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He doesn’t just fly drones, he races them… and gets paid thousands to do it

AJ Goin’s plan to use a drone to record motorcross races led to a growing passion for drone racing. (WSYX/WTTE)

AJ Goin just wanted a way to record his motocross races. So, he ordered a drone.

Then, he started racing those.

“Drone racing has become big everywhere,” said the Westerville resident.

Goin, who uses the name awkBOTS when racing, considers himself a semi-professional drone racer.

“Racing is pretty tough,” he said. “One little small movement can change the entire race.”

His sponsor, Ready Made RC, recruited him from Texas and hired him to work at its store in Lewis Center. As part of his sponsorship deals, Goin receives around $30,000 in equipment, he said. Additionally, he spends another $10,000 of his own money.

Expensive? Maybe, but if you’re good, the money comes back to you.

For example, the winner of the Drone Racing League took home $100,000 this past summer.

“You can definitely make a living off of [drone racing.]”


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