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FAI World Drone Racing Championships

China, Shenzhen
01 November 2018 - 04 November 2018 (4 days)



The FAI World Drone Racing Championships is a four-day international event for world-class pilots selected by their country or by the FAI.

It will bring together drone racers from all over the world, giving them a platform to show off their considerable skills, while pitting their drones against other top-flight pilots.

The first FAI World Drone Racing Championships will take place at the Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre in Shenzhen, China, 1-4 November 2018.

It will include classifications for both female and junior pilots, in addition to the general individual and national team classifications.

Competitors must successfully pass through qualification and elimination rounds to reach the final, where they will battle it out to be crowned an FAI Drone Racing World Champion.

FAI medals and diplomas will be awarded to the competitors placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each classification.

FAI drone racing

  • In FAI drone racing, several (up to six) radio-controlled, multi-rotor model aircraft fight it out to be the fastest around a closed circuit.
  • The circuits include gates and other obstacles around which pilots must navigate to reach the finish line in the fastest time.
  • The events can take place inside or outside.
  • Each race generally takes about three minutes.
  • The winners of each race go on to face one another in successive races, culminating in a final round that determines the overall champion.

The drones

The drones used in FAI drone racing competitions are multi-rotor aircraft with at least three motors or propellers.

They are equipped with an on-board video camera that transmits real-time flight video images to the headset worn by the pilots, allowing them to steer the tiny aircraft around the circuit.

Each robust yet agile drone should weigh no more than 1kg (including batteries).

The organisers

The event is hosted by the Bureau of Sports, Culture and Tourism of Municipality of Shenzhen and Kaisa Culture Sports & Tourism Group. The Aero Sports Federation of China (ASFC) is the National Airsport Control in China.

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Apr 27, 2018


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