Meet Loretta Alkalay, a New York-based aviation attorney and professor.
She’s highly experienced in drones, having spent 30 years with the FAA and the past 7 years doing consulting work in international aviation. She studied at Cornell University and NYU. She is a renowned teacher who has taught in India, and is currently an adjunct professor at Vaughn College of Aeronautic Engineering, Aviation, and Technology in Queens, New York.
Drone Girl: Tell me about what you do in the drone industry.
Loretta Alklay: I was an aviation attorney for 30 years. That’s not particularly surprising. When people find out I fly drones, I have 5 Phantoms, AND I am a grandmother, people are surprised.
DG: Surprised? Why?
LA: The stereotypical image of someone flying a drone is not a woman, and it’s certainly not a grandmother.
The best compliment I ever got was when I was flying in Bicentennial Park (now Museum Park) in Miami. It’s right next to the port — the center of Miami. I was flying my drone and these two homeless men had been chatting to me. On the way out, one of the them turns to the other and says, “You’re never too old to learn something new.” I felt like I gave him hope.
DG: You studied law at New York University. Why did you decide to do specialize in aviation law? Continue reading Meet Loretta Alkalay, the drone lawyer