Build a Micro Drone Track

Parent/Child Project: Building a Backyard Micro Drone Track

MultiGP Drone Racing - Rollins Family

Father Michael Rollins, with his children, Ava and Logan, enjoying drone racing    PHOTO: Mike Henrie

These are not your father’s R/C models! It is truly stunning how quickly radio controlled model technology has advanced in the last decade. Modern R/C equipment is far more user-friendly and affordable than the models of old, which makes getting into this rewarding hobby much easier than before. One of the coolest R/C models for new pilots to get into are micro drones. These pint-sized flying machines can fit in the palm of your hand, have protective covers over the propellers, and can be fitted with First Person View (FPV) camera/transmitter bundles. This allows the pilot, through the use of VR-style video goggles, to navigate the craft from the perspective of the drone. This is micro drone racing, one of the fastest growing race classes in the MultiGP Drone Racing league.

The best aspect of micro drone racing is that it is something that most anyone can enjoy right in their own backyard. A great parent – child project is constructing, and flying, a micro drone race track in you backyard. This is something that you can enjoy even if your micro drone does not have FPV equipment! A micro drone race track is small enough that you can see, and navigate, the entire course from one location. Micro drone race tracks can be assembled in very little time with items that you already have around the house, or in the yard; you and your child (or parent) will be able to build and fly in the same day.

Be creative! Micro drones are so small that almost anything can be used as a racing gate to pass through; two rakes set up like a triangle, patio furniture, legs of a table, a tire swing, hula-hoops, let your imagination go wild. Once you have some race gates, now you need to come up with a track design. Take a good survey of your yard. Avoid water obstacles! Gates like hoops can be hung from the branches of trees to create varying height on your track. For beginners, plan a simple track layout until you get the handle of piloting your drone. Because micro drone tracks are so easy to set up, you can change the layout quickly and easily. A great place to look for ideas for your micro race track layout is on the MultiGP website in the Universal Time Trial (UTT) Track section. Here you will find 5 different track layouts for you to use for inspiration. The micro drones are about ¼ the size of the drones that race the UTTs, so you can take the dimensions of the track and divide them by 4 (16 feet between gates becomes 4 feet, etc.).

MultiGP UTT #5 - Nautilus

Be sure to practice, practice, practice. One of the most important parts of being a good drone racing pilot is to “fly without thinking about flying”. By practicing you are creating muscle-memory; you are teaching your muscles the movements they need to make to move the drone smoothly around the track. The top drone pilots in MultiGP will tell you that repetition of maneuvers is what makes you smoother, which makes you faster. If you are interested in finding out more drone racing pointers from top MultiGP pilots, click here for a link to our “Tips and Tricks” series.

Recently micro “All-In-One” (AIO) video transmitter/camera assemblies have been released. These are so small (about the size of a stamp) that they can be attached to almost any micro drone, allowing you to turn it into a FPV micro race drone. This allows your to take the action to the next level! Flying your micro drone with FPV goggles will let you fly with even more precision and control; being able to see from the perspective of your drone makes it easier to line up on race gates and navigate around obstacles. Many pilots find it easier to fly FPV than by watching the drone (called line of sight, or LOS). After you get the hang of piloting your micro drone through the goggles, you will be ready to hit the track!

When you want to take your skills outside your backyard, there is a MultiGP race chapter near you. There you will find other FPV pilots who love to race and talk about drones. Any questions you have about drone racing, either micro or full-sized, they will be more than happy to answer. You will even be able to test your FPV drone racing skills against them, competing in one of the several different race classes that make up the MultiGP Drone Racing league. In the smallest size class – Tiny Whoop, named after the popular “Tiny Whoop” micro FPV drone created by Jesse Perkins, pilots are flying and competing with sub-micro drones that fit in your hand. MultiGP Tiny Whoop race events have been held everywhere from offices, to warehouses, to bowling alleys.

