Members of Team Canada FPV are qualified yearly after the FPV Canada Canadian Drone National Championships. All top ranking pilots in national leagues will be invited to join Team Canada FPV, provided that that they are either Canadian or live in Canada, 18+ years old and have no sponsorship conflicts. Pilots will first be on a 6 month trial period where criteria such as pilot behaviour, race results, consistency, videos and online presence will be observed to become a regular team member. The team size varies from year to year depending on funding, and so also the number of available spots. For the 2017/18 season, 3 new spots are available in Team Canada FPV.
How do you join Team Canada FPV?
You qualify at the the 2nd Annual FPV Canada Canadian Drone Nationals! Oct. 13-15th @ RCGT Park in Ottawa. In 2017, the team is getting expanded by 3 spots. The top 3 pilots automatically get offered a pilot contract on the team!
What if Team Canada FPV pilots are in the top 3?
No matter the ranking, 3 pilots will be offered contracts. If some spots in the top 3 are taken up by current Team Canada pilots, those spots will be offered to other pilots via invitation. The selection of pilots will be done via an internal vote by Team Canada’s board of directors. The choice will be made based on performance during the 2017 season and during the 2017 Canadian Drone Nationals.
What if the top 3 pilots aren’t on Team Canada FPV?
They beat us! All get offered pilot contracts for the next season.
What if the top 3 pilots are already on Team Canada FPV?
3 spots will be awarded based on performance during the 2017 season and during the 2017 Canadian Drone Nationals.
Why are the remaining spots given via invite? Why not based on season points or lap times?
Our aim is to grow the team with the best pilots in the nation. Unfortunately, racing is often unfair due to technical issues (pilot related or not), mid-air collisions or plain bad luck. We believe that choosing the best pilots involves an elaborate combination of racing performance throughout the season and during nationals, hard to capture by a mathematical formula. Drone racing is still a very young sport and as event reliability and formats standardize we hope to make these criteria more precise in the future. Come out and give it your best, we’ll be watching, we want everyone to have a fair shot!
How does the team work internally?
The team comprises a board of directors and a pilot pool. Pilot performance along the season and during the nationals defines priorities among the pilots, those work out in terms of sponsored gear and travel allocations.