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Adrenaline junkies and sofa spectators alike will agree that there’s nothing like a good race. And what could be more exciting than a race against two seemingly incompatible contenders? In just such a match-up, YouTube is full of videos demonstrating examples of this thrilling, sci-fi-esque flavor of race. Take for example the following drone vs. car race in Dubai:

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Or this example where the race car company built their own custom super drone for the face-off:

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In the first video, the drone wins. Arguably, this is because the car was racing on highways, not a dedicated track, and therefore had to contend with certain obstacles and barriers that slowed it down. The drone obviously had no such constraints. In the second video, where the car gets to race on a closed track, the car wins. Could this be because the drone was not a true racing drone?

No doubt there will continue to be endless racing pitting drones against race cars, and the outcome will be different in each case. The real question is, which is better, racing cars, or racing drones? If it’s adrenaline you want, both definitely fit the bill. If you’re going for the thrill of the landscape blurring past, again, both can offer you that – drones through the medium of FPV. Race cars offer the advantage of getting to actually sit in the vehicle. But how many of us can actually afford (or have the training) to have a real race car experience? Racing drones, on the other hand, are cheap enough to be accessible to almost anyone who wants to give it a go and experience the inexpressible thrill of hurtling at top speeds through a race course. This is article is written in conjunction with




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With Memorial Day weekend behind us, the summer season is officially upon us! With summer here, gorgeous weather, and the end of school approaching, you may be thinking about what in the world you are going to do to keep the kids busy. You want something that will engage their creativity, get them outside, and still be as cool as playing video games.

The solution is simple- get them into drones! This doesn’t have to be an expensive proposition, either. There are tons of great kids drones on the market that won’t break the bank, and are fully functional, perfect for a beginning pilot.

If you’re feeling apprehensive about how to teach them to fly drones, or have concerns about safety, there’s always the option of drone camp. While there may not be a drone camp in your local area, there probably are drone clubs that would welcome your youngster, and help them make some new friends that can initiate them in their new hobby.

Drones as a hobby for your kids is more than just zooming around aimlessly. If they love competition and a fast-paced game, they can get into drone racing, a rapidly growing, world-wide sport. Or if your young one is more into peaceful pursuits, they can learn some aerial photography skills, and create beautiful art. The options are as high as the sky, and the perfect time to start is this summer!

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This video was made by and shows the second tournement of the Dutch National Championship FPV drone racing.

The Dutch National Championship “NK Drone Race” is a competition held by the KNVvL and the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI).

Two pilots here in the Dutch National Championship are also racing in the Drone Racing League (DRL) – Shaggy and Dino from the Netherlands.




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NEW YORK, NY & LAS VEGAS, NV (May 2, 2018) – The Drone Racing League (DRL), the pro drone racing sport, announced the launch of its 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship Season today, unveiling their new global partners, elite drone pilots, and worldwide race locations. Premiering on September 6, 2018 on ESPN, DRL’s third season will be broadcast in more than 75 countries on the top sports programs in the world including Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1 and recently announced media partner, Groupe AB. DRL shared the news from one of its 2018 season race venues and iconic indoor theme park, The Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas (An MGM Resorts Destination), as high speed, custom-built DRL racing drones spiraled around roller coasters.

“With more partners, more races, and more pilots, we’re incredibly excited to unveil our most thrilling series yet. Following a historic 2017 season that was watched by tens of millions of fans across the globe, our 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship Season will pit the best FPV pilots against each other through fiercely competitive drone races in new spectacular locations,” said DRL CEO & Founder, Nicholas Horbaczewski.

World-Renowned Global Partners

Last year, DRL introduced leading global insurance company Allianz as their title sponsor, and launched global partnerships with world-renowned brands including premium automobile manufacturer BMW, Swiss watchmaker Swatch, the U.S. Air ForceToy State, manufacturer of the DRL Nikko™ Air racing drones, and Fatshark, the best in class FPV (First Person View) headset provider – all of whom have extended their agreements for the 2018 season. Newly added global partnerships include Cox Communications (Cox), the largest private telecom company in the U.S., the General Sport Authority (GSA) of Saudi Arabia, and Seagate, the Official Storage Supplier of DRL.

