Rob Corbett served in the United States Air Force as a criminal investigator and counterintelligence investigator for more than a decade. In 2016, after 4 extended deployments, he left active duty and became a reservist. A month into his move, a freak snowboarding accident left him paralyzed from the neck down.
I knew something was wrong with the impact and I felt completely separated from the shoulders down. The air was lifted from the mountain to the nearest shock center and this is where the new chapter for my family began,” Corbett says. DPReview.
My wife was by my side when I arrived and went to you, she was only 8 days away from the birth of our youngest daughter. We both moved on and somehow managed to get through months after months of hospitalization, rehab, all while raising two kids and learning to live again. Once we got home, my mind was determined to get back into the workforce and repurpose my skills and experience.
Since then, Corbett has worked on flying drones and educating others about their many uses. Now, Rob is looking to get his message and teachings across to a wider audience. A documentary called Flight Takes Many Forms is in the works and is raising funds on Kickstarter. DPReview Had the opportunity to speak with Rob about this comprehensive project, focusing on a diverse group of remote pilots from all walks of life.
Can you share more about what inspired this project?
I’ve been in aviation and remotely piloted aircraft most of my career and always wanted to be a pilot of some sort. With some experience flying drones recreationally in the past, I felt that even with limited mobility, I could fly drones safely again. So the journey began.
Drones reward the playing field and are viable forms of creativity, therapy, and career opportunities for many people.
I held a position teaching a technology course for adults with disabilities and noticed that the curriculum could include drones and Part 107 certification. I created the program based on my research on adapting drones to fly personally. This was when “Aviation Takes Many Forms” appeared. In many forms of aviation, PWD are excluded. Drones reward the playing field and are viable forms of creativity, therapy, and career opportunities for many people.
I believe in the benefits of technology and have experienced first-hand how drones improve people’s quality of life. At the height of my launch, the coronavirus, budgeting, and not enough need for drone pilots in the local job market stalled any future progress. So I independently started advocating for adaptive/comprehensive drone training and operations. The sUAS community has been supportive and I continue to collaborate with the FAA and AUVSI working with industry leaders, nonprofits, and organizations on how to be more inclusive with their programs and training.
What kind of impact have drones had on your life since the accident?
Drones have always been an important part of my life after an injury. The adventure of exploring places I can no longer reach because of a wheelchair is priceless. The use of drones as a highly creative and therapeutic outlet is sorely needed. Drones are a way to communicate with my wife and children on many levels and I am grateful for the opportunity to do so.
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Finally, it provides an environment for career opportunities and growth. Drones have really improved my quality of life on every level and I hope to do the same for others. When I launch a drone, I forget I’m paralyzed or stressed, focusing only on the beauty around me and the unique perspective it brings.
What can we expect from “Flight Takes Many Forms” in terms of the story and the guests?
‘Flight Takes Many Forms’ is more than a slogan, it’s a movement to highlight the unique and diverse uses of drones and the people behind and represent the controls – drone users from around the world collaborate, collaborate and share their stories through their art .
The main points of the documentary will be the underrepresented population. People of different backgrounds and ethnicities, women, people with physical and cognitive disabilities, and those from rural outposts to inner cities will be represented. We hope the documentary will provide a visual for people everywhere and convey “I can do it”.
We hope the documentary will provide a visual for people everywhere and convey “I can do it”.
We hope to inspire others and promote innovation along with improvement in the industry. I encourage everyone to share why they fly drones and what inspires them to use technology for their passion. So anyone who wants to be away from the documentary or collaborate, Please contact.
I see you’ve minted some NFTs (non-fungible tokens). What drew you to space?
He reached out to friend and fellow veteran Ernest Spicer, Ignis Studios Inc, and wanted to help raise money for the documentary and its overall drone effort. We discussed the possibility of minting NFT money as a method of fundraising. So we recently did some work on OpenSea and hope it gets off the ground.
The vision is that profits from all NFTs sold will go directly to the documentary and the overall drone effort. The space is unique and allows people to showcase their art, cause and vision so I felt why not give it a try? Hopefully some positive things will happen.
About 6 weeks left to support Rob Corbett’s project via Kickstarter. You can also keep up on Twitter.
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