Another successful drone exhibit at the 2016 Tillamook County Fair on Friday, August 12. I flew my “Little Drone Juan” Cheerson CX-10 in the booth to the delight of those passing by. I had plenty of questions from the public on the legalities of flying drones both commercially and for hobby.

The kids naturally gravitated to the RealFlight R/C simulator and enjoyed trying to fly the virtual octacopter drone in the 3D environment. Some even tried flying FPV (First Person View) style to see if they could fly through the hanger, which some did!

Me_Benny_droneI exhibited at the 2016 Marion County Fair and had a great time talking to kids and adults about drone technology, research and responsible flying. The exhibit was a definite draw for the younger crowd, and several kids kept coming back through out the day. The RealFlight R/C flight simulator was especially popular and allowed the kids to experience what it would be like to fly a drone. The simulator is fairly accurate and does a good job of simulating real flight, which I guess is why they named it that. LOL

I also had the chance to have a selfie taken with Benny Beaver, which is always a treat! 🙂

Had a nice mention and photo of my participation in a USDA article about the 2016 USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C.

Victor Villegas talks to kids about drone technology and applications
Talking to kids about drones at the 2016 USA Science & Engineering Festival

“Performers included Oregon State University Extension Coordinator Victor Villegas, aka the “The Drone Singer,” who performed a drone-themed song as a drone flew around the conference venue.”