Flying Drones Indoors – Minnesota
It’s not unusual these days to go to an outdoor event and see a drone flying around taking pictures. Drones are being used in many different types of applications. Farmers are using them to scout for pests and spot mineral deficiencies in their crops. Law enforcement agencies are using them to hunt down criminals. Realtors’ are using them to take pictures of properties as a marketing tool. Drones seem to be everywhere. And if you were shopping for your kids this past Christmas, you probably noticed them for sale in all shapes and sizes on the shelves at local department stores.
I know I was tempted to buy a drone this past Christmas for my twelve-year-old son. I decided against it because we live in town, with not much space around in which to fly it. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) also passed new rules governing drone flying over the past few years and requires registration of drones over .55 pounds, which also kind of turned me off to the idea of buying a drone.
Recently, however, I think my mind may have been changed. In January, my son and I headed to the Dane Family Fieldhouse at Shattuck St. Mary’s in Faribault to attend their free indoor drone flying event. After filling out and signing a liability waiver, our drone instruction began. Within a couple minutes of showing my son how the levers on the controller moved the drone, my son was up and flying. The drone maneuvered pretty easily and there was plenty of room to operate it inside the dome. My son’s instructor even showed him how to make the drone do a flip in the air as it flew. Donnie really enjoyed flying the drone!
Drone Flight Night Event Details
- Sunday, February 19, 3:00-4:30 PM and Friday, March 24, 7:30-9:00 PM
- Shattuck-St. Mary’s in the Dane Family Fieldhouse (SSM Sports Complex).
- Cost: FREE!
- Learn about drones, try your hand at flying one, and test your skills on an obstacle course. Bring your own drone or borrow one of theirs.
- Open to all in the community (children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult).
- For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507-333-1562.
There is a limited number of drones there to try, so be prepared to wait your turn. Expect your turn to last about 5-10 minutes. You don’t have to worry about FAA rules because you are indoors. While the event is open to all ages, I think it is a better fit for kids who are in school. You need to be sky aware because the drones just fall to the ground when the battery goes dead.
Drone Clubs and Racing in Minnesota
There are several Facebook groups dedicated to drone flying and racing across Minnesota. Check them out to learn more about drone flying and connect with others who are knowledgeable in the sport.
- The Mighty Drones
- Drone Photos of Northern Minnesota
- MINNESOTA Drone Club-CineChopper
- Drone Community of Minnesota
- Midwest Drone Racing/Fight Club
- Midwest Drone Racing
Useful Links for Buying and Operating a Drone