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Sep 18, 2018

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.

Sep 11, 2018

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. 

Sep 4, 2018

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.

Aug 28, 2018

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.

Aug 21, 2018

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.

Aug 14, 2018

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.

Aug 7, 2018

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

Jul 31, 2018

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.

 

Jul 17, 2018

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.

Jul 10, 2018

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.

Jul 3, 2018

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.

Jun 29, 2018

Are there questions that we should be asking?

If you ask today’s guest, he would say, “Hundreds”.  Patrick Egan is the editor of the American Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition. Patrick experience in the field spans military and civilian UAS applications, he was the director of special programs for the Remote Control Aerial Photography Association and he is considered a subject matter expert on the UAS industry.

This is Part 2 of a 2-Part Interview with Patrick.  In these two episodes of the Drone Radio Show, Patrick raises some questions about the drone industry, transparency, federal expenditures, priorities, special interests and who’s really advocating for small commercial drone operators. 

Jun 26, 2018

Are there questions that we should be asking?

If you ask today’s guest, he would say, “Hundreds”.  Patrick Egan is the editor of the American Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition. Patrick experience in the field spans military and civilian UAS applications, he was the director of special programs for the Remote Control Aerial Photography Association and he is considered a subject matter expert on the UAS industry.

This is Part 1 of a 2-Part Interview with Patrick. In these two episodes of the Drone Radio Show, Patrick raises some questions about the drone industry, transparency, federal expenditures, priorities, special interests and who’s really advocating for small commercial drone operators. 

Jun 19, 2018

Are Drones the answer to urban mass transit challenges?

One company thinks they could be. Mark Moore is Engineering Director for Vehicle Systems at Uber Elevate, Uber’s light-aircraft ridesharing project. There he is working the next generation of urban mobility solutions that involve air passenger drones. Prior to joining Uber, Mark worked for NASA for over 32 years, the entire time focusing on conceptual design studies of advanced aircraft concepts. His research focused on understanding how to best integrate the emerging technology area of electric propulsion and automation to achieve breakthrough on-demand aviation capabilities. He left NASA for Uber to make electric VTOL flight a reality. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Mark talks about Uber’s passenger drones, its planned future commuter service and its impact on cities and regions.

Jun 12, 2018

Ever Wonder How Europe is Coming Along with Its Unmanned Traffic Management System?

Well, today’s guest gives us some insight.  Philip Butterworth-Hayes is a consultant and writer on global aerospace affairs. He is the editor of Unmanned Airspace, the first dedicated UTM/counter UAS new service, and editor of Skyway, the journal of EUROCONTROL. He is also a commentator on aviation safety issues for the global broadcast industry. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show. Philip shares his perspective on efforts to create an unmanned traffic management system in Europe and he compares those efforts with what he’s observed here in the United States.

Jun 5, 2018

Is there a simple way to reduce flight risks?

Today’s guests believe there is. Tomer Kashi, CEO and Ori Blumenthal, CTO are co-founders of Skywatch, a powerful data analytics platform that empowers drone operators and fleet managers to track their important safety metrics and reduce flight risks.  Their platform leverages the power of machine learning to mitigate risk, which can lead to lower insurance rates for drone operators. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Tomer and Ori talk about the company, their new platform and app, and how machine learning can reduce the cost of insurance.

May 29, 2018

What is the Drone Integration Pilot Program and How Will It Advance the Use of Drones?

For that question, we go directly to the source.  Earl Lawrence is Director of the UAS Integration Office at the FAA.  Since 2015, he has led the FAA’s efforts to safely and effectively integrate UAS into the nation’s airspace. One of the programs that he oversees is the Drone Integration Pilot Program.  Announced in October, the pilot program is a White House initiative that partners the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with local, state and tribal governments and private sector interests to safely explore the further integration of drone operations. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Earl talks about the objectives of the Drone Integration Pilot Program and the role that the 10 pilot communities will play in integrating drones into the national airspace.

May 22, 2018

How close are we to routine beyond visual line of sight flights?

For one company, it begins this year. Mark Nisbet is the North Dakota Principal Manager for Xcel Energy, a utility power company based in Minneapolis. The company provides power to millions of homes and businesses across eight Western and Midwestern states. In April of 2018, Xcel Energy was granted authorization to fly drones beyond visual line of sight.  It will be the first utility in the nation to routinely fly beyond the operator’s line of sight when it begins surveying transmission lines near Denver this year.

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Mark talks about Xcel, its history of using drones and the plans for flying beyond visual line of sight. Joining Mark is Nick Flom, the Executive Director of the Northern Plains UAS Test Site and West Shover, UAS Sector Development Manager for the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation. Together, they talk about the partnerships in North Dakota that have made this possible and how it serves as a benchmark for the Industry moving forward.

 

May 15, 2018

When can we expect to see drone deliveries?

If we ask today’s guest, he would say it’s already happening.  Joel Ifill is the CEO of DASH Systems a California based company that designs, manufactures and deploys low cost one-way delivery drones built from the ground up to operate in today's air logistics network.  The delivery drones can be mounted to any commercial aircraft, helicopter or UAV, allowing fast and rapid deployment into any environment. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Joel talks about creating a precision drone delivery service, how it supported recovery operations in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria and he future of drone delivery.

