Fling, a leading drone software and services provider in Southeast Asia, has signed on as a sponsor for Drone Academy Thailand’s national drone racing team.
This new sponsorship gives Fling the opportunity to showcase its leadership position in the development of drone technology, which has a vital part in the future of logistics, security, and inspection, as well as elevate the Fling brand to a broader audience of businesses and consumers through a thrilling new sport.
Thailand’s drone racing team members range in age from 9 to 30. They are coached by Drone Academy Thailand President Junyawat ChartAnuluk (Ken). One of their top competitors, Niracha OnMan (New) (น้องนิวเทพ), is aged 9 and has already appeared on national television to showcase her drone piloting abilities.
This team has already attended several drone racing events in 2018, including the DSI International Drone Sports Championship, held in Yeongwol, Korea from 14-16 September 2018.
“Drone racing is an exciting opportunity for Fling to showcase our passion for drones and how they can improve people lives in Southeast Asia,” said Michael Currie, CEO, Fling. “Drones represent the future of logistics, security, and inspection in Southeast Asia, which is why Fling took the opportunity to engage as a partner with Drone Academy Thailand for their drone racing team.”
Innovations developed for the latest racing drones, including autonomous navigation through Artificial Intelligence (AI), or increased battery energy density, also may ultimately have direct applications with Fling’s industrial clients.
“We’re proud to support the hard work of these competitors as they represent Thailand and themselves at international drone racing events.”
About Drone Racing
This nascent activity is a sport where participants control radio-controlled quadcopters equipped with cameras while wearing head-mounted displays showing the live stream camera feed from the drones. The displays provide participants with a First-Person View (FPV) of their drone, leading the activity to sometimes be called “FPV Drone Racing”.
Since beginning in Australia in 2013, drone racing is now promoted by dozens of organizations, including:
- Drone Racing League (DRL), which airs its events on ESPN and other networks.
- Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI), the European governing body for all types of air races. The Federation coordinates the organisation of the FAI Drone Racing World Cup and the FAI World Drone Racing Championship.
- DR1 Racing, which has attracted sponsorship from drone delivery aspirant and global shipping company DHL.
- MultiGP, which boasts over 16,000 members worldwide, making it a leader in amateur drone racing.
- Freespace, which organizes races of medium-sized and large drones.
- DSI, a Korean drone racing promoter.
Drone racing achieved a notable peak of interest when, on 11-12 March 2016, the one-off World Drone Prix was organized and sponsored by the Emirate of Dubai, enabling it to offer an eye-catching $1m USD grand prize.
Thailand’s most winning drone racing competitor, 11-year-old Wanraya Wannapong (Milk), competes on a separate team from the one sponsored by Fling. She has won two FAI-run events: the 2018 China Drone Racing Open in Shenzhen, China on 13 May 2018 and also on 4 November 2018 at the FAI World Drone Racing Championships.