New Dramatic Locations 

DRL races take place in iconic venues across the world, where the best FPV (First Person View) pilots fly identical and hand-built DRL racing drones through complex, three-dimensional, mile-long courses. During the 2018 season, pilots will take flight in elaborate spots including:

  • Woodward West, the world-class camp for pro skateboarders and BMXers in Tehachapi, California, USA
  • University of Arizona’s Biosphere 2, the largest enclosed ecological observatory on the planet, located in Oracle, Arizona, USA
  • The Adventuredome at Circus Circus Las Vegas, a five-acre indoor amusement park in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
  • Allianz Riviera, a gigantic football stadium in Nice, France
  • BMW Welt, the multisensory brand and product experience center of the BMW Group, located in the heart of Munich, Germany
  • Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Best Drone Pilots in the World

  • Meet DRL’s eighteen fierce FPV pilots fighting to be crowned the World’s Greatest Drone Pilot
  • Pilots compete across three rounds (ranking, semi-finals and finals) that are made of several heats, each a minute long. They are ranked according to their fastest time and battle it out during the final round for the first-place title
  • Each winner will be invited to go head to head in the 2018 DRL Allianz World Championship event in Saudi Arabia, the first professional drone race to be staged in the kingdom

DRL Made History

DRL has been watched by 55 million fans in 75+ countries across the world. During an action-packed 2017, DRL:

  • Set the Guinness  World RecordTM with the DRL RacerX, the fastest racing drone on earth, hand-built by the league’s team of expert drone engineers
  • Debuted the first professional drone race ever in the UK, hosting a royally epic finale at Alexandra Palace
  • Proved esports can translate into real sports with their 2017 Tryouts, an online drone racing competition on the DRL Simulator, a true-to-life drone racing sim, that transformed gamer Jacob “Jawz” Schneider into a pro drone pilot overnight. He placed 1st at Level 4: Boston Foundry and 7th overall last year

About DRL:

DRL is the pro drone racing sport for elite FPV pilots around the world. A technology, sports and media company, DRL combines world-class media and proprietary technology to create thrilling drone racing content with mass appeal. In 2018 DRL is hosting a global series of seven races, the Allianz World Championship, to be broadcast on ESPN, Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, Groupe AB, Disney XD, OSN, FOX Sports Asia and other leading broadcast channels around the world. Founded by Nicholas Horbaczewski in 2015, DRL is a privately held company headquartered in NYC. For more information on DRL, visit To join the conversation, follow DRL on Facebook at, on Twitter @DroneRaceLeague, and on Instagram @thedroneracingleague.

NEW YORK (June 12, 2017) – The Drone Racing League (DRL), the global leader in professional drone racing, today announced key multi-year, international partners and sponsors ahead of its 2017 race season. In February, DRL introduced Allianz as the title sponsor of DRL’s elite race circuit, leveraging the insurance brand’s motor racing sponsorship heritage to bring the “Sport of the Future” to a rapidly growing worldwide audience. Allianz and previously announced Toy State, home of high-performance Nikko Air racing drones, are joined by some of the world’s most well-known and respected brands including Amazon (Prime Video), Swatch, FORTO Coffee Shots and the U.S. Air Force. The season begins on June 20 on ESPN, and will be broadcast in more than 75 countries with broadcast partners including Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1, Disney XD and OSN.

DRL also announced today the close of a Series B investment round. The total financing was more than $20 million, led by Sky, Liberty Media Corporation (owner of Formula 1) and Lux Capital. In addition to Liberty Media Corporation, DRL added new investors Allianz (its global Title Sponsor of the race circuit) and World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Other existing partners that join Sky and Lux in the round include Hearst Ventures, RSE Ventures, Lerer Hippeau Ventures, and Courtside Ventures. DRL has also added CRCM Ventures, supporting DRL’s expansion into China. LionTree Advisors acted as a financial advisor for the company and Morrison Foerster was the company’s legal advisor. 

“We’re incredibly proud to announce new partners and investors aligning with DRL to solidify drone racing as the sport of the future,” said Nicholas Horbaczewski, CEO and Founder of DRL. “Over the past 18 months, we’ve committed to building a technology company that can capture the imagination of new sports fans around the world. The support we have from some of the most respected brands and investors is helping us rapidly realize that vision.”

The announcement from DRL comes ahead of the UK’s first professional drone race and the last race in the 2017 Allianz World Championship Season, the headline event during London Tech Week. The race will take place at London’s iconic Alexandra Palace on June 13th, with 8 of the best pilots flying to be crowned the ‘best in the world’ during the winner-take-all 2017 season finale. Tickets for the event can be purchased at: and spectators will be able to bet on the racing with the Paddy Power Betfair app, Betfair Sportsbook.

