Australasia Multirotor

Game of Drones: Lateline takes you inside the competitive world of underground drone racing.


By Jason Om

At an abandoned warehouse in Melbourne’s west, about 30 drone racers have gathered for a high-speed showdown.

They have spent hours custom building their multi-rotor machines and fitting them with onboard cameras.

Known as FPV racing – or first person view – the racers use special goggles, some held together with gaffa tape, giving them a drone’s-eye view as they manoeuvre around the course.

Clocking speeds of more than 60 kilometres an hour, Darren French loves the adrenaline rush.

High-speed crashes and collisions are inevitable and add to the pre-race nerves for the competitors.

But Chad Nowak says it is all part of the action.

Chad Nowak is one competitor to watch if FPV racing becomes a fully fledged sport in Australia.

I fly full size aircraft and I like being up there but there’s no way you would catch me in my glider flying between two trees because if I get it wrong I’m going to end up in a coffin.

But with something like this, I can go out there and do it, and if I get it wrong, the worst thing that happens is that I have to rebuild the frame.

It gives you this freedom. That boyhood dream of just doing crazy things. You can do it now in a fun and safe way.

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