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The Drone Radio Show is a weekly podcast about drones and the people who use them for business, fun and research. Our guests share how they’re using drones to make a positive impact, build a business, lessons they’ve learned and insights that you can use to take YOUR interest in drones to the next level.
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Mar 19, 2019

Can An Open Source Autonomous Flying System Speed Up the Development of Flying Cars?

That’s the hope of a group of software engineers in China. Nina Rong is the community manager for the Generalized Autonomous Aviation System, or GAAS for short. GAAS is an open source project and community, dedicated to an autonomous aviation system for drones and flying cars. It offers developers and drone companies a software development platform for autonomous flight, collision avoidance, route planning and more. The ultimate goal of the project is to provide a safe and intelligent autonomous aviation system to expedite the coming of flying cars. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Nina talks about the GAAS open source system, how users can access it and its role in promoting the development of flying cars.

Mar 12, 2019

How is the European Drone Industry evolving?

For that question we turn to Christoph Raab, Executive Director of the Drone Alliance Europe.  The Drone Alliance Europe is a coalition of leading technology companies representing the commercial drone industry before European political leaders, regulators, and industry stakeholders, as well as international regulatory and advisory bodies. In addition to his role as Chairman, Christoph also founded the European Security Round Table in 2006. He is a regular speaker and chairman at defense and cyber security conferences. He is also a member of the Advisory Board for the UAVExpo Europe, which will be held in Amsterdam on April 8 – 10.

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Christoph talks about the Drone Alliance Europe, some of the key issues and opportunities facing the European drone industry and the UAV Expo Europe.  Christoph will also talk about a UAV Expo Europe panel that he will be participating on Smart Cities and Urban Mobility.

Mar 5, 2019

Are you trying to find your niche in drone industry?

Robert Dahlstrom is CEO and founder of Apellix, an aerial robotics company that produces tethered drones that fly in very close proximity to structures, to paint, clean and measure (among other things). The precision controlled drones are able to autonomously complete maintenance and measurement tasks, significantly reducing costs and keeping people out of harm's way. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Robert talks about Apellix and its revolutionary drones, how the company found its niche in the industrial sector of the drone industry and he shares some lessons that other entrepreneurs might want to consider as they create a drone based business.

Feb 26, 2019

Where can you go to get the state of the art tactical training in the use of drones?

If you ask today’s guest, he would point you to the Unmanned Tactical Applications Conference on March 25-28 in Perry, Georgia.  Ryan English is CEO and co-founder of FLYMOTION, an industry leader in providing innovative unmanned system solutions. FLYMOTION works with government and private industry in a variety of areas, but in recent years, the company has emerged as a leader in the Defense, Public Safety and Emergency Response sectors. On March 25-28, Fly Motion will host the first Unmanned Tactical Applications Conference, where public safety officials will gather to engage in a hands on training in the use of drones in tactical situations. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Ryan talks about the UTAC Conference and how public safety organizations can benefit from attending.

 

Feb 19, 2019

Is there a better way to control a drone

Today's guest thinks there is, and he’s here to talk about it. Dr. Scott Parazynski is a highly decorated physician and astronaut recently inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. Scott has lived and traveled all over the world spending many of his grade school years in places like Senegal, Lebanon, Iran and Greece. A graduate of Stanford University and Medical School, he went on to train at Harvard and in Denver in emergency medicine. In 1992 he was selected to join NASA’s Astronaut Corps and eventually flew 5 space shuttle missions and conducted 7 spacewalks. In October 2007, Scott led the space walking team on STS 120, during which he performed four EVAs. In addition to being a diver and an accomplished mountaineer, Scott is also a commercial instrument multi-engine and seaplane rated pilot. On May 20th, 2009 he became the 1st, and so far only, astronaut to climb to the top of Mount Everest.

