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The world is abuzz about drone racing. What used to be a hush-hush sport due to strict implementation of aviation rules governing drones, today it has finally take centerstage as more and more drone pilots come out in the open. The ultimate game changer lies in the steady influx of new powerful drones in the market, like that of GoPro, and constant upgrades from power innovators like DJI, Parrot, 3D Robotics, Matternet, Game of Drones, Yuneec, Sunlight Photonics, Syma, Hubsan, and many more. It is no wonder that there’s an infallible excitement from people around the globe particularly with more and more countries hosting national drone racing championships in their turfs.

Dubai Drone Grand Prix

While Dubai is known for its car racing and other glamorous race events, this is the maiden voyage of drone racing in the land where money and prestige are filled to the brim. First on the list is this year’s grandiose finish in the Dubai Drone Grand Pix wherein a 15-year old Brit won an astounding $250,000. Luke Bannister made everyone gasped with his victory after beating 150 other teams using an improvised UAV with a camera mounted in front for that needed first-person viewpoint in maneuvering his drone around illuminated hoops.

Since 2015, drone-racing has gained some sort of notoriety in the Dubai elite circles. The Royals in the country are known for their penchant in sports and technology. But apart from the usual flashy Ferraris and Bugattis, much of their attention is now pointing to these miniature flight sensations. While its homegrown Dronetek crew may have the backing of Dubai’s elite, it only came close second to Bannister’s Tornado X-Blades Banni-UK. With a staggering prize pool of $1M and more than 2,000 people went to witness the event, truly we will be seeing another drone racing extravaganza in one of the most fun-filled sides of the planet.

US, Australia, Europe, and Asia

US, Australia, Europe, and Asia

The 2016 US National Drone Racing Championships was also a success last August 5 to 7. It was held in the New York’s scenic Governor’s Island following last year’s successful tourney in California. The winners of each category will then be representing Team USA to the 2016 World Drone Racing Championships to be help next month, October 17 to 22, in scenic and exotic Hawaii.

In the same light, other countries have also concluded their national competition to come up with official representatives to the World Championships. Australia had its ultimate showdown last August 9 to 21 with 64 outstanding drone pilots vying for the top hatch. Italy had also their drone nationals in July and Chile in September. Meanwhile Japan, Canada and China had their separate drone racing competitions in June of the same year.

The World

As the 2016 World Drone Racing Championships is drawing nearer, the sports media channels across the globe are also abuzz with tension and excitement. With more than $100k in pot money, new drones, trophies, and a lot of media mileage, we can all be sure that many eyes will be glued to their television sets and to live streaming in various online and social media platform to partake in Kualoa Ranch’s gigantic event of the year. With this being said, it is safe to assume that the drone racing sports has finally earned its mark.

What’s Up For Drone Racing 2016?

September 19, 2016

Source: bbc.co.uk

Source: droneracingaustralia.com

Source: nootrix.com

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