BOZEMAN – The increasingly popular sport of competitive quadcopter racing has come to Montana. On Sunday afternoon at the Big Sky Country State Fair, about 15 drone enthusiasts came to prove who was the best pilot in the Bridger Cup.
The racers wear high-tech goggles that are connected to a camera on the drone, giving the pilot a first person view that makes them feel as if they are in the cockpit of the aircraft.
The drones are powered by a small battery and four five-inch propellers. But don’t let the small size of these machines fool you, they can reach speeds of up to 90 miles per hour, making it very difficult to make precise turns.
Even though they were competing against each other, the pilots enjoyed sharing a common bond.
“The cool thing is, there is a lot of people from different backgrounds that have a common hobby,” said Weston Irr, a competitor in the drone racing competition.
Irr used to fly unmanned aircrafts for the military, but has enjoyed flying quadcopters as a hobby after the service.
“They’re really easy to pick up and learn on and they are relatively inexpensive. For a couple hundred dollars you can start flying them and have a lot of fun,” said Irr.
Taking to the skies in a drone is a hobby that is for all ages, even one of the competitors at today’s competition, Bryce, is 10 years old.
If you want to get started racing drones, click here to connect with other quadcopter racers in the area.