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DRONE RACE AT SEBRING’S JANUARY EXPO with $20,000 PRIZE PURSE, $10,000 CASH FOR FIRST PLACE.

November 4, 2016, Sebring, Florida— The U.S. Sport Aviation Expo debuted unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs … aka drones) at last year’s event. “This year we have upped the Ante. AirOps Inc. and CineVista Media have joined up with Sebring, and we’ve added the first known large scale MultiGP sanctioned Drone Race at an aviation event. Plus, we have multiplied the vendor area by over 10 times the space from last year,” said Beverly Glarner, Expo Director.

Drone exhibits will be inside a hangar flanking a 60 feet wide by 40 feet long by 30 feet high indoor flight demonstration cage. “The 100,000 square foot racing area is a spectacular addition for drone enthusiasts, featuring real aircraft as race gates, and a fully submerged audience viewing area done like never before.  Putting the viewer at the center of the action not the sidelines.” remarked Michael den Hartog, DroneZone Chairman. The Dronezone will be hosted by Urban Drones, race sanctioned by MultiGP, directed by Joe Scully, broadcasted by FPVLive.tv and raced among the top pilots in the world. The grand prize is $10,000 and total cash and prize purse are estimated at over $20,000. Racing Practice rounds will start on Wednesday; qualifiers will be on Friday, with Finals on Saturday.

Daily flight demonstrations will take place indoors from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. and hands on “Fly-A-Drone” workshops will be held on the hour, every hour starting at 10:00am Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Expo will be showcasing both the professional, and recreational sides of the drone world. Drone experts from all over the U.S. will be presenting daily forums on many aspects of drone ownership, Part107, 333, 336 safe effective operations and business management.  So, come and be a part of the action at DroneZone 2017 where you can go 0-100mph in the drone world.

Pilot Registration is available here http://www.multigp.com/chapters/view/Sebring-Air-Expo

More information about the event and to exhibit visit. www.sport-aviation-expo.com

 

MultiGP is the premier FPV radio-controlled drone-racing league which hosts frequent competition-based tournaments, free-fly gatherings and casual events. Their event management assets provide chapters with an effective process that make events fun and rewarding.

 

About U.S. Sport Aviation Expo
The annual Sport Aviation Event features sport aircraft, and includes conventional aircraft, kit planes, powered parachutes, trikes, gyros, amphibians, drones and innovative designs such as electrically powered aircraft—over 150 aircraft on display. The dates for 2017 are January 25-28.  To learn more, visit www.sport-aviation-expo.com.  Or email info@airopsinc.com

From Rhett: This looks great, thanks Diana. I changed the dimensions of the cage. I’d like to see a few more exciting features mentioned. Here are a few items: The race course will utilize real aircraft as race gates to keep the racing drones on course. The racing drones will fly all around and directly over the spectator’s heads because of our unique/original track design.  The audience will sit in a huge net in the middle of the track.  Live camera views of the racing drones will be viewable on monitors for the spectators, along with scoring and a professional produced broadcast.  Some of the monitors will have multi-view configurations showing all 8 racing drone views at the same time.  Exciting!

Another cool thing about this event is the fact that there are a couple of unprecedented features.  The drone race at an airport.  The audience-in-the-round.

The amount of media and technology being utilized is higher than normal as well.  Large 7.5’x14’’ projection screens and 55-65” flat panels monitors will help everyone in the zone keep up with the event happenings.

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