The full Team Drone Challenge Manual is available to registered teams starting at Kick-Off. Kick-Off is on or around October 1 each year as part of our Annual Drone Info Day. The manual covers everything from “Who can be on a team?” to “How big can my team’s drone be?” We’re happy to answer any of your basic questions anytime, by email or phone. CNYDrones@gmail.com or 315-732-1001 (leave message & your call will be returned)
If you would like to ask a question about the challenge that has not been answered in the manual or is posted on this website, please add a comment below and our members will try their best to get an answer to you.
If you have question that has nothing to do with the Challenge, please ask it on the Community Q&A Page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Does CNY Drones assist in placing team members?
A. Sorry, we do not get involved with team member placement. We’ve made teams easy to form. We’re an OPEN competition! Start one on your own or bring the idea to your school. Our thoroughly planned low-cost approach makes it easy to get started.
Q. When should I register for the 2019 FOREST FURY at SUNY Polytechnic Institute?
A. As soon as possible! With the expected growth of teams, there is a strong possibility of our 16 team, 2 field competition filling quickly with teams planning early. We’ve already had indications that some schools are developing more than one team. We currently do not have a second competition for 2019 & are only considering a possible scrimmage date for registered teams. Early registration gives us a heads up for this season & next — & allows us to plan more pre-competition opportunities for teams to learn and share!
Q. Who can compete?
A. We are currently an OPEN competition for teams ages 11+. We do target middle & high school teams, although all are welcome to join in! We allow officially competing teams as well as showcase teams who do not wish to be scored. School teams, home-school teams, after school programs, community groups, family and friend teams – any combination. We encourage companies to consider sponsoring teams and showcasing employee-created showcase entries! We’re looking for participation – specifically in the area of the NYS Drone Test Corridor, but we’ll accept teams willing to travel. Last season we had a team travel from Connecticut. We’re hoping they will join us again! We ask that teams have at least one adult mentor at the competition. College teams can participate. With enough interest, we will pursue separating out divisions for future events. This season we anticipate 16 teams in a two field competition in one central location. If there are enough participating teams to divide into levels by February 2019, we will discuss with all registered teams before making a decision. We are attempting to be as inclusive as possible and keep all informed for a fair and educational season.
Q. How do I build a drone for competition?
A. Our mentors are working with students from SUNY Polytechnic Institute’s CGAM clubs (AMA, 3D Printing & Fabrication/Combat Bots) to help create build videos, hangouts/livestreams, and collaborative events for teams looking for assistance with their first-build. Here’s a basic build by Lead Mentor, Paul Brown. YouTube Video
Other questions? Just ask!
Q. What are the drone specs for this season’s competition?
A. Maximum drone size is 500 mm motor to motor. Drone motors maximum size: 2204. Prop size maximum: 7 inch & under. Battery size: 4S & under. Further details are in the Challenge Manual provided upon registration.
Q. What’s new for 2019?
A. This season’s Challenge Manual and scoring possibilities are more extensive. Awards have changed to further differentiate team participation. Regarding Inspection – all teams must provide a final drone spec, drone photo & brief flight worthiness video prior to competition. Scoring sheets are more detailed. Safety rules and inspection are more extensive including quizzing of team knowledge in the pits as a part of Inspection. To get details, register your team, and we’ll send you the Forest Fury Manual!