Registration Still Open for Daily Competition Pitting Unmanned Pilots Against Each Other
Experienced unmanned pilots willing to beat the clock and do it with accuracy will be able to show off their skills in the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-sponsored Drone Cage Obstacle and Speed Course during this year’s fly-in at the 65th annual Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) convention held July 24-30 in Oshkosh, Wis.
As part of the challenging daily “drone” competition from 3 to 5 p.m. inside the Drone Cage at Aviation Gateway Park, competitors will fly quadcopters provided by Phil’s Hobby Shop or Horizon Hobby Inc.
“As unmanned systems and aircraft continue to integrate into our everyday society, it’s exciting to showcase the fast-paced technology and ever-advancing capabilities of UAS,” said Embry-Riddle Worldwide Professor David Thirtyacre, who helps coordinate, facilitate and officiate the competition each year. “As university sponsors, we love engaging with the participants and spectators as well as sharing our knowledge and experience at this unique event here at Oshkosh.”
Nonparticipants can watch the action from the 360-degree viewing platforms and through a live video feed provided by DJI. Signup for the competition will be available onsite at the Embry-Riddle pavilion (booths 49, 50, 57–59) as part of Aviation Gateway Park or in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Winners of the daily course challenge will receive awards donated by Etched Memory, LLC.
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