DRONE U FLY-IN CHALLENGE

Fly Real-world Scenarios. Become A Better Pilot. Develop Lifelong Friendships.

APRIL 4-5, 2020 SANTA FE, NM

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Revamped and better than ever, this popular event has a new “challenge” format for 2020 and will be held at a Netflix movie set just outside Santa Fe, NM.  Unique to...

CREATIVE CHALLENGE

The scenario for this challenge is you’ve been hired to film and photograph a ranch that’s for sale.  Your mission is to showcase the wide range of activities that...

TECHNICAL CHALLENGE

The scenario for this challenge is you’ve been hired to create two separate deliverables for a client.  Your mission is to first acquire and generate a highly accurate...

Revamped and better than ever, this popular event has a new “challenge” format for 2020 and will be held at a Netflix movie set just outside Santa Fe, NM.  Unique to other events out there, the Drone U Fly-in Challenge is designed to mimic real-world projects and scenarios. It will push your piloting skills by testing your ability to overcome obstacles and complete multiple flight missions in order to create a professional client deliverable.  

With the new challenge format, you will have several options to pick from based on your desired outcome.  Challenge your video skills with our Creative Challenge day, or challenge your technical mapping skills with our Technical Challenge day.  Better yet, really push yourself by signing up for both days and benefit from the full experience! Prizes will be awarded to the winner of each challenge. 

Space is limited to 60 pilots each day!  This first come, first serve event will fill up fast, so don’t wait to reserve your spot now

Venue

The 2020 Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held at San Cristobal Ranch, just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. This particular venue is special…

Pricing

We strive to make the Fly-in the best value of any drone event out there. Reserve your spot now so you don’t miss out!

Hotel

Although we don’t have an “official” hotel for the 2020 Fly-in Challenge, we have negotiated some discounted rates for you with…

Schedule

Check out the general schedules for each Challenge above. A more detailed one will be released closer to the event date.

Contact Us

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Night Ops & Light Painting

Join Vic Moss for a late night of learning the best methods and techniques for obtaining incredible night photos with your drone. In this training, Vic will discuss and demonstrate things he’s personally…

Business Mastermind

Join us for two value packed days of classroom training designed to help you grow and improve your drone business. This mastermind setting will give you practical and actionable instruction that can have a real effect on your business…

Flight Mastery

Take the next big leap in your piloting skills with this “master” training. Whether you’re looking for smoother movements on the sticks, learning complex motions to acquire better shots, or just wanting to train with an expert pilot to…

The scenario for this challenge is you’ve been hired to film and photograph a ranch that’s for sale.  Your mission is to showcase the wide range of activities that can go on at the ranch. Therefore, you will be tasked with acquiring and editing videos and photos in order to tell a story of why this ranch is unique and “the place” for the prospective buyer.  To do this, you must safely traverse through multiple exercises designed to mimic this real-world scenario, culminating in the delivery of a final video and photo that will be judged to determine the winner of this challenge.

CHALLENGEDURATIONAPPLICATION
Creative Challenge #1:  Reveal Shot10 min (only 1 battery) Cinematography
Creative Challenge #2:  Interior to Exterior10 min (only 1 battery) Cinematography
Creative Challenge #3:  Proximity Shots through bridge10 min (only 1 battery) Proximity Cinematography
Creative Challenge #4: Sliding Reveal Shot10 min (only 1 battery) Transition
Creative Challenge #5:  Highnoon Straightaway10 min (only 1 battery) Cinematography
Creative Challenge #6:  Cinematic Orbits10 min (only 1 battery) Cinematography
Creative Challenge #7:  Subject Tracking wide  (T-drill)10 min (only 1 battery) Cinematography
Creative Challenge #8:  Subject Tracking Proximity10 min (only 1 battery) Proximity Cinematography
Creative Challenge #9:  Cinematic Reveal10 min (only 1 battery) Cinematography
Creative Challenge #10: Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB)10 min (only 1 battery) Photography

The scenario for this challenge is you’ve been hired to create two separate deliverables for a client.  Your mission is to first acquire and generate a highly accurate georectified orthomosaic. Secondly, you’ve been hired to create a beautiful 3D model to be used as a marketing tool for the client and visual effects for studios.  Therefore, you will be tasked with mapping the entire Netflix movie set to create your deliverables. To do this, you will be provided with GCP point data. However, the acquisition strategy for this real-world scenario is up to you and at your discretion.  The pilot that creates both deliverables correctly and delivers them in the most professional manner will win this challenge.  

