NSW man practices for national drone racing championships | ABC News – live news stream

At speeds of up to 150 kilometres per hour, Heath Whibley darts around farm machinery and sprints across paddocks in effortless style.

The 20-year-old drone pilot has no boundaries on the family farm at Crooble in northern New South Wales, which he has moved back to after his agribusiness degree was forced to go online amid COVID-19 restrictions.

“Everyone comments ‘wow, you’re so lucky to have that, to walk out your door and just be able to fly’ and yeah, it is pretty lucky,” Mr Whibley said.

His family felt pretty lucky too, after receiving more than double the 2019 rainfall already this year.

It was the first time in years that the Whibleys were able to plant their entire 1,800-hectare property, and Heath did not want to miss the opportunity to capture the action from the sky.

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“Dad hopped on the tractor and I followed him with the drone and went around and through the gear, and everyone got a bit scared,” he laughed.

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