Do you think you have what it takes to compete against the very best drone pilots in the country? Now you have a chance to prove it. The 2015 U.S. National Drone Racing Championship, the first event of its kind in California, will be held at the California State Fair July 16th and 17th. The drone fun officially starts on July 13th, but the qualifiers and racing will happy on the 16th and 17th.
Events like the Drone Nationals tend to get people talking, and this is no exception.
The 2015 U.S. National Drone Racing Championship will be held at the California State Fair July 16 and 17. It’s a first-of-its-kind competition that is expected to attract hundreds of pilots and spectators, and cool technology.
The event is organized by Flying Grounds Inc. and is the first officially sanctioned event of its kind by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).
“I’ve been exploring having drones involved at the California State Fair for the last two years,” said Rick Pickering, CEO of the California State Fair, “so we’ve been involved in doing research, seeking out potential partners and sponsorships and continuing to have public dialogue regarding drones. So this will be the culmination, or the next step, in roughly a two-year process to bring this event together.”
The competition will be comprised of 200 pilots who must pay a $99 registration fee and go through prequalifying rounds before entering the timed heats and the final rounds. Different from the drones many people picture when they hear the word, the 250 class, multirotor airframes that will be used for racing are approximately the size of two shoe boxes and weigh about one pound.
Even though this is a “national” event, international racers are coming, too:
Another racer, Chad Nowak, said to Gizmag, “FPV is such a different, immersive experience, everyone’s wanting to be that ‘Star Wars’ pod racer, going in between the hills.”
Nowak is headed to the inaugural U.S. National Drone Racing Championships July 15-17 at the California State Fair.
If you’d like to learn more about the California State Fair, I recommend the California State Fair YouTube channel.