Australian Teen Crowned as 1st FAI Drone World Champion in China

Drone Whizz Kid From Down Under Takes Spoils In Chinese Final 4 Man Stand-off

Rudi Browning, a 15 year old teenager, is the first ever FAI Drone World Champion. The finals were held in Shenzhen, China, where over 125 hopefuls from more than 130 countries, competed over 4 days. The competitors battled it out for the $24,000 1st prize. But, maybe more notable, the chance to write their names in the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) record books as the First ever champion.

In an interview with the FAI media team, Rudi said after his historic win,

 “I’m still shaking actually. I have had a lot of ups and downs in races, like everyone, and this is definitely one massive high. I can’t thank everyone enough.”

Browning went on to say,

“It feels absolutely amazing,”

according to FAI coverage of the event, he said afterward,

“I dreamed of this, and it is incredible that it has come true. I couldn’t be happier.”

Also adding,

“I am a very competitive person and I aim high. The goal was to win everything I could. A lot of luck comes into it, as well as skill, so everything came together and I am super happy.”

Coming in to take the silver medal was Bastian Hackl, from Austria. Karlie Gross from Latvia, snatched the bronze. Oscar Nilsson took the Junior Title home and Wanraya Wannapong, an 11 year old girl winning the Womens Title for Thailand.

Australia won the team title. Sweden took silver and South Korea bagged the bronze.

Event Highlights

A new FAI World speed record was set by Timothy Trowbridge, from Switzerland. After two separate runs of the 100m track, he averaged a speed of 114.2382 Kilometers per hour (kph). This was one of the highlights in the Premier of the FAI’s World Drone Championships. Which hosted over 10, 000 drone enthusiasts in an arena, based at Shenzhen, the aptly named tech city ‘Capital of drones’.

 

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  1. Looks pretty cool. I would Love to visit Dubai, I haver never left Europe!

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