Mini Airshow 2016

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Date
May 7-8, 2016
Location
Longhill Sports Centre & Hidden Valley, Rottingdean, Brighton
Competition
64 pilots
4 pilots per team
first ever 4-man team relay event
Services
Full Rotor-Racing race organisation, execution and safety package across two sites
Technology
Race timing
Frequency management
RaceTV

Mini Airshow 2016

Mini Airshow is the counterpart to the International Drone Day annual festival, which is held just outside Brighton. Rotor-Racing was asked to run a small race demonstration at the festival itself, as well as a competition the day after at the Hidden Valley flying park and new home of Mini Airshow. Our goals were simple; make it big, make it fun, make it different.

Team racing is not a new concept, but to our knowledge nobody had yet applied it to drone racing because of the technical and safety challenges. We wanted every team to have a fair chance at winning, we wanted every team member to feel part of the race (rather than just being pit crew), and we wanted there to be some strategy involved. Software had to be tweaked and careful consideration had to be applied to the design of the track - safety was a big concern, especially with teams potentially handing over (and therefore taking off and landing) in close proximity to each other. We applied our tried and trusted race organisation experience to this new format and the hard work paid off as it was a resounding success.

Read more in our related blog post.