We recently attended the LAFPV Drone Nationals Qualifiers here down in Los Angeles, California. Not too long ago we were at this same location attending an IDRA event. In fact I believe IDRA and LAFPV are somehow combined together into one organization? I’m not entirely sure to be honest, but I am looking forward to more of their events.

The very first thing that hit me was how much better the pilots were at this event than compared to the last time we visited this location. The speed was much faster, the turning was tighter, and the quads were angrier. You could say, they were furious. And fast.

The event itself was run very well. The MC had a smooth voice and made me feel excited for what was going to happen next. The team from Drone Squad was there also employing their app to help organize the event. I definitely felt they did some nice things to help improve the overall pace of the event. The simple addition of a mat for the next heat pilots to put their quadcopters onto was a genius idea. Get those batters on deck ready to go right away.

The course itself was laid out really well and featured some really technical turning and straightaways. The chicane was a great feature as well as the slalom. I enjoy watching drone racing that’s more technical rather than flat out speed. The rings were also an awesome addition to up the difficulty level. Pilots were scored on not only speed, but points as well. Navigating the course correctly was vital to qualifying and moving up through the tournament. A perfect setup for a race.

Overall it was an excellent event and I look forward to seeing more in the future. People are getting more and more skilled at flying these miniquads and I love watching. As technology advances and we see more innovations like digital transmitters, the ceiling on what pilots can do is only going to go higher and higher.

Props:

  • All the super friendly people at the event
  • Pilots and organizers for being on their game and running a great event
  • French bread and salami being an awesome snack

Slops:

  • Sweating

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