The Drone Racing League launched in January 2016 as the only global professional drone racing organization, hosting five professional races in its inaugural season. DRL’s ‘16 season reached more than 75 million fans around the world, including more than 30 million broadcast viewers and more than 45 million views of its digital content. The title partnership with Allianz will help DRL to continue to reach new viewers and build an even larger global fan base as the company introduces new events, media and brand partners in its second season. Toy State’s Nikko Air offerings are the only racing drones powered by the same technology used by professional DRL drone racing pilots. The company’s highly anticipated new line-up, which will give a wide swath of consumers the chance to experience the fast-paced fun of drone racing, takes flight at major retailers nationwide this August.

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DRL is the premier drone racing circuit for elite FPV pilots around the world. A technology, sports and media company, DRL combines world-class media and proprietary technology to create thrilling drone racing content with mass appeal. In 2017 DRL is hosting a global series of six races, the Allianz World Championship, to be broadcast on ESPN, Sky Sports, ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE, Disney XD, OSN and other leading broadcast channels around the world. Founded by Nicholas Horbaczewski in 2015, DRL is a privately held company headquartered in NYC. For more information on the 2017 race season, visit To join the conversation, follow DRL on Facebook at, on Twitter @DroneRaceLeague, and on Instagram @thedroneracingleague.


[unable to retrieve full-text content]Rumors are flying about what the new DJI Spark will be like. Many are speculating selfie and/or racing drone. We probably don’t have long to wait to find out (coming this summer?), but meanwhile a few sources have leaked photos of the newest fun to come.  

I think you will agree with me when I say:

It is troublesome to find the right racing drone, especially if you are a newbie in this hobby. (I should know, I’ve been there). There are literally thousands of drones for sale everywhere and it is increasing by the minute! It could even be a disaster if you end up purchasing a heavily marketed model, but turned out to be a complete disappointment.

It should not be the case, right?

Well, what if I say, that you can find the right racing drone without a hitch? Being a racing drone enthusiast myself for 2 years I will provide you with a comprehensive guide. In this article, I will guide you on your first time buying a racing drone and ensure you end up with a model you can totally brag to your friends.  

So what kind of drone are you looking for?

There are three types of drones, first are the camera drones, second are the toy drones and third, which is why you are here, are the FPV/Racing Drones. Let’s skip the first two choices and focus on the Racing Drones.

If you think that freestyle flying and drone racing sounds something crazy you would only see in the movies, you are absolutely right. It is an intense, fast-paced and super addictive sport. Imagine the adrenaline rush in car racing, now, multiply it by 10. That is the experience you will get in drone racing. It is unlike anything else in the world.

Drone racing is not just a hobby, it is a real sport with real competitions and very real prize money. It goes so far that the Drone Racing Association has signed a deal with ESPN. As a matter of fact, drone racing is taking the world by storm. Nobody knows where this sport will end up in the following years.

One thing is sure though, it will only become intense as technology advances. Who knows, drone racing might become a popular sport as any major sports. So if you want to experience that future, hopping into the drone racing bandwagon today is the best start.

What are the top racing drones for first timers?

The two drones I will show you are top rated racing drone models. Although, there are better drones on the market, we are aiming to settle for something that will enhance your flying skills, help you familiarize with common drone racing obstacles and even help you win local competitions. Try to get to know these models before you consider buying drones meant for the big league.

  1. Arris X-Speed 250 Quacopter Racer

This drone is perfect for getting started with drone racing as quickly as possible. It is pre-calibrated and tested, which makes flying on a racing course easy even for first timers. The electronic speed controller is top-notch. It also comes with a damping plate that acts as an extra-protection from crashes. (Pretty convenient, right?)

Plus, the Arris drone is compatible with a wide range of HD FPV googles. So you can choose a goggle with better resolution allowing you to see better pictures of what your quadcopter is seeing up in the air.

  1. Walkera Runner 250 Racing Drone

What makes this a fine choice is its long flight time. It could stay up in the air for 14 minutes, giving you longer flying practice for up to 25mph. It can maneuver pretty well in tight spots. Even if you are flying on a racing course with lots of obstacles and sharp corners, with Walkera, you can handle it just fine. Although, design-wise this model has seen better days. But our main concern is speed and ease-of-use, this drone can be of great help to you.  

How fast are racing drones?

Obviously, you need a fast racing drone. Usually racing drones have a top speed of 35mph. But, it can easily go over 50mph or higher by doing a few tricks. One surefire way to go faster is having  powerful batteries with higher voltages (choose 14.8 instead of the traditional 11.1v).

