by Jo Harris, DroneGirl, QuestUAV
The face of the Drone industry is changing. Girl power is taking an increasingly important role in the Drone industry. And not before time.
It has long been proven that women have skill sets in engineering, training and project management that more than complement their male counterparts.
Enter Drone Girl. A new breed and welcome force in the rapidly changing fashions of the Drone industry.
As a male driven hobby, given the focussed engineering that goes into the build of a drone or UAV, it’s not surprising that men were historically at the forefront of the game. But as the Drone Industry has flourished its not surprising that girls have decided it is their frontier too.
At QuestUAV we have a team of 20 people, almost a third of whom are women. Two of our staff are truly “Drone Girls” and fulfil roles on the flight team itself.
Kerstin Traut is our Geoinfomatics and Remote Sensing Specialist and UAV Operator. She is often complemented on the fact that a mission runs smoother when she is on the team, it is better organised and more productive. And more fun! She has carried out missions in Germany, UK, Philippines, Thailand, Cyprus and Indonesia.
Carla Taylor who comes from our Sales Team has recently carried out her Flight Commander training and joined our flight team on a recent demo in the USA. She found that being a woman on the flight team created positive dynamics, particularly on the States. Of course an English Accent helped.
Jo Harris and Heather Ainsworth are on QuestUAV’s Marketing Team and keep up to date on daily drone news. Jo comes from a Multirotor background and has a thirst for drone technology and enjoys reading up on new developments, which she applies to the formation and editing of QuestUAV’s news articles. Heather has spent quite a bit of time with both our social media followers externally and our research, development and production teams internally – as a result she is one of our more fluent members of staff when it comes to our drone technical specifications.
Throughout the drone industry more women are getting involved, SheFlies in Australia are becoming a big hit and even launching demo and training days in Australia and New Zealand. QuestUAV are followed by many female pilots around the world and they are finding out first hand that our product is designed to be easy-to-use – something the male pilots have been keeping to themselves when showing off their mission prowess.
Already the QuestUAV product is being flown by several female clients who have attended training at our UK based flight school. A fixed wing drone package is a leading solution in the Mining, Surveying and Agricultural sectors. For those who look to benefit from the survey outputs without the expense of managing their own flight teams, QuestUAV offer Industrial Services as well as sales of the product.
Links to Drone Girls websites:
Drone Girls http://thedronegirl.com/
She Flies http://www.sheflies.com.au/
Woman and Drones http://womenanddrones.com/
The Helicopter Girls http://thehelicoptergirls.com/