After a successful venture into the wilds of a Texas Ranch, NTDUG would like to bring things closer to home for the month of August. Since there has been considerable inquiry on just how to go about building a drone we thought we would host a full day on just how to do that, no experience necessary!
Here is the schedule of classes:
Pick the Brain - 9:30 AM to 11:00 AM. - Vincent Shepherd
Ever wanted to ask a UAV designer just what he was thinking when they did something a certain way? We have found a UAV Engineer willing to come and do a friendly sit down with anyone that wants to come and ask questions! His name is Vincent Shepherd and has worked with designing all aspects of small UAVs for years including testing and evaluation. Want a professional opinion on your idea? Want to understand an equation? Want to know why they do things the way they do? Come and ask!
Basic RC/Electronics - 11:00 AM to 1:00PM. - Romeo Espana
This class is designed to introduce and explain all basic Radio Controlled equipment and cover basic electronics skills as they pertain to multi-copters. We recommend watching this video about basic soldering if you have not done it in awhile (3.18 minutes). This class is a must for all those who wish to do the drone build class but have never built or flown a hobby level aircraft. If you just want to come and brush up or even just want to get up to date on modern equipment then you should go ahead and grab a seat here.
Lunch - 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM.
Dallas Makerspace is located next to fast food restaurants as well as some sit down restaurants. Take your pick.
Quad Copter Drone Build - 2PM to 6PM. *LIMITED SEATING OF TEN SLOTS* -Romeo Espana and Tony White
Keep your wits about you! We are going to take you from system components to functioning RC to drone inside of 4 hours! These are basic level aircraft with all the trimmings of the big boy toys. You will need basic level RC equipment understanding as well as the ability to solder just a few things together. Since this is a guided build you MUST get the parts yourself and bring them. We have the grocery list for you here. Again, get the parts ASAP and get ONLY the parts on this list. We will provide software configuration and help with flight controls as well as a whole host of other little things you'll need in order to get airborne.
To get a seat, reply to this event page stating that you have placed your orders. When ten of you have replied, that's it. IF additional seats open up we will post about it but don't count on having enough time to get your items if you wait for a seat to open up.
If you already have a transmitter and/or receiver you can choose to use that instead of getting a new one. Don't forget, it takes time to get things in the mail, get it done ASAP!
Intro to UAV Pre-Flight - 6PM to 7PM. -Tony White
Taught by NTDUG's very own former UAV instructor (Yuma Proving Grounds) Tony White. In this brief introductory class we will go over basic weather issues, flight safety, how to make a checklist and get you an understanding of airspace rules and regulations as they relate to UAVs. Fast paced and a very unique opportunity, if you have no training with UAVs this class is a don't miss!
Dinner - 7PM to 8PM
You figure this one out. Come back for the Maiden Flight Assistance class if you feel you need to otherwise, SPIN ON!
Maiden Flight Assistance - 8PM+
So, you have built it but you still don't know how to fly it? Not a problem. We will have some very experienced pilots on standby to help you take off and fly around a bit. These flights will be conducted indoors for public safety. Flights are only one or two at a time, so it's first come first serve. If you bring a helmet for this, that would be funny.
*Please be aware that we have a limited seating of 10 slots for the Drone Build class. Meetup Members attending is NOT an indication of seats allocated. If you want to come you MUST order your parts in time to have them in your hands for the class. All other classes do not have a seating limit.
**This event is rain or shine. If our venue is a wash-out, for weather or politics, an alert will be announced/posted.
The site selection committee is always looking for new and varied flying sites. If you have one in mind, or even a suggestion on what to look for send me a message to add it to a site list. If possible, please provide a description of the field, a Google/Bing map link, and a point of contact for that location (if there is one.)
Please send me a message if you would like to serve on the site selection committee as well. The committee will meet briefly, via in person or via VOIP, once or twice a month as needed to consider and select locations for the group.
Keep it safe, we look forward to seeing you (and all of your fingers) at the flight line.