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!
The USDRA crack staff has been hard at work designing our next race course, and we’ve decided to follow a trend among several clubs – a figure-8 variation, with an over/under gate in the center. This is a tighter course than our last event, bringing the pilots closer to their drones and focusing on maneuverability and gate handling.
We will include the option of an ‘extended’ course with a long south leg, depending on interest.
The Boston Globe recently contacted the USDRA and interviewed us on the state of drone racing in the US, check it out!
Dave Shevett is chairman of the US Drone Racing Association, an unaffiliated group based in New England. One day, he stumbled across an FPV drone-racing video online and was hooked. Not long after, he formed the USDRA. The group is small, but has been working with clubs in the Northeast to help set guidelines.
Last week the US Drone Nationals were held in California. There were some brilliant performances, with some absolutely stunning flying. Here’s a great supercut from m0ke showing the more dramatic sides of the races, (by which we’re talking “smacking into obstacles”), as well as some great race footage.