Nicolas Weinberg, recently joined Parrot as the Technical Support Documentation Coordinator. In this interview, Nicolas tells us more about his adventure at Parrot so far, and what led him to join the European leaders of innovation and technology.

Nicolas, you recently joined Parrot, tell us more about what you do.

I started work at Parrot just 4 months ago, as technical support documentation coordinator. I spent most of this time working on ANAFI’s user guide, with the Research & Development, Marketing and Support teams. It was an outstanding way to discover my colleagues, the product and the company.

Why did you decide to work for Parrot?

I’d been a journalist for some time, writing and taking pictures for newspapers, magazines and online media. As a press photographer, I have been interested in drones since Parrot designed the AR.Drones series.

I was also absolutely amazed by Parrot Disco, when it was launched: not even as an airborne imaging system, but simply as a fixed wing. It brought back many childhood memories, dreaming about piloting model airplanes (which was complicated, having grown up in Paris). In short, Parrot was always on my radar as the French tech company that mattered, competing in markets, which embody the future.

I went back to university two years ago and graduated as a technical communication and information architecture specialist, so when I received a Parrot job offer in that field from my alumni network, I did not think twice before sending my details. Lucky for me, I was hired.

nico    Photo by Nicolas Weinberg

What attracted you to enhancing the customer experience through technical documentation?

As you might have gathered, product is key as far as I’m concerned. I could help write user manuals and support material for any object, based on an immutable process, which is very interesting in itself. Analyzing the “user journey” related to the discovery of the object; collecting, verifying and organizing information based on this user journey, valorizing the information, then making it available.

But to me, no other object could be as stimulating as ANAFI: more than a drone, a real flying camera.

I believe all Parrot staff want our products to give users the opportunity to become better drone pilots, better photographers, and better filmmakers.

ANAFIPhoto by Nicolas Weinberg

Speaking of drones, how often do you pilot ANAFI?

As often as possible! It is hard for me to imagine a weekend without flying at least once! But, I consider flying drones as an integral part of my job, so I also fly ANAFI on workdays: on average, I fly three to four times a week.

Beta software versions help me keep up with new feature developments. Public software versions enable me to try to replicate and analyze issues that users might encounter – which could help improve documentation. All in all, I’m getting close to 60 hours of flying ANAFI.

What were your first impressions of ANAFI?

My first impression was “wow!” I own a Parrot Disco drone, but my experience with multirotor drones was limited. The first time I flew ANAFI, I expected it to be… not quite as fun as Parrot Disco, but I was immediately astounded by its maneuverability, responsiveness and stability – notably in high winds – and the quietness of ANAFI. No competition can surpass this drone, in these areas.

I had another “wow” moment the first time I switched to the Sport mode, with all speed preferences set to max. Then, the piloting sensations are at least as strong as with Parrot Disco, even if you can always release the commands when you need to catch your breath, letting ANAFI hover in the air.

Last “wow!” moment: the first time I viewed the photos and videos taken with ANAFI. I have no experience in editing or directing movies, so I do not process my videos, I just watch them.

But I have printed a few still photographs taken with ANAFI, in very large formats: the result is simply spectacular.

LervilySmallPhoto by Nicolas Weinberg

Where do you fly ANAFI?

Anywhere I find myself and it’s not forbidden, really! ANAFI is so convenient to carry, so easy to takeoff and pilot, and so safe, that it is no problem flying it very low over friends’ back gardens, so that everyone can try ANAFI around the barbecue.

More seriously, I mostly fly ANAFI near Chartres, a small town about 80 km from Paris, where my place is 5 minute-walk away from many very different flying zones.

But to this day, my fondest flight memories lie in the extreme south-west of Brittany, where part of my family originates from. Grounds and shores I have always known inside out, it was very moving seeing them from the sky for the first time.

PinkLakeSmallPhoto by Nicolas Weinberg

What are your favorite features?

My favorite feature is not in the user guide, so thank you for asking.

ANAFI is totally shareable! I encourage every ANAFI owner to share their drone with their friends or anyone who comes to them as they fly, because flying ANAFI can be done by anybody after about 10 seconds basic instructions. And the pleasure of flying is immediate.

With its ease of use and the feeling of safety which emanates from it, ANAFI is the perfect tool to educate the public about the way drones work and the security measures which its use imply. This is why I want to say it again: “show and share your ANAFI! Drone.”

Concerning ANAFI’s official functions, the POI (point of interest) in the Touch & Fly mode and the Cameraman mode are very useful to explore and magnify any monument or natural beauty, even for a beginner pilot or experienced cameraman.