Meet The World's First Racing EVTOL Pilots

Meet Emily Duggan, Fabio Tischler and Zephatali Walsh. They will race Speeders in the Airspeeder and EXA race series in 2022 and beyond.

17 Jan, 2022

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What happens when Australia’s leading female racing driver, an elite FPV pilot, and a Drone Champions League racer get together?  

The answer, they create history as the world’s first electric flying car racing pilots.  

Meet Emily Duggan, Fabio Tischler and Zephatali Walsh. They will race Speeders in the Airspeeder and EXA race series in 2022 and beyond. Alongside their extensive pilot training program, our new pilots play an essential role in shaping the world’s first racing series for electric flying racing cars, in doing so playing a pioneering role in the development of the eVTOL mobility revolution.  

Beyond racing Speeders blade-to-blade at speeds of up to 200 km/h plus in places motor racing has never gone before, they will work at the cutting-edge of the development of world-changing technologies in collaboration with Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Telstra Purple, part of Australia’s leading telecommunications company. This includes cutting-edge Augmented Reality HUD systems for pilots created via video feeds from wireless transmitters then instantly augmented with telemetry data; facilitating performance improvements by validating safe operations through telemetry acquisition systems and real-time monitoring of Speeders. 

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Emily Duggan is Australia’s leading female racing driver after becoming the first female driver to race in the Australian V8 Touring Car Series. Since, she has seen success in both the Super3 and Toyota 86 Australian Race Series clocking up 12 wins, 33 podiums and 2 poles in her career. However, it is her unabated desire to win by any means that makes Emily the perfect candidate to pilot and race Speeders in the Airspeeder series.  

Fabio Tischler joins the team as FPV drone master and well-known content creator, his FPV antics have earned him a place amongst official GoPro Australia and New Zealand content creators and Fabio even won the 2021 1 Million Dollar GoPro Challenge. Already a winner, Fabio sees the Airspeeder series as the next challenge for his FPV skills.  

Zephatali Walsh (aka Zephatalien) earned his stripes in the drone racing world with Drone Champions League’s 2021 Champions, Raiden Racing. With a winning pedigree in the drone world, it is time for Zeph to take his career to the next level in Airspeeder’s race series.  

Who do you think has the resume to be the best in the sky and earn their place as the first Airspeeder World Champion?  

#pilot #flyingcar #motorsport


Airspeeder is the world’s first racing series for electric flying cars.  

Our mission will accelerate eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing) advanced aviation technology through intense sporting competition. This mobility revolution, underpinned by future tech will transform urban air mobility (UAM), global logistics and even medical applications with a clean-air electric vehicle (EV) solution.  

Our racing multicopters are developed at our advanced aerospace engineering hub in Adelaide, South Australia by engineers drawn from elite motorsports, automotive, aviation and even FPV drone, electric plane, electric vehicles and passenger drone backgrounds.   

Airspeeder’s vision will deliver the most exciting and future focused motorsport on the planet. Following an inaugural unmanned season, elite pilots will take to the skies to race prop-to-prop while navigating electronically governed racetracks in the skies above some of the most visually arresting scenery in the world. These manned multirotor electric vehicles will define a new era in advanced air mobility (AAM).  

Airspeeder’s first unmanned air race is scheduled for 2021 and will feature a full grid of multirotor unmanned Airspeeder Mk3 racing craft. The best pilots from drone racing will utilise latest RPAS (remotely piloted aircraft systems) in aerial battles across the globe.  

Our innovations will hasten the arrival of new advanced air mobility (AAM) technologies. Close but safe air racing is assured through latest LiDAR and radar technologies that create virtual forcefields around the sport’s cutting edge quadcopter format flying cars. Rapid hair-pin turning manoeuvrability is delivered using a multicopter layout. This pioneering approach to aircraft design also enhances stability while electronic speed control (ESC) systems empower pilots to exploit the full potential of our advanced electric powertrains. 


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