Earlier this month, we blogged that drone giant DJI unveiled a drone arena in South Korea here. Well, the 15000 square-foot arena is now open to the public and drone enthusiasts of all levels are welcome.
Located in Yongin, Gyeonggi Province, DJI Arena features an adjustable LED-lit training circuit for both novice and accomplished pilots, complete with safety nets, LCD TVs that provide spectators first-person view from drones, and maintenance rooms equipped with charging docks and workstations for minor repairs.
Pre-booking via online reservation made to [email protected] is required before one can use the facilities in the arena. It will be on a first come first serve basis. To minimize the risk of mid-air collisions, only 12 pilots are allowed to fly at any one time. Each flying session can last up to three hours and entrance fee is about 15000 won (USD13.50) per person per session.
As stated, the DJI arena provides a versatile venue that accommodates professional and beginner pilots as the facility is “a gathering place for aerial enthusiasts as well as a practice venue for those who are learning about aerial technology such as first-time pilots.” Even children aged 8 to 16 can receive training via the Flying Academy program which will begin on Sept 1. And the good news is, DJI will provide Phantom 4 for participants in the educational programs.
Apart from individual and group bookings, the following programs are also available:
Corporate Event Rental
Rental for corporate and special events is available between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. all week. The minimum venue rental fee is 500000 won (USD452) for 30 people and 30000 won (USD27) per additional participant. Booking must be made two weeks in advanced.
Personal training by DJI’s professional pilot will also be available. The participants will learn how to fly the Phantom 4 and learns its tips and tricks. This is definitely the way to go if you want to learn how to fly a drone like a professional.
Schools looking to introduce a fun and wonderful UAV experience can book DJI Arena. It can be tailored particularly for each school with booking done in advance. Each session usually runs for two to three hours depending on the number of participants.
So, if you are visiting Seoul for business or pleasure, drop by DJI Arena for a lot of fun flying. Have a race, have fun and keep flying!