FPV racing became the world’s most-recognized type of RC flying competition, thanks to a
worldwide broadcast partnership between the DSA and powerhouse sports broadcaster ESPN.
The mini quadcopter, measuring up to 330mm across,
has emerged as the preeminent FPV racing platform,
as seen on ESPN at the US National Drone Racing
Championships. Photo by C. Tyler Foley.
Off to the races
FPV racing has, in the space of a single year, established itself as one of the most widely recognized
form of RC flying competition in the
world. If you have any doubts, look
no further than the Drone Sports
Association’s (DSA) US National Drone
Racing Championships, which received
extensive coverage on ESPN in August
The action will continue at the next
World Drone Racing Championships,
to be held October 17-22, 2016, at
Kualoa Ranch on the Hawaiian island of
Oahu—with a $200,000 purse at stake.
Because AMA pilots are some of the
best RC pilots anywhere, I figured you
might want to get in on the action, so I
asked two of the top FPV racing pilots
to tell me about their favorite machines
and share some insights.
I met Chad Nowak and Zoe
Stumbaugh while hosting the online
coverage of the 2015 US National
Drone Racing Championships last
summer in Sacramento, California, and
caught up with them again in New York.
Chad, who hails from Australia and
uses the online moniker FinalGlideAUS,
was crowned the champion at the 2015
event. Zoe is the world’s top-rated
female FPV racing and freestyle pilot.
She lives in Santa Cruz, California, and
runs the website Hexinair.com to keep
her fans up-to-date on her activities.
By Any Other Name
Before revealing the advice that Chad
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