Welcome to the CNY Drones Info Hub!

STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering & Math – drives the advancement of Central New York industry.  Mentorship & hands-on activities provide a key mechanisms for encouraging & sustaining student involvement in STEM.  CNY Drones’ experienced volunteers provide the link between sparked interest & Central New York’s drone education & employment pipeline – year-round!  

STEM Focused.  Community Supported.  Volunteer Driven.  

Learn About Us!      Newsletter for Jan-Feb 2020      Previous Newsletters



The recent proposed rule by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has us extremely concerned about the future of CNY Drones and recreational drone ownership.  As a provider of hands-on STEM programs that spark interest in the growing drone education & employment pipeline, we stand to lose drone enthusiasts – our mentors, volunteers & participants.   

We urge you to:

      1. do some research before forming an opinion
      2. make your opinion known to your US Congressional District representatives
      3. post a civil comment to the FAA within the now less than 60 day comment period 

There are now numerous videos on Youtube with varying degrees of information & interpretation. As of January 14, 2020, there are under 5,000 individual comments on the FAA site listed below.  Your comment is needed  – now more than ever!   We urge you to take time to digest the information provided & respond in a professional manner. 

FAA Proposed Rule: Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft

Email from AMA (2/5/2020)



  • Day/Date:   Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • Time:  2:00pm to 4:00pm 
  • Indoor Flying, Building, Repair, Discussion
  • Admitted Groups:   Registered FARM-i-GEDDON teams, those with pre-arranged permission from CNY Drones & SUNY AMA Student Club members
  • Info:  CNYDrones@gmail.com
  • Location:  SUNY Polytechnic Institute, Donovan Hall, Center for Global Advanced Manufacturing Room G172 
  • Last minute changes due to weather will be texted to registered participants Sunday morning.





  • 2020 Team Late Registration $175 –  starting 12/1/19  
  • payment via PayPal, check or school PO
  • Registered teams receive access to our Team Resources drive folder including 50 pg. Manual 
  • Start the registration process & we’ll help you get started!

Curious?  Take a look at Season 2:  2019 FOREST FURY!  (YouTube)

TEACHERS – Interested in Collaborating on Drone Tech Curriculum?

We’re testing out our PLC with Team Drone Challenge Teams using Google Classroom!   More info here

Annual Consent & Release Form – 2020

Planning on participating in one of our events this year or next?  Take a moment to fill out our  2020 Consent & Release form!  Just a one time form for the whole year – saves you time & saves us paper!  Thanks!


Questions?  Contact Us!

Last site update: Feb 6, 2020 @ 1:19 pm

Administrator – Lisa Marie Payne

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Recent Changes to Recreational Drone Piloting (FAA.gov, May 2019) 

This site, social media accounts and the many great programs planned by CNY Drones are made possible by a great group of dedicated volunteers from our local drone community!  

CNY Drones exists fiscally under the Griffiss Institute‘s 501(c)(3) & through the generosity of organizations and individuals who believe in our mission.

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