The F3Expo announced on Friday, October 7, that the F3Expo will not take place this year, but is rescheduled for spring of 2017.
The FPV, Flight, Festival & Expo, or F3Expo, announced on social media and their website that the event won’t be happening in November, as originally scheduled. Instead, they’re looking at a spring of 2017 timeframe to hold the expo.
After a day of deliberation, we’ve decided it’s necessary to change the dates of F3Expo to the Spring of 2017. There are so many EPIC locations at the Guardian Centers for everyone to fly and goals this big can’t be adequately achieved in the available time. We need more time to create an event experience that is worthy of F3Expo and our incredible FPV community. We apologize for the inconvenience and to our fans that registered early, you will have the option of a full refund or you may hold onto your ticket for the new date. If you can make the new dates, we promise to deliver a bigger and better F3Expo!
The response has not been positive. Many attendees have already scheduled for time off work and purchased plane tickets and hotel rooms for the event.
F3Expo is aware of how the impact their event change has. They’re offering full expo ticket refunds. Tickets will still be valid for the 2017 event though. When asked on Facebook if they’re also refunding flights, they replied that they will for certain flights:
“Yes, on flights that are unable to be cancelled or transferred. Please contact email@example.com for further assistance.”
The new F3Expo date has not been made yet. “March, April and early June” are the “target dates”.
The move is understandable. With all of the recent big announcements and events in the drone racing world the expectations for FPV events have been drastically raised from 2015. The recheduled event will have more time to meet these expectations, while also avoiding the crowded fall season with Drone Worlds and the DRL 2016 Season air dates.
F3Expo will need to fulfill their promise of a truly “EPIC” event in 2017 to make up for the lost goodwill in the FPV community.