Fantastic Flights - Drone Discovery

FAA Certified drone pilot John Gustafson and Altus Intelligence Helicopter with youth.

Fantastic Flights - Drone Discovery - Winner of the door prize.

Elijah wins the door prize! Planning team members present him with a Quadcopter Drone!

Fantastic Flights

The world of drones took flight February 9, with 4-H Drone Discovery Day at Schenevus Central School. It was an exciting morning for thirty-seven youth to discover drones and drone technology.

A “show & tell” exhibit of recreational and commercial drones was popular for adults and youth.Highlights were the Thew Associates Commercial Altus Intelligence Helicopter and the “Dropcopter,” which automates pollination of orchard crops (NY apple orchards!) via unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

In the opening aeronautics and safety presentation, participants learned about the potential danger of drones by watching a video where a simple drone destroyed the wing of a commercial plane.In four hands-on sessions, youth discovered the science of flying, how to take a drone flight challenge, career opportunities, and how to fly a Tello Drone.

Outstanding presenters included Don Zaengle, Unmanned Ariel Systems Instructor and FAA Drone Pilot; John Gustafson, sUAS Program Manager; Thew Associates, Commercial and FAA Drone Pilot; Doug Reilly, Director of the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center@ SUNY Oneonta and FAA Drone Pilot; Bob and Lisa Payne, Central New York Drones (CNY Drones); and students of the Schenevus Unmanned Ariel Systems program.

Elijah Reed was the winner of the door prize, a Syma, X5UW, 4 Channel, Quadcopter Drone!

When asked, what you discovered today…youth responded by saying:“I like to fly the drones,” “The shape of the wing is called an airfoil,” “That drones can crash into a plane,” “About the forces of lift,” “What jobs you can get flying a drone,” and “Drones can assist with pollination.”The number one response to what did you like best about the day…“FLYING a drone!”

Special thanks are extended to our host Schenevus School, the presenters, and the thirty plus volunteers who provided the opportunity for 37 youth to discover the world of drones and drone technology.

4-H Drone Discovery Day was sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension, Otsego County 4-H in partnership with the Schenevus Central School, A.J. Read Science Discovery Center, John Gustafson, Thew Associates, CNY Drones and Dropcopter.


Patti Zellmer
4-H Program Leader (Otsego County)
607-547-2536 x225

Last updated July 26, 2019