Castle Hill Drone Race helps raise money for Computers4Kids

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Members from Cville FPV signed up their drones for the third annual Castle Hill Drone Race on Sunday afternoon to help a local youth mentoring organization.

The proceeds from this year's race went toward Computers4Kids, a local organization that helps kids from low-income households learn about careers in STEM.

Participants had the opportunity to donate parts, which would be given to Computers4Kids to show kids how to build a drone.

Olaf Hichwa was part of the team of drone racers. He said his passion for drones started when he was ten years old.

I saw this video of people racing through a forest in France and I was hooked," said Hichwa. "Ever since then, drones have been a big part of my life."

The race consisted of an obstacle course, where people had to fly their drones using a controller.

"For the drone race, you have flags and gates and it's just a process of maneuvering through those obstacles," said Delroy Mcewan, another drone racer. "You go around the flags and through the gates."

Racers also had to put on goggles, which connected to a camera on their drone to see the surrounding environment while their drone is flying.

"It feels like you're mind and out of body experience where you're up there, but you're actually down here and you can see yourself and fly around yourself," said Mcewan. "You can see yourself in a different perspective."

This perspective also keeps Hichwa passionate about drones and the new paths they can offer.

"There's always a new part," he said. "It's always so dynamic. It's never constant. There's always a new pilot. I think I stay interested because it never gets old. There's always new stuff."

A portion from the pilot registration sales also went toward Computers4Kids.

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