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Drone Pilots: President Trump Signs FAA Reauthorization Act 


Drone Pilots: President Trump Signs FAA Reauthorization Act

On October 5, 2018, the President signed the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. The Act establishes new conditions for recreational use of drones and immediately repeals the Special Rule for Model Aircraft.

The agency is evaluating the impacts of this change in the law and how implementation will proceed. The Reauthorization Act cannot be fully implemented immediately, please continue to follow all current policies and guidance with respect to recreational use of drones:

  • Fly for hobby or recreation only
  • Register your model aircraft
  • Fly within visual line-of-sight
  • Follow community-based safety guidelines and fly within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization
  • Fly a drone under 55 lbs. unless certified by a community-based organization
  • Never fly near other aircraft
  • Never fly near emergency response efforts

Updated direction and guidance will be provided as the FAA implements this new legislation.


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The Drone Racing League (DRL) And Swatch Introduce First Swatch-Sponsored Pilot, Winner Of Global eSport Competition

Gamer Robogenesis Wins 2018 Swatch DRL Tryouts, the Only Player-to-Professional Drone Pilot Tournament in the World, Earns Spot in DRL’s 2018 Season with $75K contract

NEW YORKFeb. 5, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Drone Racing League (DRL), the global leader in professional and high-speed drone racing, today announced Brodie “Robogenesis” Springer as the winner of the 2018 Swatch DRL Tryouts, the fierce eSport competition that transforms a gamer to drone pilot overnight.

Pilot hopefuls from around the world have been battling it out on the DRL Simulator, the most realistic drone flight and racing simulator, since its launch in November 2017. This past Saturday, February 3, the top 24 contestants went head-to-head in a live showdown in the Mixer NYC Studio at the flagship Microsoft Store on Fifth Avenue in New York City. After speeding through the final heat in a perfectly simulated replica of the 2017 season’s Miami Nights course map, Robogenesis was named the Swatch pilot for the 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship Season and given a professional drone racing contract for $75,000. Continue reading The Drone Racing League (DRL) And Swatch Introduce First Swatch-Sponsored Pilot, Winner Of Global eSport Competition

Say goodbye to costly drone repairs: Drone Performance Sports introduces the Quad Rig;  

Drones have taken over the consumer market in the past few years, from clunky and costly, drones have become low cost for general purpose consumer version, but prices remain sky high for high performance racing drones.

Luckily, Drone Performance Sports is set to launch the Quad Rig. “The Quad Rig is the only option for flying your high-performance drone indoors,” said Carmello Scaini, founder of drone performance sports.  Continue reading Say goodbye to costly drone repairs: Drone Performance Sports introduces the Quad Rig;  

South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa to Host the 2017 Challengers Cup Finals, World’s Largest Semi-Professional Drone Racing Championship Jan. 19 – 20, 2018

 

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LAS VEGAS – The International Drone Racing Association (IDRA), in partnership with the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa, will hold its semi-professional world championship, 2017 Challengers Cup Finals, in Exhibit Hall C and D Friday, Jan. 19 and Saturday, Jan. 20. Tickets are on sale now for $20 and available through the South Point Box Office and online. Continue reading South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa to Host the 2017 Challengers Cup Finals, World’s Largest Semi-Professional Drone Racing Championship Jan. 19 – 20, 2018

First Ever Giant Drone Race to Debut at New York City ePrix

Giant drones to race Formula E car at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA (July 10, 2017) – The Federation of Drone Racing (FDR) made the announcement today that the Titan Grand Prix Racing Organization (TGP) will make their debut in a head-to-head challenge against a Formula E race car at the inaugural Formula E Qualcomm New York City ePrix held at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal July 15 and 16.

Champion drone pilots Zachry Thayer and Jordan Temkin will be at the controls in the world premier of the Titan Grand Prix GFD1 drone in a best 2 out of 3 contest against the Formula E car.

