SOUTH OF ENGLAND 'DRONE ZONE' MEET


We would like to invite anyone interested in amateur unmanned systems to
a get together in Ashtead, Surrey on the 12th June 2011.  This will be
an entirely informal event which will give people the opportunity to
meet fellow enthusiasts, see the systems they are using and, if the
weather is suitable, to have a bit of a fly.  In particular, we are
hoping to get interest from the 'Ardu' community (i.e. ArduPilot,
ArduCopter, etc.) although anyone with an interest in unmanned vehicles
will be welcome.

Details are as follows:

- Location: Ashtead, Surrey, near junction 9 on the M25.  Exact details
will be sent to you when you register.  (We are only asking people to
register because we may need to manage numbers.)  The venue is within
walking distance of Ashtead Station.

- Parking:  Private and street parking is available.

- Date: 12th June 2011, 11am to 4pm

- Cost: Free

- Registration: Please make a post below to show your interest and notify Martin from
www.buildyourowndrone.co.uk at martin@buildyourowndrone.co.uk if you intend to come so that we can get an idea of numbers.

- Equipment: We are hoping you will bring as much of your unmanned
equipment as you can.  It will be much more interesting if everyone who
has an unmanned system can bring it along to show people and talk about
it, etc.

- Vendors: Depending on expected numbers we are hoping to have one or
two vendors at the event selling unmanned parts/kits/etc.  We will let
you know more about this later.

- Catering:  Soft drinks and sandwiches will be available. There will be
a nominal charge for these but only to cover costs (there is no
intention to make money from this event).  Please feel free to bring
your own food and drinks if you like (no alcohol please).

- Facilities: We will provide tables for you to display your gear and
there is mains electricity for charging, computers, etc.

- Flying:  People with a BMFA license will be allowed to fly although
because we don't know how many people to expect we will be holding the
event at a location which is suitable for small rotary craft only (i.e.
Quads & 450-sized helis).  However, if the event is a success we will
consider subsequent events with a larger venue and enough room to cater
for fixed wing aircraft too.
 
We look forward to meeting you :)
 
Nigel & Martin
UK Local Flyers Group:

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Comment by DaveyWaveyBunsenBurner on May 12, 2011 at 11:50am

See you all there! And I may even buy the coca-colas! That is a rare thing..........

 


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Comment by Martint BuildYourOwnDrone.co.uk on May 12, 2011 at 12:37pm

Great news Dave, I shall be there also, will be great to meet up, I will bring the Milky Bars....................

 

My Quad should be built and crashed well before then, a few times over :)

 

Martin

Comment by Ritchie on May 12, 2011 at 2:50pm
:( two hours in the car and I don't get the fly. Shame. I am working on a quad though but doubt I can build its systems, integrate them into ACM and build the thing. Never mind eh.
Comment by Jim on May 12, 2011 at 3:26pm
Looking forward to it :-)

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Comment by Pete Hollands on May 12, 2011 at 11:15pm
Would have been interesting for demonstrating flight of UAV planes. But will not be coming for just quads to fly.
Comment by DaveyWaveyBunsenBurner on May 13, 2011 at 2:29am

@Pete

That's a real shame Peter. If we don't support these things in the beginning, then the numbers won't grow to make a venue with a field big enough for fixed wing, which I would also love to see.


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Comment by Martint BuildYourOwnDrone.co.uk on May 13, 2011 at 10:14am

@ Pete,

The venue for the first meeting, if you will is a tester, there is another venue which might be used instead of the small one, when this gets bigger, as Dave pointed out these things have to start somewhere, and the more people that are told about, the more it will help it grow, I have fixed wing craft the same as Dave, and I'm sure I speak for us both when I say, I would love to take it along and fly, but I know we have to start small and move up! If nothing else I think there are a few people confirmed which do not even have a UAV, and want to start, so are looking for tips, advice etc from the more experienced users!

 

Regards

 

Martin

Comment by Andrew Bailey on May 13, 2011 at 2:39pm
I would certainly like to be there. Have it in my diary. Should be bringing arducopter based hexacopter and a quad or two.

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Comment by Martint BuildYourOwnDrone.co.uk on May 14, 2011 at 11:58pm
Hi Andrew,

It will be great to see you there!

Regards

Martin
Comment by Antoan on June 7, 2011 at 7:58am

Hello folks,

I'm glad I found out about this meet just in time. Although I'm new to this forum, flying and UAV specific hardware,  I have a long standing interest in autonomous drones and have done a fair bit of experimenting in the past with applying machine learning  to simulated systems (http://on.fb.me/j1Hdsa  , public facebook  album) aimed as preparation for a long term autonomous rotorcraft project.  Look forward to meeting you all.

 

Cheers,

Antoan

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