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Drones on the Horizon event flies at fairgrounds

People line up at inaugural event

ORLANDO, Fla. – Folks lined up at the inaugural Drones on the Horizon event at the Central Florida Fairgrounds.

"There's a lot of interest in drones, drone racing, cars, boats, airplanes, RC and what other event allows you to come out and actually play with the expensive toys without worrying about crashing it," said Steve Petrotto, brand manager of Horizon Hobby.

Besides learning how to fly drones, the event also teaches about the rules and regulations that go along with it.

"Stay 5 miles from an airport, don't fly over populated roads, people, buildings. That sort of thing," said Petrotto.

Drone users must also pay $5 to register with the FAA.

"It's absolutely crucial that you follow the rules... this is a really cool hobby and we don't want any more laws coming down on it," said Petrotto.

Whether you're a beginner or a racing drone expert, folks can spend the entire day flying the skies, one button at a time.

"It's a feeling that you just can't get any other way. It's a bit like driving a Formula 1 car on the weekends," said Anthony Cake, drone racer.

The event lasted until 6 p.m. and was expected to have special guests, including Juan Pablo Montoya, renowned race car driver and most recent winner of the Indianapolis 500.


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