Affiliations & Connections Established

We’ve met with the area’s drone authorities – agencies, officials, educators, manufacturers, 107 certified pilots, clubs & enthusiasts to help organize the growth of STEM-focused competitions, host a regional social media information hub & share opportunities in our region.  Our community ties continue to expand throughout New York State thanks to sponsorships & partnership projects.

Establishment of a Mentorship Network & Year-Round Drone Events

CNY Drones leads the way by hosting a year-round support system with area mentors & events to help drive STEM interest in an area that directly supplies a growing higher education & employment pipeline.  Our mentors help beyond any program.  Questions are funneled to available volunteers through our website Contact Form & Gmail account. We respond to most questions within 24 hours.

The Northeast’s First Open, STEM-Focused, Indoor Team Drone Challenge

The inaugural presentation of Rig Rescue took place on April 15, 2018 at SUNY Polytechnic Institute.   The challenge will be developed annually using the Framework for Next Generation Science Standards, For 2019, the Challenge is Forest Fury.  Forest Fury Kick-off is September 30, 2018 with a competition set for Utica on April 7, 2019.


1st AMA MASC in New York State

We established the 1st Academy of Model Aeronautics Model Aviation Student Club in New York State in 2017.   Our MASC affiliation allows us to run drone events with insurance, safety information & a great AMA support system.  Once established, we started helping schools & other drone groups so they could gain the benefits of AMA affiliation under this new club system.  Interested in learning more about CNY Drones safety measures during our events?  Ask John Reade, CNY Drones Safety Officer.

SUNY AMA UMASC Collaboration

  • We are happy to have helped establish & now be work with New York State’s 1st University Model Aviation Student Club!  The SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s former RC Student Club is officially an Academy of Model Aeronautics University Model Aviation Student Club – AMA UMASC #15104.

How CNY Drones assists SUNY AMA (our sister AMA organization on campus):

  • promoting flight safety under the AMA guidelines
  • event planning & event hosting experience
  • fundraising & providing fundraising opportunities through our community connections
  • community service experience – both local & Statewide
  • mentoring experience – working with students & adults
  • connection to local engineers & valuable company contacts
  • connection to local high school students considering STEM fields
  • introducing younger students & families to the college campus

SUNY AMA Club Advisor is  Bob Payne.   Bob is an Adjunct Instructor in the SUNY Poly Mechanical Technology Department, SUNY Fabrication Club Advisor, a SUNY Alumnus & CNY Drones Volunteer Coordinator.

MultiGP Chapter Dedicated to STEM Promotion

Our Multi-GP Racing Chapter provides the excitement of fast-paced drone racing & access to drone technologists who share their passion for drones.  We’ve seen how racing sparks student interest in STEM and helps hold interest through college & beyond.

Need convincing?   Speak with MultiGP Chapter Coordinator, Paul Brown.  He’s a Music Teacher who uses drones in his STEM class at Poland Central School.    Paul  is an avid recreational pilot, freestyler and drone racer, who constantly shares knowledge.

Annual Drone Info Day 

In October 2016, we established our area’s gathering of all-things-drone-related to connect students with drone technology education & employment opportunities and to showcase our Annual Team Drone Challenge.  In 2017 we met at the Utica Parkway Recreation Center.  For 2018, our annual Info Day will take place at SUNY Polytechnic Institute on September 30, 2018 in the Student Center MPR.

Self-Supporting Build Workshops & Flying Sessions

Our Build, Fly & Take Home Workshop (4-6 hrs) and our Experience FPV session (2 hrs – flying with our equipment) give participants a choice of how much they wish to invest in their curiosity about drones.  Our fees are set to cover the cost of each presentation, keep mentor to participant ratios low, & offer an affordable introduction to drone technology.  Programs have introduced dozens of students & adults to drone technology.  Ask us about our former students who have since formed drone tech clubs, taken additional tech classes, participated in our Team Drone Challenge, and become mentors!

Connecting High Schools with MVCC to Offer UAS College Credit 

Our contacts with regional high schools has helped connect students to the MVCC UAS program as well as high schools looking to offer students college credit in drone technology.   We’ll help you network!

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