Another way to boost your speed is cutting on your drone weight. Take off unnecessary stuff like heavy landing gear, long wires, OSDs and GPS.

There are drones that can reach up to 120mph via rate mode. This makes a drone more agile and faster, but it is incredibly difficult to control. Even skilled pilots have a hard time mastering this one.

Are speed and power really the most important key features when buying a drone?

Yes, speed and power play an important role but they are not everything there is in drone racing. There are other aspects  and components you need, like an amazing drone camera, to win a competition. But for now, let us try to find a balance between these two and among other features that can help you win races.

Focus more on mastering different types of racing courses. Know different types of drones, accessories and gadgets that can power-up your drone. Later on, you will learn how to build a powerful racing drone that can take you places.  

How much does a drone cost?

Drone racing is a sport that requires money, a lot of it. So you must prepare your pocket because going all out on drone racing can be really expensive. Normally, racing drones range from $300 to $500. But if we are going to talk about going into real racing and winning, then the cost can skyrocket to a thousand dollars or more. To win in the big racing competitions, you need to modify your drone and better parts always come with a higher price.

How to get started with Drone Racing?

If you are serious in this sport, it would be to your advantage to join a drone racing community. It would be great if you become a member of the US Drone Racing Association or the Academy of Model Aeronautics.  

But for now, try to join local groups or leagues in your area. You can visit parks and other locations where drone pilots often are.  You can also check out for online drone racing communities, join their forums and get in touch with their message boards.

Also, even if you are only new to this hobby, try to attend drone racing. Get to know what it feels like flying a drone and master it. Of course, you should not expect to win right away, but completing a race and learning from that experience are appropriate goals.

Lastly, practice, practice, practice.

There you have it. I hope that you find this article informative and engaging. By now you probably have a solid understanding about drone racing  and be able to make a wise decision in buying the right racing drone.

Happy flying!

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It’s official – robots are taking over the world, or at least, the skies!

What once was used primarily for military purposes has gone commercial – and now, drone usage is exploding in popularity with hobbyists –and companies alike, that are keen to cash in on some of the business opportunities that drones are opening up.

While it may be a few years before we see drones taking over jobs en masse, there’s no doubt about it –unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are making it simple for us to do many things that were once time-consuming, expensive, or even downright impossible. Drone usage has gone beyond selfies and snagging that ultimate aerial wedding photo, to more interesting and – perhaps odd – uses.

For better or worse –here’s a look at a few crazy ways that drones are being used today –in no particular order.

1 – Chasing Canadian Geese

What’s black and white and flies all over? The “Goosebuster” –a 26 inch drone that’s on a mission to clear Canada’s capital of the Canada goose. While the birds are beloved by many, they can wreak havoc on parks –something that Steve Wambolt –the Goosebuster’s creator, is on a mission to stop. He’s currently building a fleet of drones –complete with speakers that blast the sounds of predatory birds, as well as strobe lights, to be flown from strategic stations around Ottawa –in a bid to herd the birds out of the parks, and keep the country’s capital free from droppings.

2 – The Burrito Bomber

A company known as Burrito Bomber has outlined plans to be the first Mexican food drone delivery service. Order up your tacos through the app, and the drone will drop your goods to you, via parachute. Although the concept was tasty, sadly, there’s no word if it ever got off the ground. Still, we can dream can’t we? And we may be able to expect food delivery at some point in the near future –rumor has it Domino’s pizza delivery drone trials are expected to take place in New Zealand sometime this year.

3 – Synchronized Entertainment

In 2015, Intel launched 100 drones for a synchronized light show –and set a new world record. Following that spectacular performance, they set their sights even higher –with the aim of having 500 neon-lit drones, dancing, twirling, and flying in formations across the night sky –something that they pulled off with remarkable success in 2016. Flight planning software was used to plot the display –and give each UAV its cue. The result? A spectacular performance that would rival even the most spectacular fireworks show! And Disney agrees!

4 – Drone Air Shows

The world’s first drone circus took place in the Netherlands in 2015 –with hundreds of UAVs taking to the sky. Teaming up with the Royal Netherlands Air Force, the AIR 2015 event was the first aerial 3D entertainment show of its kind –with hundreds of drones, lasers, and projectors involved in a dazzling display of aerial stunts, music, video, projections, and special effects. The concept of using drones for entertainment is hardly new –but the combination of technology, effects, and lights highlights the tremendous potential for amazing and spectacular light shows in the future.

