Seven years in the past in the present day, I made my first-ever post on this weblog. It was a selfie of me holding my unique DJI Phantom 1. I detailed my flight over a baseball subject. I favored flying there as a result of I might apply. There have been few obstacles in the best way there, so it was good for an ultra-beginner to apply.
As I obtained higher, I began deliberately flying in tougher environments, akin to close to poles or over water. In fact, I’ve chased down (nicely, I ought to say my teammate, Hamilton has chased down) so many drones which have gone rogue.
However most of the time, it went properly. I flew drones over every thing from beautiful landscapes to mundane parking tons — and every flight has its personal story.
7 years later, and “flying” drones is simpler than ever, nevertheless it’s not as a result of I’m that a lot better of a pilot. In simply seven brief years, drones just like the Skydio 2 can fly themselves.
A lot has modified within the drone business since 2013. In that first yr, I used to be involved that folks may assume I used to be spying on them, or that I'd crash. With impediment avoidance by way of drones just like the DJI Mavic Air 2, that’s a non-issue. With higher entry to drones just like the DJI Mavic Mini (which is simply $399), fewer individuals are nervous about drones spying on them.
As an alternative, the dialog has shifted to complicated subjects like Remote ID and UTM. As an alternative, we’re speaking about coordinating flight paths to organize for a world the place a whole lot of drones within the sky don’t crash into one another.
And naturally, the whole world has modified. Most of us are nonetheless in a point of lockdown. No film theaters, no Disneyland, no sporting occasions. At Drone Woman HQ in San Francisco, even gyms are nonetheless closed (these of you who know me properly know that fitness is my other deep passion).
However what’s cool, is that the drone business is seizing the chance. Drone deliveries are getting approved more quickly than ever, reminiscent of for trials involving bringing PPE supplies to hospitals.
There’s a shift in give attention to local weather change, and one firm, DroneBase, introduced it had raised greater than $7 million towards drones for renewable power. Whereas coronavirus has definitely, and sadly, been robust for a lot of, it’s been a chance for others. DroneBase says it has continued to extend gross sales and set new income data in March, April, and Might.
That’s to not say coronavirus hasn’t made issues robust for a lot of within the drone business. Small businesses have suffered financially. Mother and father are all of a sudden tasked with being academics, too (at least drones can help!). Conferences have been postponed or cancelled.
Regardless of that, I'm excited to see what yr 7 has in-store. Since lockdown, I’ve already had extra time to convey you extra considerate, in-depth content material, like this deep dive into American drone companies. I’ve been capable of flesh out product critiques, from the newest drones (just like the Mavic Air 2) to drone-adjacent merchandise like DJI Select. I’ve had enjoyable running Instagram contests for you all, and visitor showing on different nice drone exhibits I really like and advocate, like Rotor Talk Live, AirVuz After Hours and the Interdrone podast. I’m keen to maintain that momentum going.
However simply keep in mind, the momentum is fueled by you. The help, the love, the group — that’s what it’s all about. I wouldn’t be right here when you weren’t right here. So, thanks or giving me this chance to share drones with you.
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Thanks, Dronies, for these seven years. Now get on the market, and completely satisfied flying!