Nyroth has been integral to the education side of the drone community. She’s Swedish and is currently working for unmanned Experts in Colorado.
Drone Girl: How did you get into drones?
Isabelle Nyroth: It started a very long time ago. I got into drones because of my father mainly. My father took me out to the RC field as a child. I’ve always been around airplanes and RC helicopters. My dad was actually an engineer building and designing drones so as a kid, instead of drawing ponies during free time at school, I was drawing UAVs. I always felt like this is where I want to be. IT’s a revolutionary industry for technology and there’s so much room to grow, so I just decided this is what I’m going to pursue my career in.
DG: So what do you do now with drones?
IN: I do everything with drones! Everything from teaching other people to fly them — we teach courses with Unmanned Experts every month. We also do consultancy where people come to us and ask us, ‘is this possible? Can we do this?’ We also have services where we do missions for them, whether it’s mapping or precision ag. Everything is possible. We have a whole fleet of different copters and we can pretty much do any mission.
DG: So what do you fly?
IN: For training purposes, the Phantom is a great copter to practice on. It’s like the ABC of learning to fly a drone. We also have industrial spec drones like this $125,000 Aeryon SkyRanger.It’s performance is top notch. It never lets us down, and it obviously has a flight time of 50 minutes. There aren’t a lot of copters that can fly for that long. So that’s typically what we use when it’s down to business, when we actually have to get something done and it has to be done right. Whereas, the Phantom is good, but it’s not always the best.
DG: You’ve done a lot of traveling with drones! You are the world traveler!
IN: We’ve been in the south of Texas, doing stuff with law enforcement near the border. We’ve been in LA for the DJI Amelia Dronehart meet up. I’ve been flying a lot in Sweden and Austria. Drones are so global! They take you anywhere, they tie the world together.
DG: Where is your favorite place you have flown?
IN: I’d say Sweden because of the nature. It’s so open. It’s just a free, nice place to be.
DG: What are the favorite videos you’ve done?
IN: The snow angel video was me just bored at home one day. I love snow, and it came early. This was back in Sweden, in November. I just went out and was going to go fly my drone by the lake, and it started snowing. So, I thought I would make something fun out of it, so I laid down and made myself a little snow angel. It turned out really cool.
DG: You’re involved in the education aspect of it. What are the biggest challenges?
IN: I’d say the biggest challenge is that people don’t realize they need training until they come to our course because they crashed it at home or they just don’t feel safe without knowing how to do this. They say, “It’s an RC copter; it can go down any minute, I probably should have some kind of training.” It’s getting people to realize what can go wrong. Some people don’t know the hazards of what it can do not only to yourself if you have an accident, but the damage that can be done to other people and their property. People don’t realize the risks. It’s fun and all, but there are risks with it, and it’s hard getting people to know that they have to learn how to fly.
DG: Anything else you want to add?
IN: Drones are good!