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A how-to build video for the Flying Wing Kit is in the works

December 30, 2012

Breck is using holiday downtime to make an instructional build video for the kits.

Behold our tireless founder hard at work despite sniffles and a headcold.

portrait device

Hacked video device

Hacked video device

Assemble with tape demo

Assemble with tape demo

Airframe together and ready for next steps

Airframe together and ready for next steps

Demo for cutting the hinge

Demo for cutting the hinge

Getting the hinge shot

Getting the hinge shot

Highlights of BA’s September Adult Build/Fly class…

September 23, 2012

Innovation and creativity abound in the Adult Build/Fly class.

INNOVATE: Bobby’s imbedded antenna

CREATE: Dino’s flying wing (before)

Dino’s flying wing (after)

BA student pilots Bobby and Dino refined their approach to the Brooklyn Aerodrome Flying Wing (or the “BAFWi” as we affectionately know it*) and we wanted to share.

Bobby carved a space to imbed his antenna in the deck during the build portion of the class and Dino showed up to the flying class with a sporty black and red foam core plane, pimped out with an articulated cover for the deck.

As you can see, we put Dino’s plane through it’s paces and it proved robust in the face of water, mud and even a little concrete. Props to everybody who came out yesterday to fly.


* Sorry Towel fans, there’s a new kid in town with a much cooler name and a relevant mythology. The Flying Wing is our complete kit that can be found for sale in the Maker Shed here:

Brooklyn Aerodrome at the Detroit Maker Faire 2012

September 8, 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

Report from the field: Art and Towel #172 somewhere in New Jersey…

September 8, 2012

We got an email this week that we think is brilliant and wanted to share. Take it away, Arthur S. in Morristown!

Here’s what I’ve learned so far:

  1. Don’t pick up the plane using the prop cut-out as a handle.  The stitches (3) come out next week.
  2. My field has a lot more poison ivy in it than I thought.
More practically, I had a lot of fun building the towel.  The only issue that you might want to address is the double-sided tape provided for the servos.  The wax-paper backing (is that how it comes?) was hopelessly, permanently, bonded to the tape.  I used double-sided foam tape.  So, far so good.  The video instructions were perfectly clear.

My flying is still terrible but getting better  (I washed out of USAF flight school).  I didn’t have a helper to launch so I use a V-1 style launch ramp.  It could be improved by lowering the friction but it works with full power and full back stick.

V-1 style launch ramp

You shared your disdain for tape, but I’ve had to use it liberally to keep the thing flying.  The nose has been destroyed but the rest of the plane remains in good shape.  The foam was terribly smashed and broken within a few flights. I taped a coat hanger around the nose.  This certainly bent but was quickly moved back into flyable shape.  It looks like hell.

Crushed nose. Note coat hangar extending aft-ward from nose.

Nose slid back into place and ready for next crash.

It got me thinking about a “trainer” version of the plane that has a nose that will absorb the damage but be restorable.  What if I used a harder material for the nose that is forward of the control deck, but attached it in such a way that it could break off and reattach fairly easily?  Maybe something involving flexible ribs and velcro tape.  I don’t know, but I will experiment.  If you have any thoughts around this, I’d love to hear them.

Thanks for a very cool project!

– Art

Gerbomatic park flying with BA

September 1, 2012

Props to Breck and our artist friend Gerbo for hauling themselves out to the park this fine morning to test fly the latest Gerbomatic/BA collaboration. Gerbo does really cool interactive mechanical sculpture.

Here’s Gerbo with his Rod Laver tribute plane. So proud!

The Laviator

Breck and Laviator 1

Well done, gentlemen.


September Classes at Brooklyn Aerodrome

August 27, 2012

Adult class wrenching in the field.

Brooklyn Aerodrome is busy gearing up for the NYC Maker Faire at the end of September, but we wanted to get in one more round of classes before the big event.

Don’t forget that, as an added bonus, anyone taking our class this summer will have the chance to present their plane on our New Pilots Runway at the Maker Faire and talk about your experience building and flying. Now that the Faire is so close we hope that is as exciting for our students as it is for us!

Session Dates and Registration:

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

DATE: Sunday, September 9th
TIME: 11am – 3pm


DATE: Sunday, September 23rd
TIME: 9am – 11am

The Adult Class sessions are:

DATE: Saturday, September 8th
TIME: 11am – 3pm


DATE: Saturday, September 22th
TIME: 9am – 11am

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

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.

DATE: Tuesday, October 2nd
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 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:

We ask that you sign this in person before class begins.

Registration deadline is September 6th.

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.

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 on our blog and via email.

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.

Inaugural Adult Build/Fly Class

August 25, 2012

We are about to roll out another round of classes for September, but wanted to share some images of our stellar first Adult Class in case people haven’t realized exactly how much fun is to be had in repeatedly smashing lit foam into the ground.

Here’s the pre-show build in pictures:

Better than Christmas – students open new RC gear…

Got radio?

Weaving el wire into airframe.

Connecting el wire.

Checking under the hood.

Max – ready for night flight!

Pix and videos of the first night flight to come, but next post will be September class info – heads up!


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