Posts Tagged ‘demo’

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

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

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!


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

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


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

The Adult Class sessions are

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


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.

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 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 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

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

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 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 and you can download the .dll at
  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!


Brooklyn Aerodrome’s Inaugural Round of Classes

July 18, 2012

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!


Demo Stage at 6pm! Make Mag cover plane pics:

May 27, 2012

We all took a break from the festivities to go see Daniel Spangler talk about building the RC flying wing, his super badass version of the Towel. Go Daniel!

The Towel Flying Wing in all its glory

The wing hoisted over the Make Fire Truck

Cover plane at rest apres demo

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