Over the previous decade, DJI and the industrial drone business have grown at a speedy tempo. In creating merchandise that present the extent of our innovation, we have now additionally elevated the variety and quantity of people that use our merchandise. In celebration of Worldwide Girls’s Day, we’re sharing tales of feminine pilots all over the world who’ve contributed to pushing the boundaries of innovation.
For the primary interview of this collection, we sat down with Yuhuan Li, a mom of two who grew to become an agricultural drone pilot. The 40-year-old runs her personal enterprise in Xinjiang Province, utilizing the DJI Agras T16 to spray pesticides and defoliant over 1000’s of acres each day.
Q: When did you develop into a drone pilot? Why did you select to fly agricultural drones?
A: After giving beginning to my second youngster, I started questioning what else I might do for the remainder of my life. Opening a retailer or working a enterprise would simply be a approach to make ends meet. As a farmer, I can not stay with out the land; I wanted to do one thing associated to our land. A tractor is a viable possibility, however it’s bodily tiring to function alone. I as soon as noticed pilots within the area, flying drones with a controller. That was one thing I assumed I might handle. So, I grew to become a drone pilot on the age of 38.
Q: What are the advantages of utilizing drones for farming? Are you able to share some suggestions for utilizing agricultural drones?
A: Utilizing drones to spray pesticides is extra environment friendly than utilizing tractors. To begin with, tractors hurt the cotton when passing by means of, whereas drones forestall the cotton from being crushed. At first, farmers had doubts concerning the reliability of drones. Nevertheless, they witnessed the plane’s effectivity in addition to the shortage of harm performed to the cotton. They acknowledged this was a dependable answer for plant safety. To raised maximize the advantages of agricultural drones, I exploit drones for many of my work, equivalent to spraying pesticides and defoliants. I nonetheless use the tractor for sure issues, equivalent to sowing seeds.
Q: What are one of the best practices for utilizing agricultural drones?
A: The primary precious factor I realized: be taught to make use of your drone totally. A good friend of mine can be a drone pilot. She doesn’t function her drone repeatedly, making it tough for her to benefit from its potential. What you spray additionally issues. It doesn’t matter what instruments you employ, it’s important to make use of an acceptable pesticide. Though I don’t have the best output, drones have let me obtain one of the best ends in my group. That is why different farmers belief me and ask about my expertise with drones. Since 2019, many farmers in my group grew to become conscious of the advantages of drones and most popular to make use of it for spraying.
Q: What has your expertise been as a lady within the drone business?
A: I care much less about what others say and extra about doing a great job. Working a drone requires talent slightly than brute power. So long as you grasp the talents, anybody can do it, together with girls. There could also be doubt, however there are lots of people who’re curious to see if girls can do it too. As soon as you’re employed it out, respect will observe. I’ve a number of feminine buddies working agricultural drones now. Every of us drives a truck, carrying a DJI Agras T16 that may spray 1000’s of acres every day. Final fall, we used extra drones to spray defoliant for the farmers, they usually acknowledged and appreciated the advantages of drones. It was tiring however extremely fulfilling. Once I go away early within the morning, the youngsters are nonetheless asleep. Once I come dwelling late at night time, they’re sleeping already. However I consider that each one my efforts are constructing us a brighter future.
Q: What would you want to inform different girls who’re making an attempt to develop into drone pilots?
A: So long as you might be passionate, you are able to do it. Girls needs to be sturdy and unbiased. Imagine in your self and your talents, and simply go for it!