POLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) — The Maine Chapter of MultiGP is a grassroots drone racing organization. Participants generally make their own drones.
Pat Dalton leads the organization. "It's a rapidly growing hobby," he said. It seems to have attracted the type of people who enjoy the excitement of racing and are at a point in their lives that they can risk injury.
The flyers use goggles to get a first person view of the racing.
Twelve-year-old Garrison Zu of Orono is one of the best pilots around. His competitors think it's because he's young. "I do come from a gaming background, which helps. Maybe I just react faster," he mused.
The drones fly at speeds of 80 mph or more. They fly a twisty course in heats that run about two minutes apiece.