In professional drone racing, pilots race multi-copter drones around a stadium, wearing FPV—first-person-view—goggles that surround them with their drone’s POV. Drone racing has a very different vibe from older RC racing hobbies. Most competitors are 13-34, says Nicholas Horbaczewski, founder of the Drone Racing League.
Courses (built in spaces like stadiums, warehouses, and abandoned buildings) are often lit up like a nightclub. And while many pilots have experience in esports and model racing, several have backgrounds in sports like snowboarding and motocross—which bring some surprisingly relevant skills to a sport where the competitors stand still.