04 Sep 2018

FAI Drone Racing World Cup prepares to land in Daegu, Korea

Listen up drone sports fans - the epic FAI Drone Racing World Cup is coming to Korea later this week!

Drone racing is very popular in Asia, and up to 100 pilots are expected to take part in the 2018 FAI Daegu Drone Race World Cup, which is being held in the South Korean city's World Cup Stadium from September 7 to 9.

Hosted by FAI member organisation the Korean Federation for Aeromodelling (Kama), the event will kick off with a Practice Day on Friday September 7, followed by Qualifying Rounds on both Saturday 8 and Sunday 9.

The Opening Ceremony will take place at 20.00 on Saturday 8 and the Finals and Prize-giving Ceremony will be held at 21.00 on Sunday 9.

Best of luck to all the competitors!


The FAI Drone Racing World Cup is a unique event offering fun and excitement for competitors and spectators alike.

It brings together drone racers from all over the world, and gives them a platform from which to show off their considerable skills, while pitting their drones against other top-flight pilots.

With contests in 19 different countries ranging from China to Finland, Brazil to France, and Russia to Australia, it also reflects the international popularity of drone sports.


  • Only specific open international contests are eligible for the World Cup.
  • A maximum of two contests can be held per country per year (unless the country covers more than three time zones, in which case the maximum is four).
  • Only contests in which competitors from at least two countries have completed flights can count towards the World Cup rankings.
  • The number of World Cup points awarded depends on the number of pilots taking part in a contest.
  • The highest number of points a competitor can receive for winning a contest is 48.
  • A pilot’s total World Cup score is the sum of the points won from his or her best four competition results in different countries.
  • The winner is the pilot with the greatest total score.
  • In the event of a tie, pilots’ fifth and sixth best results can be taken into account to determine the final placings.

Full list of the 24 contests on the 2018 calendar.

Photo credit: FAI/Marcus King