CHALLENGEDURATIONAPPLICATION
Technical Challenge #1:  High-noon Freeflight16 minPhotogrammetry Drone Mapping
Technical Challenge #2:  Half-moon Freeflight15 minPhotogrammetry Drone Mapping
Technical Challenge #3:  Geo-fence Restricted Freeflight20 minIncrease Beauty of Maps
Technical Challenge #4:  Mapping & Loc810 minSearch & Rescue Missions
Technical Challenge #5:  Points of Interest Orbits10 minPhotogrammetry Drone Mapping
Technical Challenge #6:  Vertical Inspection10 minVertical Photogrammetry
Technical Challenge #7:  Quad Grid 10 minSearch & Rescue Missions

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A lot of you responded passionately to the video in this post. If you do NOT want the @FAANews to disclose pilot location in #remoteid than be sure to comment before March 2nd!! Details in post. Please speak up!! @DJIGlobal @dronelaws @theDroneU https://dronedj.com/2020/02/18/djis-drone-to-phone-broadcast-remote-id-video/

@DroneDJ @FAANews @DJIGlobal @theDroneU That’s what both the ASTM standard and the FAA proposal call for. So, that’s what we developed for this proof-of-concept. We await the final outcome at the FAA and there are no release plans for this function until then.

@dronelaws @DroneDJ @FAANews @DJIGlobal @theDroneU Instead of creating animosity with the user-base with the video, why not also implicitly state that broadcasting the uas operator's location is BAD and will NOT be implemented without mandate? Let the public see the drone and it's id# which could be transmitted to LLE.

Wondering How proposed #RemoteID might hurt American drone manufacturers? Listen in: #AskDroneU https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/bonus-how-remote-id-rules-hurts-drone-manufacturers/id967352832?i=1000465653803

#reclineDebate What if someone crushes your laptop when they recline? Passengers wouldnt debate if they werent treated like sardines. #lastRowPassenger @TODAYshow

Making Sense: Drone Security Act warns of data transmission from drones to china over the internet.
@FAANews Remote Id: connect all drones to the internet. 🤔 @DHSgov #drones #security #droneIndustry #remoteID @DroneDJ @nytimes

Happy Valentines Day Drone Pilots and @FAANews . Maybe this year, #FAA will show drone pilots love.
Proposed Remote ID? Thank you, Next.... #drone #droneIndustry @DroneDJ @dronelaws @publicsafety @sUASnews

Good morning from the beach! #FridayMorning #stormhour @StormHour #votw @WeatherNation @theDroneU @hoffmanrich @SamanthaAugeri @nynjpaweather @StormTeam4NY

I was very pleased to join CNN @firstmove today to discuss how drones are being used to prevent the spread of coronavirus, and to discuss Remote ID and drone data security.
#dronesforgood
@DJIGlobal https://twitter.com/jchatterleyCNN/status/1228402074968346624

Enterprise or Industrial drone pilot? Are you sure you'll still have a job after the proposed #remoteID goes through. Here's a list of the lost jobs if #remoteID continues to cut the industry. https://www.thedroneu.com/blog/remote-id-nprm-would-eliminate-drone-jobs/ #drone @FAANews @DroneDJ @nytimes @washingtonpost

Productivity in a day depends on the amount of time you spend doing.

Productivity in a year hinges on the amount of time you spend thinking.

Productivity in a career rests on the amount of time you spend learning.

