Drones buzz by the air and pilots stand just exterior the yellow caution tape with headsets that deal with their eyes and distant controls even larger than their heads.

Initial-man or woman-view, or FPV, drones have taken above Whistler’s Bend Park this weekend. The drone racing begun Friday and will continue until later on this evening.

Derek Brown of Up coming Amount RC is hosting the 2017 West Coast Throwdown, which drew persons from as much as Mexico and the Eastern United States to what he calls “our key gem of an FPV playground.”

“We’re the initially to pull the induce on an occasion like this in Douglas County,” fellow organizer Nathan Baker mentioned. “This is a great area to do it.”

What will make Whistler’s Bend great for drone racing are the variations in open up and wooded terrain.

A system was laid out, entire with obstructions these types of as rings and gates, on a subject that was seventy five per cent grass and twenty five per cent densely wooded place.

The wooded place caused some trouble for Angela Jacques, of Mexico, who piloted her x-course racing drone into the trees much more than after.

X-course racing drones are even larger, extended drones that are rather new to the racing level of competition. “It’s like flying a boat,” Brown mentioned.

The occasion is arranged by pilots for pilots and consists of a minimal little bit of all the things.

“At major activities the pilots at times sense made use of to make it into a show,” Brown mentioned. “We like to just do a minimal little bit of all the things.”

This consists of open up flight line races, freestyle competitions, X-Class racing and demos and lots of other activities for pilots.

Northwest FBV pilots Chase “Chez of Flip City” Bailey and Steve “Maverick” Archer travelled from Portland to compete and reconnect with other FPV racers.

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