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Drone Cage Attracting Large Crowds

By Megan Esau and Nicole Kiefert

June 23, 2015Bleachers have been full at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s drone cage in EAA’s Aviation Gateway Park located near Waukau Avenue and Knapp Street.

Attendees can watch demos from the sidelines or try out flying a small drone for themselves during regular convention hours.

Those wishing to test their skills further can sign up for Embry-Riddle’s Small Unmanned Aerospace System Challenge drone obstacle and speed courses, which run 3-5 p.m. daily.

Drone cage spectator Arthur Allen said he purchased an Optimus drone with a camera here at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015.

“It’s different than flying my RC planes, so it takes time to get used to it,” Arthur said. “You have to fly the head on this one and keep the green or blue towards the inside of the airplane.”

Competition entrants must be at least 12 years of age and have previous experience flying unmanned systems.

A maximum of 15 people can compete at a time, and they will be selected on a first come, first served basis.



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