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Daylight Waiver performance based standards

Daylight Waiver

5 performance bases standards need to be addressed when applying for daylight waiver.    The article in Women and Drones provides helpful tips on these standards.

  1.  Method for remote pilot to maintain visual line of sight during darkness.
  2.  Provide method for remote pilot to see and avoid other aircraft, people on the ground, and avoid ground bases structures and objects during darkness
  3.  Provide a method remote pilot will be able to continuously know and determine position, altitude, attitude, and movement of their small unmanned aircraft.
  4. Provide a method to assure all required persons participating in the small unmanned aircraft operation have knowledge to recognize and overcome visual illusions caused by darkness, and understand physiological conditions which may degrade night vision.
  5. Provide a method to increase conspicuity of the small unmanned aircraft to be seen at a distance of at least 3 statute miles unless a system is in place that can avoid all non-participating aircraft.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the application process.

Drones – Understanding the New Airport UAS Facility Maps

New Airport UAS Facility Maps provide useful information for commercial UAS pilots.  

The FAA held a seminar to discuss the newly released Airport UAS Facility Maps.  The seminar was presented by UAS leader, Jeff Riolo.  Jeff Riolo is with Empower UAV.   He is very knowledgeable in current FAA information, rules and regulations.   These maps provide valuable information for a commercial UAS pilot.  Maximum altitudes,  Airport Date and Temporary Flight Restrictions and much more..

There are various ways to get to the Airport UAS Facility Maps … this link works best.  This link will allow the full use of the information available.


Airport UAS Facility Map

Airport UAS Facility Map

The maps are used to provide information regarding maximum altitude, airport data and temporary flight restrictions.   They are an aid used by FAA Part 107 processors to help with the airspace authorization process.  The FAA released the first of several facility maps April 27, 2017.  Additional maps will be published every 56 days through the end of the year.  If you would like to see the chart of release dates. 56-day aeronautical chart production schedule.

Even though the maps show the areas and altitudes near airports, commercial drone pilots will still need to file for an authorization through the FAA portal.   These maps will help with authorization process.  They are to be used for planning and information only. (more…)

Remote Pilot Ground School

Remote Pilot ground school certificate of completion!

Very excited to pass the course.  I test with the FAA for my Part 107 Remote Pilot in Command, but I am very happy with the knowledge I have gained from this course.  🙂

Gold Seal UAV Ground School has been a great course for me.   I recommend it to anyone wanting to expand their Drone education.

Gold Seal UAV Course Completion

Gold Seal UAV Course Completion Desi Ekstein

SheDrones Women in Technology Int. WITI

SheDrones excited the students and adults at the 2016 Women in Technology International (WITI) Summit with a STEM program to engineer a drone quadcopter.


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    Drone Engineering




Women in Technology International (WITI) Summit 2016  in San Jose, CA.   SheDrones offered an opportunity for young girls to design, engineer, program and fly drone quadcopters.  Leslie Bates, the founder of SheDrones, Anne Lopez, the developer of the STEM education curriculum, Don E. Yeoman, audio visual, flight control and training assistant, and Desi Ekstein the sUAS flight operator and flight controller make up the team for SheDrones.  The goal of SheDrones is to empower students to pursue an education and career in science.   The program is designed to address the country’s need for more female innovators, employees, leaders and entrepreneurs in the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry.  The excitement and enthusiasm at the event was so high the students and adults wanted to get involved.

SheDrone Students

SheDrone Students

Starting with … what’s in the bag?  Curiosity was peaked when the brown paper bag was handed out and the first engineering design was set in motion.  The music went on and the tower build began.   The goal of the first exercise was to introduce the students to engineering discovery, design, create, and test concept by building the tallest free standing tower from the items inside the bag (a handful of small clear cups).   This is when the adults felt the students were having too much fun and wanted to join in. (more…)

International Drone Day

May 7, 2016.   International Drone Day.  #IDD16 #dronesaregood

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Team Dronehart

Join our #TeamDroneharts.

Press Release:

The Amelia Dronehart Group for women announces: Team Dronehart for International Drone Day – Saturday May 07, 2016 Team Dronehart is is hosting a worldwide team for women all over the globe who fly or support the RC/UAS industry and want to show some “girl power” for a positive event!

Team Dronehart does not have a location, this means, any women anywhere can participate!

The Amelia Dronehart group is a worldwide community of female RC pilots and industry supporters. For International Drone Day we have formed “ Team Dronehart”  a global team with no set location, so women around the world can participate.   Whether you are hosting an International Drone Day team, joining another team or not a part of any team YOU CAN participate!

