Founding Chapter – X Class South Florida
Founded by Andre Smith and Danny Lumley, X Class South Florida is our second chapter in Florida making Florida the first state ever with multiple X Class chapters! As founders of PalmBeach FPV, Andre is a dedicated and experienced drone racing organizer, while his co-founder Danny is also a 15+ year RC veteran and hobby-store pro. With plans to run racing from West Palm Beach to Miami and coordinate events with the Orlando chapter, X Class in Florida is about to heat up!
Founding Chapter – X Class Texas
A group of the top drone-racing groups and organizers across Texas have banded together to bring X Class to Texas, and they are already hard at work making that happen!
Out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area, founders David Mills and Jay McKibben are highly experienced and well-respected drone-racing organizers who have proven their ability to deliver great races. From Austin, we have another very knowledgable and respected member of the community who loves to focus on bringing new people to the hobby, founder Matt Meganck; while from San Antonio we have founder Drew Walker, who is known well around the Central Texas drone-racing community as a dedicated pilot and event organizer. Finally, from Houston we have founders Neil Marek and James Vau. Neil is another dedicated and well-known drone-racing organizer, as well as a sponsored pilot with Catalyst Machineworks. Meanwhile, James is the co-founder and owner of DroneWorld RTF park, which he aims to make into one of the premier drone parks in the US, and he has giant plans for DroneWorld RTF and X Class!
Formed by these six leaders of the drone racing community across Texas, this chapter is sure to grow like wildfire, and Texas race fans will be some of the first in the nation to truly experience X Class Racing!
Founding Chapter – X Class Southern California
Based in sunny Los Alamitos, California, X Class SoCal chapter founder Colby McMillin is a third-generation SoCal racer and has been immersed in the racing world his entire life. As a race-car builder turned aviation mechanic and 107 pro pilot, Colby exemplifies the spirit and mission of X Class to bridge those worlds and bring giant-drone racing directly to race fans in Southern California and beyond. SoCal race fans have something giant to look forward to!
Keep an eye out here for more info on the SoCal chapter coming soon!
Founding Chapter – X Class Orlando
Derek Saltzman and Mason Mincey from Soar Aerospace are ready to burst onto the X Class scene with the announcement of their new Orlando chapter in Florida. Their demo planned for July 28, 2018, featuring their X Class racing drone chasing a drifting race car and going up against it head-to-head, had to be postponed due to rain, so keep an eye out here for a new date. After that look out for the Orlando Chapter competing at our upcoming MultiGP IO race on August 11, 2018 in Muncie, IN!
For more info on the Orlando chapter, please visit https://www.soaraerospace.com/
Founding Chapter – X Class Maine
X Class Drone Racing Maine Chapter founders Kristopher Kleva of the Maine Drone Society and Chris Taylor of VikingUAS are already up to their eyeballs in X Class — as well as a big local drone racing crew ready to jump on board! Keep an eye out for them, along with some cutting edge new rigs, at our MultiGP International Open race on August 11 at Academy of Model Aeronautics Headquarters in Muncie, Indiana!
Founding Chapter – X Class South East Queensland, Australia
Look out Australia, X Class Giant Drone Racing has arrived! Founded by local drone racing community stalwarts Jamie Griffin and Josh Mitchell, X Class South East Queensland is the first X Class chapter down under, and our second international chapter. They have already drawn lots of local interest and will be scheduling their first exhibition soon. Keep an eye out here for more info!
Founding Chapter – X Class Arizona
Founding members Ted Wayne, Danny Pharrams and Pete Phimphavong are drone racing and organizing veterans with X Class fever. Arizona X Class pilots are going to see lots of action soon! Their first exhibition is right around the corner at the First Annual R/C Swap Meet and Grudge Race. For more info on how to get involved, please join their Facebook Group!
Founding Chapter – X Class Kwad Squad, Tri-State Region
Serving the Tri-State region of Dayton, Cincinnati, and Columbus, the Kwad Squad is ready to bring X Class eastward! Led by the experienced and highly regarded drone racing organizers and pilots Jay Day of Dayton Drones in Dayton and Chris Grenner in Cincinnati, the Kwad Squad has GIANT plans for X Class racing in the Tri-State area. Keep an eye out for the Kwad Squad at the upcoming MultiGP IO X Class race in August 2018!
Founding Chapter – X Class UK
UK giant drone racing pioneers Martin Rye and Tonstar Jackson are the heart and soul of our first founding chapter, X Class UK. With their first exhibition event MA4@Popham Drone Zone on May 12 & 13, 2018, real giant drone racing in Europe begins! X Class UK is a chapter to watch in 2018 and beyond.
Want to start an X Class chapter in your area?
X Class welcomes giant drone racing enthusiasts around the world who want to run their own giant drone races to join our community as chapters. Our requirements for chapters can be boiled down to:
- Use our rules (at a minimum) at racing events for safety and consistency.
- Never operate the aircraft in a reckless manner.
- Be an AMA Sanctioned Club/Chapter with all chapter members AMA members in good standing, or the local equivalent if outside the U.S.
- Consistently and responsibly use our logo and brand and, where possible, identify your chapter as an affiliate of X Class Drone Racing.
Use of the X Class Drone Racing logo, brand, or identity without permission or official chapter affiliation is prohibited.
Some of the things we provide to our chapters include:
- Promotion of your chapter and events via the X Class website and X Class social media outlets.
- A chapter page on the X Class website with links and information for your chapter.
- Access to our full body of rules and regulations.
- Help and general guidance on running giant drone races from the core X Class team.