He is a prolific product developer and serves on the boards of several companies. He recently launched Fluidity Technologies, a technology innovation company focused on redefining movement through 3 dimensional space. Its mission is to simplify and improve motion in an increasingly complex world. In the fall of 2018, Fluidity Technologies launched the FT Aviator, its first single-handed flight control device for drones, designed to dramatically increase the precision of drone flight while tremendously simplifying it. In this edition of the Drone Radio Showm, Scott talks about the fluidity of FT Aviator, the challenges of starting a new drone company and how seeing the world from space and Mt Everest compares with creating a new product

Feb 12, 2019

Is the Drone Industry Meeting Your Expectations?

That’s the question that I posed to Doug La Farge, CEO of DT Aerial Systems in Boulder, Colorado.  My interview with Doug is part of a series of interviews with independent drone operators to get their perspective on the rewards and challenges of starting a business today. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Doug talks about what’s worked and what hasn’t so far in building his drone based business.

Feb 5, 2019

What can we look forward to in Drone Racing in 2019?

For that question, we turn to Nicholas Horbaczewski, CEO & Founder of The Drone Racing League, the premier global, professional drone racing circuit for elite pilots. With custom built racing drones traveling more than 90 MPH+, pilots race FPV (First Person View) through the most insane 3D courses ever created outside of a video game. The Drone Racing League is about three year old and when it started, many questioned the long-term viability of drone racing as a legitimate sport. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Nick talks about the league’s ascent from fad to a worldwide sport. We also learn about the 2019 Swatch DRL Tryouts to be held in Las Vegas on February 9 and the upcoming AlphaPilot challenge, which aims to accelerate the development and testing of fully autonomous drone technologies.

Jan 29, 2019

What can you expect as a new independent drone service provider?

For that question, we look to the Dallas/Fort Worth area and to Don Casey, CEO of Texas Aerial Systems. Don has been flying drones for several years, and about six months ago, he launched his drone based business. My interview with Don is part of a series of interviews with independent drone operators to get their perspective on the rewards and challenges of starting a business today. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Don talks about the importance of having good mentors, of competing with larger more established drone companies and marketplaces and the challenges and rewards of developing his business.

Jan 22, 2019

Are drones coming to your library?

To help us answer that question, we turn to Ida Joiner, an author librarian, and doctoral student. Ida currently serves as the Senior Librarian at the Universal Academy school in Irving, Texas. Her first book, “Emerging Library Technologies: It’s Not Just for Geeks” focuses on Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Drones, Driverless Vehicles and many other innovations. Ida has published several articles on drones and how obtain stakeholder buy-in for implementing technologies. In addition to her writing, Ida is an active member of the American Library Association, the Library & Information Technology Association Division and the International Relations Roundtable. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Ida talks about how drones are being integrated into libraries across the nation and the future of drones in the library system.

Jan 15, 2019

Is the drone industry meeting your expectations?

The first in a four-part podcast series that explores the question of whether drone operators are meeting their expectations in the drone industry. The results are what we might expect – some are meeting their expectations and some aren’t. But the real value is hearing the challenges and opportunities that each operator is experiencing and how you can learn from their situation. Today’s guest is Micah Zimmerman, Owner of Amdak, a drone services company in Fargo, North Dakato. Micah shares how he’s building his business and overcoming challenges to reach his goals.

Jan 8, 2019

How are thermal cameras used in the drone industry?

For that question, we turn to Randall Warnas of FLIR Systems. Flir designs, develops, manufactures, markets, and distributes thermal imaging technologies that

protect and save lives, promote efficiency and innovate consumer-facing technologies. At Flir, Randall runs the company’s sUAS global business, and has a singularly unique perspective of the drone industry. From pioneering drone retail in 2014, he went on to develop the initial stages and foundation of DJI’s Enterprise business. Now working for FLIR, he has engaged with tens of thousands of end-users in both the consumer and commercial space. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Randall introduces us to Flir Systems, their thermal drone technology and discusses some of use cases for thermal imaging.

