Hello Flying Robot Enthusiasts!
It’s not often that a group continues to grow in membership yet goes without meeting up for over a year!
NYC Flying Robots founder, Sameer, has asked Timothy Reuter and myself to help reactivate the group, and I wanted to reach out to all of you to start making that happen.
I’m Steve Cohen, and though a recent addition to Flying Robots, I have a couple of years’ experience with drones in open source projects and as a co-founder of Team Grey Goose, a group of of OpenPilot FPV enthusiasts. I also consult with high schools and colleges locally to aid in implementing the use of UAVs as part of STEM education. Timothy Reuter is President of the DC Area Drone User Group and founder of the Drone User Group Network. He has long been an advocate for a safe and sane approach to drone use and rational legislation that will enable responsible private sector use of the technology.
To celebrate our re-launch, we hope you'll join us at our next Meetup event in NYC. Its going to be Tuesday evening 11/12 at:
The Brass Monkey
55 Little West 12th St,
NY NY[masked]:30 - 9:30p
This will be a non-flying meetup and of a social nature. Have a beer with your fellow enthusiasts, lets get to know one another, have some fun, and kick around some ideas.
As part of our relaunch, we are going to be rebranding ourselves as the New York City Drone User Group. We know that drone is a controversial word that some people are uncomfortable with because of its lack of technical specificity and concerns about U.S. policy around the use of military drones. However, it's a term more people are familiar with than UAV, multirotor, or Flying Robot, and we've found from experience with similar groups that despite this baggage, having the word drone in the name can drive member recruitment and provide openings to tell our story to the public. The DC Area Drone User Group recently had the opportunity to speak with CNN and the Washington Post about what we represent as a community.
Our group will also be joining the Drone User Group Network an international association of community organizations dedicated to teaching people to build and operate their own drones and that seeks to promote the use of civilian drone technology for the benefit of society. We believe that by being part of a community of groups we can more effectively tell the story of the positive potential of this technology.
It’s my goal in re-activating this group that we come together as a community to represent a larger voice than we previously had. Combined with DCDUG, we number over 1000 members and grow daily. We can effect change and help legislators enact realistic laws. Highly educated and forward thinking, we represent a wealth of diversity in discipline, gender, age, and culture.
We’re also here to have fun and share ideas, techniques, tips, and tricks. Going forward, we plan to have group buys from online suppliers, organize fly-ins that will be easily accessible to those without a car, invite speakers who are doing cutting edge things with the technology, and of course, fly some robots together!!!
Finally, Tim and I want to thank Sameer for the vision, leadership, and hard work that went into creating this community.
Feel free to send me a message via meet-up with questions, suggestions, etc. I look forward to meeting all of you at future events.