MultiGP Regional Series Underway

MultiGP Chapters around the nation are throttling up for the 2016 MultiGP Championship to be held at the Academy of Model Aeronautics headquarters in Muncie, Indiana this September.  View the schedule of events, results, how to qualify and more by visiting the “2016 Championship” menu at the top of the page.

The MultiGP Championship is the nation’s largest and most authentic drone racing series designed to find the best pilots based on racing skill alone.  Pilots have to earn their invitation by advancing through a format designed to foster competition and comradery.

We wish each and every pilot the best of luck as we continue our search for the most skilled pilots in the nation.

AMA Names MultiGP as SIG

<p class=”responsiveNews”>The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), led by its Executive Council, has officially welcomed its newest Special Interest Group (SIG), MultiGP, also known as Multirotor Grand Prix, to represent the First&ndash;Person View (FPV) racing community.</p>
<p class=”responsiveNews”>FPV racing has exploded in popularity in the last few years. Many AMA members have embraced this type of racing and several new model aviation pilots have joined the community because of their interest in FPV. With the help of goggles or a screen, FPV pilots get a view from the cockpit instead of the ground while watching the aircraft fly. A live video feed from a camera mounted on the model provides the view. It&rsquo;s something new and exciting for model aviation enthusiasts.</p>
<p class=”responsiveNews”>MultiGP was founded by Chris Thomas to unite fellow FPV racing enthusiasts in an easy-to-use social platform, in which they can host competition-based tournaments, free-fly gatherings, and casual events. MultiGP&rsquo;s team has developed a platform to produce worldwide FPV racing events with high pilot satisfaction because the system takes much of the burden off of the event organizer. The MultiGP racing league promotes and helps grow the FPV racing community, adding new members daily.</p>
<p class=”responsiveNews”>Obtaining an AMA membership and adhering to the AMA&rsquo;s guidelines for utilizing FPV systems is required for competitive flying members. AMA members can input their membership number into the MultiGP system, which automatically tracks their membership status.</p>
<p class=”responsiveNews”>Becoming an official SIG of the AMA will cement the relationship between the two organizations and provide members with the best experience when they decide to start flying models or progress in FPV flying.</p>
<p class=”responsiveNews”>&ldquo;The AMA is proud to work with MultiGP. FPV racing is a fun and exciting type of model flying activity and one that can enhance our community and the hobby,&rdquo; said Bob Brown, president of AMA.</p>
<p class=”responsiveNews”>MultiGP joins 23 other SIGs recognized by the AMA. Each represents a different discipline of the model-flying community. As an official SIG, MultiGP has agreed to manage the communications, development, competition, and continued safety efforts of the FPV racing community. Learn more about MultiGP by visiting&nbsp;<a class=”trackingLink” href=”http://www.prweb.net/Redirect.aspx?id=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5tdWx0aWdwLmNvbQ==” rel=”nofollow”>http://www.multigp.com</a>.</p>
<p class=”responsiveNews”>The Academy of Model Aeronautics, founded in 1936, continues to be devoted to national airspace safety. It serves as the nation&rsquo;s collective voice for approximately 187,000 modelers in 2,400 clubs in the United States and Puerto Rico. Headquartered in Muncie, Indiana, AMA is a membership organization representing those who fly model aircraft for recreation and educational purposes. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a class=”trackingLink” href=”http://www.prweb.net/Redirect.aspx?id=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5tb2RlbGFpcmNyYWZ0Lm9yZw==” rel=”nofollow”>http://www.modelaircraft.org</a>.</p>
<p class=”responsiveNews”>MultiGP is the premier FPV Radio Control racing league, which hosts frequent competition-based tournaments, free-fly gatherings, and casual events for more than 4,000 registered pilots in more than 175 MultiGP chapters worldwide. Proprietary event management assets and systems provide chapters organizers with an effective process to make events fun and rewarding. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a class=”trackingLink” href=”http://www.prweb.net/Redirect.aspx?id=aHR0cDovL3d3dy5tdWx0aWdwLmNvbQ==” rel=”nofollow”>http://www.multigp.com</a>.</p>

