Drone Racing to be held at HeliRussia 2016

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On May 21 the IX International Helicopter Industry Exhibition HeliRussia 2016 in will host a unique event – Drone Racing. This is a new and exciting sport for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) pilots, who compete in precision and speed. A special drone racing track will be opened at the “Crocus Expo” IEC where the expo takes place.

Drone Racing can be compared to the well-known sport of “Formula One”, but drones are racing in three dimensions, where pilots are required to fly their drones through the checkpoints. Spectators can watch the exiting and colorful piloting from the “first person view” on the big screens that stream video directly from the drones. Drone pilots are also controlling their craft via FPV, but they use virtual reality headsets.

Both professionals and newcomers are expected to join the Drone Racing at HeliRussia 2016. For example, bronze medalists of the World Drone Prix 2016 held in Dubai, the VS team, will be coming to the event. Novice pilots can also take part in the race with their own drones. Racing drones to rent will be available as well.

A special UAV demonstration zone will be opened during the HeliRussia 2016 expo on 19-21 May. Visitors will have a chance to learn about different drone models, to practice the basic drone piloting skills and to learn about different UAV schematics and characteristics. A master-class on custom drone building is also on the schedule.

Drone Racing is another addition to the HeliRussia 2016 program which is expanding with dynamic integration of the Unmanned Aerial Systems. Various UAVs will be showcased, and the exhibition will host an international conference “Industry of unmanned aircraft systems”, which will discuss all topical issues of the developing industry.

News, events and list of participants of HeliRussia 2016 is available at the exhibition website.

Drone Racing pilots’ registration is available here (Russian) or contact russiandroneracing@gmail.com.

HeliRussia 2016 Email: info@helirussia.ru.

Elizabeth Ciobanu

I cover breaking news in the drone industry, interview experts in the field to learn from them for myself, and to help spread the love of drones.

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