03.15.16 Dubai, UAE


06.25.16 Shenzhen, China


Fall 2016 California, USA


07.17.16 California, USA


08.21.16 California, USA


09.18.16 California, USA

Event Date & Time

July 17, 2016
@8:00 am - 11:59 pm

Event Location

17301 Oxnard St
Encino, CA 91316, USA

Aerial Grand Prix

Experience the best of drone racing at the Aerial Grand Prix 5000! 

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Become the next world's best drone pilot

Interested in FPV racing?  Check out some of the tips and tricks on becoming an FPV Pilot and competing, as well as AerialGP Rules and Regulation below,

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AerialGP Flight Safety Video



Register for events and races around the world at Aerial Racing Academy, or attend the events for free as a spectator.  Meet the worlds community of pilots and friends from the FPV racing community.  


Make sure to know what frequency you are transmitting on, and how to change it.  The most common band events and races use currently are the 5.8Ghz Raceband.


Remember to bring spare parts, a portable soldering iron, and your tools.  You’re going to want to be able to fix or modify your aircraft between heats or rounds of flying.


When going flying or to a racing event, don’t forget to pack liquids and some snacks to keep you going while you go through packs of propellers and batteries!

Race Frequencies

Pilots must have an understanding of Race frequencies, procedure (not to turn on during heats or during flight periods, only during designated test time slots or inspection.

  • Raceband 1 5658Mhz
  • Raceband 2 5695Mhz
  • Raceband 3 5732Mhz
  • Raceband 4 5769Mhz
  • Raceband 5 5806Mhz
  • Raceband 6 5843Mhz
  • Raceband 7 5880Mhz
  • Raceband 8 5917Mhz

Race Day

Race Day will consist of the following.

  • Race day check in, liability, and safety information documents. Race Number assignments (optional)
  • Race day model aircraft safety inspection. Frequency check and assignments.
  • Safety meeting and Race Track walk through with FPV pilots conducted by AGP safety officer.
  • Practice conducted in rounds of 10 minutes, supervised and conducted by the race director. Each pilot has 5 minutes of flying time, and must sign up first come first serve at check in.
  • Pilots race in assigned heat blocks, according to race director.


Event Producer and organizers will set up “Air Gates,” and “Air Flags,” and plot out the 3D race track prior to Race Day for a track test run to verify smoothness of the track. FPV pilots will test race lines with AGP officials to set safety perimeters and electromagnetic interference checks around the race track.

Once the race track is finalized and approved by AGP officials, pre- registered FPV teams who have undergone all safety inspections and frequency assignments may fly the course to practice.

a) Online pre-registration – payment, liability, and safety information documents. Race Number requests (optional)

b) Practice day model aircraft safety inspection. Frequency check and assignments (rules will vary according to chapter and country)


Race Track Design Guidelines

Aerial GP Race track designs are plotted out with Air Gates and Air Flags at fixed distances by using the AGP measurement system

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AGP Measurement system: Each Air Gate or Air Flag will be place at a fixed distance from the previous, at 25 meters apart (82.02ft). The degree of turn is set by the angle to the next plot point at 25 meters apart (Air Gate or Air Flag). Measurement should be marked by a qualified AGP appointed race official by marked rope or other form of accurate measurement. If race track material is not available, a simple marker stake with a cloth or other indicator should be used to indicate plot points.

-Beginner turns are anywhere from 0 degrees to 45 degrees, eg. drag race tracks to oval tracks.
-Advanced turns are any turn over 45 degrees to 180 hairpins.
-Pro turns are any turn over 45 degrees to 180 hairpins-horizontal and vertical (altitude changes)

AGP race tracks will be categorized into Beginner, Advanced, and Pro levels according to turn specifications and terrain. For indoor tracks, altitude can be set by elevated AGP Speed Rings. The standard beginner track (250-300m lap) is a kidney bean shape, which can be serve as a starting point for modification.

The AGP Measurement system is designed to allow creative applications tailored to the nuances of the local terrain. Therefore, the track templates can provide for creative freedom as long as it is within AGP measurement specifications. Future 3rd party apps will allow for custom mapping of a race track on your locations using 3D mapping.

Official AGP Air Gates are half circle pylon designs that are 2.5 meter in height and 3 meter width (outside ring). The air gap size is designed to fit 3-4 race quads at speed (pending final specs, and final revision for 2016 is currently being finalized.)

It is polyester material protection flexible pvc or fiberglass core design allows for hits that absorb shock, reducing damage to the model aircraft while still maintaining structural integrity.

Air Gates are recommended for beginner and advanced turns. For 180 degree hairpins, we recommend using an Air Flag to indicate the apex of the turn, complemented by a preceding and proceeding Air Gate.

