Drone Nation: An Inside Look into Drone Racing

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Drone Nationals Live Stream @ Drone Dudes

A Drone Nation; Something to be excited for, or extremely scared of? In this two part series Fusion TV takes you into the world of Drones to see who’s cashing on on this ‘gold rush’. 1st, we meet the Drone Dudes. Drone Dudes is a full service creative studio out of Downtown Los Angeles providing complete ground and aerial filmmaking solutions, as well as an online shop with expert help if your looking to get your own drone. If you haven’t checked them out before watch part one of Drone Nation. After, go to their website  and look at their work. It’s phenomenal. (Disclaimer: I might be a little bias, as I took the majority the photos on the website and worked the last 8 months at the studio)

Also featured in part one of Drone Nation is the Aerial Sports League. The ASL is run by the guys who founded Game of Drones, a company that makes an indestructible transparent airframe. Their claim to fame is aerial combat, where two drones enter a cage and only one drone leaves. You have three lives. If you are brought down, you have 90 seconds to repair your quad and enter the next match. I’ll be reviewing one of their airframes sometime soon stay tuned.

While I was working at the Drone Dudes studio in Downtown Los Angeles I meet the team from Fusion TV as they stopped by to film us for their half hour special on the drone

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Getting ready to Live Broadcast @ Drone Nationals

industry called “Drone Nation.” We gave them a tour around our studio, showing them different drones that we use for filming, some examples of our work, and lastly they wanted to learn more on Mini Quads. I mentioned that there was the 1st ever Drone Nationals race at the California State Fair, and they asked me if I was going.

At 1st I didn’t want to go to Drone Nationals. I felt intimidated, unworthy, andunprepared. The more experiences I have in life the more I realize when you are uncomfortable doing something you should probably bite down and just do it. At this time I just got my second mini quad, a XHover MXP230, and thats when you start pushing the limits. When you have just one, you’re scared to fly really hard because you want to make sure you still have a quad to fly the next day.

In my suburb outside of Los Angeles, it was hard to find people into mini quads one year ago. Now, theres a thriving community of pilots who are meeting almost daily and I’ve seen friends just starting out excel in the drone racing arena in just a short amount of time. It’s been amazing to watch.

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The set up I used at Drone Nationals. Taranis, Xhover MXP230, and Fatshark Dominator V2’s

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Brendan and I at the entrance of Done Nationals

In part two of Drone Nation you will meet the government side of Drones used for border security, as well as the segment on Drone Nationals. The Drone Nationals was so fun, and is something that I would absolutely recommend for everyone to enter into an official drone race at least once. The pressure of racing in front of so many of your peers, spectators, and the pressure to win might make you nervous. But learning how to deal with that pressure is what made Drone Nationals such a great experience for me. I felt as if I walked away from Drone Nationals as a much better pilot because of leaning to deal with stress management. Since Nationals, I’ve been flying better than I ever have before because I was so inspired to refine my skills and become a better more competent pilot afterwards. I felt a huge shift from pre-drone nationals to post-drone nationals.

Though I did not “Place” at the drone nationals, I believe I am the winner because I had the most fun. Creating community was the best part about it. Meeing people who you’ve interacted with on the internet and putting a face to the name was really cool. The event was not only about the racing. They had daily events after where everyone would get drinks, chat, and dream about what the future of Drone Racing would be. I’ve never been a part of a community like this, and I hope to be able to spread the joy that it has given me with many more people to come.

(Big shoutout to Scott Refsland from Flying Grounds International. Scot planned, organized, and executed the Nationals with extreme professionalism. He brought in the FAA, the AMA, and the FCC to figure out hoe everyone could cooperate to create a smooth event. For the 1st event of its kind, it was a pleasure to be a pilot.)

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Also, I am embedding a podcast I did with Joe Strandell from The Joe Strandell Show. Joe and I talk about Drones, Life, Spirituality, Business, and much much more. I have a feeling a part two is going to be soon in the future so stay tuned!

SOURCE: Quadcopter Guy – Read entire story here.

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by Trent Siggard