Tag Archive: Fly Right

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.

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.

 

  • Drone Engineering
    Drone Engineering

 

SheDrones

SheDrones

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…)

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.

Fly Right

Fly Right

Fly Right

Learning to “Fly Right” is one of the most important safety steps to learn.

Even if you have  been flying for a while it is extremely important to learn the basic safety rules.   The article in Digital Aviators, Fly Right, Back to the Basics is a great recourse for basic flight safety.

The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has a set of guidelines to follow if you plan to use your drone as a hobbyist.

Recreational purposes which include:

  • Fly below 400 feet and remain clear of surrounding obstacles
  • Keep the aircraft within visual line of sight at all times
  • Remain well clear of and do not interfere with manned aircraft operations
  • Don’t fly within 5 miles of an airport unless you contact the airport and control tower before flying
  • Don’t fly near people or stadiums
  • Don’t fly an aircraft that weighs more than 55 lbs
  • Don’t be careless or reckless with your unmanned aircraft – you could be fined for endangering people or other aircraft

Know Before You Fly is another great source.  Also, as a hobbyist you must register your drone through the FAA web site.   This is your identification number and should be put on the drone, but not shared publicly.

This is a few helpful tips and links.  Send me an email if you have other questions, I would love to help.  🙂

Helpful Links

Helpful links

Here is a list of Helpful links resource  that I use often.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA):
http://www.faa.gov/
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
800 Independence Avenue,
SW Washington, DC 20591
1-866-TELL-FAA (1-866-835-5322)

For the latest information, call your local Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF.

FAA – Temporary Flight Restrictions NOTAMS  
http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF

FAA – Part 107 (for commercial purposes):
http://www.faa.gov/news/fact_sheets/news_story.cfm?newsId=20516

FAA – Section 333 Exemption (for commercial purposes):
https://www.faa.gov/uas/legislative_programs/section_333/how_to_file_a_petition/

FAA – Drone Registration (for hobby use):
http://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/

FAA – Drone Registration Size Chart:
https://www.faa.gov/uas/registration/faqs/media/UAS_Weights_Registration.pdf

Know  Before You Fly:
http://knowbeforeyoufly.org/
contact@knowbeforeyoufly.org

Academy Model Aeronautics (AMA):
http://www.modelaircraft.org/
5161 E. Memorial Dr.
Muncie, IN 47302
(800) 435-9262 – 1-800-I-FLY-AMA

On The Go Video.biz
http://www.onthegovideo.biz
onthegovideo4u@gmail.com
DroneDivaDesi@gmail.com

She Drones
http://www.shedrones.com/
shedrones@twc.com

Drone Radio Show
http://droneradioshow.com/

Drone Coalition
http://dronecoalition.net/

That Drone Show
http://www.thatdroneshow.com/