Posted on May 13, 2019
WHAT: Public release of information about the North American Drone Masters Races to be held during the 180th Erie County Fair. This prestigious, world-class event will be one of THREE “masters” level races being held in the world during 2019. Other races will be held in Barcelona, Spain and Seoul, South Korea. The top 3 pilots from the races held at the Erie County Fair will gain a spot at the 2019 FAI World Championship Grand Final in China held at the end of November.
Pilots will be on hand during press conference to demonstrate drone racing.
WHO: William Aumer, No Limit FPV (event producer); Bob Brown, Academy of Model Aeronautics Representative; Eli Abitbol “Bull” (Toronto), Canadian Drone Champion; Jonny “Neon” Exner (Syracuse), US Drone pilot and one of the youngest competitors in the industry; Seth “SethPV” Griggs (Pittsburgh) drone; Erie County Fair Representatives.
WHEN: Tuesday, May 14th, 2pm
WHERE: Heritage & History Center, Avenue of Flags, Erie County Fairgrounds
HAMBURG – The Erie County Agricultural Society and No Limit FPV have reached an agreement with the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) to hold the first ever North American Drone Masters on August 10 & 11, 2019. The drone masters will take place during the Erie County Fair inside the Gusto Grandstand and will be a free event with paid admission to the Erie County Fair. This FAI sanctioned race will be the first ever “masters” level drone competition to be held in the region and is part of the 2019 Masters Series of drone races held across the globe. As a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) sanctioned event, this exclusive race is expected to attract drone teams from across the world. In addition to $10,000 is purse money, pilots participating in the North American Drone Masters will earn points used for qualifying for the World Championship. Public will experience racing drones establishing speeds of up to 80 mph navigating a course with hairpin turns and obstacles.
The North American Drone Masters is sponsored by T-Mobile.
About No Limits FVP: One of the leading drone event producers in the Northeast. Owned by William Aumer of Boston, New York, Bill has organized numerous races throughout utilizing the sanctions of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, MultGP, and Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
About MultiGP: The World’s largest drone racing league, hosting first-person view (FPV) drone races across the globe. This competitive league features cutting edge drone technology with more than 500 competitive drone racing chapters/clubs and over 20,000 registered competitive FPV drone racing pilots.
About Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA): World’s largest model aviation association, representing a membership of more than 195,000. The AMA is the official national body for model aviation in the United States sanctioning more than 2,000 model competitions throughout the country each year, and certifies official model flying records on a national and international level. The AMA is the organizer of the annual National Aeromodeling Championships, the world’s largest model airplane competition. The Academy serves as the industry’s liaison with the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Communications Commission, and other government agencies through their national headquarters in Muncie, Indiana.
About Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI): The World Air Sports Federation, was founded in 1905. It is a non-governmental and non-profit making international organization with the basic aim of furthering aeronautical and astronautical activities worldwide, ratifying world and continental records and coordinating the organization of international competitions. It is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
About the Erie County Fair: The Erie County Agricultural Society is a private not-for-profit membership organization. Established in 1819, the Society is the oldest civic organization in Western New York. The mission of the Erie County Agricultural Society (ECAS), sponsors of the Erie County Fair, is to preserve and enhance, by educational endeavors, the agricultural and historical legacy of New York State. The Fair strives to fulfill appropriate aspects of the agricultural, educational, entertainment and recreational needs of Western New York. The 180th Erie County Fair will be held August 7th – 18th, 2019. (www.ECFair.org)