online drone communities

5 free, online drone communities worth joining

Looking to connect with people in the drone world? It can be tricky to find dronies out in the world, but there are loads of online drone communities for any type of drone pilot. Are you a photographer? How about a policy wonk? Just looking to make some friends? There is an online community for you.

Best of all, plenty of online drone communities are free to join.

And yes, there of course are plenty of outstanding IRL (in real life) drone communities to join. And don’t overlook the myriad of excellent drone news sites, social media accounts and blogs (like this one!).

But let’s say you want to really interact with people — having actual back-and-forth conversations or debates (and perhaps even making some friends).

With that, here are some of my favorite online drone communities, broken down by type of pilot:

AirVuz: best for FPV pilots

Videographers should join AirVuz, a community of people looking to watch or upload aerial videos. Though members can upload all sorts of videos, the emphasis is generally on FPV (first person view) flying.

The site also has donate and hire me buttons, for videographers who fly drones commercially.

SkyPixel: best for photographers

SkyPixel 2020 drone contest
A winning image from one of the previous SkyPixel drone contests.

SkyPixel, a community centered around aerial photography, is a must-join for photographers looking to get inspiration from the best of the best. Members can upvote each other’s photos, and experts are ranked based on votes. Consider it a visual feast for drone photographers.

SkyPixel also holds an annual photo contest for its members, and the competition is pretty fierce. SkyPixel is run in partnership with DJI.

Drone Dojo forums: best for tinkerers and DIY drone builders

Drone Dojo is the ultimate hub for DIY-style drone building and computer coding educational courses.

Though enrolling in its courses requires you to fork over $27 per month for its subscription service, Drone Dojo also runs a robust forum — and it’s free for everyone to join in the chatter.

Sure, the forum was initially designed in large part to complement those subscription courses. Community members are encouraged to ask questions about specific lessons and troubleshoot technical challenges.

But it’s since evolved to include all sorts of drone talk, as well as general DIY chatter. Wonder why your PixHawk LED won’t connect? Struggling to calibrate your compass or ESCs? Got a barometer error? This is your spot for DIY drone builders to get advice!

Drone Dojo courses include:

Amelia Droneharts: best for interacting with other female pilots

For a fantastic, female-only community of drone pilots around the world, Amelia Droneharts is the place to be. People discuss all sorts of topics, from finding drone pilots to fly with nearby in real life, to gettin honest (but still kind) advice. It’s great for newbies, but it has some serious, wizened pros in there, too. All the chatter happens in the private, Amelia Droneharts Facebook group, which you’ll have to request (and be approved) to join.

Meetup: best if your ultimate goal is meeting up IRL

Meetup is actually how I found my first drone friends! Though you first connect with people online, most people generally consider the ultimate goal is to make in-person connections.

Meetup is not drone specific on its own. The site organizes people from different cities based on different interests. Happily, there are loads of drone-related meetups. There are drone policy meetups, drone racing meetups, drone building meetups and more! Search meetup for a drone group near the city you live in. While you can chat in the group, you’ll probably end up meeting up with the members IRL! I didn’t know anyone who flew drones in my area, so I searched my city for the word “drone” and found a super awesome group!

What online drone communities are you a part of? I know there are loads more out there, so let us know which ones are your favorites. Leave a comment below!

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21 Comments

  • Seth Zora says:

    Definitely CRPAA, Certified Remote Pilots Association of America!

  • DroneMinds says:

    I never heard of most of those, apart from meetup.com of course, oh and i have seen Airvuz before. I love the name Amelia Droneharts though!

  • J'son says:

    Fpvlab.com of course!

  • I really like DIYDrones, RC Groups is another good one. PhantomPilots.com gets the most traction, IMHO. I also think Curtis Dart does a phenomenal job running the DJI Phantom Facebook groups.

  • Kelly-Anne says:

    Some of the groups/ communities that I enjoy following are:
    -Amelia DroneHarts
    -DroneLife
    -SkyPixel
    -FPV Labs
    -UAV Expert News
    -RC Groups

  • Thank you for sharing. I’m familiar with most of these communities, but I’ve never heard of SkyPixel. I’ll definitely have to check it out!

  • Jas says:

