Drone Flying for the Recreational Pilot

Presenter Steve Simpson with meeting attendees. Photo by Steve Simpson

Steve Simpson, Club Officer

The Drone Club meets the fourth Monday evening of each month from 7 to 8 p.m. in Room 104, at the Creative Arts Technology Center. We have no dues, and attendance is open for any Robson resident who is interested in anything that is drone related, regardless of what they own or understand, but have a desire to learn more about. As an enhancement to our Tech Club members, we are now offering presenter video recordings, which can be accessed through membership in Groups.io (formerly known as Yahoo Groups) and at our new website, robsontech.club/tag/drone.

Our June 27 meeting was hosted by Steve Simpson (Robson Tech Club officer). Steve’s presentation’s main topic was “Safe and Recreational Drone Flying at Robson Ranch.” Steve offered an In-depth presentation on all aspects of “How to Fly Safely and for Fun at Robson Ranch,” including the agenda topics “Determining My Purpose to Fly,” “What Is My Budget for a Drone?” “Recommendations for Good/Better/Best Drones,” “What Are the FAA Requirements for Recreational Drone Pilots?” “Where Can I Fly a Drone?” “Who Can Be My Mentor,” and a wrap-up with questions and answers.

There was much open dialog and interactive discussion during the meeting, including questions regarding the following: “How far can a drone fly?” “How can I determine which drone is best for me?” “What are the FAA legal requirements?” “What about wind impact on the various drones?” and “At which websites can I learn more about flying a drone?”

Our last general meeting session was on July 25 at the Creative Arts Technology Center, Room 104, and we had a Drone Fly in/Image Contest.