Our goal is to show female support of this positive event! All you have to do to participate is snap a picture of yourself (solo or part of  a group) on Saturday the 7th with something that reads out #TeamDroneharts, then upload that photo to your social media sites and the IDD and Amelia Dronehart Facebook pages using the hashtag #TeamDroneharts in conjunction with one or all of the International Drone Day hashtags: #dronesaregood  #IDD16 #internationaldroneday, It’s that simple.

You can get as creative as you’d like in showing #TeamDroneharts, make a sign, wear a t-shirt, get young ladies to lay in a way that it spells out #TeamDroneharts, we encourage you to get creative! If you’re planning on hosting or joining an International Drone Day local team, you can just tie this in.

Any ladies that would like to participate are encourged to contact our team captain

Desi Ekstien


Telephone : 951.523.7UAV


International Drone Day’ takes place Saturday May 7th 2016. This follows the success of the first International Drone Day in 2015, which saw over 40,000 people in 50 countries take part.

Drones continue to be an often controversial topic, and so International Drone Day 2016 is set to be even larger than last year. Hundreds of teams throughout the world will hold events to educate those outside of the drone community about the many positive ways in which drones are used to better society. The mantra of those taking part is “Drones are Good!”

In partnership with the Academy of Model Aeronautics ‘AMA’, International Drone Day event activities vary by team and include drone racing, aerial photography and videography instruction, and search and rescue demonstrations. All events are open to the public and press, with photographs, filming and interviews welcome.

International Drone Day is supported by the Academy of Model Aeronautics, ONAGOFly, AirVuz, MultiGP, and International Drone Marketing

International Drone Day was founded by Sarah and David Oneal, of “That Drone Show”. They comment: “International Drone Day is hosted by the drone community for the public. It’s an opportunity for people that have heard of drones to find out more about them. As a result of International Drone Day 2015, vast numbers of people now understand that drones are used in good ways – from being used to save lives in search and rescue, to providing more efficient ways to monitor crops, to producing beautiful photographs. International Drone Day also highlights the much needed economic boost provided by drones, and shows that drones are fun!”


Key points:

– The goal of is to educate the public that “drones are good” by highlighting their positive applications

– Over 150 teams in 50 countries are taking part

– All events are open to the press and public

– International Drone Day 2016 is Saturday 7 May 2016

– International Drone day was founded by: David Oneal and Sarah Oneal, hosts of “That Drone Show” and producers of the documentary “The Drone Invasion”

– More than 40,000 people in 150 countries participated in International Drone Day 2015


Press contact information for International Drone Day:



David Oneal and Sarah Oneal


Telephone +1 949.527.5927 or +1 949.887.6937

Twitter: @thatdroneshow

Instagram: @thatdroneshow

Facebook: That Drone Show or International Drone Day

YouTube: That Drone Show

Web or



Press contact information for Team Dronehart:

cropped-Amelia-Dronehart-Logo-Render-02.jpgDesi Ekstien


Telephone : 951.523.7UAV

Facebook: Amelia Dronehart or Team Dronehart

Instagram:  @AmeliaDronehart

Twitter: @aerialrhianna


Social media hashtags: #dronesaregood  #IDD16 #internationaldroneday



– The AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) has stood for safety in the model aircraft community for decades.

– ONAGOfly offers the worlds first small, low cost obstacle avoidance drone with high quality camera. – AirVuz provides an online platform which showcases professional, and amateur drone videos

– MultiGP are a drone racing organization comprising of 275 Chapters around the world

– International Drone Marketing provide marketing services to businesses operating in the drone space

– InterDrone is a “must attend” drone conference. This year it is taking place September 7-9 at the Paris Hotel, Las Vegas



Positive uses of drones include:

– Search and rescue

– Law enforcement

– Fire fighting

– Environmental and marine research, conservation and preservation

– Agriculture

– Art (photography; cinematography)

– Sport



Contact: Team Dronehart Captain - Desi Ekstien Email: Telephone : 951.523.7UAV



Athenian Middle School

Athenian Middle School

Athenian Middle School

Recently I had the privilege to talk with some students from the Athenian Middle School in Diablo, CA.   It was a great experience and I am very excited that they maybe implementing a Drone STEM program.  I’m lucky to share with others safety and “Fly Right”. So many of the students already have such enthusiasm in robotics.   I was very surprised when I walked in with my AR Parrot and one of the students knew exactly what it  was and knew all the specs.   🙂  I’m looking forward to working with more schools and I hope to see more female involvement through She Drones.