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NNEDUG Meetup

If you enjoy costly crashes, burning cash, and wearing handcuffs you should totally start droning all alone!

Don’t have extra cash to burn? Don’t like handcuffs? Here’s four things you can do to save yourself a lot of money, trouble, and time:
  1. Don’t just read the quick start guide. It’s NOT as easy as the marketing (or maybe even friends) have lead you to believe. Download the latest manual for your drone, read it in full, and then read it again! Then do the following:
  2. Attend a Northern New England Drone User Group (NNEDUG) workshop or meetup and join the Facebook Group. Most of the meetups are free and you’ll learn a lot of critical information, skills and procedures which are not touched upon in the manuals or easily found on YouTube. NNEDUG members freely share their experience and many tips which can help you avoid costly crashes. There’s also a few laws and no-fly zones you need to be aware of. For example, did you know the Vermont Air National Guard routinely flies below 400′ and they’re going so fast you can’t hear them coming? Don’t be a dangerous douche! Please attend a meetup to find out the critical and essential things you need to know before flying.
  3. Flight Workshops are held throughout the year and are listed here among our other upcoming workshops. We also offer Private Drone Photography Workshops through our sister company, Vermont Photo Tours.
  4. Buy an Inexpensive and Easily Repairable Toy Drone to learn how to fly and practice with it before flying anything else! They’re built to take the abuse of learning and can survive most crashes unlike way more expensive photography drones.

Don’t believe friends who say they didn’t crash at first. They’re either over exaggerating, the luckiest person you know, or they actually had hands-on help from Drone User Group members or someone else equally experienced.

Start with an Inexpensive and Easily Repairable Toy Drone

Unfortunately, no drone is crash proof or as easy to fly as the marketing leads everyone to believe. It actually takes at least 10 hours of practice to learn basic flying skills and orientation control. Everyone crashes very frequently while learning these skills. So you don’t want to be flying an expensive or costly to repair photography drone. Instead, buy a toy drone that flies very similar to larger drones but doesn’t have enough weight or inertia to break anything, or itself, and is made to survive these beginner crashes.

We sell several inexpensive great practice/training drones that can take most crashes like a champ. Spare parts are readily available and it’s cheap and easy to repair if you should actually break something. Everything you learn while flying with one of these will be directly applicable to larger drones.

You will need/want at least four spare batteries and you can get multipacks from us. Beware, don’t buy a drone or batteries from Amazon or eBay as both sites are mostly offering crudely-made counterfeits and fakes.

Please also see Beginner Hints, Tips, and Troubleshooting for Practice Drones/Quadcopters and Tiny Whoops.

Upcoming Vermont Drone, Vermont Photo Tours, NNEDUG, and VT Photography Meetups:

Generator Tiny Whoop Practice! (FREE!)

Held by Northern New England Drone Users Group on 22 January 2019 6:00 PM

This meetup is offered on the FORTH Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm!
Can't make it for 6:00PM? Feel free to come late!

The Generator LED gates will be on and you’re welcome to practice with them or just freestyle fly within the great... Read More


Monthly Show and Tell Photo and Critique Workshop (FREE!)

Held by Vermont Photography Meetups on 22 January 2019 6:30 PM

This meetup takes place on the FOURTH Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm!

Show and Tell Workshop Theme: (optional)

"Winter" and/or "Festive".

Interpretation of the theme is completely up to you.

You're welcome to arrive l... Read More


Lightroom and RAW-Workflow Workshop

Held by Vermont Photography Meetups on 25 January 2019 6:00 PM

Don't know how to edit photos or not sure you're doing it right? Spending more than 10 minutes editing a photo? You're probably doing everything WRONG and could get way better results in significantly less time!!

Learn the editing secrets o... Read More


Waterbury Winterfest Indoor Micro/Nano Race

Held by Northern New England Drone Users Group on 26 January 2019 1:00 PM

We're holding an indoor Micro/Nano race in Waterbury, VT as part of the Waterbury Winterfest on Jan 26. The Waterbury Winterfest provides fun events for all ages during its 10 day run in late January thru early February.

The race will take ... Read More


Landscape Photography Group Workshop

Held by Vermont Photography Meetups on 27 January 2019 1:00 PM

NO JUDGMENT ZONE! All ages, abilities, and skill levels are welcome! Even beginners!

Rain, snow, or shine -- we will plan the workshop accordingly. We promise you'll have fun even if it's raining or snowing!

On this group workshop yo... Read More


BEGINNERS Landscape Photography Group Workshop

Held by Vermont Photography Meetups on 3 February 2019 1:00 PM

NO JUDGMENT ZONE! All ages and abilities from complete newbies to beginners to the some-what experienced are welcome!

Rain, snow, or shine -- we will plan the workshop accordingly. We promise you'll have fun even if it's raining or snowing!... Read More


Build, Config, Swap, and RACE! (FREE!)

Held by Northern New England Drone Users Group on 5 February 2019 6:30 PM

Come to get help, ask questions, or just socialize. Everyone is welcome; even if you don’t have anything yet or are just thinking about buying or building a drone.