Jan 1, 2019

What do investors look for in a drone based business?

For that question we turn to Marco Rubin, Senior Investment Director at the Center for Innovative Technology in Virginia.  Marco leads seed and early stage investments in the aerospace/UAS, energy, and software sectors for CIT, and serves as a board member and mentor to numerous portfolio companies. During his career, Marco has invested in over 200 early-stage technology companies, held leadership roles with funds recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine’s Annual VC 100 list and has managed various funds in information security technology, software, telecommunications and medical devices. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Marco talks about the Center for Innovative Technology and what venture capital funds and investors look for in a drone based business.

Dec 25, 2018

When we look back at the drone industry in 2018, what will we say?

Well actually, to answer that question, all we have to do, is listen back to what my many had to say.  2018 was a year of innovation, progress, change, optimism and challenge – as the industry continued to mature and evolve. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, I compiled short snippets from nearly 50 of my guests on their thoughts on the drone industry, on creating value and on building a drone based business. So as the year comes to a close, let’s sit back and hear from some of the leaders of drone industry.

Dec 18, 2018

What did we learn in 2018 about where the drone industry is headed?

For that question, we turn to Colin Snow, CEO and Founder of Skylogic Research, LLC (also known as Drone Analyst®).  Skylogic Research is a research, content and advisory services firm providing research-based insights on commercial drone market segments. Its mission is to help companies make critical investment decisions with confidence. Colin is a 25 year technology industry veteran with a background in market research, enterprise software, electronics, digital imaging, and mobility. His experience includes aerial photography as well as making, programming, and piloting remote control aircraft. He holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University, is a member of all major UAS industry groups including both AUVSI and AMA, and also holds an FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot certification. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Colin talks about the forces that shaped the drone industry in 2018 and what we might expect in 2019.  There’s no better person from which to gain insights into the drone industry than Colin Snow.

Dec 11, 2018

Can the drone industry be a source of new jobs for rural America?

Today’s guest believes they can.  Dr. Tulinda Larsen is Executive Director of  Deseret UAS, a Utah nonprofit created to promote economic development through reserach and testing of unmanned aerial systems.   Tulinda has more than 40 years experience as an aviation economist.  She’s an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business at Embry Riddle Aernautical University. Her books, The Drone Hobbyist and a Trustworthy Drone Business are top sellers on Amazon. Tulinda is also a Part 107 Remote Pilot and a private pilot.  In 2016, she turned her research from the commercial aviation industry to the developing drone industry. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Tulinda talks about efforts to bring new UAS jobs to rural Utah and discusses the opportunities and challenges of stimulating economic development through the drone industry.

Dec 4, 2018

What do you do when the Drone Industry gives you lemons?

If you ask today’s guests, they would say "find a way to make lemonade." Steven Flynn and his wife Susan Talbot are the owners of Sky Tango, a global drone services marketplace, providing job booking, support and aerial footage sales worldwide. Their story mirrors many entering the drone industry – a great idea, a start-up and a journey into the unknown.

With a combined 40 years experience in Film and Television production, in 2012 Susan and Steve set out to create a successful drone videography business  They were one of the first commercially licensed remote aerial filming companies in Ireland. In 2015, they launched the SkyTango marketplace, and soon after, they were connected with investors and potential major partners. Things looked promising, but in early 2018, the wheels started to come off, and Susan and Steve were forced to walk away from a major deal that just a few months earlier, looked so promising.

Like many other successful entrepreneurs, Susan and Steve reevaluated their business model, applied what they had learned and launched a new service. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Susan and Steve talk about the challenges of creating their drone start-up, why they chose to walk away from a big deal and how that experience helped them redefine their company’s focus.

Nov 27, 2018

Do you think you can build best drone delivery system in the world?

