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NTDUG Updates - June[masked]

From: Michael P.
Sent on: Saturday, June 8, 2013 7:55 PM


Update for 8 June 2013

Greetings NTDUG!

We have been quietly busy at work for you. Here are a few developments:


Drone User Group Network

The North Texas Drone User Group has been invited to join the Drone User Group Network by Timothy Reuter, founder of the DC Area Drone User Group.

The Drone User Group Network is an association of community organizations that seeks to promote the responsible use of flying robots for community service, artistic, entrepreneurial, and recreational purposes. We strive for a future in which robots empower individuals to make the world richer, safer, and full of possibility.


We seek to accomplish our mission through community service projects, educational events, build parties, art projects, fly-ins, and advocacy. During this period where it is illegal to sell drone services, we see a unique opportunity to give away our services to worthy causes and organization in order to show the potential of this technology and to have a positive impact in the world. 

As an organization we adhere to and encourage our members to respect the following guidelines:

  1. Safe and competent use of drones: Drones, like any tool such as a car or hammer, have some risks associated with their use. We seek to operate our equipment in a manner that does not threaten anyone’s safety, person, or privacy. Educating our membership about safe and respectful practices is a core part of our mission.
  2. Legal use of drones: Although we may not agree with many of the current regulations, we also believe in following the law of the land.
  3. Humane use of drones: We like our flying robots to help people, not hurt them, and we are always seeking new ways to use our drones that have a positive impact in our society. Although it is appropriate that some institutions in democratic states be empowered to engage in surveillance and law enforcement activities, The Drone User Group Network is focused on other applications of the technology.

NTDUG joins the DC Area Drone User Group (DCDUG,) Baltimore Drone User Group, and LA/Orange County Drone User Group (LADUG) with more DUGs from across the nation expected shortly. As a key member of the Drone User Group Network, our operators will have a voice in shaping this shared philosophy.


Recognition and Sponsorship

If you've been to our Website recently, you might have noticed two Sponsors have been added. Chris Anderson of 3DR is aware of our group, and we hope to have more to share about that soon. The Dallas Makerspace is also tracking and supporting our progress.


Upcoming Events

You'll notice that the first two fly-in events, for June and July, have been updated.

Guest Fly June - Ken Knolls has agreed to allow us to gather at the spectacular Fort Worth Thunderbirds RC Club field on June 15th 2013 from 9:30 to 2:00 PM. Come out and be an ambassador for programable flight. Please note that this is an AMA field, and a current AMA card is required to fly here. For more information see the event details. Flyers for this event are forthcoming, check your inbox.

Open Fly July - If you are not able to make the June Fly-in, or are not possessed of a current AMA card, not to worry! Our own Guy Compton is the gracious host of our July Fly-in. While we will be encouraging safe flight, AMA cards are not required at the White Elephant Ranch, in Decatur, TX. More information on the event site. Please RSVP soon so that the site selection committee can see that you are welcomed effectively. Thank you Guy Compton!


Active Member Rewards

It pays to be an active member at NTDUG and to contribute to the greater good. Unmanned Research (formerly North Texas Unmanned Vehicle Association) has agreed to reimburse up to half cost for new or renewed Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) memberships. To be eligible for this program, verify that you meet the requirements and submit the requested information via e-mail, or in person to Mike Pursifull, at an NTDUG event.


  • Signed in at the May 18th, 2013 NTDUG Meet, Greet, and Planning Event
  • Paid for a new or renewed AMA membership between 18 May 2013 and 15 June 2013
  • Any renewal or new membership is eligible, but reimbursements are limited to 50% of the one year membership cost for the class (youth, senior, open) involved
  • Romeo, Guy, Jayden, Sheldon, and Valerie are eligible for up to 100% reimbursement, in recognition for their special contributions to the group.

Information Required:

  • Full Name
  • Date of Payment
  • Amount paid
  • Evidence (photo, receipt, scan of AMA card with date) of payment
  • Please list payment preference (NTDUG Event, Paypal, check)
  • [Optional] Paypal E-mail Address
  • [Optional] Address (if you would like a check mailed)


Get Involved

If you would like to get involved in the site selection committee, can volunteer resources, food, drinks, or other materials, would like to suggest flying locations, or want to donate or otherwise contribute to the group, please contact me.


Thank you, please operate your equipment safely, and I look forward to seeing you at an NTDUG event!



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