Women and Drones, in partnership with Drone360 magazine and the ASCEND drone business conference, is announcing a global search for women impacting the drone industry. The Women to Watch Award Committee is conducting a global search for women impacting the drone industry through achievements in technology, business, governmental relations, advocacy, education, research, journalism, agriculture, and more. Nominations can be submitted online at WomenAndDrones.com.
Submissions will be accepted until May 15, 2017.
Award recipients will be honored at the ASCEND Conference & Expo, July 19-21, 2017 in Portland, OR. In addition to this Award, ASCEND will provide a meaningful platform to help women share ideas, network with like-minded professionals, and be recognized for their accomplishments.
A roundtable discussion for Women in Drones will be offered as a networking breakfast session (which I’ll be speaking at!).
Nominate someone today, and I’ll see you in Portland!
Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about using apps to figure out where you can legally fly drones. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here.
I am about to receive my first real drone, the Phantom 3 Advanced. My question is on the app it shows airports in an orange circle so obviously NO FLYING. but if I live in a city close by and it’s got a grey circle what’s that mean ?
It’s great to check where you can legally fly your drone BEFORE you actually purchase it. Many people buy their drone, and THEN realize they live a mile from an airport and can’t fly in their own back yard.
To answer your question, first I’d need to know what app you’re using to figure out the colors you’re referencing. There are TONS of apps out there to check where you can and can’t fly. There’s the FAA’s own B4UFly app, but in my opinion the interface is difficult to use. There are lots of other drone apps out there that do the same/similar job, but better. Check out Airmap, Kittyhawk, Hover, or Skyward, which was recently acquired by Verizon.
Personally, I use Airmap, so I’ll walk you through their app to figure out whether you can fly there.
We are so close to the first ever Drone Girl meet-up!
I’m thrilled that this is finally happening. While I’ve had the joy of meeting hundreds of you at various events around the world, I’ve never had one meet-up for all of you readers.
I want to thank my friend Siggi Hindrichs, an entrepreneur in residence at Samsung NEXT, who worked so hard to help make this meet up FINALLY happen!
You’ll hear from my friends Jessica Mooberry, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Stanford University’s Peace Innovation Lab and humanitarian UAV practitioner, Gretchen West, Senior Advisor at Hogan Lovell, and Abbe Lyle, Creative Director and Pilot at Visual Law Group, who will each be giving TED-style talks.
Going to South by Southwest (SXSW)? There’s loads of things to do for drone enthusiasts at the popular tech and culture festival happening this week in Austin, Texas. Theres also loads to do for donut enthusiasts — I’m looking at you, VooDoo Doughnuts. From Amazon Prime drones to panels, here are the things that drone lovers shouldn’t miss:
Amazon Prime Drones: Two Amazon Prime Air drones are on display for the first time ever at Amazon’s Resistance Radio immersive experience. According to NBC News, an older model of a Prime Air drone was tucked away behind a secret bookcase entrance. There, the curious crowds got their first in-person look at the devices — all under the watchful eye of a security guard.
Next up in our “Ask Drone Girl” series is about getting started with drones. If you have a question for Drone Girl, contact her here.
I was wondering if you have any recommendations on where to start in learning about drones? I’m totally new to this, and looking for a maybe a new career change. What would be a good drone to get to start out, and where would you recommend getting a drone pilot license if I got that route?
Welcome to the drone world! Rules are constantly changing, and it could be difficult to know where to look.
Here’s where I suggest you start:
Buy a cheap, toy drone. Never flown a drone before? Don’t just drop $1,000 on a quality drone. Buy a $30 drone to see how you like it. These drones can be hard to fly, but they’ll ensure you actually like flying. Mastering flying a cheap, toy drone, also ensures you’ll be a pro pilot by the time you get your fancy, advanced drone. You would way rather fly the $30 toy drone into the pool than your new DJI Mavic, right? Trust me, I’ve heard way too many stories of this happening. Here’s an excellent guide from UAV Coach explaining the basics of flying.
2. Learn the rules. There are different rules depending on whether you intend to fly for hobby (you are simply flying to have fun) vs. for business (you are making money off your flying). The best site to get this information is on the Know Before You Fly site, which was created by AUVSI and the AMA in partnership with the Federal Aviation Administration. On this site, you’ll learn requirements about having to register your drone, the rules about where you can fly, and more.
The following piece is a guest post by FPV drone pilot BMac. Check out his YouTube Channel BMac FPV or his website FPV Drone Pro.
FPV drone racing is blazing a path to becoming the next big E-sport of the world.
While drone racing has been happening for years, some say drone racing became an official sport in 2016 when the Drone Racing League pitted the world’s best drone pilots against each other in high speed obstacle courses and hosted a Drone Nationals event. DRL recently received sponsorship from Allianz insurance to solidify a new 6 race series in major venues across the globe called “The Allianz World Championships.”
But before flying through extravagant obstacle courses, the people who are now professional drone racing pilots started out doing tricks and maneuvers in places they thought looked cool or offered challenging architecture. This is the heart and soul of FPV Freestyle.
While drone racing simply involves completing an obstacle race course in the fastest possible time, FPV freestyle involves navigating tight corners, under trees, around obstacles and through small openings all while doing tricks. Pilots must do all that while having an understanding of their spatial positioning to avoid hitting the ground while doing a power loop or clip a race gate.
Sentera has been turning DJI drones into precision scouting tools that collect NDVI crop health data. And this month, the company announced its precision agriculture technology is compatible with the popular new DJI Mavic drone.
NDVI, the normalized difference vegetation index, is an important graphical indicator for farmers to analyze remote sensing measurements and assess whether the land contains live green vegetation or not. NDVI images may be able to prescribe fertilizer applications, estimate yields and identify weeds.