All posts by Sally French

Join me at Interdrone Las Vegas!

Sure, I just got back from International Drone Day in Las Vegas, but it won’t be long until I head back again soon!

I’ll be speaking a few different times at InterDrone, a huge, 3-day long conference for people interested in building, flying or buying drones. (So probably you!)

The conference will include more than 75 tech classes focused on commercial drone use.

It’s Sept. 9-11, 2015 at the Rio in Las Vegas. You can register here.

I can’t wait to be in the desert surrounded by drones! And even if you aren’t into drones (like Drone Girl’s boyfriend) you can always just go to the Rio’s Penn & Teller magic show. I’ll be there too!

How to make money on your aerial photography service

For Canada’s Alex Wright, a first tier DJI distributor, it’s not as tough a question as you would think.

Wright focuses on wholesale and helping entrepreneurs and small businesses get into selling drones. His online store, Drone Depot, is one of the largest in Canada. And his advice to people looking to sell drones or their aerial photography services?

Focus on a niche market.

“Rather than have a huge list of services and a crazy demo reel, show you’re an expert in one specific field,” Wright said in a talk at the International Drone Day in Las Vegas, Nevada. The market is going to get super saturated really quickly when the FAA opens up those regulations.”

That’s exactly what Wright did when the industry started opening up in Canada. Continue reading How to make money on your aerial photography service

See International Drone Day through my eyes

Over 40,000 people and 112 teams worldwide took part in International Drone Day on March 14, 2015.

The day was created to educate the public about the positive ways in which “drones” are used to better society.

I was a part of the main event in Las Vegas, Nevada, where I joined That Drone Show hosts David and Sarah Oneal, Vegas hypnotist and drone enthusiast Anthony Cools, the Roswell Flight Test Crew and hundreds others for a day of flying, meeting other enthusiasts, presentations, and…tons of media interviews (as pictured here).

Check out my day, as photographed by Hamilton Nguyen.

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Drone Girl swag is here!!

Screen Shot 2015-03-18 at 8.06.15 PMYou have been asking for it, and it’s finally here. DRONE GIRL SWAG!

Perfect for you, your spouse, your neighbors, and of course, the little drone girls in your life!

What better way to get little girls (and everyone for that matter?!) flying then with a t-shirt of the adorable Drone Girl herself?

The shop includes tees for the whole family (including maternity tees), onesies for the babies, watches and even aprons!

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Meet one of the women behind Go Professional cases

If you’ve been to any drone event, you’ve probably seen a Go Professional case — maybe the hard shell DJI Inspire 1 case, or the backpack for the Phantom. The company makes cases for drones, GoPros and any customer orders. The company is known for talking with people about protecting copters and getting involved at different events.

Meet one of the women behind Go Professional Cases, whom we caught up with at International Drone Day in Las Vegas, Nevada, Customer Service Manager Julia Verduzco.

_MG_7160Drone Girl: How did you get into drones?

Julia Verduzco: I actually had a friend that needed help at GoProfessional Cases, when it was just open for maybe 6 months. The business was booming. They brought me in for data entry. A week later, I started building cases, getting involved learning about drones, accessories, customer service and traveling to different cities for shows.

DG: Did you know about drones before that?

JV: I knew about the RC hobby. My husband is into RC cars. I have RC cars, wheels and batteries all over my house. I knew about little drones you could buy at hobby stores.

But my eyes just blew up seeing these ones, like the Phantoms and then when the S1000 came out it just blew my mind. I wanted to know more. I wanted to know people that fly, and it’s just crazy.

DG: What’s it like being a woman in the drone industry?

JV: It is a male-dominated industry, but getting to know the women is great. We’re focusing on marketing and getting women involved with that, because we need to get more women involved in the industry.

DG: Why is it important to market to women in the drone industry?

JV: We want to show that drones are not just for men. It’s for women, it’s for children. For everybody, drones are good. They can save lives. Yes it’s fun, and yes it’s a toy, but we want it to be that drones are going to be needed in the future.

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Casting call for BBC drone show

Hey Drone Girls!

Do you live in the UK and love drones? The BBC is working on a new series about drones, and is working on casting now!

“It’s a factual entertainment show but as it’s the BBC it will be educational and informative too,” said Casting Producer Vicky Crawley. “Part of the show will take teams of 3 people from the drone community and we will see them building and modifying their own multirotors to compete in a challenge we set them – the first challenge will be a FPV race.”

If you want to be a part of it, here’s the casting information: BBC show about multirotors drones   sallyannfrench gmail.com   Gmail

High school drone project could save lives in water

32a2494d828a5a01fe093b3aee03bd80_originalFive seniors at King Low Heywood Thomas High School in Stamford, Connecticut won’t be going to class during the month of May.

Instead, they’ll be building something that could save your life, and it’s made possible by a drone.

It’s called Project Ryptide, and it’s an automatically inflating life preserver ring that snaps onto your drone. Lifeguards with the Ryptide attachment and life preserver would be able to snap it on within a few seconds, fly over to a swimmer in trouble, and deliver them a life preserver.

And it’s not just lifeguards who could use this. In fact, Piedra said this may come in most handy in places where there is no lifeguard.

“Any casual person going to the beach can bring their drone, and now they can be a sort of lifeguard,” said the project’s leader Bill Piedra. “They could deliver a personal flotation device and keep the person’s head above water.”

It’s not uncommon to see drones flying around beaches, operated by hobbyists wanting to take pictures. Continue reading High school drone project could save lives in water