Back in 2009 we ran our first pylon style race in a figure eight pattern. It was won by an Easystar using a paparazzi autopilot in a fraction over 49 seconds for a single lap.

This time we asked contestants to complete 5 laps and Dawid Preller flew a blistering time of 221 seconds. That's 44 and a tiny bit seconds a lap including launch and landing. He was flying an A44 Eaglet. No nor had I...

We had a wide range of aircraft Rob_Lefebvre with his Goblin helicopter came second in a time of 281 seconds. A chap called Anderson entered a Solo and Skyfun 348 and 397 seconds respectively.

Robs Goblin

Linus had a go


I don't think I anticipated any rovers entering, we had four! Well three that tried and the chap Anderson just demonstrated how small his hands are.


Chris tried to enter a Go kart claiming it capable of speeds in excess of 100 mph! 

But it was not to be.

The Rover course was made smaller as finding 200m square of flat smooth open space proved difficult.

Grant Morpeth seems to have misinterpreted the rules thinking it was a football competition.

The two Rover entries that posted times were Healthyfatboy at 316 seconds and Tom who was plagued with rain and whilst making fast lap times could not get the five in a row in. I suspect he might actually be hiding some advanced tuning in order to  scoop the prizes next time.

So congratulations to Dawid Preller and Healthyfatboy, a Pixhawk courtesy of 3DR will be winging its way to you both shortly.

Congratulations must also go to everybody that entered and sacrificed time and in some cases equipment to help make the APM experience better for everybody. Its these competitions that push things on. 

Perhaps next time we can have some boats as well to make land sea and air.

Unlike those FPV chaps, its real drone racing here ;-)

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    Hi all!

    Just a quick link to the Eaglet page that we just finished (and are very excited about!!). 

    ADR A44 Eaglet

    Thought it might help answer some of the queries that we had. Cheers, Dawid

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    Thomas, I've send you a friend request. Will be more than happy to answer any questions about the Eaglet.

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    Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for a great T3 round, especially to Gary and Chris for organising and for the prizes!! And to Rob for really pushing us with that blazing fast Heli, really enjoyed it.

    Just finished the latest prototype for the Eaglet (upto V6 now!)...perfect timing for the new pixhawk, many thanks Chris and 3DR!!!


  • Developer
    Thanks guys for organizing and participating. Congratulations to the winners!
    It was great fun and an exciting round this year.

    Pretty easy to do in SITL but the more difficult in the wind and weather is my conclusion.
    Next time I'll probably have to take a plane or rocket to compete :)
  • BUAAA!!! lot's of rain and wind here :(  (winter here) I'm going to try to be better equipped next year ;)

    Congrats to winners :)

  • I like the A44 Eaglet... Very practical. I have just looked on the web but cannot find any info on it. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Thank you for any help you can provide. 

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    Wahoo! This is great! I guess Chris must have meant scale 100 mph for his go-kart??? Just kidding!

    Tom, I knew you were right there and have a faster vehicle than mine. Just bad luck with all the weather down there. There's no way I would be able to take out an AVC champ without much more work but now I can at least get moving on tuning even better!

    I look forward to more of these as I hope to have a plane up and running again at some point in the future.

    Out of curiosity, is the Ublox with compass from 3DR still the recommended GPS/Compass combo or is the M8N that utilizes Glonass also just as good? I'll need a GPS/Compass for the Pixhawk I'll be receiving and just want to make sure I have what I need for it.

    Thanks again! I'm excited about my T3 label too! I should probably update that many year old KK2 quadrotor I have for an avatar... 

  • Admin

    Congratulation healthfatboy on your winning time!!

    After my five individual tuning laps, there were too many days of rain before the close on that Monday to get in five contiguous laps unfortunately.


    Tom C AVD

  • Moderator

    We might re visit another old one. Perhaps we should have a standing race round?

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    Congrats to all who participated!

    Looking forward to the next T3! :-)

    Ideas already?

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