 

May 8, 2018

What might the next generation UAV engines look like?

Alec Schlonik is co-founder and CEO of LiquidPiston, a Connecticut based company that is revolutionizing next-generation engine development. The company develops and licenses compact & efficient power solutions based on an optimized thermodynamic cycle and a new type of rotary engine architecture. The patented high-efficiency cycle is the biggest leap forward in combustion engine technology over the last 85 years. It holds great promise as the preferred future propulsion solution for both military and heavy commercial drones. Alec has a PhD in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence from MIT, and has spent a decade-plus reinventing the rotary engine that Felix Wankel created in 1960 and Mazda is bringing back to life in 2019. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Alec talks about Liquid Piston, it’s revolutionary engine and the potential value and impact on the military and commercial UAV sectors.

May 1, 2018

What can we expect at this year’s Drone Focus 2018 in Fargo North Dakota?

That’s one of the questions that we will explore in this edition of the Drone Radio Show. Anthony Molzahn is co-founder of Project Phoenix, a Fargo based software company developing the world’s first universal business web service and toolset that every developer will use.  At the 2017 Drone Focus conference in Fargo, Anthony announced the company was working on Aegis Flow, an aerial/drone pilot for-hire application. The function of Aegis Flow connects pilots to posted jobs from companies and individuals who will pay for images or videos of specific locations. The application will be revealed at this year’s Drone Focus event on May 3031. While preparing for the conference, Anthony was asked to be a member of the Host Committee and to lend his leadership in developing the content and speakers for the event. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Anthony talks about Aegis Flow and what makes it different from other drone marketplaces. We’ll also talk about Drone Focus and how Anthony went from an attendee at last year’s event to becoming a member of the 2018 Drone Focus Host Committee.  

Apr 24, 2018

IHow important is relationship building in creating a successful drone based business?

If you ask today’s guest, she would say it’s critical. Nicole Abbett is a Tampa based photographer, videographer, artist and drone operator. She is a graduate of the University of South Florida where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in photography. She honed her skills as an artist and photographer before starting her own commercial photography business. A few years ago, Nicole picked up a drone and launched a new career as a droneographer. After getting her Part 107 Certification, she quickly established herself as a leading aerial videographer in the Tampa Bay area, eventually landing high profile jobs and becoming the first woman to fly for the National Hockey League. She credits her success to hard work, refining her skills and nurturing strong relationships that have garnered her high profile jobs, referrals and repeat business.

In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Nicole talks about her path from artist/photographer to droneographer. She talks about how building strong relationships has landed her some great opportunities and what she’s done to build a successful commercial drone based business.

Apr 17, 2018

What Does Creating an Advisory Board do for the InterDrone Conference?

That’s the question that we explore in this show with Katie Flash of InterDrone and Romeo Durscher of DJI and a member of the InterDrone Industry Advisory Board. In March, InterDrone announced the formation of an advisory board, consisting of 19-members from industry-leading companies, analysts and former FAA employees and administrators. According to the press release, the board will assist conference organizers with program development and speaker selection to ensure the most comprehensive schedule of commercial drone training during this year’s event. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Katie and Romeo talk about the Industry Advisory Board and how it will shape this year’s InterDrone Conference. They give us an update on the plans for the conference, as well as share their experiences of making InterDrone a premier drone event.

Apr 10, 2018

How has the Drone Industry changed?

For that question, we turn to Ian Smith, Business Development Lead at Drone Deploy and founder, CEO and Host of the successful Commercial Drones FM Podcast. Ian was a guest on the Drone Radio Show more than 2 years ago, and he talked about finding ROI through drone services. A lot has changed in the drone industry since that interview interview, and its time for an update.  In this episode, Ian talks about Drone Deploy’s current products and services, how the drone industry has changed in the past two years and he shares what it's been like to producing his incredibly successful podcast on the drone industry.

Apr 3, 2018

What do weather detection systems have to do with the Drone Industry?

For that question, we go to Tampa, Florida to talk the CEO and CTO of Entropy Technology Design, a company that specializes in developing portable, hand-held technology that detects severe weather threats such as lightning and tornadoes, in real time. Its proprietary technology can also detect other threats, such as mortar fire, sandstorms, tunneling and drones.

Tami Fitzpatrick is CEO of Entropy Technology Design and has 25 years experience in small corporate management, public relations, international trade development, and all factors related to product conceptualization, development, sales, and marketing. Her business experience over the last ten years has focused on the developing and launching of product concepts across the government, commercial, and consumer markets. 

Joining Tami in this show is Edward Shaver, the CTO of Entropy Technology Design. Edward is a physicist, inventor and a published author. Prior to joining Entropy, Edward led development and production the first commercially viable hand-held lightning detector and the first hand-held product capable of tracking the motion of full thunderstorms.  In 2012, Edward developed the StormVector Area Warning System, which use wireless communication to provide storm warning in large industrial facilities, college campuses, and even areas the size of small cities. 

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Tami and Edward talk about company’s revolutionary hand held weather detection technology, how it can be leveraged to make drones fly safer and how it can be used by military, government and commercial drone entities to support their mission or business objectives. 

This is a great example of a core technology in a completely different field finding application and utility in the drone industry.

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