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Workshops and Meetups

If you enjoy 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!
  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. Flying Workshops are held throughout the year and are listed below. We also offer Private Drone Photography Workshops through our sister company, VT Photo Tours.
  4. Buy an Inexpensive and Easily Repairable Toy Drone and learn how to fly and practice with it before flying anything else!


Upcoming Workshops and NNEDUG/Photography meetups:

Drones 101 Workshop (Children/Family)

Held by Northern New England Drone Users Group on 21 January 2018 2:00 PM

Did Santa deliver a drone without teaching how to fly it?

Learn how to fly your new drone safely, with confidence and skill at this fun Drone Flying Workshop by Northern New England Drone User Group organizer, Steve Mermelstein of VTDrone.c... Read More


Drones 101 Workshop (Adults Only)

Held by Northern New England Drone Users Group on 21 January 2018 4:00 PM

Did Santa deliver a drone without teaching how to fly it?

Learn how to fly your new drone safely, with confidence and skill at this fun Drone Flying Workshop by Northern New England Drone User Group organizer, Steve Mermelstein of VTDrone.c... Read More


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

Held by Vermont Photography Meetups on 23 January 2018 6:30 PM

By popular demand we're back in Burlington and the meetups will take place on the FOURTH Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm!

Show and Tell Workshop Theme: (optional)

Winter

Interpretation of the theme is ... Read More


Waterbury Winterfest Indoor Micro/Nano Race

Held by Northern New England Drone Users Group on 27 January 2018 12:00 PM

We're holding an indoor Micro/Nano race on Jan 27 in Waterbury, VT as part of the Waterbury Winterfest. 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


January Landscape Photography Group Workshop

Held by Vermont Photography Meetups on 28 January 2018 10:30 AM

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


Our group workshops are geared to shutterbugs and photographers of every skill level. 


Experience the natural beauty of Vermont on back-road ph... Read More


Build, Config, and Swap! (FREE!)

Held by Northern New England Drone Users Group on 6 February 2018 6:00 PM

Can't make it for 6PM? Feel free to come late!


Come to get help, ask questions, or just socialize. Everyone is welcome; even if ... Read More


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

Held by Vermont Photography Meetups on 27 February 2018 6:30 PM

By popular demand we're back in Burlington and the meetups will take place on the FOURTH Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm!

Show and Tell Workshop Theme: (optional)

Fall

Interpretation of the theme is co... Read More


Build, Config, and Swap! (FREE!)

Held by Northern New England Drone Users Group on 6 March 2018 6:00 PM

Can't make it for 6PM? Feel free to come late!


Come to get help, ask questions, or just socialize. Everyone is welcome; even if ... Read More




Don’t believe friends who say they didn’t crash at first. They’re either over exaggerating [aka LYING!], 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 (under $50) 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 for about $20-30. Beware, don’t buy a drone or batteries from Amazon or eBay as there are mostly crudely-made counterfeits and fakes on both sites.

Once you have your practice/training drone fully charge the batteries before use. The drone will calibrate itself as soon as you plug the battery in. So it’s imperative for smooth and steady fight that it be done on a flat and level surface without tilting or moving the drone. That in itself can be a little tricky to do and at first it might take a dozen or more attempts to finally get it right.

Practice with it inside at first and later outdoors (on a calm day) up to 20ft high. Never go higher as they’ll get caught in winds, you don’t feel on the ground, and it’ll be the last time you see it. Start flying close to yourself (10′ max) and slowly increase the distance you go as you gain experience. Try to stay away from walls and the ceiling as it’ll be drawn to them, sucking itself into any surface.

You’ll need to learn how to fly without accidentally bumping or crashing into objects, hitting the floor/ground, or being sucked into walls or the ceiling. Once you can do that and are able to easily fly around and in-between things like multiple objects, while maintaining orientation control (knowing which way it’s pointing/going at a distance), you’re ready to risk flying the more expensive drones. We’ve found that it takes at least 10-30 hours of flight time to fly with confidence and skill, rather than luck. Few can take to it quicker than others but don’t rush it and don’t get overconfident! It really does takes this amount of practice to avoid costly crashes.