Puerto Rico Hosts its First Flying Drone Competition this Weekend
This coming Sunday hundreds of enthusiast of the unnamed flying vehicles known as drones will gather in town of Gurabo at the island’s first drone competition to be held at the Fernando Hernández municipal coliseum starting at 10:00 a.m.
Miguel Cotto, orgnazier of the Puerto Rico Drone Grand Prix, said “drone technology, which offers us a wide range of alternatives and opportunities, is here to stay. That is why we decided to organize this unique and innovative event. We are convinced that Puerto Rico can be the center for the development of this technology in the Caribbean.”
He added that more than two dozen certified pilots are slated to compete. Of these five are from the mainland U.S., and one from the U.S. Virgin Islands. The pilots will compete to qualify for one of three coveted spots for the national competitions to be held in New York and which will be transmitted through ESPN. Cotto said that the Puerto Rico Drone Grand Prix will also serve as an educational platform on the use and handling of drones in Puerto Rico because it will include officials from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the agency that regulates the use of drones.
Besides the circuit competitions, there will be educational talks and the launch of the National Drone Association of Puerto Rico will be announced as an organization created to represent the different versions of drones on the island.