Is there a marketplace for autonomous drone services?
Derek Waleko is CEO and co-founder of UpSonder, a drone startup that provides drone services to businesses around the country ranging from local real estate agents to major energy companies. Its vision is to be a one-stop solution for drone services—which Goldman Sachs estimates will be worth $13 billion by 2020. The company went live in March 2017 and has grown into one of the largest drone marketplaces in the country. As a forward looking company, UpSonder is preparing to integrate autonomous flight services to augment its marketplace for human piloted drones. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Derek talks about the growth of Upsonder since its launch, how the company plans to offer autonomous flight services and how we can participate in a uniqued funding opportunity to help raise capital for the release of UpSonder Marketplace 2.0.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What’s going on with efforts to develop the unmanned traffic management system?
If you ask today’s guest, he would tell you a lot has been accomplished and there are some exciting things ahead. Parimal Kopardekar, PK for short, serves as manager of the NASA’s Safe Autonomous System Operations Project. The goal of the project is to develop autonomy related concepts, technologies and architectures that will increase efficiency, safety, and capacity of airspace operations. At NASA, he has initiated many innovative research projects. Prior to this current project, he managed the Next Generation Air Transportation Systems (NextGen) Concepts and Technology Development Project. He has published more than 40 articles, and is recipient of numerous NASA awards including Outstanding Leadership Medal and Engineer of the Year. He holds a doctorate and master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering and bachelor’s degree in production engineering.
In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, PK talks about NASA’s role in developing the Unmanned Transportation Management System and shares what’s been accomplished, the current status and what we can expect in the future for unmanned traffic management.