The Titan Grand Prix GFD1 drone, which is powerful enough to lift a 200lb man, will attempt to beat the car over a ⅓ mile section of the track, including the treacherous hairpin T01, at2:30pm Sunday, July 16. An early version of the drone was clocked at 110mph while the Formula E car’s top speed is 140mph. The GFD1 drone, with eight propellers, is the largest drone racing class at 1100mm diagonally from motor to motor. For comparison, typical racing drones today are 250mm.

[The Titan Grand Prix GFD1 alongside a typical racing drone.]

Photo Credit: Titan Grand Prix Racing Organization

TGP owners Joe Herbert, Lee Baran, Joel Jackson, Adrian Taverner, and Scott Phan are confident. “We are so happy to be working with FDR on this. The NYC ePrix is the perfect venue for introducing TGP and the GFD1 to the world. We have enormous respect for the Formula E organization. It’s almost a shame the GFD1 will crush this race so hard.” They like to have fun.

The Titan Grand Prix series will be an international drone racing series with the fastest, largest, and most powerful racing drones in the world. The TGP league will be comprised of teams of top drone pilots, world champions, and engineers from all over the world. Currently in their startup phase, the TGP owners are actively developing plans in cooperation with investors, teams, and media partners, and hope to announce their 2018 race schedule by early fall.

Pilots Thayer and Temkin, in addition to other top pilots, will also participate in the world’s first invitational FDR Team Endurance Race, a high intensity drone race with two pilots and 1 pit engineer per team. Each pilot flies until their battery is depleted, at which time they enter the pits to change out drones and pilots.

FDR Team Endurance Racing is the first of its kind and set up similar to an endurance race in sports car racing. Strategy is key and suspense is high, and any outcome is possible.

More information on FDR and TGP will be located in the Formula E Allianz eVillage where fans can get a firsthand look at the elements of the e-sport and the pinnacle aspects of technology like Fat Shark First Person View (FPV) goggles to experience races through the eyes of the pilot. The owners of GFD1 and the pilots will be on site explaining the format and technology. List of confirmed teams and pilots for the NYC ePrix exhibitions below.

The race happens at 2:30pm on Sunday, July 16. The owners and pilots will be on hand in the eVillage FDR tent on Saturday and Sunday, July 15-16. For tickets to the Qualcomm New York City ePrix, go towww.FIAFormulaE.com.

An official 2018 series calendar schedule will be released at a later date. To learn more and stay up to date on the latest on FDR, go to www.federationofdroneracing.com.

Are you ready for the largest and most incredible Drone Racing event of your life?

The 2017 MultiGP International Open promises to be one of the largest and most unique FPV events of the year. Whether you are a beginner, or a seasoned FPV pilot, you will not want to miss this event! This drone racer’s paradise will be serving up 8 different FPV race and freestyle courses with the capability of 64 pilots in the air at once, so you can practice, qualify or just fly for fun!

Continue reading Are you ready for the largest and most incredible Drone Racing event of your life?

How to make six figures racing drones

f you’re a tech-minded individual with fast reflexes, the Drone Racing League is hoping you’ll consider a career in professional drone racing.

With contracts of up to $100,000 to fly one of these devices for the professional sports league, it’s a not-too-shabby career choice if you have the skills to pilot flying devices through a pre-determined maze at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour.

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Micro Drone Racing is Taking Off

DR1 Racing will start the DR1 Micro Series, a micro drone race. Compared to regular racing drones, micro drones are safer and easier to fly, and they do not require a pilot's license.

Micro Drone Racing is Taking Off

They’re small, it’s highly technical, and a lot of fun.

Rosalie Chan

At first glance, a micro drone doesn’t look substantial. It’s small and can fit in the palm of your hand. Its rotors look like four tiny wheels. But don’t underestimate it — these micro drones are going to be the future of drone racing and become the new racecars. Continue reading Micro Drone Racing is Taking Off

Drones to crowd Istanbul sky for racing league next weekend

Drones to crowd Istanbul sky for racing league next weekend

Highly popular for professional video and film recording, as well as commercial and military purposes, drones will fly over Istanbul next weekend for the Turkey Drone League (TDL) at KüçükÇiftlik Park.

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