Phoenix Cup drone races come to the valley

It's not a familiar noise now, but get ready, because it's getting bigger.

"We're hoping events like this can build the community and make people realize that drones aren't as bad as everyone thinks," Dustin Pennington said.

Pennington owns the local drone company Flight Factory and although he organizes flying events once a month, Saturday's Phoenix Cup will be his biggest and most popular.

"Right now, our furthest pilots are from Hungary and then after that, our pilots are the furthest away are from New York and Florida," he said. "But they come from all over; there's Colorado, California, Utah."

Maybe part of the reason why is from the point of view of the drone, you see a course that comes alive at night, with over 100 obstacles covered in lights.

All of it, spans about a third-of-a-mile and built by the Phoenix company FPV Lights.

The biggest course of its kind, making for a local drone accomplishment, but something that will be noticed around the world.

"We want to make this as big as possible and next year is going to be even bigger than this one," he said.