Drone War Races holds inaugural AZ event at Tempe golf course

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Pilots will racing using first-person view goggles. (Source: 3TV) Pilots will racing using first-person view goggles. (Source: 3TV)
3TV director Hector Holquin is an avid drone pilot and brought his drone into the studio. (Source: 3TV) 3TV director Hector Holquin is an avid drone pilot and brought his drone into the studio. (Source: 3TV)
TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

A different kind of race is happening on Saturday in Tempe at the Shalimar Country Club near Price Road and Southern Avenue.

This race is in the sky and with hundreds of drones. It's the first event of its kind in Arizona.

"It's becoming a huge sport all over the world and we felt the need for getting everyone together and forming a professionalization, a structure in it," Drone War Races organizer John Caldwell said.

Pilots will fly using first-person view goggles, and the audience will see the pilot's view on large monitors throughout the course.

More than 100 professional and amateur pilots will be testing their skills, racing for cash prizes and gifts.

There are a couple of different categories requiring varying speeds and race plans.

"In the drag racing, upwards of 80 mph, but through the obstacle course, a little slower. Some guys will go slow, and some are built more for speed, so you'll see a range of strategies in the course, much like someone driving a rally car,” Caldwell explained.

The Drone War Races are Saturday, 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults. $15 for members of the military and $10 for kids 14-17. Kids 13 and younger get in free.

Tickets are available at the doors and online.

Shalimar Country Club is location at 2032 E. Golf Ave., Tempe. Seating will be provided, and parking is free.

For more information, check out www.DroneWarsFPV.com, www. DroneWarsCompetition.com and Facebook.com/DroneWarsFPV. You can also call 480-818-4714 or 602-414-0007.

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