If the answer is yes, then there are a million reasons why you want to listen to today’s guest. Anas Zeineddine is Diractor of Krypto Labs, a grass roots innovation hub with a unique ecosystem for funding ground-breaking early stage start-ups.  Based in Abu Dhabi, in July 2020, Krypto Labs announced its first global challenge, the Drone X Challenge 2020, aiming to transcend beyond the limits of innovation in Drone Technologies. The challenge will reward the winner an astounding $1 Million US dollars.

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Anas talks about Krypo Labs, the Drone X Challenge 2020 and shares some perspectives on the drone industry. Joining us for a portion of the interview is Dr. Mohammed Adnan, the technical product lead at Krypto Labs.

Nov 20, 2018

What the status of the UTM Corridor Project?

For that question, we turn to Anthony Basile, to the Chief Operations Officer for the Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance, Inc. (NUAIR), a non-profit corporation leading a coalition of New York and Massachusetts aerospace industry and academic institutions, working together to establish a site for the testing and certification of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and the training of their operators.

Antony is a retired Colonel with the Airforce. A 1977 graduate of Fordham University, Anthony spent 29 years with the 174th Fighter Wing, Syracuse, NY, serving as its commander from 2003 until 2008. While at the 174th, he accumulated 4000 hours flying the unit’s A-10 and F-16 aircraft. Anthony has logged 67 combat sorties, including 51 during Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Among his numerous military awards are the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor, Meritorious Service Medal, and Air Medal with 4 devices.

From 2008 to until his retirement in 2010, Anthony was assigned as Chief of Staff of the New York Air National Guard. In this capacity, he served as the primary advisor to The Adjutant General in all matters dealing with the Air National Guard, both in supporting the global war on terrorism and providing federal and state disaster relief.

Following his retirement, Anthony took on the role as Airport Service Group Manager for C&S Engineers, in Syracuse from 2010 thru the end of 2013, overseeing the engineering planning, design, and construction of the firm’s 30 regional airport clients.

In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Anthony talks about the NUAIR Alliance, the FAA Test Site at Griffiss International Airfield and the efforts to create a 50-mile UTM corridor.

Nov 13, 2018

What do Public Safety Organizations Need To Know about Managing a Drone Program?

For that question, we turn to Charles Werner, chairman of the Council on Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The Council on Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft Systems  promotes the public safety use of UAS through education, training, collaboration, best practices, FAA rule-making and general engagement. Charles has 44 years in public safety, his last ten years as fire chief of the Charlottesville, Virginia fire department. He has served on several local, state and national boards and committees. Charles recently took on the role of DroneUp’s Chief of Public Safety to ensure safe and effective Public safety UAS operations. He has received numerous awards, including 4 Virginia Governor’s Awards for Excellence, the International Fire Chiefs Presidents Award and the National Career Fire Chief of the Year.

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Charles talks about the Council on Public Safety Unmanned Aircraft Systems, its mission and objectives and the best practices for integrating UAS into public safety initiatives.

Nov 6, 2018

How are consumer and professional drones evolving?

For that question, we turn to Jean-Thomas Celette, Chief Strategy & Product Officer for Parrot Business Solutions.  Parrot is the leading European drone group that offers business  solutions spanning drones, software, sensors and services. The company mainly focuses on 3 major verticals:  Agriculture; 3D mapping, surveying and  inspection; and Public Safety. In 2018, the company introduced several new consumer and professional drones. These drones are smaller, lighter and are designed to specific end-users in mind. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Jean-Thomas talks about Parrot’s new drones, how they have evolved to support different use cases and what that tells us about where the market is heading.

Oct 30, 2018

What’s the outlook for drones in crisis response situations?

For that question, we turn to Emily Hough, Editor in Chief of Crisis Response Journal. Emily launched the Crisis Response Journal 15 years ago and it has become a global information resource that covers all aspects of human-induced natural disasters, spanning response, disaster risk reduction, resilience, business continuity and security. She works both in print and online, specializing in international publishing, events and conferences, mainly in the fields of disaster and crisis management.

