Pilots race wild drones in adrenaline-filled competition

Published: Jul. 30, 2017 at 9:32 AM CDT
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Drones took over the skies at the Des Moines Area Community College campus in Ankeny.

More than 30 pilots raced against each other on July 29 for a chance to go to nationals. The top two pilots will compete in Reno, Nevada.

Pilots say that you can see a difference in a younger and older pilot. They say it's all because of video games.

"These kids have the advantage of reflexes and good vision and they've been training for it their whole lives with a game controller in their hands," Will Dobbins said.

"Makes a huge difference between the younger pilots and the older pilots who haven't played as many video games as us," Tristin Gilbert said.

Pilots flew their drones through gates and over hurdles - often spending thousands of dollars to make them from scratch.

They wear goggles that give them a first person view from the drone with just two minutes to finish as many laps as possible.