Henderson County planning to build drone park

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If you fly a drone, you will soon have a new place in Henderson County to challenge your skill.

It’s the brain child of Henderson City Commissioner Brad Staton who decided to capitalize on a growing drone market.   

A drone obstacle course will be built near the R.C. Airfield runway in Sandy Lee Watkins Park. It’s a partnership with the Henderson R.C. Club which will secure sponsorships, schedule events, and plan the obstacle course.

Features include a grandstand for spectators, a charging station, and lightweight obstacles that can be reconfigured.

“A series of PCV poles and hurdles and tubes that drones will fly around, in, over, underneath, through,” said Henderson County Judge Executive Brad Schneider. “From a specific point that the pilot stands at as the drone flies through, with people watching, and other competitors charging up their drones next to him, waiting their turn.”

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(This story was originally published on Feb. 9, 2018)

The park will be used for competitions, practice, and skills training for students.

Schneider said it will only cost about $5,000 to configure the park which easily fits in the parks department budget. They hope to have it ready this Summer.

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