Category Archives: Flight Diaries

What are the drone laws in X country?

Taking your drone into a different country — or simply a different state?

Some U.S. states also have specific drone laws, and most countries have some sort of official drone laws.  And specific state or country drone laws vary dramatically — even if the areas aren’t geographically far apart. While Saudi Arabia outright bans drones and will even confiscate them at customs, neighboring countries like the United Arab Emirates and Oman have been quick to embrace them.

So can you legally fly your drone in X country that you plan on traveling to, and if yes, then how?

My friends over at UAV Coach updated their master list of drone laws by country and U.S. state. It’s helpful if you’re traveling somewhere and want to confirm if you should bring your drone or if you want to check out the laws in your home area. It’s in plain English — no legalese — and meant to be easily digestible. Continue reading What are the drone laws in X country?

The Drone Girl is going off the grid — to fly drones in the arctic!!

Hey guys!

I’ve got a new, 10-day adventure up my sleeve. Today, I’m headed to the Canadian Arctic on a drone trip! I’ll be traveling with Quark Expeditions on their Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge trip.

For the next 10 days, you’ll find me 500 miles north of the Arctic Circle. I’m looking forward to seeing beluga whales for the first time, encountering polar bears (just not too close, hopefully), and doing my favorite things to do in nature like hiking and kayaking.

Related read: Blueye’s Christine Spiten thinks underwater drones will save our oceans

And this trip should be especially exciting as a drone enthusiast. I often hear so many people say, “I don’t want to buy a drone given that they are restricted in so many areas!” Many people live within five miles of an airport, or had hoped to bring a drone with them into a National Park. Though flying drones near airports could change under LAANC, it truly is difficult to find places where you can legally fly drones. And even if it’s legal, a lot of people feel uncomfortable flying near crowds or buildings. That’s why I’m thrilled to head to the Arctic. No people to bother, no airports to worry about nearby — just completely free flying!!

The one big caveat? Continue reading The Drone Girl is going off the grid — to fly drones in the arctic!!

Watch “The Drone Girl” join forces with Bill The Drone Reviewer on YouTube!

Looking for a great YouTube channel to follow all about drones? Check out Bill The Drone Reviewer. And a great episode to start out with?  How about the one with yours truly?

I joined Bill, from the Bill The Drone Reviewer YouTube channel, for  his first official livestream called Tuesday Night Rotor Talk Live. We discuss NAB2018, the latest on the Autel EVO and the Mavic Pro 2 (yes, you read that right! It’s not a typo!).

Bill has amazing, kind fans! I love the livestream comments which you can find on the full link here.

Check it out!

Nominate the top leaders in the drone industry for the Women and Drones second annual award

Do you know of an incredible leader in the drone industry? The Women and Drones organization is now accepting submissions for their 2018 Women to Watch award.

Whether she’s a leader in technology, business, government relations, advocacy, research, journalism, education or agriculture, as long as she has made an impact in drones, then the judges want to know who she is! Nominations are being taken between now and Thursday, April 19 at 5 p.m. CT.

Any woman working in the drone industry is eligible to win, and you CAN nominate yourself. To enter, fill out the form here, including an essay of up to 500 words on why the nominee deserves to win.

Last year’s winners included Holly Kasun, cofounder of Flybrix, a company that makes drones kits out of LEGO® bricks, Lexie Janson, a high-profile drone racer from Poland, and General Manager of Intel Drone Light Shows Natalie Cheung, who is responsible for making Intel’s drone light shows possible. Her work at Intel has been seen over the skies of Walt Disney WorldCoachella and even the Super Bowl.

Read about all of 2017’s winners here.

Continue reading Nominate the top leaders in the drone industry for the Women and Drones second annual award

Join me and “Space Gal” Emily Calandrelli for a workshop on media and branding in San Francisco

Hey Bay Area!

Right on the heels of my Intel light show event in partnership with Samsung NEXT and under the guise of the “Girls Who Drone” group, I’ve got another event coming up in San Francisco!

Join me and Emily Calandrelli, aka the Space Gal, for a night of learning about the STEM industry, media, self-branding, and more.

The event is being held on behalf of the Bay Area Women in Space and Aerospace group, and will be hosted at Orange Silicon Valley on Tuesday, March 20 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Here’s a rough agenda:

  • 6:00-7:15pm: Welcome
  • 7:15-8:00pm: Announcements & Panel with Emily and Sally
  • 8:00-9:00pm: More Mix n Mingle

Please RSVP using this Eventbrite link by Monday, March 19.

Hope to see you there, and happy flying!

Drone industry leaders launch new public safety campaign — but will it work?

Major drone industry players, led by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, this week launched a new marketing campaigned aimed at educating the public on drone laws.

The new advertising campaign is titled “Even the Sky Has Limits: Learn the Drone Laws.” It’s primarily a website that aims to clarify the confusing (and often changing) drone laws. Ads for the campaign will also run on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, according to a news release.

The”Even the Sky Has Limits: Learn the Drone Laws” campaign is a new initiative that is part of Know Before You Fly, another marketing campaign which was created in 2014 with a similar goal to help drone pilots learn what the drone laws are.

Here are some of the ads you can expect to see under the new drone campaign: Continue reading Drone industry leaders launch new public safety campaign — but will it work?

Where are all the women speakers at CES?

“Just days after women in Hollywood protested unequal representation, pay, and treatment of females in the entertainment and other industries at this year’s Golden Globes, organizers at CES, the world’s leading electronics and technology trade show, have bafflingly cited a “limited pool” as their reason for naming not a single female keynote speaker at the show.”

That’s according to Architectural Digest in a piece published earlier this month.

The article is a follow-up to an article in USA Today outlining why women need to be onstage at events like the Consumer Electronics Show.

Architectural Digest provided a list of eight women who could be potential keynotes at next year’s event. I’m honored to be included in that list, alongside people who have made amazing contributions to tech including former marketing manager at Apple Music (and currently CBO at Uber) Bozoma Saint John, SVP of retail at Apple, Angela Ahrendts, and Recode founder Kara Swisher.

For what it’s worth, you can find me as the keynote speaker this April at the International Drones Expo and Congress in Barcelona, Spain, this April.