Crains Sacramento article features drone leaders in Sacramento

An article in Crain's Sacramento on April 5th 2017 about drones in Sacramento featured many of our members in the Sacramento region, with quotes from two leaders of Drone Pilots Federation.  "All Drones Lead to Sacramento" describes how drones are finding their way into a wide range of applications, uses, and opportunities. A link to the article will be at the end of this post. But let's use this space to add some faces for the names of drone leaders in Sacramento that are mentioned in the article!

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The article notes that Drone Pilots Federation was started as a race sanctioning organization to support the first ever U.S. Nationals Drone Racing championship held in Sacramento in 2015.  Bruce Parks, co-founder and President of Drone Pilots Federation, was instrumental in organizing and hosting this event.

Bruce Parks, co-founder and President of Drone Pilots Federation

Bruce Parks, co-founder and President of Drone Pilots Federation

Drone University USA is training the next generation of drone pilots at several locations in California, including their home base in Sacramento.  Barry Morris is founder and CEO of Drone University USA and is also a DPF member.

Barry Morris, CEO of Drone University USA

Barry Morris, CEO of Drone University USA

Parallax is putting drones into the classroom with STEM robotics kits.  Founder Chuck Gracie along with his son Ken run this business with other family and employees. Both Chuck and Ken are members of Drone Pilots Federation.

Chuck Gracie, founder of Parallax

Chuck Gracie, founder of Parallax

Drones in entertainment are happening through the efforts of Intel (with a large facility in Folsom, a Sacramento suburb) and a drone FPV racing demonstration in the new Golden 1 Arena organized by Drone Pilots Federation. 

Drone Pilots Federation members demonstrated First Person Viewer (FPV) drone flying in the Golden 1 sports arena for an event with business and technology leaders

Drone Pilots Federation members demonstrated First Person Viewer (FPV) drone flying in the Golden 1 sports arena for an event with business and technology leaders

World-class FPV racing pilots live in the Sacramento region.  Some fly quadcopters. Some fly flying wing aircraft.  Some of these pilots actually design and build their own.  One such pilot is Reuben Jauregui, founder and owner of Sweepwings.  Reuben got to fly in the 2016 Drone Racing World Championship held in Hawaii.  Drone Pilots Federation provided event support and training for judges at this event.  And of course, Reuben is a member of Drone Pilots Federation!

Reuben Jauregui of Sweepwings

Reuben Jauregui of Sweepwings

The Crain's Business article also notes how drones for public safety and emergency responders are also making progress in the region.  

Earlier in 2017, DPF brought first responders from across the Sacramento region together to learn about the safe, legal, and effective use of drones for their applications.  Read more about that in our other blog article here.

First responders from across the Sacramento region gather in Elk Grove to learn about drones

First responders from across the Sacramento region gather in Elk Grove to learn about drones

In summary, drones represent an incredible and historic opportunity to benefit the Sacramento region as well as every other region of the country.  Our thanks to journalist Beth Newhart and the staff at Crain's Sacramento for the "good news" story about drones in Sacramento!

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To read the Crain's Sacramento article, click the image for All Drones Lead to Sacramento.  Standing in this photo is Brett Hoffstadt, Vice-President of Drone Pilots Federation.  Brett conducted a town hall for drone pilots at Drone World Expo 2016 where this photo was taken.

Thanks for reading and sharing this story.  Be safe, be successful, and do Good with your drones.

From Drone Pilots Federation