Drone racing leagues multiplying in Australia

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to pilot a starfighter travelling at the speed of light, now you can come close to the experience.

As drones, quadcopters, or first person view (FPV) miniquads (as they are variously known) become more popular, so have clubs for owners to race their flying machines. The sport and amateur use has become so popular, laws have been introduced for use of remotely flown quadcopters.

Through forums on the internet, quadcopter racers have shared knowledge and lots of video images to help perfect racing versions of these remote flying machines. FPV associations have been formed and only last month the Australian FPV Racing Association held the 2016 Australian Drone Nationals at the Gold Coast. The competition was staged over three days, with 64 pilots competing in a  knock-out format to determine the 2016 Drone Racing Champion.

It’s not just teenage boys who love the sport. The Australian managing director of Drone Racing International is Terence Boynton, aged 48. A large segment of pilots are men over 40 and Boynton says the sport is growing so rapidly he is about to close deals with an Australian telco to provide vision content from drone races.

In the US, ESPN and the International Drone Racing Association have already formed a relationship with the aim of broadcasting drone racing as a mainstream sport on US television. You can also view loads of vision on drone racing world YouTube channel.

So if you like your technology, photography and enjoy the adrenalin rush that goes with some fast-paced competition, you might want to get to your hobby store and invest in a FPV quadcopter. Your amateur footage could become national television imagery.

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