Drone Racing League: 3 Things to Know About Becoming a Drone Racer

By: Orlando Morales | Segun Oduolowu Posted: 9:19 AM, Sep 5, 2018 Updated: 3:54 PM, Sep 5, 2018

The Drone Racing League is like the NFL for the sport of drone racing. Like traditional sports, drone racing also has seasons. Plus, it gives the winning player a $100,000 grand prize. Nick Horbaczewski, CEO of the Drone Racing League, says interest in the sport is growing as fast. “We’ve had over 55 million people watch DRL on TV in the last 12 months,” he tells The List. “We have thousands of people come to our live events.” To learn more about this high stake sport, here are three things you should know about drone racing!

1. Practice on a Simulator 

Horbaczewski says anyone can get into the sport and recommends downloading their simulator as any potential player’s first step. It’s about $20, but it’s a great way to learn. If you do well enough, you could get invited to a live e-sport competition where people play the simulator against each other. Win that event and you’ll get $75,000 and fly real racing drones with the league all over the world. 

2. Purchase Gear 

Next on our list of learning steps for the world of drone racing is to purchase the right gear. Starter kits go for about $200, but we went higher end with a swagdrone and video goggles, both made by Swagtron. The goggles give you the necessary first-person view from the drone as you fly. And don’t worry about crashes! About 95 percent of crashes can be fixed by replacing a propeller that costs about $0.50 and you’ll be good to go.  

3. Join a Drone Racing Group 

And the last step to becoming a drone racer is joining a local group. They’re free, informative and they’ll host smaller races themselves. There is one in every city all over the country and even all over the world. Being part of a drone community will help your flying by leaps and bounds. David Monquay, Founder of FPV Lighttrax says getting into this hobby is worth it and an “experience you’ll never forget.” 

The sport of drone racing is without a doubt a fascinating one, but getting into it shouldn’t be intimidating. Take these beginning steps and you’ll become a pro in no time! Make sure to follow the Drone Racing League on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for full updates and use the hashtag #DRL to keep in touch.


Special thanks to our friends at FPVLightrax for their contributions to this segment!






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