READY, SET, GO!
;e prep work before the race can include such
things as location scouting, getting the drone
ready for flight, and assembling the racecourse
items (cones, gates, and flags)—and, of course,
you have to think about what snacks to take.
Our group decided on a meeting place and once
there, they did some last-minute work to get
their drones ready for the racecourse. For one
person, this involved actually mounting all new
motors on his drone. Ideally, when you get to
the race, your bird should be ready to fly.
SETTING UP THE COURSE
;e way the houses were situated, our designated
path through them led to a good-size figure- 8
racecourse. We started to lay out the ground cones,
alternating from orange to white to make the path
easy to see from the air. With that done, we put up a
gate near one of the houses and added two flags at
the crossing point on the figure- 8. Two more flags
were added to define the turns and make them close
to an even circle. ;en, it was time to start racing.
CHECKING OUT THE LOCATIONS
A couple of days before the race, we scouted
some old vacant buildings in the desert. After
arriving at the location on race day, our crew
started looking over the buildings to plan out
the best course through and around them.
Because the buildings cannot be moved, it is
best to use them as the foundation for the
course design. When all the pilots agreed to
the best flight path through the old houses,
we started laying out the flight path, including
where the quads would enter and exit the
buildings. We used
two wooden pallets to
indicate the start and
finish positions. ;en
we moved the cars to
a safe spot and set up
the pits, and we were
able to lay out the rest
of the course.
Daniel Sandoval lines up and
sets down the cones for the
course. You can easily see
the cones from the drone
camera, and they are easy
to use as a guide.
Four of our pilots check out the window their drones will be
flying through when the racing starts: (left to right) Brandon
Geiger, Blase Hackbarth, Ben Saraceno, and Daniel Sandoval.