    I’m on Dronestagram

  • LuAnn Howland says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever actually use the phrase I’m at the end of my rope. Maybe I didnt understand until now what it really meant. But I’m at the end of my rope. I live on the land that has been in our family since Texas was a republic. We have a 170 Acres and have always enjoyed the solitude. I’m a night person I love the night sky. I have maintained a calendar for many years of approaching meteor showers. But the night sky doesn’t even look like it used to just two years ago. I am inundated day and night with hobbyist uavs . They use our acreage like it is their personal UAV Six Flags Over Texas . Every time no matter the hour of the night what I open a door and a ray of light splits the darkness these uavs come rushing up. I’m not talking about flying over my home and my property although they do that as well I’m talking about flying up to my home and swaying to a stop to hover over my house and me as I stand in the yard and look up. There’s not one or two or three there are dozens. They all have their lights on at first and then slowly turn them off are down to where they think they are invisible and can covertly slip up on me. But I’ve gotten very good at spotting them. May I tell you what hobbyist drone enthusiasts have taken from me while they are having fun in the sky. They have taken away my feeling of security on my property as I don’t know who they are or what they’re doing or why they’re doing it. They have taken away the therapeutic enjoyment of gardening, washing the car or even making love on the trampoline at night. They have taken away the the lifetime of pleasure and necessity to commune in privacy with my God and the miracle and beauty of the stars. They have robbed me of that one place on the entire planet where I can go and leave the stress and anxiety of the day at the doorstep of my address. The right to privacy, the right to be left alone, these are all the things that have been taken from me by the hobbyist Drone operator in his Pursuit to have fun. I stay trapped in my house now not necessarily out of fear but out of what I know will be the rush of anger I will feel when I step out my door and witness uavs rushing up to hover over my head and to watch as they troll the night sky looking for anything to zoom in on. I see them shine a bright light down onto our vehicles, tractors, checking out our personal property. There’s nothing special about me or my home that wouldn’t instigate the traffic log of drones always jockeying for position around my house. In my wildest dreams I never could have thought that there would come a day when a device equipped with a camera that can fly over my house, turn off their lights and spy on me covertly. that I become the night time Entertainment for someone I don’t know that is on my property line or perhaps even on my property, a car, or from a laptop in the comfort of their home. My anxiety and stress level are off the charts there’s no telling what my blood pressure is. And I fluctuate between tears and fits of anger at the helplessness I feel. Why do they do this. I can’t believe that they are so unfeeling that they imagine how it would feel to them. What do you suggest?

  • Thanks for sharing this information about online drone communities worth joining. Great Job………Keep it up…………

  • I’ve just started a new one http://www.droneflightforum.com Only just kicked off so please feel free to join. I’m very happy to accomodate the needs / wants of members.

  • Sam says:

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  • Debra says:

    Hello,

    I am in search of a drone group or club that could assist this week with a scavenger hunt item, for charity. Do you have suggestions on the easiest way for me to make contact with some groups? Thank you.

  • Passenger drone –is it the next big thing?
    No, don’t make the mistake of thinking passenger drones to be a bigger version of those toys that kids fly at home. It’s much more than that and we will tell you why it has everything in it to become ‘the next big thing’ to hit the aerospace industry in the coming days.

    Drones have been extremely popular in recent years, but their use was restricted initially to recreation activities by hobbyists. But, slowly, the use of drones was extended to research activities and military operations as well. Commercial companies also started to explore the possibilities of their use in transporting merchandise. Post 2011, many commercial builders and developers have conducted experiments using short-duration manned drones to support the transportation of materials. Then came the concept of passenger drones. Also called the Drone Taxi, Pilotless Helicopter or a Flying Taxi-a passenger drone is a kind of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) that can carry passengers. A commercial passenger drone was exhibited for the first time by Chinese entrepreneurs in the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2016. Named Ehang 184, this passenger taxi was capable of carrying a human and it opened up the door of enormous possibilities for the future.

    Present Pioneers in commercial passenger drones

    Bell Nexus Air Taxi
    This shiny passenger drone was showcased in the recently concluded CES 2019. This is a luxury project by Bell, one of the largest manufacturers of helicopters.

    eHang 184
    This machine is almost ready to hit the market and has been undergoing testing in Dubai for quite some time now. It is expected to roll out flying taxi service in Dubai at any time.

    Boeing PAV
    Boeing, a renowned name in the aerospace industry, has acquired Aurora Flight Sciences, who has done a considerable bit of research and testing in passenger drones. We heard they are becoming ready to go commercial this year itself.

    Airbus Vahana
    Airbus Vahana is testing single and two passenger drones, with the unmatched tools, materials and experience provided by the Airbus team. Inside information coming from Airbus suggests that their air-taxi service will carry passengers at the same price as that of a ground taxi in the USA.

    E-Volo
    Volocopter, the German company has already obtained the license to fly a passenger drone. Its tail-less mini helicopter E-Volo or Intel Volocopter did its test flight in September 2017 itself. It has impressive safety feature of multiple propellers instead of the customary single propeller.

    PARAGON VTOL AEROSPACE (https://paragonvtol.com/)
    They are reshaping the infrastructure for 45 million people that live in the Caribbean Islands using their sophisticated drones and software technologies. Their technology is designed to work under extreme conditions and lift heavy materials using electric power. Their T21 Raptor is designed for universal applications based on industry requirements. They have successfully operated our third small scale prototype and developing a full scale to clear a path for commercialization.

    The road ahead
    Passenger drone is based on a fairly new technology. A lot of grey areas need to be addressed before full-fledged use of passenger drones for civilian travel. Further improvements are still required in aerial drone control, traffic coordination and collision avoidance before the inevitable proliferation of ‘drone-taxis’ actually happens. A lot of work is being done to address these areas. Drone developers are also working tirelessly to overcome challenges such as airspace regulations, possible legal tangles, non-availability of data on drone safety operations, short flight time, noise etc. Once these issues are addressed, passenger drones are bound to find excessive use in commercial travel (as air-taxis) and healthcare (as air ambulance). We believe, that day is coming sooner than later.

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  • Biff Blendon says:

    Is there an all-guy drone group?

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