The New Hampshire Techfest and the USDRA are hosting an open race event on Saturday, October 15th in Windham, NH. This is an open event any pilot with a drone can join. If you’re a new pilot or an old hand, this race promises to be a lot of fun. Last year we had an enthusiastic audience cheering from the sidelines, so come on out!
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.
One 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.
Indoor 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.
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.
Looks like the IRDA has locked in Governors Island, NYC for the August 5-7 Drone Nationals. That’s a great location, right off the south end of Manhattan overlooking the Hudson river. People familiar with Red Bull’s Air Race series may remember the races on the Hudson a couple years ago, this will be a great followup with smaller versions of those great planes.
The USDRA will be at the Drone Day Boston event on May 7th. Tickets are now available!
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!