Well, as you may have seen by now, your Grey Arrows Drone Club recently turned one year old
With this in mind, we thought we’d share a bit of history with you.
Get comfy, this may take a while
How did it all start?
Just over a year ago five blokes were getting a bit miffed about the nearly non-existent amount of UK based drone clubs and internet forums. There were a few big ones out there but they were all heavily American biased and emblazoned with more adverts than they were with helpful content.
These blokes were also equally as cheesed off about not being able to speak freely about modding their drones or even simple things like posting links to other sites for fear of being banned from forums with some overly strict rules.
These blokes were the Grey Arrows founder members.
Armed with super slick forum and a kickass domain name, the Grey Arrows Drone Club was born.
From 5, to 635…
When we started GADC we only had five members.
A year later and we have six hundred and thirty five
Wait… I’ve only just noticed! Why are there no adverts here…?
That’s a good question!
With an equally as good an answer
Nobody likes adverts. Adverts are intrusive, they add clutter to an otherwise clean site, they generally slow things down and distract people from the real content that they’re looking for. Adverts are always trying to sell you something.
At GADC we’re not trying to sell you anything, so we don’t need any adverts.
Badges and Challenges
As you have no doubt seen by now, we have a wide range of somewhat exclusive Badges available for members to collect on their profiles.
Alongside the Badges, we’ve also held a series of Challenges over the course of the last twelve months.
During those challenges we’ve seen some fantastic entries in terms of both photos and videos, but is even greater to see is the entire community taking part and enjoying the challenges.
The recent Treasure Hunt Challenge was a huge success and seeing the lengths people were willing to go to in order to get that elusive shot was nothing short of spectacular. Along side that, the banter and jibes were equally as fun to read
One thing that we’ve found with the challenges is that the “Click ‘Like’ to Vote” doesn’t work particularly well. We are fully aware of this and we have agonised for quite some time on the best way to handle these challenges. The next challenge will see a completely different approach in terms of judging. We don’t know if this new method is the answer or not, only time (and your essential feedback!) will tell.
Anyway, judging methods aside, rest assured we have more challenges in the pipeline and plan on having the next one up and running within the next week or two
Expanding your GADC committee
Their help was greatly needed.
Due to various RealLife™ commitments some of the GADC founding members were no longer able to dedicate as much time to the club as they once could and extra help was needed to keep things ticking along nicely.
Both Callum and Dave have been active members of GADC for a long time and they’ve also both been fantastic contributors, both in terms of content and also in shared knowledge. It seemed only natural that they should join the GADC committee and help steer the club going forwards.
Thanks again for accepting, guys
As our club has grown we have been able to secure some very exclusive club discounts for you.
These discounts range from items as small as Strobon CREE LED lights, through to exclusive discounts with big players such as AirData UAV, right up to hundreds of pounds worth of savings on PfCO training courses.
We hope you find these exclusive discounts of use and we’d welcome your suggestions on other suppliers and organisations we could partner with
What’s next for GADC?
We’ve a few things in the short term pipeline.
Over the course of the coming months we’re hoping to introduce:
- Official club merchandise (mugs, coasters, stickers, pens, t-shirts, hats, and so on)
- More exclusive discounts and partnerships with key industry retailers
- New club Challenges with even more interesting things for you to set your sights on
- An opt-in ‘Member Map’ to make finding local members easier
- Meetups are also a big focus and we are looking into ways of promoting the club through member organised events
Longer term? Our vision sees us continuing to expand the GADC member base by attracting more members, which in turn will provide everyone with an even wider breadth of first hand knowledge and support.
Our committee is also currently having some discussions around GADC becoming an ‘official’ club. This is a big step and one which is not to be taken lightly.
However, in doing so, we will gain a voice. A voice that will be recognised by suppliers, providers and government bodies which will help us lobby a change for the better. Legislation is changing and we want to help steer that change.
Thank you (yes, you!)
We would like to thank you all for your participation in the club so far.
It’s your comments and feedback that we pickup on and hear. If you don’t tell us what you like and what you don’t like we can’t address those issues and we can’t improve on areas that could be improved upon! Please talk to us, either publicly in the forum where others can join your discussion or privately via PM if you’d prefer.
This club is built on the contributions made by its members. If you weren’t all contributing, helping each other and generally discussing all things drone-related this club would simply not be what it is today.
The Grey Arrows Drone Club Committee