Where to stay:
Camping (tents or RV) will be allowed at NAFPV (actually its preferred!) and is included in the pilot fee. There are no RV hookups, and RV space is limited.
A few local hotel/motel options:
• Best Western Plus Berkshire Hills Inn & Suites, Pittsfield, MA, (413) 442-8714
• Weathervane Motel, Lanesborough, MA, (413) 443-3230
• Jiminy Peak Resort, Hancock, MA, (413) 738-5500
• Wyndham Bentley Brook, Hancock, MA , (413) 443-3230
REALLY IMPORTANT STUFF:
(PLEASE READ INFO ABOUT FREQUENCY MANAGEMENT)
Stephentown, NY 12168
GPS: 42.5453108, -73.3659751
Gardner’s Ice Cream & Coffee is on the property, if you need a landmark.
The event will be running from 9am, Thursday 7/20 – 2pm, Sunday 7/23. These are the only dates we have the land rented for. If you plan to arrive earlier, or stay later, you will not be able to camp on the grounds. Please make other lodging arrangements.
We will not be allowing cars next to the flightline. Cars and RV’s will be allowed in the parking lot next to Gardner’s and in the camping area.
There will be portajohns and hand-washing stations available, but please note there is no running water on-site.
We’re asking that people take more advantage of the woods this year to open up more space for flying, especially near the stream and pond since there are some nice “river-run” routes to be had 😉
On-site we have Gardner’s Ice Cream & Coffee. In addition to the obvious, they also have a pretty good food menu. These guys have been great to us, so please take advantage of what they have to offer. There will be a dinner Saturday night for those who have bought a dinner ticket. If you’d like to join us there’s still time to buy a ticket online. A short walk from the event site is a Dunkin’ Donuts/Cumberland Farms convenience store and gas station. Please make sure you bring enough water and stay hydrated. There are no “big box” stores near to the site, so you may want to stop and pick up supplies before getting too close.
Once at the event, stop by the registration table and grab your badge. This is how we’ll know you’re able to fly. You’ll also receive some raffle tickets and a dinner ticket if you’ve purchased the Saturday dinner.
NAFPV2017 Flight Management:
For freeflight we’ll be running a time-slot managed flightline. Timeslots will be 15 minutes long. We will announce 5 minutes before the beginning of a new slot so you can get you equipment moved to the flight line. We will also announce minutes before the end of a slot so you begin to think about landing. We want everyone to get as much flying in as possible, but we’ll need everyone’s help to make it work. Please be courteous for the next pilots in line. Please listen to the PA for these announcements. Who knows, we may be announcing random prizes throughout the day! When your timeslot is over and have landed and unplugged, immediately bring the tag back to the main tent so the next person can check it out.
Feats will be managed in a similar fashion. There will only be a certain number of people allowed to register for a particular feat, and there will be a max number of feats you can register for. This is to allow everyone a chance to partake in the feats. We will do our best to maximize the number of feats for participants.
The tentative schedule will be up at nafpv2017.info
Wing-racing will be run by the FPVWRA. Qualifiers and races will be run Friday, Saturday, and Sunday morning at 8am SHARP. Registration will be available on-site. Planes will need to tech’d the night before with the battery you intend to run with and will be impounded until the race begins. If you are unable to have your plane tech’d the night before, you must make arrangement sto have it tech’d by the FPWRA before the race and there will be very little time to do so. The course will be published before the event.
Quad-racing is being handled by our friends at Boston Multi Rotor and will be happening tentatively at 8pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Registration will happen on-site. We will release more information closer to the event day. The course will be published before the event.
We really want people to take advantage of night flying, but please use common sense and stay close. No one wants to go hunting for a quad’s battery that ejected after the sun goes down. We plan on having at least part of the field lit enough that most cams should be fine. Low-lux cams such as the Runcam Night Eagle would be even better.
