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Lakeland senior Christopher Hartman will fly for Team USA at the World Drone Racing Championships in Shenzhen, China, in November. (Christopher Hartman / Courtesy)

Lakeland senior Christopher Hartman will fly for Team USA

A Rathdrum high school senior is one of five pilots to have made the American drone racing team and will represent the United States at the World Drone Racing Championships in Shenzhen, China, in November.

Christopher Hartman, 16, is an accomplished drone pilot. He has attended several national and international competitions this summer and earned the opportunity to represent his country and community in three championship races: USA Nationals, Canadian Nationals, and the 2018 Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Drone Racing Championships.

Earlier this summer, Hartman took first place in the Western Canadian Regionals in Kelowna, British Columbia, and traveled to Ottawa, Ontario, last month to compete in the Canadian Nationals. Next he raced in Muncie, Indiana, securing his place on Team USA.

Hartman will be joined by four pilots from across the country in Shenzhen, China. Finally, he will be travel this winter to compete in U.S. Nationals.

MultiGP and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) are sponsors giving Hartman the opportunity to compete in these events.

“We are excited to field the first drone racing team to represent the United States at the FAI World Drone Racing Championship,” MultiGP president David Roberts said.

“I am super excited that I get to represent the United States at these events,” Hartman said. “Drones are becoming increasingly popular, not just for racing and sports, but in industry all around the world.”

Hartman started designing, building and racing drones about two years ago. He attends school at Lakeland, carrying a 4.0 grade-point average, and swims for the high school and Coeur d’Alene Area swim teams.