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Ryan Lindsay Lessard


FPV Racing and Freestyle Pilot

Teacher by day, racing and freestyle drone pilot by evening! My FPV journey began with Tiny Whoops in the basement of a local hobby shop, where my husband and I now organize MultiGP weekly winter whoop races. I instantly fell in love with flying, so as soon as the Maine snow melted, I was outside with my first race quad. Now I’ve been in over 60 MultiGP club races and participated in the 2018 and 2019 MultiGP International Open. I competed in the 2019 FAI US Team Qualifier and came in 2nd place in the female category.

As you can see, I love flying fast! I traveled to Gridlife Road Atlanta 2019 with a group of extreme drone pilots called SkyforceX. There, we used our drones to chase pro racecar drivers going over 100mph! I also participated in the first MultiGP Drag Race. I was the first to send my quad full throttle down the racecar track!

I’ve always been so appreciative of our quad community and enjoy being involved in any way I can. Participating in presentations and demonstrations at schools, summer camps, and Makerfairs is important to me because it’s a chance to show the public our incredible hobby. I’ve joined the Let’s Drone Out podcast on many occasions, became an Ambassador for Airvuz, and was a guest on the WomenWhoDrone “Closing the Gender Gap in the Drone Industry” panel at the 2019 New York City Drone Film Festival.

Companies like Azure Power, Flightone, Runcam, and Ovonic took notice and sponsored me. Their support and great products have kept me in the air.

My future plans include building a macro quad for long range flying and finishing the Remote Pilot 101 course, so I can obtain my Part 107. I hope sharing my experiences in the quad community will encourage others, especially more women, to fly.


Buxton, Maine, USA

FAA-Certified in their Country?





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