This Week in Drone Racing
April 23 – April 29, 2016
Top stories, videos, and flights that may have landed through the cracks.
- MultiGP: “We don’t need a superstar [of drone racing]”
- Racing to be the City of Drone Racing
- Tons of local news – go tell your local paper and get interviewed
- And another DRL L.A.Pocalypse teaser. Featuring: “Batcam”
- Don’t forget about Mega Drone X tomorrow
- Fun this week: More LEGO Drone
- Friday Flight of the Week: Mattystuntz freestyle around a portapotty
Except for Shaun Taylor who, according to Chris Thomas, is already a superstar, the sport isn’t ready for a Michael Jordan or a Cristiano Ronaldo. But don’t let that stop you from becoming one in two or three years.
Inc.com urges the City of Angels (Los Angeles) to welcome drone racing to its skies. Las Vegas and Dubai have a strong claim to being the friendliest for drone racing for races they’ve hosted. San Francisco has a shot based on the companies founded there. And purely for the number of pilots, readers from Sydney, Hong Kong, and Moscow will get mad at me if I don’t include their cities in this list.
Local news outlets have caught on that drone racing is happening near them. And instead of thinking of the children, they’re celebrating. Want to be known in your town as more than ‘That Guy Who Stands In a Field All Day”? Contact your hometown paper and tell them about your racing group. Don’t have one? Go read about MultiGP again.
We previously learned pilots had shirts with their names on it. Now we’re seeing the “Batcam” in action. It’s a camera on a cable that can go 100MPH around the course to track the drones in action. We also get random shots of Jurassic dinosaurs and Iron Man suit parts because Legacy FX, who helped create the setting of L.A.Pocalypse, worked on those movies. Not bad.
5) Mega Drone X Starts Tomorrow
Taking place deep in the caverns of Louisville, Kentucky, this race will be truly unique. Many technical challenges to overcome. Organized by Derbycity Drone Racing and FPVRacing Events. Livestreaming starts at 9:30AM, provided by FPVLive.
6) Fun This Week
LEGO drone in action. This was custom built and not 100% LEGO, but you can get started with an easier to build LEGO drone through Flybrix.
7) Friday Flight of the Week
Mattystuntz. Portapotty starts at 1:18 if you were actually hoping to see one.