Category Archives: Flight Diaries

6 ways law enforcement uses drones

As drones become safer, cheaper and more reliable, there’s one field that has found tremendous success in using drones: law enforcement.

Drone and camera technology allows law enforcement officials to have a better viewpoint of chaotic situations where having ground personnel is too risky. Aerial points of view also allow post-accident or crime scenes to be better evaluated to help understand the timeline of events that took place.

First responder situations are the 6th most common use for drones according to a report from Skylogic Research, behind other popular uses like aerial photography, mapping and construction.

But use of drones by law enforcement is also highly controversial. A pair of drones donated to the Los Angeles Police Department was actually locked away for three years, collecting dust after a public outcry over the idea of police using the controversial technology.

But it seems drones are here to stay, and plenty of police departments are adopting them.

The team at, a commercial drone distributor, created a graphic to show all the ways law enforcement teams are using drones: Continue reading 6 ways law enforcement uses drones

Halloween Drone Contest: win a drone!

Time to test your luck and possibly win a drone!

Drone Girl has partnered with TRNDlabs to giveaway one FADER drone (valued at $129), and one SPECTRE drone (valued at $149).

To enter, simply comment on either the Instagram or Facebook post below with your best idea for using a drone on Halloween!

I’m thinking candy delivery device! Or how about this drone-turned-pumpkin cannon?

**The winner must also ‘like’ BOTH @TheDroneGirl and @TRNDlabs on Facebook OR Twitter in order to be eligible to enter.

Two winners will be chosen at random on Sunday, Oct. 29 at noon PT. The first randomly chosen winner will receive the FADER drone, and the second winner will receive the SPECTRE drone.

The winner will be contacted via Instagram or Facebook message and have 48 hours to respond with shipping information, otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

Want a bonus entry? Tag a friend (or five!), and both you and your friend(s) will receive a bonus entry! Bonus entries are limited to five per person.

Good luck!

Check out my review of the TRNDlabs Fader and Spectre drones here.

Camera drones like Mavic, Spark will generate just 13% of all drone revenue, report says

‘Prosumer’ camera drones may be all the rage, but they’re not what’s fueling growth in the drone industry.

Two-thirds of all drones shipped in 2022 are expected to be priced under $2,000, but they will generate just 13% of the UAV industry’s revenues. That’s according to a September 2017 report from Interact Analysis, which estimates that more than 620,000 commercial drones will be shipped in 2022, a six-fold increase on 2016.

It’s a pattern that most drone companies are seeing: low-cost, consumer drones excel in sales but lag behind commercial drones in revenue.

Parrot’s drone sales were up 72% in the second-quarter of 2017, with commercial drones generating 11.7 million euros, totaling 33% of its revenue — that’s up 42% from the same quarter of 2016.

The company sited its fixed-wing drones as a major reason for the growth, along with products related to high-precision data.

The commercial drone market is expected to reach $15 billion by that year; it currently generates a fraction of that at about $1.3 billion in revenue. Continue reading Camera drones like Mavic, Spark will generate just 13% of all drone revenue, report says

Interdrone 2017 grows by 10% in third year

Interdrone 2017, one of the largest drone conferences out there, saw a whopping 3,700+ attendees in its third year.

The Las Vegas-based conference held in September saw its attendance grow by 10%, according to its organizers. The conference hosted attendees from 59 different countries, as well as 165 exhibitors and 130 press.


Interdrone will head back to the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada next year, running between Sept. 5-7.

I spoke at the conference earlier this year, and odds are you’ll find me again there next year! Check out my events list to see where else you can find me around the world!

Stay tuned for tons of Interdrone news after a hiatus

Hey Dronies!

You may have noticed a small hiatus in my posting. I just spent two weeks in Australia at four different events — two talks at the incredible World of Drones Congress, a Drone Day for young ladies interested in tech in partnership with my friends SheFlies, and a guest lecture for a journalism class at Queensland University of Technology.

It was all crazy busy, educational and tons of fun!

Here were some highlights from the last few weeks:



I’m now en route to Las Vegas for what I like to call “Drone Christmas” aka Interdrone! It’s a big family reunion and packed with drone news.

Stay tuned for more posts, and I apologize for the brief hiatus! Happy flying!


2017’s nine women to watch in drones

Drone360 Magazine and the Women And Drones have revealed the inaugural 2017 Women to Watch in UAS List.

The list is intended to celebrate the success of movers and shakers in the drone world. Some you may recognize (and have been mentioned on the Drone Girl before!), while some are newcomers who are quickly rising to the top of the influencer ranks. Ultimately, nine women from around the world were selected for their work in the drone industry in  the first of an annual list designed to highlight exceptional women in drones.

I had the pleasure of serving on the judges panel to select the honorees. We had so many amazing applications and though it was tough to choose, the list we came up with is pretty awe-inspiring.

Here are the honorees, by category: Continue reading 2017’s nine women to watch in drones

Drone Girl to talk privacy with Intel and PrecisionHawk at InterDrone 2017

InterDrone 2017 is nearly upon us, and you can catch Drone Girl talking privacy this year.

InterDrone is one of the largest drone conferences, and takes place from Sept. 6-8 in Las Vegas.

I’ll be speaking alongside Diana Cooper, Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy at PrecisionHawk, and Lisa Malloy, Intel Corp.’s director of government relations, on the panel “Privacy Issues Related to Expanded UAS Operations,” which will be moderated by DLA Piper’s Matthew Grosack.

We’ll dissect whether or not drones are compatible with privacy concepts based on two dimensional vantage points as three dimensional observation of persons and property (where height is no longer a restricting factor) soon become the norm.

The panel will take place on Friday, Sept. 8 from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.

And while of course you should check out this panel, here are some other things you’ll want to check out while at InterDrone:


Drone Radio Show’s Randy Goers talks privacy and ethics with The Drone Girl

Are you confused over privacy expectations when flying a drone? Tune into the Drone Radio Show this week to listen to me discuss privacy and ethics with the show’s host, Randy Goers.

We discuss federal policy, whether there should be drone-specific privacy laws, and perhaps most importantly, ethics.  Just because drone operators can take images legally, it doesn’t mean that one can ethically use those images.

Check it out on SoundCloud:

on YouTube:

…or whatever podcasting app you love.

Want to talk more about privacy? Join me at Interdrone 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I’ll be speaking on Friday, Sept. 8 from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. alongside Diana Cooper, Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy at PrecisionHawk, and Lisa Malloy, Intel Corp.’s director of government relations, on privacy issues related to expanded UAS operations.

Listen to the Drone Radio Show here and don’t forget to register for Interdrone 2017 now!