The new Airspeeder air racing category is on track to host its first event in 2021, having begun a search for willing pilots from the military, civil aviators and even esports competitors.
The new series is set to host air races around the world, with competitors handling all-electric quad-copter machines capable of 81mph. The aircraft are built by the Alauda company and, during the US Air Force’s recent Agility Prime event – for leading experts in electric flight technology – the firm’s founder Matt Pearson outlined details of how it would select its pilots.
Airspeeder plans to create a pool of flying talent, reaching out to members of both the US and Royal Air Force, commercial and private pilots, and even esports competitors to do so. Pilots will be selected based on their experience and background, and will undergo training in simulators and the final multicopter craft. Teams can the choose their pilots from the pool.
Airspeeder has yet to reveal its calendar, but series representatives have said they are in talks with a number of well-known venues, including “some of the most iconic venues of traditional motor sport”.