Drones, you’ve seen them on the news, read about them in articles, sometimes causing chaos around airports or irritating neighbourhoods, but the technology is here to stay and is already governed by strict Transport Canada rules.
Drones are increasingly becoming a normal part of everyday life, including search and rescue, delivering medical supplies to remote areas, and as a fun way to get that bird’s-eye view of your house or favourite camping spot.
If you watched the opening ceremony of the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics, you would have seen a spectacular light show over the stadium using 1,824 synchronized Intel drones to swoop and dive, forming the symbol of the games and then a giant globe of Earth.
As the fleet of drones took the shape of our planet, including the continents, composer Hans Zimmer’s reworking of John Lennon’s Imagine played across the stadium.
It was a sight to see.
Here at Airdrie Public Library (APL), we don’t have plans to do anything nearly as spectacular, but we are offering a cool program called Drones in the Library (cue dramatic music).
This after-hours program is for ages 13-17 and will utilize somewhat smaller drones than at the Olympics, those were 340 grams, ours will be under 250 grams.
APL is offering two 45-minutes spots on Saturday, Aug. 14, one at 7:45, the other at 8:45, where you can come to the library and gain experience piloting a drone.
An experienced drone pilot and aviation expert will be on hand to walk participants through such skills as flying through hoops, navigating obstacles, and Pin the Drone on the Donkey, a clever way to practice landing without, hopefully, crashing.
He will also be able field any questions you have about the federal rules governing the use of drones.
The classes are limited in size and online registration is required.
For more information on this and all APL programs and services, visit www.airdriepubliclibrary.ca