Australia’s next generation of drone racers flying high

Department of Defence


Australian Army Cadets created a buzz at Enoggera Barracks in Brisbane today during the inaugural Australian Army Cadets Drone Racing Camp.

A group of 24 cadets from around Australia have been participating in the five-day camp learning how to build, code and fly racing drones under the instruction of pilots from the Australian Army Drone Racing Team.

Cadet Lance Corporal Bethanie Watson from 129 Army Cadet Unit based at Enoggera, was excited to attend the camp.

“I’ve learnt so much from the Army drone pilots and it’s just been an awesome week. Drone racing is great fun and I’m also learning great skills too,” Cadet Lance Corporal Watson said.

During the week Cadet Lance Corporal Watson and the group developed and refined the skills required to fly a racing drone around a custom-built track at high speed—while trying to avoid crashing.

“Army cadets has opened up many opportunities for me and being able to spend a week learning to fly racing drones has been a real highlight,” Cadet Lance Corporal Watson said.

Drone racer and captain of the Australian Army Drone Racing Team, Private Mackenzie Togo, described the week as a fantastic opportunity to share his passion for drones and pass on his knowledge to the enthusiastic cadets.

“This week has been about giving cadets an opportunity to take drone racing to the next level. They’re so quick to learn and their flying skills have improved out of sight,” Private Togo said.

“It’s exciting to think there may be an Australian Army Cadet Drone Racing Team at the next Military Drone Racing Tournament in September.”

Australian Army Cadets can become qualified on the cadet issued DJI Phantom drone as part of a cadet training elective, and with practice, develop the skills to participate in Australian Army Drone Racing Team events.

The Australian Army Cadets is a leading national youth development program, which embraces the character, ethos and values of the Australian Army. They foster an environment where cadets develop their self-esteem, confidence and resilience, and learn the importance of being part of a community.

This includes developing individual skills including leadership, initiative and problem solving in a safe, challenging and fun environment.

/Public Release.