Paris recently hosted its first ever drone festival on Sunday, September 4th on the famous Champs Élysées. Approximately 100,000 spectators showed up to watch professional drone pilots race on a 2,000 m2 track, as well as to better familiarize themselves with drone technology as a whole. According to the event page’s website, the Paris Drone Festival is the first major event dedicated to the enhancement of the UAV (Unidentified Aerial Vehicle) industry to the general public.
Jean-Louis Missika, the assistant to the Mayor for Economic Development and Attractiveness, announced the event to help support the creation and know-how in the field. From workshops to photography and finally to the races, the event was free for people who wished to familiarize themselves with drones and what they were capable of. The race along the Champs Élysées was, of course, the focal point for many of the spectators, where thousands lined up to see the skilled practitioners weave their way through the obstacles and through gates in amazingly deft displays of skill.
Drones are key for many businesses in many different ways, from giving aerial views to firefighters to providing the perfect shot for a film. Drone races are a key factor in getting people both interested and motivated to learn how to use these machines, which is budding into a huge enterprise. It’s especially key in getting the younger generation interested in something that is almost guaranteed to benefit them later in life. Businesses will need skilled pilots who can control the machines safely, and fix the machines when they break.