Pursue Your Passions With A Drone – Faine Greenwood

faineboardWhile much of the drone news centers on the commercial use and applications, there are some exciting personal drone stories that show us we’re only scratching the surface of what’s possible with this technology. Today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show is Faine Greenwood, an analyst with New America, a Washington based think tank dedicated to the renewal of American politics, prosperity and purpose in the digital age. Faine recently participated in a research project documenting the use of drones in helping to preserve property rights. She’s an avid drone pilot, with a passion for journalism, photography, food and travel, with a special affinity for Southeast Asia. She shares her drone story – a story of person pursuing their passions with the help of a drone.

Show Outline

  • [01:30] Who is Faine Greenwood
  • [02:55] What was the attraction to drones
  • [03:57] What is New America and Faine’s role as a field analyst
  • [04:45] New America Primer on Drones
  • [05:50] Example: How Drones can be used for surveying to map property rights
  • [07:16] Example: Document land abuses with drones
  • [08:27] Benefits of drone based surveying
  • [09:16] Personal lessons learned from the New America drone primer project
  • [10:16] The moment Faine knew she had to have a drone
  • [11:00} The drones that Faine flies today (hint – there are several)
  • [12:08] Faine’s drone building experience
  • [12:31] Technology was part of Faine’s life at an early age
  • [13:47] Faine’s experience in learning to fly a drone
  • [14:37] 3D modeling with a drone
  • [16:10] Experience: Drone flight over a forest monastery in Thailand
  • [17:28] Experience: News photography
  • [18:53} Best use cases for drone journalism
  • [21:17] On being a women in the drone industry
  • [22:33] Advice to young women interested in pursing an interest drones
  • [22:56] Experience: Archeological mapping project with a drone in Peru
  • [26:32] What’s on the horizon for Faine Greenwood
  • [28:55] Responsibility in the drone community
  • [31:20] Closing

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