5 – Pokémon GO

If using drones sounds like it defeats the point of Pokémon GO, it’s because it does. It also could be classified as cheating, if you are keeping track. The great thing about Pokémon GO is that it motivates kids and adults alike to get off the couch and go outside. But one clever gamer found a way to bend the rules. By strapping his phone to a drone, he was able to catch ‘em all, without ever having to leave his couch. Don’t tell the kids about this one!

6 – Drone Paintball Capture the Flag

Drone paintball capture the flag? Why not! One man’s clever idea for a game of drone paintball capture the flag –just might take off! The plan was to use drones for surveillance in an effort to try to capture the flag off of the opposing team. Or, you could take things a step further and mount a paintball gun directly to the drone for an especially exciting game –like these folks did.

7 – Drone Racing

In July of 2016, 100 racer drones took to the skies –piloted by student pilots who participated in the Liberty Cup for the US National Drone Racing Championships. The students researched and built their own drones, and then raced them while wearing “first person view” goggles that allowed them to experience the race as if they were inside of the UAV itself –all from the safety of the ground. While drone racing has been an amateur sport in Australia since late 2014, it seems the rest of the world is just now starting to catch on.

8 – Map Making

Drones can reach hard or impossible-to-access areas, giving enthusiasts and professionals alike a chance to create extremely detailed maps. These maps can benefit military and government offices, as well as small companies and individuals alike –imagine how much easier it would be to chart a hiking course if you could foresee potential obstacles before you start?

9 – Storm Tracking and Forecasting

Giving you the thrill of storm chasing, without all of the danger, UAVs make it possible to safely go into the heart of a storm. Both enthusiasts and NASA have been using drones for storm tracking and monitoring for years. In October 2016, NASA even flew an almost-15,000 pound drone over Hurricane Matthew. The drone was used to drop several devices called “dropsondes” –into the storm –which collected weather data as they fell from the sky. Drones would have made Helen Hunt and Bill Paxton’s job studying Twisters so much easier!

10 – Rapid Response Drones – Saving Lives!

Drones saving lives may seem like a bit of a stretch, but that’s exactly what one engineering graduate has in mind. Alec Momont, who graduated from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands created a rapid response drone that’s able to fly at speeds of 60 mph to deliver a defibrillator to assist heart attack victims who are in need of first aid. Time matters during a heart attack –and a fast response time can greatly increase the chances of recovery. “…Brain death and fatalities occur within four to six minutes,” says Momont. “The ambulance drone can get a defibrillator to a patient inside a 12 km zone within one minute. This response speed increases the chance of survival following a cardiac arrest from eight percent to 80 percent.” While this drone is yet to be tested on real patients, Momont believes that in a few years, his drone will be in use –and several medical sector bodies have already expressed interest in his project.

What does the future hold for drones? A better question would be –what doesn’t it hold? With so much potential for commercial and personal use alike –things can only go up from here! Expect to see a lot more drone action –and quite possibly more FAA regulations, as a whole new generation of UAVs takes to the skies!

What’s your favorite use for drones?

Derek Waleko is CEO of Up Sonder, the first on-demand drone and service rental platform powered by UberRUSH, specifically designed for drone pilots and drone owners to earn extra money.

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Droiko is an innovative toy drone developed by a 26 years old engineer from Alicante, Spain. His intention is to show the general public what drone racing is about, because the main goal of Cactus Robotics startup is to make these little unmanned vehicles a reference in competitive and cooperative gaming. Droiko’s main feature is that it can perform laser battles versus other Droikos, in which several players can fight each other individually or in teams.

It stands out by using as accessories the Checkpoints, small boxes used to define the racing track that drones have to follow, to time laps or, for example, to define the bases to defend during the laser battles. This innovation allows users to play in different game modes with the same product. Among all the game options one stands above the others: drone races where players can pick up power-ups and weapons at certain parts of the track.

Droiko is designed for adults as well as kids, because the propellers are fully safe. This new drone is very small and weighs just 50 grams, allowing it to be used and enjoyed in indoor places such as any house room. It is a fully open source product that can be used to teach and learn about electronics and coding. Droiko also offers the possibility of being flown using a smartphone app or using any radio control transmitter.

Being an startup and creative project, Droiko can be purchased online at Kickstarter, a crowdfunding platform that helps companies get enough funds to mass manufacture the product and take the startup forward. This crowdfunding campaign offers Droiko for a special price of 79 euros or 85 USD.




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