What we're about

The NY Drone User Group, part of The Drone Group, is an organization for Beginner as well as Expert Drone users that seek to promote the responsible use of a UAV* / sUAS* for community service, artistic, recreational and commercial purposes.

We will be flying regularly (most weekends, weather and TFRs permitting) and also have a monthly online (joint with NJ Dug) on the 2nd Thursday of every month. Join us from the comfort of home or your favorite spot.

We are part of The Drone Group in NY, NJ, and PA.

We work to educate ourselves about how to use and build Drones in a safe and respectful manner, and to educate the public about the positive role aerial robotics can play in our society.

* UAV = Uncrewed Aerial Vehicle .. sUAS = small Uncrewed Aircraft System

Upcoming events (4+)

Fly-In at Etra

Needs a location

Flying around the Park, playing fields, trees and lake all makes for some great shots and plenty of space to fly....

FPV mini-quads/planes if either of the two fields are low on general public...

If driving in from the east, try and use route 33 or 195 even if it takes you out of your way, as these are the safer routes through the higher risk Omicron infected areas...

Check Nix Weather Station: http://alturl.com/5nfy8

A minimum of 3 members (not including the organizer) or the event will be postponed - check back here before heading out to see if anything has changed..

Fly-In at Freiberger Farm Fields

Needs a location

Large field with plenty of room to 'let loose'.....

You can get some interesting video/photos of the farm, major highway, horse training race track, a new building site, and an Amazon's distribution warehouse....

We can set up an FPV Course.... If you'd like that, let me know and I'll get the gates and cubes out of storage....

Keep an eye on Nix Weather Station: http://alturl.com/5nfy8

As usual, minimum of 3 members (not including the Host) or Fly-In will be postponed...

Fly-In on a Mountain Memorial Day

Needs a location

Memorial Day Fly-In that is only 20mins from the George Washington Bridge and has a designated field for Drones to fly.....

The views around are great (wooded areas, historic castle and watch tower, two lakes and large fountains, see NYC on the horizon and overlook two major highways with clear view looking down on Paterson and local area)...

You must sign in 'before' you fly and register your frequency if flying FPV - Group size is limited by the park authorities...

Check the local weather link: http://alturl.com/f5v2f

Minimum of three members (not including the host) or the Fly-In will be postponed...

The Drone Group online

Needs a location

Even after the pandemic (which will be soon 🤞 I hope), we'll continue to have DUG online meetings on a regular basis (please read the full connection instructions below)....

On these online meetings, you connect from home (or your favorite spot) and watch the fun, talk to other members or guests, get news updates, see some videos from our database, show some of your own videos and photos, and generally have a great time..

I've scheduled this as a two hour event that you can join at any time as long as you have RSVPed before the event starts (let me know if you're joining us late). We also keep going as long as there are interested active members online, which is often the case...

For security reasons, RSVP to Attend in the usual way and I'll send you full instructions by Meetup eMail the night before the meeting on how you access from almost anywhere in the world using the app of your choice (see http://alturl.com/tfdiz) that you can download from http://Zoom.us

  • if you haven't got the info message 2 hours before the meeting, do not post a comment here. Send me a direct message or a TEXT and I'll resend it to you.
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    Please donate to help my running costs (fees are over $390* a year) by sending a donation to [masked] (click this link https://PayPal.com) and "send it to A FRIEND" and not as a payment - so neither you nor I will get charged any additional fees.. Thanks to several of you for your past donations...
    * Meetup charges Organizers nearly $18 per month (it's not free like it is to members) and Zoom $15 per month.
  • We do it this way, to avoid getting destructive meeting crashers.

minimum of 4 members or event will be postponed..

Past events (209)

Fly-In at 'the old airfield'

Needs a location

Photos (752)

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