Drone Racers Compete for $125K at FAI Final in China

Drone Racers Compete for $125K at FAI Final in China


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Courtesy of FAI

Greater than 100 drone racers will compete for a handbag of $125,000 on the third annual 2019 World Drone Racing Championship Grand Remaining in China, Dec. 11-14. The race is sanctioned by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (World Air Sports activities Federation).

Situated 186 miles south of Shanghai, Xiangshan Ningbo is a small, coastal metropolis sporting a newly constructed drone-racing monitor constructed for the competitors by the Chinese language authorities.

At simply greater than 2,000 ft lengthy, the 13-foot vast monitor will probably be divided into three layers with 14 distinctive obstacles and 25 flags, together with bridges and tunnels.

Dubbed Bi-Fish, the monitor is impressed by the normal Chinese language Tai Chi image. Officers say it embodies the maritime tradition of Xiangshan Ningbo – a former fishing village.

“Drone racing is a fast-growing sport and the FAI is true there on the forefront,” FAI President Robert Henderson stated.

Final week, officers introduced the roster of 112 qualifying pilots. Greater than 100 will compete in 4 classes: General, Ladies, Junior and Nationwide representing 31 nationwide groups. The remaining will fly as people who certified on the 2019 FAI Drone Racing World Cup along with three wild card entries.

Pilots qualify in one among 4 methods:

  1. Putting within the prime 16 of the 2019 FAI Drone Racing World Cup rankings;
  2. Profitable a 2019 Drone Racing Challenger World Cup Collection occasion held all year long;
  3. Profitable a podium place on the FAI Jeonju World Drone Masters in South Korea in November;
  4. Being chosen as a part of the participant’s nationwide group with a most of 5 pilots.

“I'm very comfortable to see such a large subject of gifted drone racing pilots within the remaining choice. Will probably be a troublesome battle in Xiangshan, Ningbo in China, however an thrilling one. We're all wanting ahead to the competitors,” FAI Secretary Common Susanne Schödel stated.


Dec. 11 – Mannequin processing and apply flights

Dec. 12 – Qualifying rounds and opening ceremony

Dec. 13 – Elimination rounds

Dec. 14 – Elimination rounds, finals, medal ceremonies and shutting ceremony

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