Please feel free to bring your UAS/UAV/Drones/Wings and any parts to trade... Read More


Drones 101 Workshop (Children/Family)

Held by Northern New England Drone Users Group on 17 February 2019 2:00 PM

Learn how to use drones safely, with confidence and skill at this fun Drone Flying Workshop presented by Northern New England Drone User Group Organizer and VTDrone.com Founder, Steve Mermelstein!

This two-hour paid workshop is designed to ... Read More


Drones 101 Workshop (Children/Family)

Held by Vermont Photography Meetups on 17 February 2019 2:00 PM

Learn how to use drones safely, with confidence and skill at this fun Drone Flying Workshop presented by Northern New England Drone User Group Organizer and VTDrone.com Founder, Steve Mermelstein!

This two-hour paid workshop is designed to ... Read More


Drones 101 Workshop (Adults Only)

Held by Northern New England Drone Users Group on 17 February 2019 4:00 PM

Learn how to use drones safely, with confidence and skill at this fun Drone Flying Workshop presented by Northern New England Drone User Group Organizer and VTDrone.com Founder, Steve Mermelstein!

This two-hour paid workshop is designed to ... Read More


Drones 101 Workshop (Adults Only)

Held by Vermont Photography Meetups on 17 February 2019 4:00 PM

Learn how to use drones safely, with confidence and skill at this fun Drone Flying Workshop presented by Northern New England Drone User Group Organizer and VTDrone.com Founder, Steve Mermelstein!

This two-hour paid workshop is designed to ... Read More


Build a FPV Tiny Whoop Drone Workshop

Held by Northern New England Drone Users Group on 18 February 2019 6:00 PM

This paid workshop is designed to introduce anyone to drones with hands-on building of a Tiny Whoop drone.

Tiny Whoops are small first-person-view (FPV) quadcopters aircraft equipped with a tiny camera/video transmitter and are flown by the... Read More


Lightroom and RAW-Workflow Workshop

Held by Vermont Photography Meetups on 22 February 2019 6:00 PM

Don't know how to edit photos or not sure you're doing it right? Spending more than 10 minutes editing a photo? You're probably doing everything WRONG and could get way better results in significantly less time!!

Learn the editing secrets o... Read More


Landscape Photography Group Workshop

Held by Vermont Photography Meetups on 24 February 2019 1:00 PM

NO JUDGMENT ZONE! All ages, abilities, and skill levels are welcome! Even beginners!

Rain, snow, or shine -- we will plan the workshop accordingly. We promise you'll have fun even if it's raining or snowing!

On this group workshop yo... Read More


Generator Tiny Whoop Practice! (FREE!)

Held by Northern New England Drone Users Group on 26 February 2019 6:00 PM

This meetup is offered on the FORTH Tuesday of every month at 6:00pm!
Can't make it for 6:00PM? Feel free to come late!

The Generator LED gates will be on and you’re welcome to practice with them or just freestyle fly within the great... Read More


Monthly Show and Tell Photo and Critique Workshop (FREE!)

Held by Vermont Photography Meetups on 26 February 2019 6:30 PM

This meetup takes place on the FOURTH Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm!

Show and Tell Workshop Theme: (optional)

"Wet" AND/OR "Summer"

Interpretation of the theme is completely up to you.

You're welcome to arrive late. ... Read More


BEGINNERS Landscape Photography Group Workshop

Held by Vermont Photography Meetups on 3 March 2019 1:00 PM

NO JUDGMENT ZONE! All ages and abilities from complete newbies to beginners to the some-what experienced are welcome!

Rain, snow, or shine -- we will plan the workshop accordingly. We promise you'll have fun even if it's raining or snowing!... Read More


Build, Config, Swap, and RACE! (FREE!)

Held by Northern New England Drone Users Group on 5 March 2019 6:30 PM

Come to get help, ask questions, or just socialize. Everyone is welcome; even if you don’t have anything yet or are just thinking about buying or building a drone.

Please feel free to bring your UAS/UAV/Drones/Wings and any parts to trade... Read More


Drones 101 Workshop (Children/Family)

Held by Northern New England Drone Users Group on 17 March 2019 2:00 PM

Learn how to use drones safely, with confidence and skill at this fun Drone Flying Workshop presented by Northern New England Drone User Group Organizer and VTDrone.com Founder, Steve Mermelstein!

This two-hour paid workshop is designed to ... Read More


Drones 101 Workshop (Children/Family)

Held by Vermont Photography Meetups on 17 March 2019 2:00 PM

Learn how to use drones safely, with confidence and skill at this fun Drone Flying Workshop presented by Northern New England Drone User Group Organizer and VTDrone.com Founder, Steve Mermelstein!

This two-hour paid workshop is designed to ... Read More


Drones 101 Workshop (Adults Only)

Held by Northern New England Drone Users Group on 17 March 2019 4:00 PM

Learn how to use drones safely, with confidence and skill at this fun Drone Flying Workshop presented by Northern New England Drone User Group Organizer and VTDrone.com Founder, Steve Mermelstein!

This two-hour paid workshop is designed to ... Read More


Drones 101 Workshop (Adults Only)

Held by Vermont Photography Meetups on 17 March 2019 4:00 PM

Learn how to use drones safely, with confidence and skill at this fun Drone Flying Workshop presented by Northern New England Drone User Group Organizer and VTDrone.com Founder, Steve Mermelstein!

This two-hour paid workshop is designed to ... Read More