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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is it possible to scale drone programs across large enterprise organizations?
If you ask today’s guest, he’d probably smile like the Cheshire cat before giving you his answer. Joshua Ziering is Founder and Chief Pilot of Kittyhawk.io, a drone operations and management solution for enterprise clients. He is an accomplished UAV pilot, having flown all manner of unmanned aircraft for over 15 years. He has flown professionally for the NHL, ABC Television, and various manned-aviation airshows. Josh is also a founding member of the FAA Unmanned Aviation Safety Team and an FAA Part 107 certificate holder.In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Joshua talks about Kittyhawk.io, its innovative platform for serving enterprise drone operations and what the future may hold for the drone industry.
Where can young start-up companies go to find capital and clients to grow their business?
If you ask today’s guest, he would say Dream It. Bob Stasio is the Managing Director of Dreamit’s SecureTech. Dreamit Ventures is a fund focused on startups with early traction that are ready to scale. In the last 10 years, Dreamit Ventures has invested in nearly 300 startups now worth over $3B. The fund invests in HealthTech, UrbanTech and smart city technology. In 2018, Dreamit launched SecureTech targeting logical, social and physical security startups. Before joining Dreamit, Bob held multiple roles at IBM Security, leading efforts in Cyber Operations and Threat Hunting. Prior to IBM, Bob worked in the private sector, leading threat intelligence programs at Bloomberg and global financial firms. He also has deep government experience having held positions at NSA’s Cyber Center, U.S. Cyber Command, U.S. Army’s Signals Intelligence Corps, the FAA, and NASA.
Bob served as a U.S. Army officer and is a recipient of numerous military awards, including the Bronze Star and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. He serves on several advisory boards of multiple startups, holds various technical certifications and is highly regarded in the cybersecurity industry.
In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Bob talks about Dreamit’s SecureTech, it’s unique program to securing funding and clients and how drone start-ups can become part of the next cohort.
What can we learn about drones from experts in the energy field?
For that question, we turn to Kevin O’Donovan, a freelance Technology expert who has been evangelizing how new technologies can transform the way we do things through-out his career. He has held senior Technical Sales & Sales Management roles at Compaq, HP and most recently at Intel where he was Worldwide Sales Director for the Energy Industry.
He recently authored the Energy Industry Executive Roundtable Report for the Commercial UAV News.
As part of Commercial UAV Expo Europe, executives ftom European Energy companies gathered for a roundtable discussion to discuss challenges of using UAVs and to share their experiences with their utility industry colleagues.
In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Kevin talks about the roundtable, some of the key findings of the report and he shared some perspectives on the drone industry.
What’s it take for public safety agencies to start a drone program?
For that question, we turn to Brendan Stewart, President & Chief Pilot for AeroVista Drone Academy. AeroVista aids public agencies and corporations in empowering the next generation of drone pilots for success. They provide end-to-end solutions beyond just training, ensuring an effective drone program that minimizes risk and maximizes results. Brendan has almost a decade of unmanned aviation experience and over 2,500 flight hours. He is responsible for driving Drone Training, Program Development and FAA Compliance Solutions for AeroVista Drone Academy. He recognizes that Public Safety personnel need to be equipped with a turn key drone program that solves the challenges of FAA compliance, training, scaling operations, producing actionable intelligence and ultimately accelerates program adoption. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Brendan talks about AeroVista Drone Academy, its mission and focus on public safety and the current trends in unmanned training programs.
How does the petroleum industry use drones?
For that question, we turn to Suzanne Lemieux, Manager within the Midstream and Industry Operations unit of the American Petroleum Institute. Suzanne works with API staff and association members to advance policies and practices that enhance the security of oil and natural gas operations and personnel. Her primary areas of responsibility are emergency preparedness and response; security, rail, natural gas and maritime policy: energy infrastructure advocacy and stakeholder engagement. She is also API’s UAS Lead and works with more than 625 members and external stakeholders in formulating UAS policy. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Suzanne talks about the American Petroleum Institute, the organization’s top UAS priorities and need for safety first in deploying new technologies, like UAS systems.
Why isn’t the FAA moving faster on regulations that will advance the drone industry?
