Gold Coast abuzz with drones as city hosts 2017 Australian Drone Nationals

MORE than 50 ‘drone racers’ from across the country have descended on the Gold Coast for the second annual Australian Drone Racing Championships.

Fifty-six pilots armed with high-tech First Person View (FPV) racing drones, capable of reaching speeds of up to 100km/h, will today battle it out at Nerang in Australia’s only premier FPV drone racing event.

Pilots will put their drones through five high-speed laps, with the four fastest set to battle it out for the title of Australia’s Drone Racing Champion in Sunday’s finals.


President of the Australian FPV Racing Association, Mark Cocquio said this year will be bigger than the last.

“We’re expecting a bigger crowd and are providing a much better spectator experience, with live pilot view screens and a live stream on the internet to broadcast the event to the world,” he said.

“Selected pilots will also compete in a separate freestyle flying competition.”

World-class pilots will be attendance, including the 2016 Australian Drone National champion, Thomas Bitmatta.

“This exciting competition allows pilots to take part in a fast, exhilarating and skillful sport, putting FPV racing on a national and international stage,” he said.

“For me, I love everything about racing- the track is out in front of you with all your errors clear and ready for you to fix and refine.”

The Championships will be held at Country Paradise Parklands at 231 Beaudesert-Nerang Road and is open to the public between 8am and 4pm this Saturday and Sunday. Entry is free.

The Defence Force Recruiting agency will also be in attendance, with the Australian Army to provide a demonstration of the Black Hornet, Mavic, Phantom, Wasp and Shadow Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

For more details on the Australian Drone Nationals, click here.