MultiGP Drone Racing - Micro FPV

These fascinating little drones are just as fun and exciting as their larger counterparts, just in a smaller package. They are a great way for families to get outside and enjoy some friendly competition. Piloting a drone helps improve eye-hand coordination, and building them increases your knowledge of STEM. What a great opportunity to connect with your children and teach the some important lessons while having fun. So grab your micro drones, head over the www.multigp.com for some track ideas, and get outside and have fun!

About MultiGP Drone Racing:

MultiGP is the premier drone racing league which hosts frequent competitive gatherings and casual events within its network of over 900 MultiGP Chapters and 14,000 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

2017 MultiGP Regional Series

National Drone Racing Competition Heats Up as MultiGP 

Announces the Launch of their 2017 Regional Series

 

Click here to watch the 2016 MultiGP National Championship Recap

NATIONAL – March 1, 2017 – Competition is ramping up across the nation as drone racing pilots start practicing to qualify for the 2017 MultiGP Drone Racing Championship, to be held in Las Vegas this October.  Over 5,400 pilots, from more than 450 MultiGP Chapters across the United States, have begun polishing their competitive drone racing skills in anticipation of the more than 70 Regional Qualifiers, beginning in March, and 14 Regional Finals beginning in July.  These events qualify top ranked pilots for a chance to compete for the coveted title of the MultiGP Drone Racing Champion.

MultiGP Drone Racing 2016 National Championship drone through gate

“The MultiGP Regional Series is designed to provide the drone racing community an accessible yet highly competitive format that clearly recognizes the most skilled pilots in the country,” said Chris Thomas, Founder of MultiGP.

To advance, top pilots from each Regional Qualifier advance to their respective Regional Final.  Then, the top two pilots from each of the 14 Regional Finals will be invited to the Championship.  These 28 Regional Finalists will be joined by 117 other pilots that have proven themselves through other methods, such as highly ranked pilots who scored the best during the Regional Finals and Universal Time Trial (UTT) leaderboard standings. These 145 pilots will compete to see who is the best pilot in the nation including the 2016 MultiGP National Champion, Shaun “Nytfury” Taylor who will have the opportunity to defend his title.

The 2017 MultiGP Regional Series is guaranteed to be filled with high-level competition and nonstop action, all culminating at the 2017 MultiGP National Championship.  The rise of drone racing over the last two years can be attributed to the volunteer run local MultiGP Chapters. These organized groups are the key drone racing’s  increasing popularity and accessibility.

“The growth and success of our MultiGP Chapters is our top priority, as it provides the foundation for our sport and Regional Series,” said Chris Thomas. “MultiGP nurtures the drone racing community at the grassroots level by providing software, racing tools and community which transforms casual groups into formal MultiGP Chapters, and hobbyists into competitive pilots. Our efforts develop drone racing from the ground up, creating the competitive environment the sport needs to progress.”

MultiGP Drone Racing 2016 National Championship Shaun Sky Bridge

2017 Regional Series Logo

Locations of  MultiGP Regional Qualifiers:

REGION 1A

Newark, DE
Albany, NY
Halifax, MA
Mansfield, MA
North/East Brunswick, NJ
Ellicott City, MD
New Egypt, NJ

REGION 1B

Greensboro, NC
Raleigh/Durham, NC
Cameron, NC
SBA – TBD
Nashville, TN

REGION 2A

Acworth, GA
Huntsville, AL
Peachtree City, GA
Greenville, SC
Birmingham, AL

REGION 2B

Naples, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Melbourne, FL
Orlando, FL
Palm Coast, FL
Estero, FL

REGION 3A

Topeka, KS
Ankeny, IA
Omaha, NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Kansas City, MO

REGION 3B

Joliet, IL
Urbana, IL
Muncie, IN

REGION 3C

Cincinnati, OH
Cuba, NY
Columbus, OH
Grand Rapids, MI
Detroit Maker Faire
Detroit, MI
Pittsburgh, PA
Akron, OH

REGION 3D

Eau Claire, WI
Omro, WI
Milwaukee, WI
Hillsboro, ND
Farmington, MN

REGION 4A

San Antonio, TX
Austin, TX
Dallas / Ft. Worth, TX
Tulsa, OK
Houston, TX

REGION 4B

Jackson, MS
New Orleans, LA
Memphis, TN
Lafayette, LA

REGION 5A

Idaho Falls, ID
Boise, ID
Portland, OR
Coeur d’Alene, ID
Redmond, WA
Snohomish, WA
Ashland, OR
Kennewick, WA

