Never mind pod racing, FPV racing is quickly gaining a following around the world - although it is probably one of the world's most challenging sports to view from a spectator perspective.
Internationally the Drone Racing League is setting up to become an official sport - planning to release edited footage after races rather than a live feed.
The Drone Racing League brings the world's best pilots together to fly "DRL Racer 2" quadcopters head-to-head through new neon-lit race courses. You can find all of the full races, crashes, and competition on www.thedroneracingleague.com
In New Zealand, RotorCross competitions have been running around the country, via the New Zealand FPV Racing League.
RotorCrossNZ is split into 3 areas, top of the North Island, Bottom of he North Island, and the South Island.
Race length is adjusted to be close to 2 ½ minutes, and a number of laps to get close to this target is determined by the C.D. before the start of the rounds.
The course consists of a start/finish line, a number of corners, a slalom area and 1 or 2 flyunders to create a “flowing” course that promotes smooth, competitive flying, and allows the maximum number of pilots to complete (too many obstacles results in DNF’s).
The Start/Finish line will be directly opposite the pilots, with the closest part of the track at a minimum of 12 metres away.
Missing an obstacle, flag, or cutting a corner, you must stop forward flight, and perform a stationary 360 deg turn in the air. Failure to do this can result in a disqualification for that race. Missing 3 obstacles in a race can result in a disqualification.
All flying is done with spotters, looking over the course for any dangers, members of public, animals, other model fliers, low flying aircraft. Pilots are expected to help with spotting for the heat before their race. Spotters stand in the pilot area.
The sport is still in it's early days here, but look out for developments around New Zealand and internationally - this is definitely one to watch.