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August Classes at Brooklyn Aerodrome

August 5, 2012

Brooklyn Aerodrome is starting another round of classes this month and we have added a new Night Flying course!

July’s Adult Class with their night flyers. So fun!

Session Dates and Registration:

The Adult + 1 Child (10 years and older) Class sessions are

BUILD CLASS
DATE: Sunday, August 19th
TIME: 11am – 3pm

and

FLY CLASS
DATE: Sunday, August 26th
TIME: 9am – 11am

The Adult Class sessions are

BUILD CLASS
DATE: Saturday, August 18th
TIME: 11am – 3pm

and

FLY CLASS
DATE: Saturday, August 25th
TIME: 9am – 11am

We cap class size at 5 individuals for the Adult class and 4 pairs for the Adult + 1 Child class.

PLEASE NOTE: We understand many people are on vacation towards the end of August. If the scheduled Fly Session for the August round of classes is not a date you can make, we can let you join a September Fly Session to finish. Depending on demand, we might also schedule a separate make-up Fly Session altogether. Either way, we will get you flying!

You can make this plane!

We are now offering a separate Night Flying Class for those pilots who have completed the daytime build and fly sessions and are interested in illumination techniques for their airplane.
There are 2 slots available for Adult/Child pairs and 3 slots available for Adults.
Please note that the Night Flying Class is an adult environment, but children are welcome when accompanied by their parent.

NIGHT FLYING CLASS
DATE: Tuesday, August 28th
TIME: 7pm – 10pm

Pre-registration is required for all classes and is on a first come, first serve basis.

TO REGISTER FOR A CLASS, please send an email to classes@brooklynaerodrome.com stating:
– which type of class sessions you would like to attend and age of child if applicable. Children must be at least 10 years old.
– your method of payment

We will confirm registration for your class and then ask that you pay your Class and Materials Fee total.

Please read our release form at: http://brooklynaerodrome.com/ParticipationForm.pdf
We ask that you sign this in person before class begins.

Registration deadline is August 16th.

Class Synopsis:
This class will teach the basics of the creation and design of medium
sized remote controlled aircraft that are cheap and quick to build. We
emphasize use of recycled materials and generation of creative flying
shapes around an economical core of electric remote control equipment.

Class begins with a standard design delta wing that serves as an
excellent foundation for a fast to assemble, cheap and good flying
aircraft that is built from scratch. Parts include coat hangers, scrap
signs, foam board and ladders as the components of the airframe. The
electric motor, speed controller, servos, battery, propeller, charger
and radio are provided as part of the Materials Fee.

By the end of class session 2, all students will fly the delta wings
(weather permitting–a makeup fly day will be available if needed).
Students can expect to destroy the delta wing planes in the flying
session, but that is what makes it fun and you will know how to build
more. This independence is the entire point of the class.

The BA Build/Fly Class consists of 2 daytime sessions – the build session (4 hours) and the fly session (2 hours).
Cost per class: $120
This fee covers the cost of both sessions.
Materials Fee (includes radio): $160

The BA Night Fly Class consists of 1 nighttime session.
Cost per class: $60
Materials Fee: $40

Payment:
We accept Paypal (which accepts most credit cards).
We will accept checks that reach us 5 business days before the start of the class.

Please note: After completing your class, we have open studio nights ($20 shop fee) for those who want to come build, tweak, etc.
The fee covers expendables like foam, tape, zip ties etc.
We announce these events here on our blog.

Bonus Round: As an added bonus, anyone taking a class this summer will have a chance to present their plane on our New Pilots Runway in September at the 2012 NYC Maker Faire and talk about your experiences with building the plane.

Flight Simulators are Getting Good

July 24, 2012

The Brooklyn Aerodrome is blessed to have gotten a virtual Towel for the FMS flight simulator courtesy of Gary Gunnerson. He sends an email:

Hi folks, An admirer asked me to build a towel model for FMS. You can download it from my website. Please try it out and let me know if the flight model needs adjustment. Also, what is a typical all up weight for a towel rc stunt plane? Good flying to you! -- Gary

http://gunnerson.homestead.com/files/towel.zip

Flight Sim Towel

So lets get this working for all you fine folks. Steps are:

