I currently live in Sacramento, CA and will potentially relocate to Phoenix, AZ later this year. I've got my Part 107 license a little less than 2 years ago after attending Drone Pilot Ground School - FAA Part 107 Test Prep & Training Course in 2018-2019. I've now also been flying my own drone for a couple of months. I have a background in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and also in Environmental Science, and recently I’ve been working as a Field Biologist in Northern California. I have a few years of experience in GIS and also extensive experience with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) field data collection, post-processing and mapping, and their applications to natural resource monitoring. I was once involved in a multi-collaborator USDA research project that monitored specialty crops in the California Central Valley. Right now I am trying to broaden up my skillset and also supplement my income by turning a new hobby into a second career, if possible. I would love to find any kind of drone commercial work so that I can get some more experience with drone piloting and imagery processing.
Currently I fly a DJI Mavic Air, which is my first own drone, and which I purchased last November to help improve my drone operation skills. I actually found myself being impressed with my Mavic Air so far, which has 4K capabilities, among other things. So far I have taken a few short videos and still imagery, mostly as testing the drone around town. I am interested in finding contract/mission work and would consider a diverse array of drone photography and videography opportunities, such as those in real estate, natural resources including vegetation mapping, construction, energy, agriculture and/or filmmaking. I also have a bit of experience with applications such as DroneDeploy, DJI GO 4, and with stand-alone photography using 360-degree cameras. I'm a bit lost on how to pursue new career goals right now though, especially in this COVID-19 world, but I’ve been doing a lot of research lately and I’m hoping to find some kind of drone work. Vegetation surveying and mapping is one of my areas of expertise as a Biologist, so I guess I wouldn’t mind translating these skills into the world of drones and doing some plant mapping work or NDVI index imagery analyses.
And that's me in a nut-shell. I would also love the opportunity to connect with other new drone pilots in the area, and possibly collaborate on drone missions. I am excited to be involved within this forum and community. Thank you for reading my short bio and having me here!