We are a group of aviation professionals, hobbyists, engineers, pilots and artists all dedicated to learning and experimenting with drone and autonomous vehicles on land, in the air or in the water.

#DronesareGood

Maine Drone Society

 
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The Maine Drone Society is a group of business and technology professionals, hobbyists, engineers, pilots and artists all dedicated to learning and experimenting with drones on land, in the air or in the water.  Our areas of study include but are not limited to:

Join our community to learn, experiment and collaborate with members in a friendly, open and safe environment.   Welcome to our project wiki.   

 

This resource is for Maine Drone Society members and written by members to document our meetings.

The Maine Drones Society is a small group of UAV enthusiasts dedicated to broadening our own education and those around us.  We collaborate with experts around the world but focus specifically on a local core group of students, entrepreneurs, business and hobbyists located in and around Maine. 

Get Involved with the use of UAVs in your community.  Sign up today and we'll reach out as soon as possible. 

 

The Maine Drones Society primary goal is to enrich the experience of our members and promote the safe and courteous adoption of our craft in our community.  

 

There's a perfect drone for everyone out there.  Let us help you find it.... or build it.

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Drones are influencing how we work together as a community.

 

With members representing multiple industries, Maine Drone Society helps convene experiments and events purpose built to move the interests of the local UAV community of hobbyists and professionals forward in a meaningful way.   

 
Maine Drones helped us introduce UAVs to our students in a fun, safe and educational way!
— Roland Johnson, Elementary School
We’re working together with the community to beta-test our products. The feedback from real users is invaluable.
— Jane White, Drone Accessories Manufacturer
I was just starting out and didn’t want to crash a summers worth of investment in my first 30 mins.
— Becca Chang, Local Drone Entrepreneur
I wanted to get my kids into a hobby to help enforce S.T.E.M. topics in a in a exciting and hands-on way.
— Amy Thomas, Local Parent

Buy or Build with confidence

With hundreds of options available, purchasing or building your first drone can be a daunting task.  Cost, ease of use, payload capacity, battery-life, speed and agility are all characteristics you must consider when selecting the appropriate unmanned vehicle.  

Maine Drone Society members can take advantage of our relationships and connections within the industry to give you chance to demo, beta-test and even contribute to leading products.    We can also advise on battle tested custom built drone projects that will tickle your inner Maker.

We will do this by arranging events allowing you to test various customer products side by side so you can feel truly informed before making an signifiant investment.   When you are ready to buy, or build, we can scour our database of hundreds of retailers, manufacturers and private parties with stock available to purchase.

 

Best Selling Products

A Makerspace for Drones

The Maine Drone Society uses community-centered open space technology as a means to foster engagement in our state and around the world.  One of the most popular topics we've heard from our members is that they wanted a place they could learn to build, repair and maintain their drone.

From that simple idea, the Maine Drone Lab was born.

We welcome all levels of enthusiast!  Perhaps, you're just getting started, or even a seasoned pilot... we have something for everyone.

The community supported space will be one of many locations we have events for our members.  It will act as our headquarters, build lab and testing cage.  We have the best equipment available and envision this will become the hub of our operations.

Our Model

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It all started when...

A small group of technology enthusiasts meet on the second floor of a Handy Andy's in Yarmouth, Maine.  Then moved garages, on the road, to larger facilities and then into cyberspace.  The Maine Drone Society has evolved in a short time as our community has scaled, evolved and adapted to the conditions presented to us.

We are excited to see where our journey will lead. 

In a past year, we came together to discuss a collective vision on where we may think drone business models could lead in Maine.  This was a topic most discussed in our 2017 open space meet up and is often a subject of much of what drives conversation when we are together. 

Above is a mind node of that collaboration and best describes how we feel the community can move forward.  It's a ton of work, but we truly belive with hard work, collaboration and enthusiasm we can make it happen.    We will do this with a open collaboration of our community, private businesses and public institutions working towards a common goal.  

To use drones for good.

 

Maine Drone Society

Community Services


 

Classes and Training

Our classes, meetups and training are designed to help members grow and learn together in a collaborative way.  We center our discussions around the topics members find most valuable to them.  

Member Discounts

We scour the internet and maintain relationships with UAV vendors to get you fair prices on part and gear.  

 

Sponsorships 

For influential and talented individuals we can put together sponsorships and giveaways to help grow their audience.

Learn to Fly / Learn to Race

 

Buy / Sell / Used

 

Content Promotion

 

 

 

Drone Tourism

 

Drone Repair

 

Drone Rescue and Recovery

 

Legal Advocacy

 

Stock Footage

Maine Drone Society

Private Services


 

Drone Build and Repair

 

Drone Research and Design

 

Logistics and e-Commerce

 

Event Planning

 

sUAS Business Management

 

 

 

Real Estate Photography

 

Solar Panel Inspection

 

Power Line Inspection

 

Wind Turbine Inspection

 

Media Production

 

Maine Drone Society

Public Services


 

Search and Rescue

 

Fire 

 

 

 

 

Law Enforcement

 

Fish and Wildlife