64 of the countries fastest drone pilots will compete in the Australian Drone Racing National Championships from August 19 to 21st. The event takes place in Brisbane and is being held at the Country Paradise Parklands located at 231 Beaudesert-Nerang Road.
Spectators may attend Day 2 on August 20th and Day 3 on August 21st of the competition. The first day of the contest is the practice day and is for competitors only. The entry fee is $5.00 at the gate, and $1.00 of each admission will go to Cancer Council Queensland. Children are invited to attend, but we ask that be supervised by an adult at all times. Limited parking is available but reserved for the competitors and officials. We ask spectators to carpool or use the shuttle bus service that has been arranged. Busses will depart ever hour from 8 am to 11 am in the mornings and then again from 1 pm to 3 pm. The bus leaves from the Nerang Bicentennial Community Centre at 833 Southport-Nerang Road. The bus service is provided by Logan Law.
The qualifying rounds one and two begin at 9 am on August 20th. The qualifying rounds three and four begin at 2 pm. All 64 of the competitors must compete in the qualifying rounds. The officials have divided the competitors into 16 sub-groups with four pilots in each group. During the qualifying rounds, each pilot will be allowed four heats of three minutes each heat and will compete against all the other pilots in his sub-group. The pilots fastest posted from those races will be entered as their qualifying time. The 32 fastest times will move on to day three.
On day three of the event, the top 32 pilots from the previous day's qualifying rounds will compete in the elimination rounds. Pilots will then be seeded based on the times they posted the last day. Seeding is fastest to slowest. The competition begins at 9 am with first elimination round. The competitors will be divided into eight sub-groups with four pilots in each group. Once again the each pilot will race all the other competitors in his sub-group. The pilot who posts the fastest time will move on to the next elimination round. Quarterfinals begin at 1 pm; the Semi-finals will be 2 pm, and the finals will commence at 2:30 pm.
DRONE RACING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
There is also a Freestyle competition being held on day two and day three of the event. 25 pilots will be randomly drawn to participate in this portion of the event. On day two the event begins at noon and on day three they start at 10:45 am. Each pilot will have two runs lasting three minutes each. During this time he will be judged on the following:
-Technical aspect of the normal flight and the tricks performed
-Smoothness and the flow from the trick to trick
-Usage of track hindrances for tricks
-Music usage and the flow of tricks using the soundtrack
-Overall feel and the flow of the entire flight
-Overall safety (flying off bounds and even over the crowd which may attract a penalty or disqualification)
-Overall crowd entertainment value
The top five pilots from the Drone Nationals in August will go to Hawaii for the world championships in October.