Indoor drone racing is about to start in Rhode Island. Wide World of Indoor Sports in Quonset has agreed to try it out in their facility after it was noted that their facility would be ideal for indoor racing. This was mainly observed because the entire inside of the building is protected with netting and soft turf field that would eliminate damage to the facility and greatly reduce damage to the drones. The glassed off observation/operation area also protect operators and spectators from any drone flying off line.
A soft start open house will be on Sunday April 10th with racing occuring every Sunday after that unless noted in the events tab of this website. Swing by the open house and fly for free. We were hoping to have some area drone businesses show up and do some demo work. Have not gotten confirmation that they will attend. The unanimous response so far has been they want to come to fly instead of pitch their companies. There will be a flying simulator onsite if you have never flown in addition to instruction given in a flyaway free zone.
After the Open House, we will be hosting Sunday afternoon leagues. At the moment the day will be split into two sections. Open fly which will allow beginner pilots to practice and gain confidence with their craft and the course. The second part of the day will consist of timed racing. Due to the timing aspect, a transponder will need to be registered/purchased/rented onsite. We will be using the I-laps solution so if you have a transponder, just need to register the number. Racing will be broken down into qualifier heats with top 2 pilots at a time. Top half of the pilots ( based on time ) will advanced to the next round. Rounds will continue until top 2 pilots remain. Final round will be best out of 3 races to determine the winner for the day. Classes will be Micro, Mini and Open. Micro will be <200mm, Mini will be >200mm <300mm and Open will we >300mm.
Pricing details is still being finalized and is dependent on turn out. Current pricing is $20 per day or $30 per day if you need to rent a transponder. Each session will be 3 hours depending on attendance. Fewer people show up, open fly will be extended. In addition.Prize money for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be 20%, 10% and 5% of the take from the door respectively.
Transponders will be for rent for $10 for the day or for sale for $50. Please contact us prior to the event if you will be buying/renting the transponder.
Stay tuned to this website as well as Rhode Island Drone Club on Facebook.
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