REGION 6A

415FPV – TBD

REGION 6B

Oxnard, CA
Las Vegas, NV
Bakersfield, CA

REGION 6C

Prescott, AZ
Salt Lake County, UT

Location of MultiGP Regional Finals and hosting MultiGP Chapters:

REGION 1ABoston Multi Rotor Club – Brockton, MA
REGION 1BRaleigh Rotor Racers – Raleigh, NC
REGION 2ASouth Atlanta FPV with the assistance of Drone Racing Club – Peachtree City, GA
REGION 2B – To be determined.
REGION 3A515FPV – Ankeny, IA
REGION 3BCentral Illinois Drone Racers – Urbana, IL
REGION 3CDetroit Drone – Detroit, MI
REGION 3DBlade Fury – Juneau, WI
REGION 4ATulsa Multicopters – Tulsa, OK
REGION 4BSELA FPVie – New Orleans, LA
REGION 5AFPV Racing Seattle – Kennewick, WA
REGION 6A415FPV – Location to be determined.
REGION 6BVentura FPV Racers – Oxnard, CA
REGION 6CAurora/Parker/Denver FPV Rotorcross / The Other Guys – Littleton, CO

Stay updated on the dates, locations and results of the MultiGP Regional Series events by visiting:
http://www.multigp.com/page/2017-MultiGP-Regional-Series

About MultiGP:

MultiGP is the premier drone racing league which hosts frequent competitive gatherings and casual events within its network of over 1,000 MultiGP Chapters and 15,000 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

EMAX Becomes Prominent Sponsor

The MultiGP Drone Racing League is proud to announce that EMAX will be one of their prominent sponsors for the 2017 season. EMAX has a long standing tradition of manufacturing high quality components for the radio-controlled modeling community. Like MultiGP, EMAX has been there for drone sports enthusiasts since the creation of the hobby. EMAX’s Red Bottom motors were the most popular motor among pilots during the MultiGP 2016 racing season. That tradition will be continued in 2017 with even more high quality drone racing components, as well as some truly exciting support for both chapters and pilots.  

EMAX will be have a major presence in the 2017 MultiGP Drone Racing season by sponsoring branded gates and flags at all of the major events, including the Regional Finals, the National Championship, and the International Open. EMAX will also be making major contributions to local MultiGP Chapters, including branded gate packages, co-branded flags, and co-branded launch mats/pads to support the sport at the grassroots level. In addition, one worthy Chapter will also receive a race timing system co-branded with the EMAX logo.

MultiGP Drone Racing - EMAX Gates and Flags

FPV pilots will also also be seeing EMAX logos on several items throughout the 2017 season including pilot swag bags, event photo/interview backdrops, event t-shirts, hats, stickers, post-production video highlight reel, and emails sent to all members in regards to the MultiGP National Championship and International Open. EMAX will also be present on each MultiGP Chapter home page that has received EMAX support.

Other benefits that EMAX will enjoy as part of their sponsorship package:

  • Vendor/tent space provided at both the MultiGP National Championship and International Open
  • Discount code available to registered pilots to be listed on MultiGP.com
  • Banner placement at major events
  • Featured product of the week on MultiGP.com

MultiGP is looking forward to working with EMAX for a successful 2017 racing season. This is guaranteed to be a pivotal year for drone sports worldwide, and MultiGP proud to be working with EMAX toward that goal.

For more information on EMAX products, please visit their website – http://emax-usa.com/

To inquire how you can sponsor MultiGP, please contact Nelson@MultiGP.com

MultiGP Drone Racing - 2017 National Championship Sky Bridge

About MultiGP:

MultiGP is the largest professional drone racing league which hosts frequent competitive gatherings and casual events within its network of over 1,000 MultiGP Chapters and 15,000 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 National Championship, Regional Series, International Open, 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

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