In honor of Women’s History Month, drone organization Women And Drones is launching the 2019 Women To Watch In UAS awards.
You can nominate an influential woman to win a 2019 Women To Watch award by submitting a form on the Women and Drones website. The only criteria to win? You must be working in some capacity (freelancing, volunteering, employed by a company) in the drone industry. Awards will be given out in each of the following categories:
- Humanitarian (Drones for Good)
Nomination forms must be submitted by 5 p.m. CST on Friday, May 3, 2019, and semi-finalists will be contacted by June 10. And yes — you can nominate yourself.
Finalists will be selected by July 30. The honorees will be announced live at the 2019 InterDrone conference on Thursday, September 5th in Las Vegas during the annual Women In Drones Luncheon.
This is the third time the awards will be held. Here’s a complete list of 2018’s winners, including Sonal Baid, who leads product management and strategic operations for software platform Kittyhawk, and photojournalist Gail Orenstein. And here’s a list of 2017’s (the inaugural year’s) winners.
Women in Drones aims to encourage and support more women in the drone industry. There were 102,769 remote pilot certificates issued for drone operations as of Sept. 1, 2018 according to the Federal Aviation Administration. But of those, only 5,946 (that’s 5.8%) were issued to women.
But there’s good news too: the number of women in aviation (and particularly in drones) is growing, which Women and Drones calls a “positive trend). The number of women holding FAA Remote Pilot certificates is nearly as high as the number of women in the manned aircraft sectors who hold Commercial Pilot certificates, according to a study using FAA data from Women and Drones.