I am Ryan Felner, founder of RAF|AIR. I am currently a senior at Staples High School in Westport, CT, and am excited to say that I will be attending Yale University in the class of 2023.
I have had an interest in drones for a very long time. Before ever buying or operating one, I had spent months — possibly even years — watching videos about and conducting research on these devices. After saving up for a very long time, I purchased a DJI Phantom. The moment I screwed the propellers on, flicked my thumb, and watched it ascend up into the sky, I knew I had just discovered something special. Zooming out to 400 feet provides an entirely new perspective — and it helps me reframe the world. The seaside community that I thought I knew so well dazzled me from above in a remarkable way.
I started RAF|AIR to share this perspective. I hope you have as much fun seeing this new world as I do!