MultiGP Partners with DR1 Racing

<p>The&nbsp;<em>DR1 Invitational presented by Mountain Dew&nbsp;</em>will showcase&nbsp;12 of the top drone racing pilots in the world as they compete for the title at the iconic&nbsp;<span class=”xn-person”>Sepulveda Dam</span>&nbsp;in&nbsp;<span class=”xn-location”>Los Angeles</span>&nbsp;this summer. Pilots, who control drones from the top of the dam, will face down a gauntlet of environmental and man-made obstacles as they fly their drones at speeds of more than 80 MPH while spectators watch on from above. Over the course of two days, the race will be broken up into heats, qualifiers and finals. MultiGP Drone Racing League, the front-runner in drone race organization and sanctioning,&nbsp;was selected to manage the racing series.</p>
<p>Additional PepsiCo brands supporting the&nbsp;<em>DR1 Invitational</em>&nbsp;<em>presented by Mountain Dew</em>&nbsp;include Amp Energy<strong><sup>&reg;</sup></strong>&nbsp;and Doritos<strong><sup>&reg;</sup></strong>.</p>
<p>”We have seen the popularity of drone racing grow exponentially this past year, and we are excited to bring our own style and format to the sport,” said&nbsp;<span class=”xn-person”>Brad Foxhoven</span>, founder of DR1 Racing and &nbsp;producer of the&nbsp;<em>DR1 Invitational presented by Mountain Dew</em>. “Part of our excitement centers around the ‘firsts’ that we are bringing to the sport, including a TV broadcast partner, worldwide live streaming through Twitch and the support of several global brands.”</p>
<p>More information on the Invitational and DR1 can be found at DR1Racing.tv.</p>
<p><strong>DR1 on Twitch<br /></strong>DR1 also launched a channel on the streaming platform Twitch at Twitch.tv/DR1Racing. The DR1 channel will live stream the races globally, giving fans a first-person view from the drones traveling at high speeds through a myriad of obstacles. The DR1 Twitch channel is also currently live streaming two nights per week with a variety of content supporting DR1 and the drone-racing lifestyle and culture.</p>
<p>”Drone racing is super fun to watch and it’s growing like crazy,” said&nbsp;<span class=”xn-person”>Jimmy Whisenhunt</span>, partnerships manager, media organizations, Twitch. “Because DR1 will be the first truly live drone racing event broadcast on Twitch, it taps into the DNA of our platform and should be quite the viewing experience.”</p>
<p><strong>”Do The DEW” Takes on Drone Hunting in New Global Campaign<br /></strong>Combining motocross, hunting and drone racing, Mountain Dew creates an exhilarating never-before-seen sport &ndash; “Drone Hunting” &ndash; that now exists within a new global TV and digital commercial. The action-charged spot introduces the world to a sport that can only be the product of the limitless possibilities of DEW Nation’s imagination. Watch “Drone Hunting”&nbsp;<a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zryW3mGUsa0″ target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>here</a>.</p>
<p>This year’s “Do The DEW” creative is running in multiple countries across four continents, and debuts today digitally and in June on broadcast in the U.S., headlining a year-long brand campaign that will reach DEW Nation by way of TV, digital, social media, radio, print and out-of-home channels.</p>
<p>Directed by&nbsp;<span class=”xn-person”>Rupert Wyatt</span>&nbsp;and filmed in the forests of&nbsp;<span class=”xn-location”>Casablanca</span>,&nbsp;<span class=”xn-location”>Chile</span>, “Drone Hunting” is a mind-bending reverie, created for the members of DEW Nation who continuously seek opportunities and excitement where others don’t.</p>

Debut of La Forge Domination

<p>The 2016 MultiGP Drone Racing Championship debuted a world-first FPV night game, La Forge Domination. Shea Ivey, designer of the La Forge module, presented to pilots his latest creation – a team based, night-time FPV game based on capturing control points. LED &ldquo;flags&rdquo; must be captured by flying in proximity for a few seconds to &ldquo;capture&rdquo; that point and change the color to your team&rsquo;s color.</p>
<p>The sytem works based off the RSSI of the various VTX signals it detects around it. As your drone gets close to it, the LED colors gradually change to your team’s color. This gives the opposing team time to recognize you are trying to capture it and defend their capture point. As more defenders arrive to keep the enemy from capturing their point, the color stops changing and reverses back to their color. The game was very well recieved among pilots, with one team handily sweeping other teams once they started to nail the pirouette technique around the capture points.</p>
<p>The game hardware currently supports 3 modes: Team, Free-for-All and Race. The first two modes are the game modes and the last one is a mode specifically for racing. Race mode will change the color of LEDs placed on or around racing gates. This should add for a very nice visual effect when a racer makes the gates and improve the overall watchability of drone racing. Shea Ivey is still working on improvements and reports that the La Forge Domination hardware will be mass produced via a partnership with <a href=”Http://ubuyadrone.com” target=”_blank”>UBAD</a> and available soon.<br /><br /></p>
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MultiGP and Mini Quad Test Bench

