Brooklyn Aerodrome at the Detroit Maker Faire 2012


In anticipation of the World Maker Faire here in New York, we’re sharing a few pics from the 2nd act of our summer, the Detroit Maker Faire 2012 at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, MI.  The museum held a fascinating lesson in American lifestyle history and the local Detroit makers were stellar.

We had a beautiful spot underneath the clock tower on the front lawn…

Looking out on the lawn

We had fantastic flying conditions and buddy boxing was the order of the day.

For those interested in buddy boxing at the New York Maker Faire in Queens, heads up!

We have refined our process to include:

– a pre-flight lecture re basic physics and safety tips

– a small donation of exactly one US dollar towards our Pilots Retirement Fund

– an age requirement of 8 years old and up

– one group of 4 pilots at a time

Behold the magic…

Pre-flight lecture for young pilots in training

Props to the Detroit crew for all their hard work!

The crew took some quiet time out on Sunday morning to visit BA

Maker Shed Rob stopped by with a few VIPs to test the flying wing. Thanks for your tireless effort and support, Rob!

Road-testing the Flying Wing

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4 Responses to “Brooklyn Aerodrome at the Detroit Maker Faire 2012”

  1. Marc Says:

    Too bad we can’t make it to one of these it would solve our troubles getting a towel in the air! We’re in NC. My son & I have built a towel but it seems to not have enough power to get aloft once launched. The materials are the same so it isn’t a weight issue. We’re using a 2048-21T outboard, one of the recommended 9″ props and a 2C lipo battery. Lots of thrust but inadequate lift regardless of aileron position. Wondering if the programming on the ESC isn’t taking the -full to +full instructions from the throttle as zero to max, ignoring the negative values of the throttle channel. Those ESCs are troublesome. Any recommendations out there?

    • brooklynaerodrome Says:

      Hmmm, this sounds like a reversed prop or low battery charge. Can you post a video of what is going on? What is lots of thrust? 1 pound is expected.


      • Marc Says:

        By lots of thrust I mean that it pushes against my arm impressively when the throttle is at full power. I have no video, but here’s what happens. I have my son with the controller put the throttle at full power and I give it a gentle level toss. It flies maybe 10 yards max, before loss of altitude has it greeting the ground again. The ailerons adjust the attitude from level to maybe 30 degrees, nose up but to no avail. No stall issues. Have used 2 2C battery packs within an hour of charging. The charger reports a total cell voltage of 8.4V, I think it is.

      • brooklynaerodrome Says:

        Hmmm, something is seriously off here. If you are not climbing at a 30 degree nose up attitude then I still think you are under powered. Maybe a very forward CG but then you should have issues with nose up. Other possibility is that the airframe is too soft fore/aft which can produce a ton of camber that cannot be recovered from with full up. But then no 30 degree nose up attitude. Pix/video would be a big help here.


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