These are the official GoDroneX X1 Cup rules. However, always review the actual race posting for any changes.

1. Classes

Motor Size
Motor #

no restrictions
Props no size limitation
any number of blades per prop
any pitch
no carbon fiber
Misc motor tilts & FPV camera servo tilts allowed
vTX 300mw max, 5.8 & 1.3ghz
RC Control 2.4 Ghz
Transponders We have 10 free loaners available at all events courtesy of I laps (RcLapCounter).

Purchase transponders from transonders ($38 plus shipping). We do not sell transponders at events.

2. Race Format

  • 2 controlled practice rounds, 5-7 competition rounds, no qualifiers
  • Pilots groups into heats based on ability, no qualifying rounds
  • Fixed Time: 3 minutes
  • Completed Laps counted
  • Complete last lap after end of heat timer sounds
  • Winner is most accumulated laps for all competition rounds


Run Group: Pilots assigned to fly together in heats. GoDroneX keeps the same pilots flying together all day. This eliminates video issues during an event.

Heat: Actual race consisting between 5-8 pilots.

Round: One cycle of heats. A pilot will have 1 flight per round. 

Race: Rounds of heats with ultimately a final Race ranking. A race has 5-7 rounds.

Event: A competition of at least one race.

3. Procedures

3.1. Before You Arrive

  • Must be able to quickly (under 1 minute) change your vTX frequencies
  • Plan for at least 10 flights
  • A 3 minute heat length equates to 3:30 actual air time. Make sure your battery is big enough to last the entire heat (1500mah)
  • Optional transponders are mounted pointing to the left side with no obstructions (like props) in their path
  • Enroll in the race at

3.2. Pre Race

3.2.1. Setup

  • Setup in designated Paddock area
  • leave 6' walk area from restricted area

3.2.2. Registration / Check In

  • Sign in (payment-if needed, sign waiver, ama if needed)
  • Check-in RaceSync (on-line software) will give you a video frequency
  • Transponder test (transonders are optional)
  • Fail safe test (turn off RC transmitter while quad is still powered, blades removed)

3.2.3. Pilot Meeting

  • Rules explained
  • Course walk
  • Verify heat group assignments

3.3. The Race

3.3.1. Staging / Ending a Race
The software will alert pilots that the heat is over, the pilot finishes their current lap and lands in the designated area.

In the event of crash, the pilot retrieves their craft when all craft have landed and immediately unplugs so the next heat can start.

3.3.2. Race Start
Pilots have already been staged from spotter duties
Pilots place there craft on the assigned slot (color coded and matches pilot chair)
Pilots sit in the designated frequency chair
Pilots check the video signal and correct channel
Race Director says "Goggles down"
Race Director says "Pilots thumbs up"
Pilots confirm with a thumbs up
Race Director says "all pilots are thumbs up" or "goggles up" in there is an issue
If all thumbs up
Race Director says "let's light it up"

Race Director presses the start button on the timing software
Software goes through a countdown and starts the race

3.3.3. Race Lapping
Pilots say their name as they cross the finish line for each lap. This helps the spotter keep track of where you are.

The next run group serves at spotters for the current race. This also serves as staging for the next heat.
Spotter duties include:

  • notify the race director of an unsafe situation (person on the course)
  • communicate to racer their current position
  • notify the racer if they did not fly the designated course ex "Jim missed duckunder"
  • notify the racer when they resolve a missed obstacle ex "Jim resolved"
  • count laps out loud ex "Jim lap 3"

3.3.4. End of Round
Race Director will announce "end of round".
Competitors can do repairs, line-of-sight flying in designated area, and basic frequency testing (but not FPV flying).

4.  Infractions

If you miss an obstacle you must go back and fly through it. I

Flying outside the designated course is an automatic disqualification.

Once a pilot crashes, they are done for the round. Unplug asap when you retrieve your craft so the next heat can get prepare.

Reruns may be allowed if a situation occurs that was not of the pilots control that hampered a pilot ability to compete. Example: someone not in the current heat plugged in and the vTX signal knocked out an active racer.

No plugging in video during active flying sessions.

Always take-off and land from the designated area.

5. Scoring

5.1. Heat Scoring

One point for each lap completed. Ranking based on most completed laps.

5.2. X1 Series Scoring

The points formula is:
(# competitors - rank) +1) * (100 pts / # competitors)

5 competitor event: 1st=100 pts, 2nd=80, 3rd=60, 4th=40, 5th=20.
All participants will earn points at least some points.


Free Style Rules

1. Competition Format


  • 1 controlled practice
  • Up to 6 pilots per group practicing simultaneiously each on their own channel
  • 2 minutes long


  • 1 solo performance
  • 90 seconds long
  • Choice of Flying to music or no music
  • Must fly using FPV, not LOS permitted

2.  Rules

  • Fly in the designated area
  • If you crash, you can place the quad on the starting pad and relaunch (clock does not stop)
  • No repairs requiring tools are allowed if you crash

3. Scoring

  • Up to 3 judges
  • Criteria scored 1-10 on  a) technical b) variety  c) harmony d) obstacles
  • Judging is viewed from the pilots perspective (FPV)
  • Final score is the sum of all 4 categories (40 pts per judge)
  • For mutilple judges, high and low are dropped, then the rest are added