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Australian Army Drone Racing Association

Drone Racing is the latest in motorsports so the Australian Army has raised an association to help its members participate. Here are some details of the Australian Army Drone Racing Association.
8 August 2018

The Australian Army Drone Racing Association (ADRA) is an Army sporting association that enables Army personnel to participate in a sport - regardless of rank, geographic location or physical capabilities - that is focused on innovation and modernisation through the development and employment of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and First Person View (FPV) technology.

The growth of Drone Racing within the civilian world has been significant and is a form of motorsport.

Competition Classes

In order to help the sport progress, various divisions for racing have been devised as part of the constitution for ADRA. They are:

Super Class: For the fastest pilots with the highest level racing skillset

Division A: For fast pilots

Division B: For medium speed flying / medium skill-level pilots

Division C: For beginners or visitors and those still learning the sport.


In order for an aircraft to be approved for racing it must be able to do the following:

1. The Aircraft MUST go to zero throttle in the event the failsafe mode is triggered

2. The aircraft MUST go into a disarmed state.

3. The failsafe mode MUST be activated within five (5) seconds of the radio link being terminated (cut) with the aircraft.

Furthermore, there are a number of civilian regulations that must be adhered to in order for a competitor to compete. These overarching regulatory bodies include:

The Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA)

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA - that controls radio frequencies)

The Model Aircraft Association of Australia.

If safety cannot be assured or regulations cannot be adhered to, competition will not proceed.


Competitions are held around Australia and internationally.

The inaugural Military International Drone Racing Tournament (MIDRT) will be held in historic Victoria Barracks in Sydney during October, 2018. For more details visit the MIDRT Facebook page at or email midrt.australia [at] or visit the MIDRT page here.

Last updated
8 August 2018
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