Updated: Jul 11, 2018 @ 5:19 pm

Get ready for Forest Fury teasers as we continue to develop the field elements over the summer!  Our 2019 open STEM-Based Team Drone Challenge will be released September 30th at our 3rd Annual Drone Info Day!  First competition is set for April 7, 2019 at SUNY Polytechnic Institute for up to 16 teams!  We welcome your ideas!  Grow with us & our great indoor drone competition for teams age 11+!



A wildfire is burning out of control through a mountainside. Isolated firefighters are running short on vital supplies.  A potential mudslide puts hikers in harm’s way.

Will your drone team be prepared to help? 

Forest Fury drone teams can attempt to:

  • Navigate at low altitude through forest trail checkpoints & obstacles
  • Deliver fire suppressants to hot spots using thermal imaging
  • Deliver supplies to firefighters using a locational beacon
  • Land on and take off from unsteady mountain surfaces
  • Activate a zip line delivering a forest ranger from a fire tower to a safe zone
  • Take photos to assess damage to fire tower structure
  • Rescue hikers from an eminent mud slide (time released element)
  • Return to a moving rescue vehicle

2018 Rig Rescue Team Drone Challenge Results – see what you missed in April 2018!

What can teams do while waiting for Forest Fury’s release on September 30th?

  • Start practicing skills with whatever drone you have access to – taking off, landing, lifting, carrying, dropping off, flying under, above & through tight spots, hovering to take photos, & communicating with spotters.
  • Do some of research on search & rescue and your team will have a better idea of what to expect.
  • Connect with other teams & clubs!
  • Start an AMA MASC    (Academy of Model Aeronautics Model Aviation Student Club)  If your team is part of a newly formed drone club through a community group or school, you’ll want to consider becoming an AMA MASC.   Already a MASC?  Let us know!
  • Get your pilot(s) AMA registered early!
    • ONLY pilots with AMA cards will be allowed to fly
    • Pending AMA memberships will no longer qualify