Drones 101: Components and Learning to Fly

  • Saturday, July 09, 2022
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • BARN ETA Studio, Class Code EL070922MM
  • 3

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This is the introductory course to learn to fly first-person view (FPV) drones. Flying a FPV drone uses FPV high-definition goggles to provide a truly immersive experience similar to virtual reality (VR).  Students will be introduced to the steps needed to learn to fly a FPV drone using a flight simulator. Note that training on a simulator is a prerequisite for being able to fly a first-person drone without crashing it!

Students can prepare for this course by browsing the information at https://oscarliang.com/fpv-drone-guide/#what-is-fpv-flying. Especially useful is to read chapter 4 "Get a Taste of Flying in a Simulator". Pick a simulator with a compatible controller and get some early practice in before the start of the course.

Following the simulator training, you will be eligible to take our Build an FPV Drone class series starting with Drones 102. If you plan to build a drone, you will need to practice taking off, landing and flying with a simulator to reduce the risk of crashing your newly built drone prior to trying to fly it.

Required Prior to Class: 

  • A Laptop capable of running a simulator, i.e., reasonable speed.
  • Radiomaster TX16S radio controller - NOTE you need to order this asap upon signing up to be able to receive it prior to the start of the class.  The controller will be used to train on the flight simulator as well as fly your drone later after you complete building it during the subsequent classes. This controller is outstanding and considered to be a universal standard for flying all types of craft. Please purchase your controller via link from Addictive RC. This is the new model considered to be the industry standard and have reserved product for this class:  https://shop.addictiverc.com/products/radio-master-tx16s-mark-ii-radio-controller-m2 
  • If you are planning on taking the Drones 102, you need to order the entire kit for it to arrive before the end of July.  Please use this FPV kit link and get your orders in as soon as possible.
  • Liftoff Flight Simulator software: https://www.liftoff-game.com/liftoff-fpv-drone-racing - note it is also available on STEAM. Please purchase prior to the class and install it on your laptop.
  • Join the BARN ETA-DRONE Slack channel. It is an important source of communication for the class and post class support. You will be sent an invitation to join upon signup of the class or you can simply join if you are already on Slack.

Details:

  • All levels 18+ are welcome. 

  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols. 

  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

Instructor: Mark McComsey - Mark has built FPV drones and is happy to share his experiences and thoughts with others. You can sample a custom build here: https://vimeo.com/587980669/beb67b083d.

Contact Doug Salot: ETA.Lead@BainbridgeBARN.org

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