In an interesting story entitled "Gentlemen, Start Your Drones" which appeared in the New York Times, the paper notes that drone racing "pilots are in the forefront of the nascent but growing sport of drone racing, which, in just over a year, has spiraled from scattered handfuls of hobbyists to a promising new competition. Race organizers are hailing the potential for televised races and significant financial purses.

In addition to the million dollar purse for the drone racing champion this year at the inaugural World Drone Prix in Dubai won by teenager Luke Bannister, the article quotes Charles Zablan, the chief operating officer of the International Drone Racing Association, a league of more than 500 members, based in Los Angeles, that was created in April as saying that “We see this as the future. This can be just like the X Games, motocross racing and Red Bull air racing.”