Mykaila shares her story with Women and Drones
Share a bit about your background
Where do you live?
Alphen Park Benoni, Gauteng South Africa
In which sector do you work?
Consultancy/ Drone Licensing
What did you do prior to coming into the industry?
Prior to entering the drone industry, I was a high school teacher, teaching Accounting.
How did you get started in the drone industry?
One of my very good friends started a Drone Consultancy Business with her partner and asked me to join the Company. I took a leap and joined the company. It was a massive mind set adjustment but I am glad that I made the leap.
Tell us about your current organization
We assist companies to get their drone licenses (ROC) from start to finish and recently we have started a Training Organization where we assist students to get their Remote Pilot Licenses as well as becoming a DJI Enterprise Reseller.
Tell us about your current role in the industry
As we assist a lot of clients in the industry we almost have an outsider view of what is happening in the industry, from industry side and the regulator.
What do you like most about being in the industry?
I like that is constantly changing, new innovations and new ideas and most importantly new applications from drones.
What’s your favorite type of project and why?
The more complex the operation the better. We assisted the Western Cape Emergency Services to get their ROC and it was the most challenging and rewarding ROC that we have done to date. The reason for the complexity is that the drones need to be able to be deployed at any time that there is an emergency and with the regulations we had to find a way to fully comply and be able to be dispatched in an emergency.
What excites you most about the potential for women in the industry?
The industry is still so young so the possibilities for women are endless.
What’s your current favorite drone to fly?
I haven’t flown many – but the M300
What You’ve Learned
What has been your most significant “lightbulb” moment since you entered the industry?
Every day something is changing, and you need to be ahead of that change.