Tiny drones have a home in Central New York, racing in Destiny USA.
These little drones can fit in the palm of your hand. The palm-sized aircraft are called tiny whoops, prompting the name “Whooptropolis” for the new racing spot.
Racers zip through tunnels and circular gates to compete for the best time. They’re flown by FPV, which stands for first person view. The tiny whoops come equipped with little cameras.
To fly them, you need a remote, and goggles to see the view the drone sees as you pilot. Spectators can see a live feed of the goggle view on nearby screens, so they can be part of the action.
“Be able to see our viewing station where we have our TVs set out here, and you’ll be able to see what the drones see. Come down and hang out with us and fly and race, We’re looking for new pilots to grow,” said Jeff Grabowsky, with Whooptropolis.
The Central New York group used to fly in restaurants and bars until they got set up in the mall this month.
“I mean, who doesn’t want to fly? This is the greatest thing about FPV and drones, and you could use them for freestyle for doing certain flips and acrobatic moves, casual play, or what I specialize in, drone racing,” said Grabowsky.
Underground RC sells starter kits if you want to try it out for yourself first hand. You can check out the racing action for yourself on April 16 at 10 a.m., and speak with Grabowsky to learn more. Underground RC Raceway and Hobby is on the second floor of Destiny USA under WonderWorks.
Underground RC opened in November, and they offer rentals and clay track space for RC cars. Anyone can try their hand at RC racing during their business hours.