Our partner site, Drone Racing life published an article USDRA Chairman Dave Shevett wrote regarding the AMA. Folks should check it out, it’s good stuff…
Eventually, the drone pilots and the AMA started talking to each other, and realized everyone was on the same side. All it took was an understanding that enthusiasts and builders want to have fun and be safe. It soon came clear is there was a common cause for both the AMA and the new drone community. The public, the press, and the government were all forming their own ideas about what our hobby was about, and the ‘risks’ they saw with it, and in our eyes… it didn’t match with what we all knew.
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.
Hey everyone, just reminding folks that tomorrow is Drone Day Boston. The USDRA will be there livetweeting the event and helping out with an awesome MultiGP race. Make sure you follow us on twitter at @usdroneracing!
Yesterday 10 pilots and tons of spectators turned out at the New Hampshire Techfest to have a race and show off the drones to kids and families attending the event. The morning was full of practice runs and course adjustments, with races happening in the afternoon. 3 full 5 lap races were held, with 3, 4, and 4 participants in each race. A great time was had by all!
Yvonne, the event coordinator for the Techfest, sent along a thanks:
I really want to Thank you and the USDRA for coming to do his demo. SO many folks were talking about your event and that included my good friend – an 80 year old MIT emeritus professor- who honestly said- I want one of those! Your group was very professional and put a good face on responsible drone usage!
The New Hampshire Techfest is hosting a USDRA Drone Race Day at Windham High School in Windham, NH during their event on Saturday, October 24th, 2015. This event is open to the public, and welcomes pilots of all skills and interests. The USDRA will be holding organized races, open demonstrations, ‘show and tell’, and other games.
We’ll be live-tweeting on @usdroneracing throughout the weekend as the USDRA goes to the NAFPV2015 event in Stephentown, New York. Make sure you follow us on Twitter for all the best pics, videos, and chatter from the big event!
Check out Mochaboy’s video giving a heads up for for how the event will be running…
Hi Race Fans! There’s a new Frequency chart in the Information section of the website. This chart has the major FPV TX configurations (Fatshark, Boscam, etc)… super handy for making sure attendees at a race aren’t overlapping with other pilots.
Luckyxero3 has given us a great video of a couple laps around the big course. Pilots seemed to like the longer course rather than the tight figure eight, so there was some great flying around trees and along the long straights. This was early in the day, and Luckyxero3 wasn’t quite comfortable with the course yet, so things are a little wobbly, but everyone had some great racing fun!
Thanks to all the pilots and the spectactors who came to the event, much fun was had by all!