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Connex ProSight Digital HD FPV System Announced

A big announcement today from ProSight. Resellers will be accepting orders for the ConnexHD digital FPV transmitter on June 1st. This may be the holy grail for many FPV racers frustrated with the current analog 5.8 environment.

CONNEX™ ProSight is the missing link needed to usher in a new era in FPV racing. Plagued by analog systems’ poor image quality, and connectivity issues in multi-pilot scenarios, the sport needs a breakthrough to take it to the next level.
CONNEX ProSight is just that, transforming FPV drones into a completely new kind of immersive experience for beginners and experts alike.
The Connex ProSight HD Vision Pack is a true game changer. It delivers unparalleled vision performance with delay-free wireless transmission. Its superior image quality combined with ease of installation, smooth configuration and improved multi-pilot flying experience that provide unmatched usability.
Price for the Bundle Package: US$499

This is higher than existing analog systems (by a factor of 5), but the possibility of getting high quality digital video, without the channel mayhem, with 27 simultaneous channels, and the ability to use digital HUD / goggles – this is something we’re going to be very excited to get our hands on!

See the full announcement at ConnexHD.com.

DroneDayBoston – Indoor racing comes to Boston!

What happens when you combine rainy spring Boston weather, a lot of hard work by organizers, and a nifty indoor industrial space? Why, you get Drone Day Boston, a part hobbyist, part social, part racing event held yesterday at the Boston Design Center this past Saturday, May 7th.

About 140 drone enthusiasts came to the one day event to geek and schmooze over technology, latest trends, take classes on safety, and talk about the latest in gear, events, and what’s happening in the world of drones and drone racing.

2016-05-0710.jpgOne of the biggest draws was the indoor race course managed by BMRC and others. The indoor space was small but the 22 participating pilots made the best of the twisting figure 8 course, running a series of heats and races. The challenge of the tight course made crashes even more of the norm than usual, with many races ending in under 10 seconds as tiny craft get tangled up in the safety netting or have trouble negotiating the mid-course tunnel. This was definitely not a course for full sized 250mm quads! 120mm and 180mm frames ruled the day.

2016-05-0712.jpgIndoor racing shares many of the challenges other races have, in particular “how can the spectators enjoy the experience as much as the pilots?” – For this event, the organizers set up several large screen TVs showing the video feed from the drones – in essence ‘shoulder surfing’ the pilots, allowing the spectators to see exactly what the pilots were seeing. It gave a great experience to people seeing racing for the first time.

Have to give a big shout out to the event organizer Sean Tierney who wrangled the vendors, the space, and all the details necessary to make the event come together successfully.

Drone Demo Day, Williamsburg, VA

Demo day in Williamsburg
Demo day in Williamsburg

WILLIAMSBURG, VA — By special arrangement with the Virginia Department of Aviation (DOAV) and the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Flight Standards District Office in Richmond, a first-ever Drone Demonstration will take place at Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport on May 7, 2016 as part of “International Drone Day” activities being held to promote responsible use of drone technology for positive applications, such as package delivery and precision farming.

The Drone Day event is open to the public and press, and marks one of the first times aircraft and drones are being operated simultaneously at a public airport. Airport owner Larry Waltrip, who conceived of the event, said “Drones are an important evolution in aviation, and we are proud to help take a leading role in making this happen. Special approvals had to be obtained for the demo, because drones are not ordinarily permitted to be flown at or near airports, but that’s changing.”

The demo will be performed by Tidewater Drone Club and feature home-built and commercially-available drones operated by skilled practitioners of this exciting new hobby. Tidewater Drone Club President John Sutton said “Our flight demo will include aerial photography as well as FPV (First Person Video) races at a specially-designated part of the airfield. In addition to the flying, we will have static displays of some of our members’ drones, and DOAV is bringing their trailer filled with information about aviation technologies and careers that should interest young people.”

There is no charge to attend, and parking is free. In case of inclement weather, the demonstration will be held the following day, Sunday May 8th. No outside drones will be allowed at the airport.

Tickets for Drone Day Boston 2016 Now Available

The USDRA will be at the Drone Day Boston event on May 7th. Tickets are now available!

Drone Day Boston
Drone Day B

The purpose of International Drone Day is to show the world that drones are good, and can be used for many good purposes. Movie making, search and rescue, police work, architecture, inspections, emergency response, and for just having fun.

So join us on Saturday May 7th 2016, from 11am – 6pm for fun and excitement!

Drone Racing League is Getting Slick but Cheesy

The DRL has put out another video pushing their professional racing league. While the video is pretty slick and fancy, with a lot of production value, it’s so overloaded with obviously scripted interplay, the ‘token’ female pilot (who gets pushed out almost immediately), and the hypercuts and obviously staged crashes, it just looks like a boring “reality video” show.

Drone racing is about skill and enjoyment of the sport. Trashtalking your pilot friends and wearing costumes is not why we’re here. Skilled piloting, exciting courses, and the thrill of flying is what drives us. Not “win at all costs.”

DRL, you obviously have the money, but stop trying to rip the soul out of our sport.