Aviation for Girls

2018

Aviation for Girls is a special annual member publication of Women in Aviation International for Girls in Aviation Day. Articles feature young girls living their aviation dreams, career ideas, and education resources.

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Sally took this photo of the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, on a DJI Phantom 4. 3. What does it take to be a drone pilot? Flying a drone isn't actually that difficult. As long as you are patient, organized, and willing to learn, you can do it! The best drone pilots specialize in something else other than just flying drones, since that's the easy (and fun!) part. Become an expert in a different field like farming, mapping, or construction. When hiring drone pilots, companies want people who have additional expertise. 4. What are the future career opportunities in the UAV/UAS/drone field? There are so many opportunities in drones! I just saw a posting for drone pilots in Tanzania working for a drone delivery company that sends antibiot- ics, blood, and other medical supplies to rural hos- pitals. That sounds like an awesome job! Drones are a growing field, and we need people with all sorts of expertise. Of course we need people to design and build drones, but there are so many more job opportunities than just that. If you're interested in government and lawmaking, we need great policy advocates to make sure drone laws make sense. If you're a great communicator, there are so many drone companies who need marketing people to tell stories of how important drones are. 5. What advice do you have for girls who are thinking about getting involved with drones? Be creative! Every day I hear of a new, amazing use or case for drones. Whatever your passion, you can probably incorporate a drone into it. Cirque du Soleil has placed drones as "performers" in their shows. Drones are being used to sterilize mosquitoes to stop the spread of Zika, they're fly- ing over parkland to detect and stop poachers, and they're even being used to herd elephants away from villages! 29

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