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Air Hogs DR1 race drone range launches in UK

Published on: 13th July 2017

Spin Master welcomed influencers and gadget fans to Westfield launch event.

The launch, held at KidZania, Westfield, Shepherds Bush, welcomed some of the UK’s leading influencers and gadget fans, including TV’s Jason Bradbury, for an evening of drone flying action. Guests got to fly both line of sight and FPV (first person view) drones from the new Air Hogs DR1 race drone range.

Spin Master has also announced the addition of Luke Bannister to the Air Hogs roster of world class drone pilots. The partnership will see Bannister, known as BanniUK, support the RC brand’s growing drone race portfolio through event appearances, advertising and digital content.

To kick off his partnership with Air Hogs, Bannister joined VIP, media and retailers, along with his NEXXBlades teammates, at the UK launch event. The guests were given tips on how to fly by Luke and his NEXXBlades team mates including nine year old Adam Blackburn (Adam FPV Kid).

A self-taught drone pilot, Bannister joined the XBlades Racing team in 2016, beating 150 international challengers to win the inaugural World Drone Prix at only 15 years old.

Bannister commented: “I’m excited to be teaming up with Air Hogs to help bring this exhilarating sport to kids around the world. In partnering with Air Hogs, I hope to give more young pilots the chance to access the sport and, hopefully, meet me on the race track in the near future.”

Bannister joins fellow FPV drone pilot Johnny Schaer on the Air Hogs race roster. In 2017, the two pilots will team up to showcase Air Hogs’ latest innovation – the Air Hogs DR1 FPV Race Drone and Air Hogs DR1 Micro Race Drone, created in partnership with premier drone race league DR1 Racing – which are set to hit shelves this month.

Ben Gadbois, President and COO, Spin Master, added: “Luke and Johnny represent the essence of Air Hogs. They are visionaries in a growing global sport — pushing the boundaries of flight and constantly striving for greatness. Air Hogs is designed to deliver adrenaline fueled excitement, and through this partnership we aim to inspire kids to race like the pros.”

World drone-racing champion shows us how it's done

British teenager Luke Bannister (BanniUK) has won hundreds of thousands of pounds from drone racing competitions. Want to know how it's done? Watch live as Gemma Morris puts your questions to Luke, and tries out a bit of drone racing herself.Post your questions in the comments.

Posted by Sky News on Wednesday, 12 July 2017

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