Please do NOT fly above Route 22, the gas station or Gardner’s Ice Cream (these are all on the northern border). Also avoid the flightline tents, personal tents, RVs and cars. There is plenty of other space to fly. Let’s not chance an incident by flying over people or someplace that could be dangerous. Make sure before landing there is no one in the landing area. Be safe. Have fun!
You may bring your own generator for power and battery charging, however, we will be setting up a special area somewhat away from the flightline to cut down on noise and fumes near the flightline and to prevent any battery mishaps from impacting the flightline and our expensive FPV equipment. Bring an extension cord. You MUST have a fire extinguisher easily accessible if you plan on charging on the flightline.
Video and Control (IMPORTANT!):
First and foremost: KNOW YOUR FREQUENCY! We don’t mean “1.3” or “5.8”, but the actual frequency of your video transmitter. Make a note in your phone or better yet, write it on a piece of tape and put it on your rig. In order to register a timeslot to fly, we need to know the specific freq. you’ll be flying to avoid any conflicts. Please do this before you arrive, because once managed flight time begins you wont be able to power on without a frequency tag.
This is a group FPV meet, you are not flying by yourself so please leave the 2 watt video transmitter and 2.4GHz boosters at home! This isn’t a long-range mission meet and the boosters will raise the noise floor for others and could lead to failsafes or lockouts for those without ideal component separation. We will NOT be allowing repeaters of any sort. When you register for a timeslot to fly, you will need to tell us which frequency you will be using. When it is your turn, you will need to retrieve the appropriate frequency tag from the flightline table.
YOU CANNOT POWER UP ANY VIDEO TRANSMITTER WITHOUT THE APPROPRIATE FREQUENCY TAG.
Before powering up, check your ground station or goggles and make sure there isn’t anyone on your assigned frequency. Also call out your frequency before powering up as a courtesy. If you need to check equipment or make a repair, you will need to either make the repair BEFORE or AFTER registered flight resumes or register for a timeslot. We don’t want anyone’s rig going down because someone else plugged in on their frequency. Also, when you DO plugin, please make sure you are a decent distance way from another flyer’s groundstation so you can avoid swamping someone else’s vRx on powerup. Again, we need everyone’s cooperation so all participants can have a good time!
2.4 video: we’d prefer if you didn’t, but if you must it is AT YOUR OWN RISK.
We are doing things a bit differently this year and are using the IMD6C range of frequencies. We’re hoping this will cutdown on interference and it gives us one additional 5.8 pilot in the air per session. It’s a win/win! You must use one of these specified frequencies to fly on the 5.8gHz band:
5.8 Tag #1: 5658 (Raceband ch1)
5.8 Tag #2: 5695 (Raceband ch2)
5.8 Tag #3: 5760 (Fatshark ch2)
5.8 Tag #4: 5800 (Fatshark ch4)
5.8 Tag #5: 5880 (Fatshark ch8 / Raceband ch7)
5.8 Tag #6: 5917 (Raceband ch8)
Connex Tag #1: Fixed Mode 5255 MHz
Connex Tag #2 Fixed Mode 5315 MHz
Connex Tag #3 Fixed Mode 5515 MHz
910mHz, 1280mHz & 1258mHz, 3370mHz & 3470mHz
Children and pets must be chained at all times, and neither should be on tricycles or scooters. Seriously though, kids are welcome, but they must be under adult supervision, especially near the flightline. There is no daycare area, this can be a dangerous place.
There will be a several sponsors on-site, who are either selling their wares or just wanted to come to hangout and fly. If you see one, tell them how awesome they are, how appreciative you are that they could help sponsor the event, and how many of whatever they’re selling you’ll buy. They’ll like that.
Distances are in miles.
Gas is sold by the gallon.
We don’t know what yellow cheese is. Order American cheese, and be proud that you did.
We won’t be serving poutine. Bring your own.
Hugo will be on-site for autograph signings and photograph opportunities.
MAY ALL YOUR FLIGHTS BE SMOOTH AND YOUR CRASHES CAPTURED ON VIDEO!
-The NEFPV crew
Check back often for the latest information. See you there!