City Stadium in Lynchburg, Virginia has plans for an FPV drone racing event this weekend. 60 pilots from up and down the East Coast are congregating to compete for their chance to qualify for Drone Nationals, to be held August 5-7 in New York. The event, titled Stone Blue Airlines’ Multirotor Rundown, will last for 2 days over the weekend, holding Friday as a practice day so pilots can get used to the course.
Jeremiah Guelzo is the organizer of the event, hoping it will dispel myths about this hobby he has loved for a long time. After having been approached by Joshua Duffy, outgoing group sales director for the Hillcats (the team that plays at City Stadium), Guelzo was immediately ready to plan the event. What had begun as a passing interest turned into excitement as Duffy learned more about the hobby. He quickly realized that the stadium would be uniquely well suited for a drone race.
“It’s already perfect for a drone competition because you can have spectators up close, but protected by the nets,” he said. “The facility is almost ideal for something like this, which is funny.”
The races are planned to be head-to-head, four to five pilots at a time. A live feed from some of the pilots will be hooked up to the stadium’s jumbotron, giving spectators something to look at. Guelzo said the focus is on racing, but there might be some aerobatic demonstrations between runs.
“It is as much a hobby as it is a sport at this point,” said Guelzo, whose own team qualified for Drone Nationals through another recent event.
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