Aerial Sports League – Fall Classic Event in Sunnyvale

We hosted our second race event in Sunnyvale on 11/21, what a blast!  As usual, this was a free event open to the public.  Pilots, spectators, and media enjoyed drone racing, combat, and freestyle.  Sponsors were gracious and donated frames, bags, and t-shirts to the winners.  The event ran smoothly and we got great feedback about the event from the pilots.  I look forward to hosting bigger and better events in 2016!

My friend, Dennis, was kind enough to help program an online app to manage our event.  It was trial by fire for the new software and it worked!  We still have some bugs to iron out, but it’s a great start and will be even better for the next event.  Thank you, Dennis!  Results from the event can be found here:  Results in spreadsheet format can be found here, including freestyle.  We haven’t added freestyle results to the online app, yet.

Some personal thoughts…it’s really difficult to host an event this size and to simultaneously compete!  I was all over the place trying to answer questions and my performance suffered. I should have spent more time practicing leading up to the event, but was distracted by other things.  I consider smiles from fellow pilots my ultimate prize, but I’m a competitive person and also like to win =)

We received great feedback from the community about the event.  Generally, pilots were busy flying and got 5-7 races each throughout the day.  Not your typical “hurry up and wait” type of competition.  Pilots also gave us compliments for the the point system we used for qualifying races and semi-finals.  This allowed everyone to race multiple times and we even carried the top 20 pilots into semi-finals.  A couple improvements for next time:

  1. have two races per pilot for semifinals, fewer qualifying rounds (we had four qualifying rounds this time)
  2. more communication and clarity around the freestyle competition
  3. time permitting, more than 90s per freestyle run

Thanks to everyone who participated in the event, and a HUGE thank you to the sponsors!