May 02

AHS East New England’s First Annual Drone Race

The East New England chapter of the American Helicopter Society hosted their first annual Drone Race in collaboration with MIT’s AeroAstro department and sponsored in part by Terrafugia, a leader in personal air transport that was founded by MIT graduates in the Boston area.


15 first-time drone racers had the pleasure of learning how to fly on Parrot Rolling Spider Drones (courtesy of Professor Sertac Karaman’s laboratory) and zipping about a short course at MIT’s Indoor Track. AHS also welcomed Glenn Davis, Director of Flight Operations and Safety at AiRXOS (a GE venture), who spoke about helping to accelerate the safe, efficient, scalable integration of air and ground space for autonomous and manned vehicles.

AHS Drone Race 1

Racers of all ages and backgrounds whooped and cheered as they tried to pass through all the gates (and not veer too far off course), enjoyed a flight demonstration by a semi-professional drone racer, and learned about the multiple applications of drones both large and small.


Written by Zarrin Chua, Aurora Flight Sciences

Videos courtesy of Bob Gettler