Spin Master Corp. added Luke Bannister to the Air Hogs roster of drone pilots. The partnership will see Bannister, known as BanniUK, support the RC brand’s growing drone race portfolio through event appearances, advertising, and digital content. 

A self-taught drone pilot, Bannister joined the XBlades Racing team in 2016 and beat 150 international challengers to win the inaugural World Drone Prix when he was 15 years old. In the months following, the British teen took home European and UK National championship titles and placing first at the DR1 Invitational in Los Angeles.

Bannister joins fellow FPV drone pilot Johnny Schaer on the Air Hogs race roster. Atlanta-based Schaer, who flies under the moniker Johnny FPV, kicked off his partnership with the brand in 2016, starring in commercials for the brand’s first race product. In 2017, the two pilots will team up to showcase Air Hogs’ latest items, the Air Hogs DR1 FPV Race Drone and Air Hogs DR1 Micro Race Drone, created in partnership with drone race league DR1 Racing. The new drones are set to hit shelves in major retailers this fall.

To kick off his partnership with Air Hogs, Bannister joined VIP, media, and retailers, along with his NEXXBlades teammates at the UK launch of the Air Hogs DR1 race drones in Westfield London on July 12.