We are STEM advocates.

CNY Drones operates as a Model Aviation Student Club, providing introductory drone programs using Academy of Model Aeronautics members.  Our recreational drone information hub provides information to assist new flyers & promote safe flying.   We are hosted fiscally by the Griffiss Institute, a 501(c)3.


Our core volunteer Planning Committee meets weekly – either in person or via Google Hangout.  The Committee steers promotion & event planning.  We center our work around our mission & strategic plan.   Meetings include a cross-section of our regional recreational drone community, educators, and representatives from local technology business & industry.  We encourage participation from new organizations & appreciate their input!    

Interactive demonstrations/exhibits & events are scheduled for our supporters, not-for-profit entities & community benefit as funding permits.   Programs further our Drones-in-STEM promotional objectives, help produce a safe flying community & inspire new volunteers & mentors.  Events are scheduled 2-4 months in advance.  Most events are on off-hours & weekends to accommodate volunteer schedules and to insure the availability of space.  We attempt to locate space at low-to-no-cost, relying heavily on community organizations to partner with us to keep costs to a minimum.   For programs 50+ miles away from our central group of mentors in the Utica/Rome area, additional logistical costs can be anticipated.

We are supported by annual sponsors, grants, personal donations and a dedicated volunteer network.  Help Us


CNY Drones is growing as the 1st Academy of Model Aeronautics  Model Aviation Student Club (AMA MASC) in New York State.   We encourage student groups to form drone clubs under the AMA & offer assistance in getting started.

CONNECTIONS  we’ve made to other regional organizations


We collaborate with the SUNY Polytechnic Institute AMA University Model Aviation Student Club #15104  to promote STEM.  Our projects bring the community on campus & college students into the community.  SUNY AMA regularly hosts events.  Their members often travel with us.   We appreciate the continued support & commitment of SUNY Polytechnic Institute engineering students from all the CGAM clubs – AMA, Fabrication, & 3D Printing & Design.   They’ve worked together to set a great example & help raise the bar higher at every event!

Special Rule for Model Aircraft  – Section 336  (2019 – faa.gov) 

CNY Drones exists under our fiscal agent, The Griffiss Institute, a 501c3 nonprofit talent and technology accelerator for the United States Department of Defense and an international network of academic, government and industry partners.  CNY Drones relies on corporate sponsorship, individual donors, grants & volunteers to support the presentation of our programs.