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Local drone racing league hosts multi-state finals at Columbia Park

KENNEWICK, Wash. - An exclusive drone racing event with the top pilots from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming took place Saturday at Columbia Park Soccer Fields in Kennewick.

The race showcased the budding sport of drone racing through the nations predominant drone racing league, MultiGP.

A total of 35 pilots custom made their own drones to compete in the seven round course.

Each MultiGP drone racer navigates the race track by wearing VR-style goggles that allow the pilot to see, in real-time, from the perspective of the drone.

A camera located on the front end of each drone transmits video back to the drone racers goggles simulating a cockpit like experience through the eyes of each racer.

Drone racing is one of the fastest growing sports in the world.

Participants say it’s a sport meant to be enjoyed by almost anyone, regardless of age, gender, or physical ability.

Many drone pilots told our reporters that the sport is a great family activity that engages the mind, gets you outside and gives you a chance to enjoy nature.

Pilots also say the sport teaches very valuable lessons and the competition is an adrenaline filled environment.

One Thrust UAV drone team pilot says his love for flying is what inspired him to get his drone in the air.

“I’ve always wanted to fly stuff my entire life and a lot of people come from action sports, but I came from video games. I always loved to fly helicopters and jets in the games and then once I was able to start drone racing I stopped playing video games and now I’m just racing,” Thrust UAV drone pilot Chris Haskins said.

Haskins and his team have traveled all over the Pacific Northwest to compete in hopes of winning a championship.

The racer with the most consistent times and laps after all seven heats will qualify for the MultiGP National Championships in Reno Nevada.

FPV Racing Seattle, is one of Washington’s premier drone racing clubs that hosted today’s event.

The Washington State non-profit corporation is organized under the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and is a Tier 1 MultiGP Chapter.

The organization welcomes all people of all ages to join and learn about this exciting sport.

To learn more visit: http://fpvracingseattle.org/

Or contact Ed Greutert at egreutert@gmail.com.


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