MultiGP and Mini Quad Test Bench Announce Collaboration

When it comes to drone racing, pilots are looking for the fastest, most reliable equipment to propel them to victory. One of the biggest decisions an FPV pilot makes are the propellers, motors, and speed controllers that they use. This is the ”power-train” for our multirotors, and this is where the right choices can be the difference between the podium, and a DNF (Did Not Finish). Hard data is often hard to locate when it comes to the performance of these crucial components. Ryan Harrell, who runs Mini Quad Test Bench (MQTB), has been compiling data independently for over a dozen motor and ESC companies into a comprehensive database.

Mini Quad Test Bench

MultiGP is proud to announce that we will be working in conjunction with MQTB to use this valuable data toward some more practical applications. Ryan will be providing MultiGP with more accurate data on aircraft and component performance, which will arm our pilots with the information needed to make the wisest decisions when it comes to their equipment. To help make this possible, MultiGP has also donated some much needed equipment to MQTB, to help Ryan provide more raw data on the performance of drone racing components. Ryan also announced that MQTB is now an official MultiGP sponsor.

 

About MultiGP:

MultiGP is the premier drone racing league which hosts frequent competitive gatherings and casual events within its network of over 375 MultiGP Chapters and 10,000 pilots world-wide. MultiGP nurtures its Chapters by providing tools, guidance and community to make drone racing fun, organized and rewarding for pilots, Chapter Organizers and spectators. Programming such as the Championship, Regional Series, Universal Time Trial Tracks and Chapter Tiers are designed to allow the drone racing community to compete in an easily accessible yet structured format with the goal of progressing the sport. MultiGP is the Academy of Model Aeronautics Special Interest Group for First Person View (FPV) Racing. For more information, go to www.MultiGP.com

To learn more about MultiGP drone racing, and how you can get involved, join us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/MultiGPCommunity/ and on Twitter – @Multi_GP

MultiGP Releases UTT #4

MultiGP Releases UTT #4
High Voltage

MultiGP Universal Time Trial Tracks allow FPV drone racing pilots to compete against each other across the world by providing standardized local courses partnered with a global leader-board. Pilots attend their local MultiGP Chapter to participate and receive official results which are then entered into the MultiGP leader-board by their Chapter Organizer. The three current tracks, UTT #1, Tsunami (UTT #2), and Bessel Run (UTT #3), have been widely popular among the MultiGP pilots. Yesterday, MultiGP unlocked UTT #4, High Voltage.

MultiGP proudly released their 4th Universal Time Trial (UTT) track this week. Named “High Voltage”, this track will challenge the most seasoned MultiGP pilots. “Will You Sustain the Current Required to Conquer High Voltage?” is the challenge set out by MultiGP for its willing pilots with this new addition to the UTT collection. Resembling a bow-tie, this track will tie your fingers in knots, if you are not too careful! Pilots will find themselves flying OVER gate #2 as they pilot from gate #4 to gate #5.

For a full Rules and Specifications sheet in .PDF format, Click Here.

MultiGP Drone Racing UTT #4 High Voltage

About MultiGP:

MultiGP is the premier drone racing league which hosts frequent competitive gatherings and casual events within its network of over 375 MultiGP Chapters and 11,000 pilots world-wide. MultiGP nurtures its Chapters by providing tools, guidance and community to make drone racing fun, organized and rewarding for pilots, Chapter Organizers and spectators. Programming such as the Championship, Regional Series, Universal Time Trial Tracks and Chapter Tiers are designed to allow the drone racing community to compete in an easily accessible yet structured format with the goal of progressing the sport. MultiGP is the Academy of Model Aeronautics Special Interest Group for First Person View (FPV) Racing. For more information, go to www.MultiGP.com

 

 To learn more about MultiGP drone racing, and how you can get involved, join us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/MultiGPCommunity/ and on Twitter – @Multi_GP

#MultiGP11K

#MultiGP11K – MultiGP Drone Racing Group Reaches 11,000 Pilot Milestone

MultiGP Drone Racing - 2016 National Championship

See MultiGP Racing At Night

NATIONAL: The largest drone racing league in the world reached a major milestone recently. Last month MultiGP registered its 11,000th pilot, an amazing accomplishment from a racing league less than two years old. “MultiGP is proud of our programming which is designed to unite the drone racing community with events that generate competition and lasting friendships,” says Michael Gianoutsos, Chief Marketing Officer of MultiGP. With close to 400 chapters nationwide, and 800 chapters worldwide, MultiGP is not only the largest drone racing group, but one of the largest grassroots racing organizations in the world. Local MultiGP race chapters often hold “Fun Flys”, where they welcome the general public to come out and experience First Person View (FPV) drone racing for themselves. Many pilots carry a spare set of FPV goggles, so a spectator can “ride along” with the pilot as they speed through gates and obstacles.

