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Summer of FPV’s

This article was originally published in the October/November 2016 issue of The Drones Magazine.

Said it before and I’ll say it again, there is no more explosive segment of drones than FPV these days. Whether it’s the constant development and redevelopment of new hardware and components or the dazzling track displays that David Moquay of FPV LightTrax and others cook up for gates, there’s no denying that there is more of a positive fervor going on with FPV, far and away more of a “keeping up with the Joneses” than in any other facet of RC.

Just around the time that this issue hits the newsstands across the country, Governor’s Island in NYC will be gearing up for a steady fl ow of media and racers to partake in the fi rst ever Drone Nationals on the East Coast. Drones Mag will be in attendance as will more than a few of our newer contributing writers. This issue, Patrick “Lucidity” Sherman gives us an insider’s perspective on just what went into the planning of the event and why this little island smack in the busiest city in the USA was chosen.The very same week as Drone Nationals, the annual IRCHA Jamboree will be going on out at the AMA headquarters in Muncie, Indiana. Though it is an RC heli event (the largest one in the world, in fact), Bert Kammerer and Bobby Watts have teamed up to put on a display with FPV racing that they have dubbed “Smack FPV”. They have already released a few teasers on what exactly Smack FPV entails, but knowing those two guys, it’s going to be fun as heck.Then, for those fortunate enough to have qualified (or paid their way), the Drone Worlds will be held in Hawaii the last week of October. We will assuredly be bringing you coverage for that event, though the bosses here still haven’t okayed my request for a month long stay on the island after the race to decompress from all the awesomeness I will have witnessed during the event.

Whether you’re up in the northeast, out in the cornfields of Indiana or shackled to the paradise that is Hawaii, be sure to check out one of these events. They are all spectator friendly and should all pack some mighty fine flying and competition.