Emily has founded and organized conferences and seminars in the resilience and response field, identifying global trends and anticipating future hazard scenarios. She has chaired, spoken at, moderated, acted as rapporteur and helped to curate numerous international events. She also is Media Partner with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Explosive Threats, House of Lords, London, UK; and sits on the International Disaster Response Expo Advisory Panel. Emily is also a Director with the consulting firm Crisis Management Ltd.

Before launching CRJ, she worked in publishing and conferences within the Fire and Rescue sector, reporting on fire service and humanitarian activities from around the world, including military operations in Bosnia and Kosovo, work in the settlements and squatter camps in South Africa, firefighter training in Peru and Argentina, and numerous other countries.

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Emily talks about how the use of drones have grown in the crisis response field.

Oct 23, 2018

Can a drone gaming company deliver commercial solutions?

If you ask today’s guest, he would surely say, “Yes it can.” Menashe Haskin is Co-Founder and CTO of EdgyBees, an augmented reality company that fuses pioneering 3D video generation, computer vision and multi-sensor data analysis to solve real-world problems.

Edgybees started as a gaming platform for drone enthusiasts, but soon found that its platform could provide value in other use cases. It is now competing with major commercial drone companies in the emergency response area.

Before founding EdgyBees, Menashe managed the   Israeli development office of Amazon Prime Air. Previously, Menashe managed the development of Amazon’s FireTV platform, selling millions of units, from product conception through launch. Prior to joining Amazon, Menashe was founder and CEO of YMagic Technologies through its successful M&A, and held key positions in several Israeli hi-tech companies. He holds over 35 US patents in the fields of aerospace, video and vision processing, data processing and communication.

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Menashe talks about Edgybees’ transformation from a gaming company to a leader in the disaster/emergency response field. He will be joined by Romeo Durscher, Director of Public Safety Integration at DJI, who shares his perspective on Edgybees and on using augmented realty systems in public safety response.

Oct 16, 2018

How far away are we from our own personal flying vehicle?

If you asked today’s guest, he would say it’s already here.  John Manning is founder and Director of Development for ElectraFly, a start-up that is changing the way multirotor innovators look at energy consumption, flight times, and payload capability. The company is on a mission to revolutionize personal and cargo transportation using drones. In August, they successfully flight tested a prototype of a personal flying drone. John has a long history in aviation, having grown up with RC model planes, graduating with a degree in aviation technology from Utah State University, launching companies, and becoming an international commercial pilot.

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, John talks about the ElectraFly personal flying drone, plans for cargo transportation drones and how those innovations will transform personal transportation and package and supply delivery.

Oct 9, 2018

What are the three trends that define the future the drone industry?

For that question, we turn to Michael Chasen, technology entrepreneur and CEO of PrecisionHawk - the leading company in the commercial drone space. PrecisionHawk provides the hardware, software and services to companies that want to deploy drone technology to create actionable business intelligence. 
 
Prior to PrecisionHawk, Michael co-founded Blackboard and led the company as CEO for 15 years and successfully sold it to Providence Equity Partners for $1.7 billion in 2011. He then started and was CEO of SocialRadar, a company focused on the mobile location services space which he sold to Verizon in 2016. Michael is also an investor and advisor to several start-up ventures and mature companies across the technology spectrum.

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Michael talks about PrecisionHawk and its evolution to become a leader in the drone industry, recent company acquisitions and trends that he believes will be driving the drone industry in the coming years.

 

Oct 2, 2018

In What Ways Is the Drone Industry Maturing?

For that question, we turn to Paul Ross of Kespry, where he leads marketing and is responsible for the company’s market development and demand strategy. Paul has nearly two decades of experience in growing businesses through marketing and partnerships. He has helped scale the performance of organizations big and small including Business Objects, Microsoft, Alteryx and Bugcrowd. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Paul talks about Kespry’s growth, some successful drone business models and how the industry seems to be maturing.

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