UH hosting drone boot camp

University of Hawaiʻi
Dwight Takeno, (808) 956-3506
Assoc Dir, Communications, Office of the Vice President for Research
Posted: Mar 28, 2018

UH hosting drone boot camp

Contact: Dwight Takeno Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation

Phone: 808-956-3506

Email: takeno@hawaii.edu

Inaugural drone boot camp hosted by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation at the University of Hawaiʻi.

Link to video and sound: http://bit.ly/2tQCH44

WHAT: The University of Hawaiʻi is hosting its first-ever drone boot camp to share information with the general public regarding the safe, legal operation of drone aircraft (weather permitting).

WHEN: March 30, 2018, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

WHERE: Les Murakami Stadium, 1337 Lower Campus Road, UH Mānoa campus. Free parking in the lower campus parking structure with pass (see below)

WHO: Enthusiasts ages 9 and older who recently acquired drones but are unfamiliar with federal guidelines regarding drones and lack basic piloting skills. Participants must bring their own drone.

WHY: Drones are increasingly popular and affordable. The inaugural drone boot camp is an educational outreach by UH to provide expert instruction to drone owners to help them learn how to operate a drone safely and legally.


Flying instructions to novice drone owners limited to first 60 people who register at http://www.hawaii.edu/research/uhdronebootcamp. Registered participants need to check in at the event to learn their designated flight times.


Schedule of events:

9:30–10:00 a.m. Registration

10:–10:10 a.m. Welcome and introductions

10:10–10:20 a.m. UH and drones

10:20–10:45 a.m. High-speed drone racing exhibition

10:45 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Exhibits open

11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Drone lessons (pre-registration required)

11a.m.--1:35 p.m. Mini drone park

No food/drink concession stands will be open. Restrooms will be open.

Admission is free and open to the public.

Parking in the UH lower campus parking structure is free with a valid pass--go to http://www.hawaii.edu/research/uhdronebootcamp to register and download pass.

VIDEO: B-roll (TRT: 1 minute 46 seconds)

Video of similar class held for UH departments and programs earlier this month

0:00–0:30, 5 clips: instruction on operating a drone

0:30–0:57, 5 clips: shots of a drone in the air

0:57–1:09, 2 clips: shots of a drone operator handling drone control

1:09–1:21, 2 clips: a drone taking flight

1:21–1:46, 2 clips: video shot by a drone above Les Murakami Stadium

SOUND: Josh Levy—Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) program coordinator

(7 seconds)

I know that there’s a lot of people that are flying drones throughout the entire state. Some of them may have just opened up their package and don’t know much about how to fly them.

(6 seconds)

Is just a way to try and educate those folks on how to properly use drones or UAS.

(22 seconds)

If you open up your drone for Christmas and you want to fly it and you’re afraid of flying it in an area that you’re  going to get in trouble for, you’re afraid of crashing it into a tree cause you’ve never flown anything like this before just coming out here, and at least having a space to fly safely fly legally and have people out here who know how to fly who can give you various instructions and tips I think is really beneficial.

(11 seconds)

‘Cause I know when I was first flying, I was flying it in a park somewhere and it just took a long time for me to figure out all the different strings, small nuances that I was going through to make myself a very competent pilot.

(10 seconds)

But having other folks to come and, you know, at least teach me how to do it would have been a really great help, so anything we can kind of help increase the capabilities and competency of people flying out here in Hawaiʻi would be great.