If you asked today’s guest, he might say that we need to look in an entirely different direction. Chris Korody is the founder of the Drone Business.center and provides strategy, research and content for the UAV, IoT and robotics industries. He has more than 45 years of marketing experience and has worked with some of the largest companies in the technology field, including Apple, BMW, Boeing, Cisco, Intel, Rockwell, Xerox and many others. Chris produces the weekly newsletter, Dronin’ On, which focuses on the global regulatory environment and is widely followed by senior managers in law firms, regulatory agencies and businesses around the world. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Chris talks about some of the current UAS legislative initiatives that will affect the drone industry, the respective roles of the FAA and Congress in passing bills and regulations and how operators can prepare themselves for what may occur in the next few years.
How can Counter UAS measures be used to enhance security and public safety efforts?
For that question, we turn to someone who is uniquely qualified to give us the answers. Brian Fentiman is Vice-President and CTO of Blueforce UAV Consulting, a Canadian based UAS / Counter UAS consulting and training company. Blueforce assists in building unique UAS and counter UAS programs for enterprises of any size. Brian recently retired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after 34 years of service. He has spent the last 3 years building the sUAS and C-sUAS program for the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in British Columbia. He is a technical expert on UAS electronic countermeasures and holds a Diploma in Telecommunications. Brian maintains a Part 107 Airman’s Certificate, is a ground school instructor, and has developed several small UAS courses. He has provided support to tactical teams, forensic investigators, as well as Search and Rescue teams. Brian was the first certified Extended Visual Line of Sight check pilot in Canada and the first in Canada to deploy UAS countermeasures at a VIP venue. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show podcast, Brian talks about Blueforce Consulting and the use of counter measures for security and public safety purposes.
What do we need to fly a drone safely over people?
If you ask today’s guest, he would say having a reliable parachute system. Gene Englegau is the founder of Fruity Chutes, a world leader in the manufacturing of recovery systems for drones and rockets. The company provides parachute recovery systems to many of the top UAS manufacturers including AAI Textron, Quest UAV, Silent Falcon, Aeromao, Zipline, and Matternet and more. Their top priority is to work with manufacturers and provide them with world class recovery systems.
In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Gene talks about Fruity Chutes, the FAA drone over people workgroup and what it’s like to produce recovery sysems for the drone industry. Joining Gene is his daughter, Janice Egnlegau who handles operations and assists in social media and other areas of the company
What do we know about the Yuneec drone company and its products?
Today’s guest will fill us in on details. Frank DeMartin is Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for the Americas at Yuneec. The company has a long history in the aviation industry, starting out as a manufacturer of remonte-controlled aircraft and evolving in to one of today’s leading drone makers. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Frank talks about the origin and history of Yuneec, its latest products and some case uses, and he offers insights into the commercial and consumer drone industry.
How are drones used in Archaeology?
For that question, we turn to Stefano Campana, one of Italy's most active and inventive professors, specializing in landscape archaeology, remote sensing and archaeological methodology for research, recording and conservation. His research is focused on the understanding of past landscapes from protohistory to the present day. Stefano's work is centered primarily in Tuscany but he has also participated in and led research in the UK, Spain, Turkey, Palestine, Iraq and Asia. He has written extensively on UAV use in archaeology with a particular focus on practical considerations, sensors and data processing. His writings stress the benefits of UAV systems, specifically their cost, accuracy and control of data capture. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Stefano talks about how drones are used in the field of archaeology, their strengths and limitations and what archaeologists should consider when planning to use drones in their research.
How can we make our skies safe from possible drone incursions?
If you ask today’s guest, he would say it all starts with Congress. Rob Thompson is the co-founder of the Counter UAS Coalition, an organization that advocates for public affairs and public policy for counter drone technology in Washington, D.C.. The coalition was formed to help industry stakeholders engage government in proactively forming sound public policy and bringing to the forefront the best in class counter UAS solutions. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Rob talks about the Counter UAS Coalition, why it was formed and how the organization works with manufacturers and Congress to changes laws to promote the use of effective counter drone measures.
Is there a way to spark interest in drones to girls at an early age?
Today’s guests believe they’ve found a way, and in doing so, they feel it might open future opportunities for women in the drone industry. Sharon Rossmark is founder and CEO of Women and Drones, the largest online platform for women in the UAS Industry. The platform enables women to connect, collaborate and make global business connections to grow their network. Wendy Erikson is an emmy award winning journalist and host of the popular Women and Drones podcast. Both are FAA certified Remote Pilots.
Recently, Women and Drone’s published two children’s books on drones. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Sharon and Wendy talk about Women and Drones, STEM Education and how their two books are encouraging young girls to look as drones for fun and perhaps later in life, pursue a career in the drone industry.