  1. Acquire or already have some manner of computer that runs some post 2000 version of windows.
  2. Visit http://modelsimulator.com/ and download the relevant version of the software. For almost all of you that will be version 2 alpha 2.5 unless you are sporting a Windows 95 box.
  3. Any windows OS more recent that XP needs a no longer included library so go ahead and look at the instructions at http://www.microflight.com/s.nl/ctype.KB/it.I/id.1390/KB.1034/.f and you can download the .dll at http://www.microflight.com/img/d3drm.zip
  4. A very cheap 6CH Flight Simulator Training Kit Planes and Helis w/USB Cable
    looks to be appropriate and slightly more reputable than the Dynam Flight Sim. Both should be acceptable game controllers for most any modern Windows machines. Mac users, which I am one, will have to wait for a later post on what works.
  5. Be patient and keep trying, they can work

BA Inaugural Flight Class in McCarren Park.

July 19, 2012

Here are a few images of the Adult/Child teams in the park for their first launch.



Breck buddy-boxes with all teams for more practice time in the air.

Retrieval and repair are half the experience in the beginning…

Wrenching in the field

…and innovation abounds!

Innovative tape strap.

Our Maker friend Rick was in town with his air-powered rocket so much aerodynamic fun was had by all:

Rocket Rick!

Due to popular request, Breck gave a demo on El Wire for night flying at the end of class:

Breck wraps up with el wire

Video of this class will be embedded here and available on YouTube asap, thanks for your patience!

Images and video of our Adult Build and Night Fly class from the last 2 Tuesdays are COMING SOON.

The next 2 weeks are busy with BA prep for Maker Faire Detroit happening July 28th-29th, but we will be back with more classes in mid-August so anybody stranded in the tri-boro area for the summer take note!

BA

Brooklyn Aerodrome’s Inaugural Round of Classes

July 18, 2012

Hazzah!
BA has completed its first round of classes and we have had a
ball. A visual narrative of the classes below and video of all
the fun coming up…

First up, the Adult/Child Build Class:

The teams in this class were quite the speedy builders! Very impressive.


Radios out! Very exciting.

First flights to follow!

BA

#110

July 3, 2012

One of (the many possible) awesome Father’s Days Gifts from Makershed.com.

My co-workers and I have been kicking around ideas to highlight the best Father’s Day gifts, and, frankly, I think I beat everybody to the punch.

Rob and the kids

Nice day for flying..

After being tortured watching the engineering team working out the build for the cover story of issue 30 Vol 30, I was finally pushed over the edge watching Breck Baldwin fly his DIY RC delta wing “flying towel” at Maker Faire

I needed to have one.

I found excuses to visit the warehouse on a daily basis as inventory was making its way back from Maker Faire. I became the proud owner of the first kit to make it off the back of the truck…

The kit was a perfect for a family build. Compelling for kids and adults alike. Achievable within our abbreviated attention span. And really fun to fly (or crash time and time again).

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!

Few footnotes: 1) you WILL crash! – but the plane is remarkable tolerant of high speed impacts, 2) get friendly with your local RC hobby store or on-line retailer – I’m 2 servos, prop adaptor and a battery later, 3) any excuse to break out the soldering iron is fun for all – you will need a basic tool set (soldering iron, helping hands, diagonal cutters, utility knife, drill, etc), 4) I am finally appreciating the neighbor’s interest in politics – Ron Paul should appreciate the added exposure from the repurposed coroplast that is the foundation of our soon-to-be-launched airframe #2.

Don’t hesitate – Dad and family will enjoy alike. http://www.makershed.com/Flying_Wing_Kit_p/msfw1.htm

The bad news? Now I can’t expect any more Father’s Day gifts…

July 2012 Brooklyn Aerodrome Classes

June 26, 2012

View of new studio

Brooklyn Aerodrome is starting classes this summer!

Session Dates and Registration:

The first Adult + 1 Child Class sessions are
DATE: Sunday, July 8th
TIME: 9am – 12pm
and
DATE: Sunday, July 15th
TIME: 9am – 12pm

The first Adult Class sessions are
DATE: Tuesday, July 10th
TIME: 7pm – 10pm
and
DATE: Tuesday, July 17th
TIME: 7pm – 10pm

The night classes will require illumination gear to fly.

We will cap class size at 6 individuals/pairs per session.

Pre-registration is required and is on a first come, first serve basis.

TO REGISTER FOR A CLASS, please send an email to classes@brooklynaerodrome.com stating:
– which type of class sessions you would like to attend and age of child if applicable ( please note that your child must be over the age of 10 to attend our classes)
– which type of Materials Fee applies to you
– your method of payment

We will confirm registration for your session and then ask that you pay your Class and Materials Fee total.

