Meet Vertitek’s Professional Racing Team
Vertitek Racing, the manufacturer of one of the most popular racing drones, the Model LDE 180, has announced the signing of three new sponsored pilots to its racing team.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Valmie Resources, Inc. (VMRI), Vertitek decided to launch its racing team in order to promote and support the company’s brands at live and streamed racing events.
The racing division’s drone frames are well known in the drone racing industry. The Model LDE 180 is one of the lightest and hardiest of frames out there. It was already popular with race pilots before the team’s new additions arrived. Not satisfied with these developments, the company has promised to announce even newer models in the near future, which are currently at the development phase.
The new pilots will be aware that they are joining a team which has already started to make a name for itself in competitive drone racing. Just last month, Vertitek sent its team to compete in the Drone Nationals, which were televised nationally by ESPN – the first time such an event has received major attention from a national broadcaster.
The new signings include the team’s third racing pilot, plus two members of a First Person View (FPV) freestyle crew. Hailing from Shreveport, Louisiana, the new racing pilot is no stranger to the pressure of commercial drone racing at the top level. He is a top 50-ranked pilot at national level and holds membership of the MultiGP Racing League for FPV radio-controlled aircraft. Only recently, he has appeared at the organization’s National Championship in Muncie, Indiana, which was held at the Academy of Model Aeronautics headquarters.
As reported by BusinessWire.com, Gerald B. Hammack, CEO and President of VMRI explained that drone racing and freestyling – particularly the FPV variants – are among the fastest growing sports in the whole world. FPV pilots wear goggles which receive live images from a camera mounted on the drones they fly. This gives the pilots the impression of being sat on, or in the drone. FPV has worked wonders in capturing the attention of a large fan base.
Pilots who have been competing since the establishment of these sports will become legends”, Hammack added. “Valmie is enthusiastic about being associated with these trailblazers.”
These sentiments were backed up by the president of Vertitek, Sean Foster, who said of the freestyle component, that it would “establish Vertitek as a serious player in this exciting new field.”
For more details about Veritek, visit their official website.