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

We are here to serve you any way possible! Let us know if you have any questions by dropping us an email.

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

FLY-IN PRICING

We expect the Mavic 3 drone to replace the Phantom line when it is released in September of this year. https://www.thedroneu.com/blog/mavic-3-drone-release-date-to-replace-phantom/ #mavic3 #newdrone #flightschool #part107

DJI #FPV drone sparks FAA response. https://www.thedroneu.com/blog/dji-fpv-drone-sparks-faa-response/ #newdrone #fpvdrone

It's a good spot by @xjet that the arms on the #DJI #FPV drone act like wings and improve the flight time.

It's look like DJI put more engineering thought into this racing drone than some companies have put into full sized air taxis.

According to all intel we know, DJI FPV drone is not a pure drone for racing and freestyle, it's a cinewhoop for aerial photographers, something between aerial photography and FPV racing.
If OSMO Action 2 exists, it may have upgraded ISP, RockSteady 2.0, bigger battery and more.

Drone Pilots: First-person view (FPV) flying is cool, but don’t lose sight of safety! The drone must always remain within visual line of sight of the person flying it and you must use a visual observer under Part 107 or as a recreational flyer. #FPVday https://twitter.com/DroneRaceLeague/status/1366757008951693315

As we predicted, DJI causes a paradigm shift with the FPV drone release. When FPV methods of flight are merged with consumer methods, the world of creative opportunity expands further. New solutions become possible while new problems arise. https://www.thedroneu.com/blog/dji-fpv-drone-leaks-continue-ahead-of-launch/

As we know, DJI is good at their confidential work.🤪

Catch our Director of Enterprise Services @ajgdennison on @theDroneU's podcast, "#Drone Mapping Trends in 2021 and Beyond." Listen in: https://bit.ly/3d1DwMq

SKYDIO admits, the drone pilot is not flying... you won't need a pilot to avoid an emergency.. o wait. @FAANews When will drone pilots know if Skydio drones are really Part 107 compliant? @TransportRisk https://www.thedroneu.com/blog/is-skydio-legal-to-fly-under-part-107/

Thanks to drone mapping, we know what happened to @kobebryant .. Never underestimate the power of aerial technology. https://www.thedroneu.com/blog/kobe-bryant-crash-decoded-thanks-to-ntsb-drones/
#drone #crashscene #droneMapping

How did the @ntsb figure out Kobe’s cause of death? #droneMapping #weTrainedTheReam. #wecanfinallysayit

Instead of focusing on how #drones can be used for bad, we at DroneXL like to focus on how they can be used for good and how over 550 lives have been saved with the help of unmanned aircraft. #drone #drones #uas #uav #djidrones #dronesforgood @djiglobal https://dronexl.co/2021/01/28/girl-chased-by-drone/

In a world controlling your every move, take flight to the skies. Escape it all and enjoy the freedom of flight! #dronePilots #stayfresh #escape #flowstate

#DataPrivacyDay comes at a time of great challenge, underscoring the critical role privacy and security play in our lives—from safeguarding your health & financial data to guarding against algorithms that perpetuate rampant misinformation. We need transparency and reform.

Talk about market manipulation and conflict of interest. @RobinhoodApp latest round included @D1Capital , who FT reports is down 20%, likely from shorting these stocks. After they drop and funds covers their position, will RH resume trading and say they "saved the little guy"? https://twitter.com/verge/status/1354797251722424320

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!

You may receive a full refund LESS a $100 registration fee IF cancellation is requested by 6 PM MST on Thursday, March 19, 2020. Any cancellation requests after this date are NOT refundable. Any non-refundable registration will be credited towards a future Drone U training event.

WELCOME SUBSCRIBER!

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).