We are constantly adding to and revising our resource information based on suggestions from our community. We welcome your feedback!
If you are serious about getting starting with drones as a hobby, a great place to start is taking a look at our events calendar. We regularly provide Experience FPV Sessions and Build, Fly & Take Home Workshops in addition to drone races with STEM demonstration areas for spectators.
Considerations When Buying Your First Drone
- Price – Do you want to get a toy or a serious drone?
- Indoor or outdoor flying?
- Piloting ability & age – Is this for a child to play with briefly or for an adult to use for recreational flying?
- Use – Do you want a drone that will follow you around, fly indoors, outdoors, take photos/video, or race?
- Durability – All drones crash at some point – even the experts crash – Do do you want something that will bounce off the walls or will you be able to fix or replace a broken part?
Suggested Beginner Videos
- FAA Safety Video
- Know Before You Fly
- CNY Drones YouTube Channel
- Beginner Resource Postings (to be added)
Basic Components of a Drone
Simulators – try flying virtually first!
Learn before you fly by utilizing a downloadable simulator program. Here are some suggestions. Please note that these may require a purchase.
Drones & Kits For Beginners
- Syma X5C – cheap, easy to learn, toy drone for beginners/kids at a extremely low cost
- FPV Drone Racing for under $300
- Our suggestion for the serious beginner – Tiny Whoop! We do not offer “kit” suggestions as components and prices change extremely often. Our choices for our build workshops change based a variety of factors including current prices and availability. If you locate a drone or kit and would like a second opinion, we’d be happy to connect you with an experienced recreational drone pilot.
Whether you wish to purchase a complete drone, a kit, or parts, here are some online sources used by some of our volunteers and friends. There are many others.
- Pictures & Privacy
- Where to Fly and Where Not to Fly
- No Fly Zones – be aware of where flying is allowed and not allowed. Know your proximity to local airports and FAA No Fly Zones before attempting to fly.
- Flying in local parks – We suggest you take the utmost care when flying in any public park. Most parks do not have drone specific postings – YET. As drone use continues to grow – we predict any posting will likely be due to an incident, complaint or series of either. Parks typically post rule changes after they have had an issue. Be courteous, fly safe & obey all postings, local laws, and directions given by park department employees. Be courteous to others enjoying the park and have a spotter at all times!
- Know Before You Fly (a very important link!)
Drone & Flyer/Pilot Registration Info
- FAA Drone Registration – please note that rule regarding drone registration have recently changed!
- AMA Membership
- FREE for age 19 & under
- required for MultiGP racers
- required for Model Aviation Student Club membership
- CNY Drones Model Aviation Student Club
- CNY Drones MultiGP Chapter