Women Can Pilot Drones Too!

Samantha Scully

February 09, 2020

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Is it not impossible for women to enter the Drone Industry? Why not become cozy with cruising Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS )in our backyard or for business. It is not an uncool task to accomplish. Women are making history in this emerging industry operating, maneuvering, and piloting the drones for Agriculture & Forestry Monitoring, Filming, Military, Package Delivery, Surveying and Mapping, Traffic Monitoring, Unmanned Aerial Work, Urban Development and more. As a consultant, freelancer, or employee, we have the option of performing services for various markets. If you are interested in piloting, you will have to register your drone, take some training, and take the exam to acquire a license from the Federal Aviation Administration.

According to the Drone Industry Insights magazine, the global drone market is expected to grow to over $43 billion in 2024. The Drone Services area is the largest segment of the industry, and this is where my business enters the workforce sector. My name is Sam Scully, and I am a woman in tech and who has been bitten by the drone bug. During the Consumer Electronic show CES, I visited the DJI showcase of Drones/Gimbal, one of the world's largest suppliers. I purchased the OSMO Mobile 3 Gimbal control stick for my phone and tested the device using it to take pictures and movies during the Impossible live demo of the new US-1 Long-Duration UAV manufactured and supported in the USA.

Sahil Bhojwani and Kingsley Chen are both UAV Consultants for Impossible allowed me to test pilot my first drone in the Malibu mountains. To begin, Kingsley put the ground control station around my neck, which consisted of like a joystick station and Samsung Galaxy tablet combined. We conducted our safety check for both the drone and the cameras, Kingsley performed the take-off Once, airborne I took over the controls the US-1 Long-Duration UAV, and I cruised 400-500 feet from the ground high above in the Malibu mountains, and I did best not to crash into a mountain and the pacific ocean.

Overall the experience was exhilarating and most adventurous to pilot and worked the cameras at the same time. I don't own a drone today, but it is on my wish list. One of my colleagues, Dayna Williams-Hunter, recently purchased a DJI Tello drone, and she has trained herself in the last few weeks. Dayna will be upgrading her drone skills. Also, at our upcoming WITI Tech girls will have a chance to explore drone at miniWITI summit on Jun 22-24, Burlingame, CA.

To further my professional and personal knowledge, I have a partnership with Women and Drones, who is passionate about advocating for women to pilot drones just as I am serious about bridging the gap to help those women to pilot drones for professional and freelance opportunities using Sam Scully Staffing Services

In the meanwhile, I will continue to keep you the loop about these emerging drone events. In closing, join me live in Palm Springs, CA, conducting a workshop on "Staffing for the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)." This is an executive-level course that will cover the creation of in-house protocols and procedures for aerial data collection, data management, and insights regarding predictive business analytics. The possibilities in piloting drones can be a woman thang too!


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