“It is very exciting to help grow a new sport”, said Chris Thomas (@Multi_GP), President and
CEO of MultiGP. “Now our next milestone will be 4000 drone races.”

On any given weekend, drone pilots from every state in the nation assemble to challenge each other to see who is the fastest pilot around. Points are tallied and tabulated throughout the year, letting pilots know where they stand in the ranks, leading up to the National Championships. This year’s National Championship was recently held in Muncie, In., at the AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) headquarters. Over 140 pilots turned out making it the largest First Person View (FPV) drone race to date. MultiGP’s success is in its volunteer chapter organizers; the events are run professionally and safely by members of the drone racing community who give their time to organize events and races.

MultiGP Drone Racing 2016 National Championship

  • Over 5,000 pilots nationwide; over 11,000 pilots worldwide
  • MultiGP race chapters are divided into 6 Regions, with 15 Regional Divisions
  • Almost 400 Multi GP race chapters nationwide, 800 chapters worldwide
  • Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) membership required to compete
  • Standardized Universal Time Trial (UTT) tracks allows pilots to compete against other pilots from around the world
  • MultiGP constantly welcomes the general public to visit a race, and join a local chapter

About MultiGP Drone Racing:

MultiGP is the premier drone racing league which hosts frequent competitive gatherings and casual events within its network of over 375 MultiGP Chapters and 10,000 pilots world-wide. MultiGP nurtures its Chapters by providing tools, guidance and community to make drone racing fun, organized and rewarding for pilots, Chapter Organizers and spectators. Programming such as the Championship, Regional Series, Universal Time Trial Tracks and Chapter Tiers are designed to allow the drone racing community to compete in an easily accessible yet structured format with the goal of progressing the sport. MultiGP is the Academy of Model Aeronautics Special Interest Group for First Person View (FPV) Racing. For more information, go to www.MultiGP.com

 To learn more about MultiGP drone racing, and how you can get involved, join us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/MultiGPCommunity/ and on Twitter – @Multi_GP

 

Click Here for a copy of this Press Release in .PDF format

2016 MultiGP Championship Video

With hundreds of organized chapters representing thousands of pilots, the MultiGP Regional Series qualifies our nation’s top competitors for the annual MultiGP Drone Racing Championship.  This crowning achievement was held in Muncie, Indiana at the Academy of Model Aeronautics’ headquarters over Labor Day weekend and featured approximately 130 world-class pilots battling it out on three different courses.  Using advanced skills in both racing and technology, they navigated their custom racing drones at over 80 miles per hour, threading them through aerial gates, tearing them around turn flags and leaping them through the first ever designed Sky Bridge which launched them from five to two-hundred feet and back down through a series of eight elevated gates.  This action packed video offers a first person view into the excitement produced at our nation’s most comprehensive and competitive drone racing league championship and further insight into the exciting sport of the future, MultiGP Drone Racing.  The 2016 MultiGP Championship was proudly presented by Team Blacksheep.

 

 

New Race Classes For 2017

Tiny Whoop and Micro Race Classes For 2017

2016 was an amazing year for drone racing and MultiGP. One of the biggest trends of last year was actually one of the smallest: micro sized drones that fit in the palm of your had, affectionately labeled by the community as, “Tiny Whoop”. An idea that was started by Jesse Perkins has exploded across our community. These pocket sized FPV racers have captured everyone’s attention and make it possible race almost anywhere. As the weather got cooler in 2016, many U.S. pilots were chased indoors, and MultGP drone racing chapters started to hold “Tiny Whoop” races. These micro FPV races started to gain popularity across the entire league; from warehouses to indoor airsoft fields, micro FPV racing was establishing itself.