Race Formats

  • AGP1000 (The original AGP format) Level: Beginner
    Mini 100-250 MTM
    4s 1300mah maximum
    5 inch propeller maximum
    4 laps qualifying fastest lap
    4 lap race (or equivalent 1km) (Super 8) 1000M total distance
  • AGP3000 Level: Advanced
    Mini 250 MTM
    4s 1300mah maximum
    5 inch propeller maximum
    10 laps qualifying fastest lap
    12 laps race (or equivalent 3km) (Super 8) 3km total distance <
  • AGP5000 Level: Pro
    Mini 250-330 MTM
    3S~4S 1300-2200 maximum
    10 laps qualifying fastest lap
    20 laps (or equivalent 5km) Race (Super 8) 5km total distance
  • Aerial One Unlimited Class Multirotor Level: Pro
    100-1000 MTM
    No restrictions, a relay version is possible (teams) 10 laps qualifying

    50 laps Race or 12.5km equivalent (length pending testing) (Super 8 teams)

Pit Stop Safety

PIT STOPS for AGP 3000, 5000, and Aerial One

This is similar to F1 or MotoGP, where the pilot will dock back into the pits, and either change a battery, or change aircraft.

Each pilot/team is allowed to have

  • 2 identical aircraft ready to fly (will be inspected before and after race) (same frequency channel)
  • Each aircraft must have a hot swap power connector (power down not allowed)
  • Each pilot must have a pit crew who does the aircraft swap/battery changes, and must be fully protected with gloves, long sleeve, long pants, and helmet with visor.
  • Each pilot/team must have a manager who communicates to the pilot via voice, or data through the data link (if available)
  • Any Pit lane Camera crew must be fully protected with long sleeves, and helmet.
  • Each team must have a strategy to decide when to take a pit stop- based on battery life, motor overheating, or propeller swap.
  • (Aerial One only) Each pilot gets one crash- if the 1st aircraft crashes, they must wait for the race track crew or pit crew personnel to retrieve it and bring it back to pit lane. Once recovered, the team can restart with their 2nd aircraft.

Qualifying and Super 8 Finals


Each pilot is not required to finish all the qualifying laps if they are happy with their lap time. However Pilots must fly in heats and follow race heat protocol.  For advanced formats such as AGP 5000 and Aerial One, pilots are required to finish the fastest lap time and most laps completed.


Top 8 qualifiers will take their stand for the finals to compete for the the final race. The format is designed as a real Grand Prix format. Not only about speed- it requires mental concentration, teamwork, strategy, endurance, and equipment reliability. It is designed to push the boundaries of the pilots, teams, and the equipment- not at all different from F1 or MotoGP.

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Race Rules

Pilots are required to complete the track and fly between the Air Gates and Air Flags following a predetermined race track configuration. In 2016, AerialGP will introduce new track pieces to aid pilot navigation as the track becomes more complicated. Future tracks will consist of less gates and more technical turns.

If a pilot misses an Air Gate or Air Flag, penalties add time to the final lap times. If a pilot crashes but can continue to fly without touching the aircraft, they may finish the race.

  • Penalty
    • 2 seconds missing an Air Gate/Air Flag
  • Did Not Finish (DNF)
    • Deviating from course
    • Missing more than 3 Air Gate or Air Flags consecutively.
    • Crash and aircraft can’t get back flying on its own. (excluding Aerial One)
  • Disqualification

    • Uncontrolled movements or flight
    • Recklessly crossing safety lines
    • Ignoring Race Director commands


Aerial 5000 and Aerial One will have the following aircraft regulation

  • 1080 60p action camera. This is for compilation of content for highlights and potential broadcast.
  • Rear LED safety light (COB recommended) This is for visibility for the spectators, cameras, as well as other competitors.
  • Timing technology (currently IR transponders)



Register for the next race before spots fill up!

Register for the next race before spots fill up!  The pilot seats will be limited to first come first serve, and walk in registrations will only be considered as stand by if registered participants do not check in.  

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About us

Established in 2014, the Founders of AerialGP led the way for aerial racing competitions in Europe, North America, Asia, and the Middle East.  With over 10 active country based chapters worldwide, AerialGP held over 30 international races in 2015.  

Our best achievement was to consult and organize the WORLD DRONE PRIX Dubai race in March 2016, bringing over 150 pilots entrants from over 20 countries to compete for a purse prize of 1 Million US Dollars.

The event garnered world wide media coverage and news, officially jump starting aerial racing into the category of professional sports.

No matter the scale of the project, we commit all of our resources and creative minds to bring dreams to life.  In 2016, we are reviving the Aerial Racing Academy as a community establishment for pilots and organizers worldwide.  

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    17301 Oxnard St, Los Angeles, CA 91316
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