A view of one of the courses at the MultiGP Drone Racing Championship. Smith photo.
This is the view that multiple pilots had while
flying FPV in the competition. Smith photo.
did not place first in the regional finals
were put on a list and ranked by their
three best rounds. The top 16 on the list
were known as the Super Sixteen. These
16 pilots automatically advanced to the
national drone racing championship.
The next 60 pilots down on the list
were known as the Serious 60, which
was the third way to earn a spot in the
championship race. These contenders
received an invitation to compete in
Muncie in a three-round race for 12
positions in the championship race.
The final way that pilots could
qualify to compete in the national
championship was through Universal
Time Trial (UTT) tracks. Sixty pilots
were allowed to compete in Muncie on
Saturday, September 3, in three rounds
of flying for the final 12 spots. The UTT
is a track layout that was designed by
MultiGP and set up in venues across the
country, in which pilots tried to get the
The regional finalists, Super 16, the 12
who advanced from the Serious 60, and
the 12 who advanced from the UTT 60,
were then known as the Fast 52.
“It was a complicated system that
we managed, but it was a worthwhile
effort,” Michael said. He added that the
elimination system resulted in the best
pilots in the country competing in the
The 2016 MultiGP Drone Racing
Championship began on Friday,
September 2, with a MultiGP Summit,
held inside of the AMA Headquarters
building. During this event, guest
speakers, including AMA officials, met
with MultiGP chapter organizers and
discussed topics such as AMA’s FPV
government relations efforts, a race
timing system, how to find a safe place
to fly, how to market a MultiGP chapter,
and racecourse design.
Saturday kicked off with practice and
determining which of the Serious 60
pilots and UTT 60 pilots would advance.
The racers were eliminated in a bracket
format. Sunday began with the Fast 52
qualifying round. The Fast 52 qualifier
was followed by a Final 16 double-elimination round.
One of the highlights of the MultiGP
Drone Racing Championship, which was
held at AMA Headquarters for the first
time, was definitely the flying site.
“It was gorgeous,” Shaun Taylor said
of AMA’s International Aeromodeling
Center. “That was my favorite race of all
time. The course with the air bridge in
the sky and fog. It was just something! I
“The AMA has shown us so much
support,” Michael commented on AMA’s
flying site. “You have the amenities,
infrastructure, talent, [and] maintenance
staff. You guys know what’s needed” for
an event of this magnitude.
Shaun Taylor added that the air bridge
was his favorite part of the racecourse. It
was roughly 20 feet high at its peak.
It took approximately two months to
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