Air Hogs DR1 drones take off!

by TnP Staff
Published: 14 July 2017, 08:00
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Spin Master teams with world champion drone pilot Luke Bannister for launch of new Air Hogs range

Spin Master launched its brand new range of Air Hogs DR1 race drone at a special event in London on Wednesday.

Team TnP were on the scene as the Gadget Show’s Jason Bradbury and brand ambassador Luke Bannister, a world champion drone racer, were joined by VIPs, media and retailers at KidZania in London for the big launch.

To kick off his partnership with Air Hogs, Bannister joined VIPs, retailers and media including TnP, along with his NEXXBlades teammates, yesterday for the UK launch of the Air Hogs DR1 race drones.

Luke and Jason launched the Air Hogs DR1 race drones at KidZania

The partnership  with Luke, known as BanniUK, will see him support the RC brand’s growing drone race portfolio through event appearances, advertising and digital content. A self-taught drone pilot, he joined the XBlades Racing team in 2016 and took the drone race world by storm, beating 150 international challengers to win the inaugural World Drone Prix at only 15 years old. In the months following, the British teen continued to dominate the race circuit, taking home European and UK National championship titles and placing first at the DR1 Invitational in Los Angeles. A

“I’m excited to be teaming up with Air Hogs to help bring this exhilarating sport to kids around the world,” said Luke. “Drone racing has exploded in popularity since coming on to the scene just a few years ago and it offers kids an incredible freedom to explore. In partnering with Air Hogs, I hope to give more young pilots the chance to access the sport and hopefully, meet me on the race track in the near future.”

Bannister joins fellow FPV drone pilot Johnny Schaer on the Air Hogs race roster. In 2017, the two pilots will team up to showcase Air Hogs’ latest innovation – the Air Hogs DR1 FPV Race Drone and Air Hogs DR1 Micro Race Drone, created in partnership with premier drone race league DR1 Racing.

“Luke and Johnny represent the essence of Air Hogs. They are visionaries in a growing global sport -- pushing the boundaries of flight and constantly striving for greatness,” said Ben Gadbois, President and COO, Spin Master. “Air Hogs is designed to deliver adrenaline fueled excitement, and through this partnership we aim to inspire kids to race like the pros.”