The Drone Racing League (DRL), the world’s premier professional drone racing property, today announced that it has been accredited by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as the premier organizer of drone systems events. unmanned aircraft (UAS). A leader in drone event security, DRL also announced its participation in the FAA’s Security Plan Partnership (SPP) program to establish a standardized set of security protocols for individuals and organizations seeking to organize demonstrations, air shows and exhibitions of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). and events in front of a live audience.
To help the industry maximize drone safety at their events, DRL will support the FAA in evaluating safety procedures and technology, developing and implementing official US drone safety guidelines. and educating the drone community on drone safety. The league will also continue to adhere to the highest safety protocols during its high-speed drone races, which take place in iconic locations, such as stadiums, monuments and museums, and are watched by millions of fans. on NBC, NBCSN, Twitter and others. world-class networks.
DRL has been committed to drone racing safety since its inception. In 2016, DRL worked with the White House Office of Science and Technology (OSTP) to develop, standardize, and share drone racing safety protocols with the drone racing community. The league also recently joined the Commercial Drone Alliance, an organization focused on advancing the safe and responsible integration of drones. At all DRL race and test events, DRL activates safety measures including engineering controls to terminate drones in flight, nets to protect pilots, crew and fans from drones, and strict course closures to ensure no one is near the drones during their flight. the air. DRL will bring this security process to its DRL Vegas Championship Race presented by T-Mobile, the live culminating event of the 2021-22 DRL World Championship season, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022 outside T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip.
“We are honored that the FAA has accredited DRL as the premier UAS event organization and we are excited to participate in the FAA’s PSP program to ensure that safety is the top priority for all UAS events. We look forward to sharing our drone event safety expertise more widely with the industry and continuing to work with venue organizers to deliver safe and spectacular drone racing experiences across the most unique spaces and the most amazing,” said DRL COO Ashley Ellefson.
In accordance with the PSP, DRL educates the public about drone safety through various channels, including digital content and DRL SIM game integrations, and provides thought leadership to the community at large. For example, the United States Air Force FPV 101 DRL video series on Twitter immerses fans in the world of drone racing, providing safety tips and tricks. the DRL-SIM The game has extensive flight training, teaching players how to safely improve their drone skills on Xbox, PlayStation, Steam, and Epic Games. The league also actively supports FAA drone safety awareness initiatives, speaking on panels and promoting national drone operating rules to inspire flight safety within the drone industry.
Tonight, as part of the 2021-22 DRL World Championship season, elite DRL pilots will race the US Air Force Boneyard – Night Mode SIM DRL Map at 8 PM EST on NBCSN and Twitter.
About Drone Racing League
The Drone Racing League (DRL) is the world’s premier professional drone racing property. The best drone pilots in the world fly in the league and millions of fans watch them race on NBC, NBCSN and Twitter. With groundbreaking technology and immersive high-speed racing through virtual and live events, DRL is creating a new era of sports, combining both esports and real-world competition.
Founded by Nicholas Horbaczewski in 2015, DRL is privately held and headquartered in New York. For more information, visit www.drl.io.