Over the last 4 weeks in Canberra (Australia) I've been a running a build-and-fly-your-own-quadcopter workshop, based on the APM.

We had a dozen excited people attend the workshop and all were successfully able to build their quadcopters. The flying lessons were mostly successful - we only had a 25% crash rate (mostly broken arms, easily replaced).

Full documentation for the workshop is available at if others in the community want to run their own workshops, which I definitely encourage!

It's a great way to promote civilian usage and education of multicopters/drones. I've also found these workshops to be massively popular. I only had 12 spots available in this workshop, all of which filled up within 48 hours. I think this demonstrates the massive interest in multicopters.

Finally, a time lapse video of one of the workshop sessions:

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Comment by Kevin Brown on March 28, 2013 at 7:19pm

Nice job, you have put a lot of work into it.......

Comment by Stephen Dade on March 28, 2013 at 11:05pm

Thanks Kevin :)

Comment by Dave Wicks on March 28, 2013 at 11:38pm
What a great idea!

Comment by Richard Boyhan on March 29, 2013 at 11:16am

Very cool.  How long was each nights class?  Also, where did you hold the clasess?

Comment by Stephen Dade on March 29, 2013 at 3:53pm

Richard - each evening class went for 4 hours. We held them at Make Hack Void - a hackerspace in Canberra. I'd suspect a university electronics lab would work just as well. As long as you've got a place with lots of benches and tools, you should be good.

Comment by Richard Boyhan on March 29, 2013 at 7:23pm
4 hours that's a long time. What time did you start and end?
Comment by Stephen Dade on March 30, 2013 at 6:28am

Richard - we did 7pm to 11pm. One night per week for 4 weeks.

Comment by Rob Swynnerton on March 30, 2013 at 9:47am

Hi Stephen,  How did you advertise for the workshop ?

Regards Rob

Comment by Stephen Dade on March 30, 2013 at 4:07pm

Rob - I advertised it through our local hackerspace's (Make Hack Void) mailing list.

Comment by Richard Boyhan on May 19, 2013 at 5:58pm

Hi Stephen,

Been trying to hookup with a local university to put on a workshop here is South Florida.  Did you have a flyer that you used to advertize?  Can I get a copy?



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