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International Drone Day

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

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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.

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):
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 Flight Service Station at 1-800-WX-BRIEF

FAA – Part 107 (for commercial purposes):

FAA – Section 333 Exemption (for commercial purposes):

FAA – Drone Registration (for hobby use):

FAA – Drone Registration Size Chart:

Know  Before You Fly:

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

On The Go

She Drones

Drone Radio Show

Drone Coalition

That Drone Show


UAS Registration Deadline

Drone Registration

Drone Registration Deadline

The deadline date to register your UAS with the FAA is February 19, 2016.

If your aircraft weighs more than 0.55 lbs. (250 g) and less than 55 lbs. (25 kg), and you’ve been flying it outdoors or plan to fly it outdoors for hobby or recreation, federal law requires you to register by this Friday, February 19, 2016.

If you fly an UAS, you are considered a pilot and should know the basic safety rules.

know Before You Fly

Also, Back to the basics is a good summary

Swansea Ghost Town

Swansea Ghost Town Arizona


Swansea Ghost Town Arizona

I have been riding motorcycles and off road vehicles in Arizona all my life.  Swansea has always fascinated me.   I enjoyed taking the DJI Phantom there to film.

The town was once a copper mining town from the early 1900’s, and is located in the desert of La Paz County Arizona.