Flight Night with the Paint Factory Fliers

Last night we held our Paint Factory Fliers Flight Night. We rented out the East Gloucester Elementary school gym and gave our members a chance to test their flight skills.

We set up racing arches and hoops, and of course—safety nets. The gym gave us the height to test the limits. Thanks to our custodian for helping get some of the drones off the rafters!

Drone obstacle course

The kids were able to fly Tiny Hawk quadcopters, Tello drones, and our flight simulator. We also provided the opportunity to fly the drones, or watch your friends fly, with first person view (FPV) headsets. This gives you a “drones eye view” and you see what the drone sees. It’s the same way we fly our SnotBot®!

FPV headsets

It was a bit of a controlled free-for-all, but it was great to see everyone building new skills and gaining confidence in flying. We had some new attendees who have never flown before and they were able to pick up and iPad and a Tello and within a few minutes fly it through a hoop. The drones showed their durability too, after a few crashes just a propeller replacement and battery check was needed before they were back up flying.

Flight Simulator

TinyHawk S

By 8:30pm the batteries were depleted, and it was time to shut down. Thanks to everyone who attended and helped pack up.  I think we learned just as much on how to host an indoor event like this and we’ll be better prepared with new activities for next time.

Many thanks to the Applied Materials Foundation who supports the club and enables us to offer the club free of charge—all equipment and supplies are included. You can learn more and sign up here. We only had one girl in attendance last night, it would be great to see more girls involved in the club and at our flight nights, so spread the word!

Flying the Tello drone


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