Registration deadline is July 1st.

Class Synopsis:
This class will teach the basics of the creation and design of medium sized remote controlled aircraft that are cheap and quick to build. We emphasize use of recycled materials and generation of creative flying shapes around an economical core of electric remote control equipment.

Class begins with a standard design delta wing that serves as an excellent foundation for a fast to assemble, cheap and good flying aircraft that is built from scratch. Parts include coat hangers, scrap signs, foam board and ladders as the components of the airframe. The electric motor, speed controller, servos, battery, propeller, charger and radio are provided as part of the Full Materials Fee.
If you have your own remote control radio that you intend to use, then you may pay the Reduced Materials Fee.

By the end of class session 2, all students will fly the delta wings (weather permitting–a makeup fly day will be available if needed). Students can expect to destroy the delta wing planes in the flying session, but that is what makes it fun and you will know how to build more. This independence is the entire point of the class. We will also cover illumination techniques for night flying.

Cost per session:
Our 3 hour class sessions are $60 each until you have flown your plane successfully.
We expect most people to complete and fly their plane within 2 class sessions.
After flying, your class fee then drops to a $20 studio fee and you can come build, fly, ask questions, etc., whenever we have a build night or flying excursion.
We announce these events on our blog.

Full Materials Fee with radio: $160 ($180 for night flying)
Reduced Materials Fee without radio: $75 ($95 for night flying)

Payment:
We accept Paypal (which accepts most credit cards).
We will accept checks that reach us 5 business days before the start of the class.

Bonus Round:
As an added bonus, anyone taking a class this summer will have a chance to present their plane on our Pilots Runway in September at the 2012 NYC Maker Faire and talk about your experiences with building the plane.

Flying Day 2 at Dalton – with design elements!

June 23, 2012

The girls decorated their planes before heading out to fly on the last day of camp.

Planes assembled in the lobby.

We caught a few “before” pictures for the ever expanding BA portfolio of awesome student work:

Thanks again, ladies!  Great effort all around!

BA

 

Brooklyn Aerodrome at the Dalton School

June 23, 2012

YEEeeooow…….donk, donk, donk, CRUNCH!

Ah, the tiny motor’s roar and the sound of crashing planes – it must be summer here at Brooklyn Aerodrome!

This week the Dalton School took on Brooklyn Aerodrome’s Build and Fly curriculum for their week long 6th grade girls summer camp.

Breck was on hand at the flying site, lovely Randall’s Island Park.  Here is a video with a photo narrative of our day below:

Bright and early at the Dalton School.

Gearing up for the park.

Making camp under a shade tree.

Prepping planes.

First trim flight.

Instructor and kids tweaking planes.

Attempting the mid-air catch.

Flying instructions.

Ready, steady, GO!

Countdown to launch.

Buddy up for flight practice.

Gearing up in the field.

Begin launch sequence…

And a good time was had by all!

Nice flying with you ladies!

Have a great summer,

BA

More friends on Sunday at Figment NYC 2012

June 21, 2012

We kicked things off in a civilized manner, ie., picnic and buddy boxing with early arrivals Jeff, Angela and Corinne…

brooklyn aerodrome picnic figment 2012

Breck explains the buddy box with our yellow and pink veteran flyer

Brooklyn Aerodrome buddy boxing

Angela flies

Corinne flies

Picnicking our way through Figment – on to Disorient!

More friends at Disorient group Hula Hoop event

BA represents on the other side of the camera

Micheal and Breck reflect on the scene with a frosty beverage and Manta Ray plane in tow

Thanks to all who came out. We had a nice chill time by the water and look forward to coming out next year.

Cheers!

BA

Foam for Towels

June 21, 2012

I realize that getting the blue foam is a huge hassle so I am selling foam. This is the same foam we use in the Maker Shed kit. It is just the foam sufficient for 1 kit for $10. Shipping is Fed Ex Ground and I expect it to be around $13 and it doesn’t go up much more for more kits so order a few.

To ship in a 18″ x 18″ x 2″ form the foam is cut as shown:

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It ships like this

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It will have cardboard protecting the outside. Once taped together you will have this:

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Note that one side has DOW product branding and the other is blank. The airframes are plenty strong once taped together–it is the basis of the Travel Towel that I have flown for years.

Contact kits@brooklynaerodrome.com to place an order.


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