We wrap up our YouTube coverage of the 2015 FatShark U.S. National Drone Racing Championship with our interview of Rich Hanson, the government and regulatory affairs director for the Academy of Model Aeronautics. This seems especially appropriate as this was among the last interviews we did from the event. In fact, if you watch closely, you can see volunteers tearing down the course behind us while we're talking.
Rich has been a good friend to us and to the whole FPV community since we first started talking to him several years ago, when we were thrust into the middle of the Senate Bill 71 controversy in Oregon a couple of years back.
I had been an AMA member for a year or two prior to that, but hadn't ever interacted with the organization at all, apart from paying my dues. However, facing this existential threat to the practice of FPV in my home state, I picked up the phone and called Rich, and he has been a source of sound advice, encouragement and inspiration ever since.
Of course, we interviewed many, many more folks than I've posted here during the past week. If you want to see everybody we talked to (including the interviews conducted by Breaker and Kyle from A Better VIEW), check out the LiveStream archive for the Drone Nationals.
You can also watch Techinstein and I fumbling around – using his cell phone as our only broadcast resource for the first few hours – endless Parrot Bebop aerial footage of the course, and read the comments from the people who watched the stream in real time.
It was frequently chaotic and occasionally frustrating, but I wouldn't have missed it for anything. This was literally one for the history books, and I'm already looking forward to next year. We'll see you there!