#WednesdayWisdom

@kittyhawkio @hegranes @TechCrunch This is a terrible idea and will kill the model aviation hobby! Make an exemption for model aircraft being flown on sanctioned AMA fields! Provide funding for more model airfields! #FAA provide funding for flying fields!

@hayekesteloo Looking forward to seeing you there! @dronelaws @theDroneU @FAANews @FAADroneZone @DJIGlobal

Wondering what the crowd will become if the Remote ID NPRM is implemented? @FAANews @modelaircraft https://twitter.com/Antonelli_Law/status/1011011821942312961

Although we don't have an "official" hotel for the 2020 Fly-in Challenge, we have negotiated some discounted rates for you with two hotels. You are certainly welcome to stay wherever you choose to. But you may want to check these out at the very least.

  • Hyatt Place
  • Drury Plaza

Experience America’s oldest capital city from the comfort of Hyatt Place Santa Fe. Our multicultural heritage is home to Spanish, Indian and International Folk Markets, as well as world-famous galleries in Canyon Road.

CLICK HERE for $109 per night

Join us for two value packed days of classroom training designed to help you grow and improve your drone business. This mastermind setting will give you practical and actionable instruction that can have a real effect on your business health and development.

Day one will include topics like SEO, social media, article writing, marketing, systems, and negotiations. Day two, often considered to be one of the most impactful parts of this training, will give you the opportunity to openly discuss current business problems and frustrations you may be experiencing, as well as business systems and strategies you may be utilizing successfully.

Utilizing the collective experiences and expertise of the presenters and your fellow pilots, you will be able to maximize objective problem solving for your business and those of other attendees. You do not want to miss this opportunity to work on your business and walk away with actionable instructions to better your business!

Take the next big leap in your piloting skills with this "master" training. Whether you're looking for smoother movements on the sticks, learning complex motions to acquire better shots, or just wanting to train with an expert pilot to refine your skill set, this training will bolster your confidence quicker than any other training out there. Having transformed many pilots before you, this training is perfect for any drone enthusiast, regardless of piloting experience. The topics covered in this training will be specifically tailored and customized to your personal needs, goals, and experience.

Flight Mastery is a collective of over a dozen training exercises that test every aspect of flight. With this training, you will not only master the necessary nuances of different flight modes, like attitude mode and complex maneuvers. But your piloting skills will also be put to the test as you practice complex flight motions and fly through numerous obstacles. By the end of the day, you'll be confidently flying through the entire Drone U obstacle course. The Flight Mastery training offers a systematic method of learning from experienced drone pilots that share years of personal experience and nuances that will dramatically lower your learning curve while taking your skills, knowledge, and confidence to new heights.

Join Vic Moss for a late night of learning the best methods and techniques for obtaining incredible night photos with your drone. In this training, Vic will discuss and demonstrate things he’s personally learned over many years of operating so you can dramatically lower your learning curve.

We’ll cover things like critical camera settings, flight movements necessary to capture the right shots, and the best (often overlooked) editing techniques to get those fantastic nights shots clients love.

Finally, very early the following morning and using the images captured the night before, Vic will conduct a thorough editing class that covers his entire editing process of night shooting and light painting.

If you’re looking to take your night photography to the next level, or add it to your existing repertoire, then this is the training for you!

The 2020 Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held at San Cristobal Ranch, just south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. This particular venue is special and unique, giving you the opportunity to practice, fly, and film at an exclusive, authentic Hollywood movie set. Constructed to look like an old western town, this ranch boasts over a dozen custom designed buildings made for the sole purpose of filming and producing movies. Used by production studios like Netflix and Universal Studios, this closed access location has been utilized to film numerous movies, such as Godless, True Grit, Cowboys & Aliens, and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, to name a few. You do not want to miss this rare opportunity to take the next step in mastering your cinematic moves and drone mapping skills at a one of a kind venue!

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We have some awesome Fly-In discounts for you!

  • $50 off if you purchase one challenge day.
  • $100 off if you purchase both challenge days.
  • $200 off if you purchase the full weekend (both challenge days and either the Business Bootcamp or Flight Mastery).