This Week in Drone Racing
May 28 – June 3, 2016
Top stories, videos, and flights that may have landed through the cracks.
- SoCal woman tries to steal a drone
- Mega Drone X featured on the Today show
- High-tech stadium is being built with drone racing in mind (among other events)
- Aerial Sports League opening up a “drone entertainment complex”
- MultiGP 2016 Championship qualification rules have been released
- Fun this week: Fruitless Flying
- Friday Flight of the Week: Practice
Making the rounds this week was this GoPro recording of a woman taking a fallen drone and trying to call the cops on the group of pilots.
“The goal of this video is to show that even though most FPV pilots practice safe and responsible flying, there will always be irrational people out there who will seek out conflict with drones and drone pilots.” said SF PV.
Drone racing is once again being billed as a ‘sport of the future’. A segment on the Today show – filled with tons of puns of course – reported on the cavernous Mega Drone X event. A correspondent introduced drone racing and why it’s expected to become a mainstream sport. He also tried, with mild success, to fly a quad.
The smooth voice of Joe Scully and interviews with pilots Jesse Perkins and Brian Morris, along with IDRA’s CMO Charles Zablin, helped fill out the report.
Alright, alright, I’m taking liberties with the quoting. But the Golden 1 Center in Sacremento is being built with as much advanced technology as possible in order to be able to host high tech events, including esports and drone racing. I’m not sure CTO Ryan Montoya fully understands the needs of drone racing, but it’s a start.
Eventually, a sufficiently fast network could even make Golden 1 Center an ideal home for new kinds of events. “We want to be able to host e-sports, drone racing, and stuff like that,” Montoya says, “and for that you need a lot of bandwidth.”
After the success of drones at the Maker Faire two weekend ago, the Aerial Sports League wants to continue the success by opening up “Drone Sports World”. ““We’ll teach you how to build drones, teach you how to fly drones, get you registered with the FAA and make sure you know what you’re doing before you leave,” said Aerial Sports League CEO Marque Cornblatt to MarketWatch’s Sally French.
ASL is celebrating the launch of it’s new venture in San Francisco with an adult-only party on Saturday, with a Sunday afternoon event for all ages.
5) Qualification Rules for the MultiGP 2016 Championship
MultiGP has released a video detailing how to qualify for the MultiGP 2016 Championship happening this Labor Day at the AMA Headquarters in Muncie, Indiana. And boy are they detailed. The video uses a flow chart that seems more complicated than it actually is, but TLS will help break it down next week. For now, the video:
6) Fun This Week
It’s official: we’re making drone memes now. Reddit user jonny360 perfectly captures the feeling of flying tiny drones on a windy day.
7) Friday Flight of the Week
Practice makes perfect.