As technology becomes smaller and more advanced, it is producing in extremely competitive racing drones at the micro level classes. You have spoken, and MultiGP has been listening. We have been working hard over the last few months to create 2 new race classes, which were released on New Year’s Day. MultiGP has introduced these classes as a stepping stone for pilots to experience fun and competitive racing and grow through the classes. The Micro Class drones are very approachable for people new to drone racing and R.C. models; they are affordable, and you can race in your backyard with the same thrill and competition of full sized mini quads. Based on the popularity of these micro class racers, and due to the wide performance spectrum that they cover, MultiGP decided that the two classes were necessary.

The Tiny Whoop Class is a brushed motor only class, based around the very popular Tiny Whoop style of micro drone. Craft maximums are as follows: 1 cell lipo battery, 31mm propellers (must be surrounded by covers or ducts), 6mm brushed motors, 25mw video transmitter, 35 gram all-up-weight. MultiGP has also established a standard gate size (19” X 19”, or 361 sq.in.) for the Tiny Whoop class. While standard gates shapes are square in size, MultiGP has also added a square footage spec gate size of 361 square inches for Tiny Whoop gates to encourage creativity when designing gates. The community has created spectacular LED incorporated gates that light up their tracks with stunning colors and patterns to even further their adrenaline rush. This creates a micro race class that is approachable by anyone, and can be set up almost anywhere. A person with no drone racing equipment at all can purchase everything they would need compete in this MultiGP race class for less than a video game system. This is a perfect way for someone who is interested in drone racing to get involved in the fastest growing sport in the world without breaking the bank.

For those who want more power in a small package, MultiGP has also established a Micro Class. This race class has specs that allow for larger, more powerful craft. Craft maximums are as follows: 2 cell lipo battery, 66mm propellers (no cover or duct necessary), brushed or brushless motors – no size restriction, 200mw video transmitter, no weight restriction. Due to the increase in power and speed, the gate size is larger, too (30” X 30”, or 6.25 sq. ft.). While standard gates shapes are square in size, MultiGP has also added a square footage spec gate size of 6.25 square feet for Micro gates to encourage creativity when designing gates. MultiGP expects to see some serious competition in this class; with ability to fly brushless motors off of a 2 cell battery, there is the ability to build some serious pocket rockets.

MultiGP drone racing tiny whoop and micro race class specs

For more information, please go to our Race Class link on the MultiGP.com website. 2017 is going to see some serious competition, and it will come in all sizes. Get involved in Micro Drone racing today!

About MultiGP:

MultiGP is the premier drone racing league which hosts frequent competitive gatherings and casual events within its network of over 375 MultiGP Chapters and 13,000 pilots world-wide. MultiGP nurtures its Chapters by providing tools, guidance and community to make drone racing fun, organized and rewarding for pilots, Chapter Organizers and spectators. Programming such as the Championship, Regional Series, Universal Time Trial Tracks and Chapter Tiers are designed to allow the drone racing community to compete in an easily accessible yet structured format with the goal of progressing the sport. MultiGP is the Academy of Model Aeronautics Special Interest Group for First Person View (FPV) Racing. For more information, go to www.MultiGP.com

To learn more about MultiGP drone racing, and how you can get involved, join us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/groups/MultiGPCommunity/ and on Twitter – @Multi_GP

MultiGP Releases #UTT5

“The nautilus shell presents one of the finest natural examples of a logarithmic spiral”

 Can you calculate the Golden Ratio necressary to equal you becoming the UTT Champion?

MultiGP Universal Time Trial Tracks allow FPV drone racing pilots to compete against each other across the world by providing standardized local courses partnered with a global leader-board. Pilots attend their local MultiGP Chapter to participate and receive official results which are then entered into the MultiGP leader-board by their Chapter Organizer. The four current tracks, UTT #1, Tsunami (UTT #2), Bessel Run (UTT #3), and High Voltage (UTT4), have been widely popular among the MultiGP pilots. Today, MultiGP unlocks UTT #5, Nautilus.

MultiGP Universal Time Trial Track UTT5

MultiGP proudly released their 5th Universal Time Trial (UTT) track this week. Named “Nautilus”, this unique track features a logarithmic spiral, just like the shellfish of its namesake. Spiraling in on itself, the pilot must exit the center as efficiently as they can to navigate back to the first gate. This UTT design is sure to get the MultiGP pilot’s heart racing, and head spinning!

For a full Rules and Specifications sheet in .PDF format, Click Here.

Logarithmic spirals in nature:

Arms of a Galaxy

Hawk’s approach to prey

Insect’s approach to light

Hurricane storm bands

Nerves of the cornea