastic propellers. I'll bring them with me to the fly-in and sell for $1.25 each, in case you need extras.

    April 3, 2013

    • Troy D. White

      I suspect that I'll be breaking a lot of mine, I just received my Quadcopter and need to learn to fly it. I purchased some extras from 3DR but will take you up on this in the future

      April 3, 2013

  • Jessica

    I don't have anything to fly - and I don't know how to fly. But this looks like a good place to start learning more!

    April 1, 2013

    • Matt F

      learning in person is always better than reading all the forums and watching youtube videos. we welcome all levels of users

      2 · April 3, 2013

  • Jose Luis Manners

    not sure where to post this and thought it was an interesting read (and great idea too), using drones to replace the postal system:

    https://twitter.com/josemanners/...­

    March 25, 2013

  • Richard

    Can I use equipment that interferes with the RC signal? Will this location be in an open area as I might need a regular power socket to make it work. Also can I make the person stand next to the equipment while flying? Does it matter if everyone is effected or does it have to target a specific drone?

    March 18, 2013

    • Gustavo Zastrow

      Yesterday, Hunter accidentally took control of Jim's cuadcopter... so, I wonder if he can claim the beer :-D

      March 21, 2013

    • Christopher Vo

      this is legit, as hunter doesn't have a real Tx, he must have accidently plugged into Jim's copter via MAVLink LOL

      March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Conflict with another meetup group...

    March 13, 2013

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