Similar to other AMA disciplines,
FPV racing pilots have a sense
of camaraderie and are willing
to help fellow pilots with their
multirotors. Smith photo.
Chad Nowak (R), winner of the first US National Drone Racing Championship,
talks with MultiGP Drone Racing Championship competitor Michael
This was the main site for the 2016 MultiGP Drone Racing Championship.
Because the International Aeromodeling Center is so vast, three tracks
were set up at different sites. Smith photo.
Taylor clearly were happy for him.
Their reactions are an example of the
camaraderie that is at the heart of the
sport, which is often echoed throughout
other genres of aeromodeling.
“One of the coolest things that
you’ll ever see [at MultiGP events] is
competitors sharing parts” after a crash,
Shawn O’Sullivan stated. “It’s that
passion for flight—a common thread
“In FPV racing, you have people who
would give up their quads for someone
else,” Shaun Taylor said.
Camaraderie and having the
for a multirotor
aren’t the only
ingredients for success.
To get to the final championship
round required skill and plenty of
practice. AMA member Shaun Taylor
earned his spot in the championship
by finishing first in his regional final.
In the final race, he beat out Jordan
“Jet” Temkin, who finished second, and
Siddha “SIDFPV” Kilaru, who took third.
Also in the final round was Tyler
“RaceDayQuads” Brennan, who placed
fourth. The winner was determined by
who came through the finishing gate
first. The final race was not timed.
Michael described the journey that
the pilots took to get to the national
championship race. “We chopped
the nation into regions which had
[MultiGP] chapters help them with the
races, gates, and support.”
There were 11 regional finals and the
pilots who finished first automatically
earned a spot in the national
championship. Any of the pilots who
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