This Week in Drone Racing
May 14 – May 20, 2016
Top stories, videos, and flights that may have landed through the cracks.
- FAA drone registration database is out
- A look at the life of semi-pro pilot Zoomas
- Are you ready for drone racing at the biggest Maker Faire?
- Fun this week: Never ending cartwheel
- Friday Flight of the Week: Chicago
@TheDroneGirl breaks down where most of the commercial and hobby drone pilots are. Texas and California dominates the list of cities with the most registered hobby drone users. The top three are Houston, San Diego, and Austin.
There’s no breakout for racing drones specifically. I think it’s safe to assume the percentage is small.
Local news gives a good look at the drone racing lifestyle of Zoomas (Steve Zoumas) from a mainstream perspective. Zoomas, of The Drone Racing League fame, says he’ll keep flying even if he didn’t win prize money. Which is good, because outside of DRL he’s not winning much. (Kidding, kidding).
There’s even a little Zoomas to pick up the family controller a decade from now:
“He just turned 4 in February and he can actually hover a drone,” Mr. Zoumas said. “He’ll fly for three minutes and keep it in the air.”
Running all weekend long, ASL will show off racing, drone combat games, and a design competition to the biggest gathering of of tech nerds in the world: Maker Faire Bay Area.
Drones are literally flying while I’m writing this. Good luck out there.
4) Fun This Week
What happens at 25 seconds is the best part.
5) Friday Flight of the Week
Bet your bottom dollar you‘ll lose the blues in Chicago. Via Johnny Schaer.