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Why I Started a Drone Festival in a Tiny Prairie Town

Why I Started a Drone Festival in a Tiny Prairie Town

One of the most common questions I get asked these days is why create DroneFest? Why would you go through the work of creating a drone festival in such a rural area of Canada? For those who don’t know where our drone festival is being hosted, it’s in the province of Saskatchewan, 20 kilometres (12.4

One of the most common questions I get asked these days is why create DroneFest? Why would you go through the work of creating a drone festival in such a rural area of Canada? For those who don’t know where our drone festival is being hosted, it’s in the province of Saskatchewan, 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) north of the small town of Gull Lake.

Saskatchewan itself is 651,900 square kilometres (251,700 square miles), or bigger than every American state but Alaska, and larger than a number of states combined. In that total area is a small population of only one million people, so smaller than most U.S. cities. Gull Lake is a town of 1,000 people. Why host it here?

Well, Saskatchewan is the perfect place for something like DroneFest because it is rural, wide-open and there is lots of room to fly. It is also a very popular place for drone enthusiasts, especially with the various applications drones have with industries like agriculture and oil and gas.

As for why create DroneFest, it comes down to education. DroneFest is about teaching people about drones and how they can be used.

Go on to YouTube and search for “drone fails.” Chances are you will find a large number of videos showing drones being flown by people without consideration for how difficult these things are to fly. The drones fall from the sky, hit trees, hit buildings, and cause harm to property and sometimes, people.

With DroneFest, we wanted to show our audience that there are rules to using drones. These are rules handed down by Transport Canada, and it’s important that we follow them. They not only provide us with guidelines on how to use drones in a safe manner, but inform us as to the appropriate uses of drones.

What’s more, you’ll find that in our Canadian prairies, there are a number of industries in which drones are already being used extensively, from agriculture, to mining, to consumer applications. Drones can be used to count cattle, monitor droughts, rescue people, film action sequences, scout mining locations and much more. We want our DroneFest attendees to appreciate all of the great ways we can use these tools in our lives today.

So why create DroneFest? Simply put, to show people how amazing drones are, and how they should properly be used.

We hope you’ll join us!

Craig
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