Posts Tagged ‘flying demo’

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

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.

Rick and family visit the BA studio

August 19, 2012

Friend and maker Rick Schertle was in town for Maker Camp back in July so he and the family stopped by our studio for their own Build/Fly session.

Behold the aerodynamic fun!

Into the build…

Ready for the field!

Family flying.

Kids give a field assessment – fun had by all!

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!


Visitors to Brooklyn Aerodrome at Figment 2012

June 15, 2012

We’ve had two sets of kids and parents from the neighborhood help us prototype our build night classes so a big shout out to Jane, Ben, Rob and Ryan for helping us work out our program.

Ben is by far our biggest supporter. Witness as he arrives on the scene:


Fanboy Ben hones in on the BA location…


Gotta get that plane in the air!


Breck monitors and gives instruction while Ben flies the yellow plane…


Ben talks about the plane he built in class:



Thanks for coming out Ben and Jane!



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