Drone Radio Show

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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Aug 15, 2017

Are you confused over privacy expectations when flying a drone?

Well today’s guest is sure to provide some much needed clarity in this area. Sally French is a journalist and the blogger behind She works full-time as Social Media Editor for MarketWatch and co-hosts a Web series on millennial personal finance for The Wall Street Journal.  Sally first got interested in drones while attending the Missouri School of Journalism. Her first drone journalism was   a video for NPR in which footage from a drone documents a prairie fire. Her work has been published in major news outlets including CNN, The BBC, Forbes, The Economist, the San Francisco Chronicle and the Orange County Register. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Sally talks about privacy concerns, drone news gathering and the future of drone journalism.   

Aug 8, 2017

Do you have a dream to take your drone and make it big in Hollywood?

Then stay tuned, as today’s guest will share with us how make that dream a reality. Skip Fredricks is an Emmy-winning aerial cinematographer who has pioneered the use of drones in sports, dramas and other shows. He is an FAA drone flight instructor at the Unmanned Vehicle University, creator of Drone TV - the world's first 24/7 all-drone television channel, and he has consulted on drone use for all the major Hollywood studios and networks.  Skip has spoken at InterDrone, Drone Dealer Expo and at UCLA's FIlm School, and his work has been featured in Drone 360, Sports Illustrated, Variety and BBC Worldwide. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Skip talk about drones in TV and Film and offer insights on breaking into the industry.

Aug 1, 2017

Are you wondering how organizations can add drones to their public safety response systems?

Well, hang on, because today’s guest has a wealth of information to share. Romeo Durscher is the Director of Education at DJI, the world’s largest manufacturer of consumer drones. Many public safety organizations have begun to adopt drone technology. As Director of Education, Romeo works closely with many of these agencies to advance the use of drones during life- and property-saving operations. Romeo has also established himself as one of the top aerial panorama photographers in the world, traveling to various locations and capturing some of the most stunning and inspiring views from above. His work has been published in various magazines, newspapers and galleries across the globe. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Romeo talks about the use of drones by police and fire agencies.  He’ll also give us some tips on taking great aerial images and he’ll share an amazing story of flying DJI drones and broadcasting live on ABC Good Morning America from inside the world largest cave in Vietnam. 

Jul 25, 2017

Can drones provide an economic benefit in the energy sector?

If you ask today’s guest, he would point to actual use case savings to show that they can.  Matt Dunlevy is President, and founder of SkySkopes, an unmanned aircraft systems flight operations company based in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  SkySkopes offers infrastructure inspections for the energy industry, using high fidelity imaging services on drones.   Matt is here to talk about SkySkopes, the benefits of using drones to inspect energy infrastructure and lessons learned in creating a drone-based energy services company.

Jul 18, 2017

Do you know who’s advocating for your use of drones?

If you asked today’s guest, he’d most likely respond with an uncomfortable sigh.  Patrick Egan is the editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition. He also serves as the Director of Special Programs for the Remote Control Aerial Photography Association. Patrick has spent the last 10+ years working as a proponent for the business use of unmanned aircraft systems. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Patrick talks about current efforts to integrate drones into the national airspace, local and federal regulations, the state of the drone industry and he shares his view on who’s really looking out for your interests as a small commercial drone business. The answer may surprise you and it could involve a mirror.

Jul 11, 2017

Have you been following the 2017 Drone Racing League and wondering who’s going to win?

Well, we’re not going to divulge that or give any other spoilers in this episode but we are going to hear from someone who will tell us why we should tune-

in Nick Horbaczewski is the CEO of the Drone Racing League, the premier racing organization combining world class pilots, iconic locations and proprietary technology to create engaging drone racing content with mass appeal.  The League was formed in 2015, finished its first successful season in 2016 and is back for what could be its break out year.  I interviewed Nick just before the start of the 2016 season, and so much has happened since then.  In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Nick talks about last year, what’s new for this year and how the lessons of the first two years are taking the league to the next level.

Jul 7, 2017

Ever wonder if we’re getting closer to integrating drones into the National Airspace?

Then you’re going to enjoy hearing from today’s guest. Craig Marcinkowski is the Director of Strategy and Business Development for Gryphon Sensors. Gryphon develops commercial sensor systems for the safe integration of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS). Leveraging six decades of expertise in radar and electronic surveillance sensor research and development from parent company SRC Inc., the company provides innovative multi-spectrum solutions in the drone security and UAS integration markets.

Gryphon Sensors is one of the companies working with the FAA on NAS integration. Earlier this year, the company demonstrated "Skylight", a system that integrates a diverse sensor suite to track objects. A wide variety of drones were flown at the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to test the capability of the system to detect, track, classify and display threats. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Craig talks about the Skylight System, the demonstration, the work that Gryphon Sensors is doing to safely integrate drones into the national air space, and he’ll give us a glimpse of what’s happening with this critical FAA initiative.

Jul 4, 2017

Ever wonder what it would be like to pilot an underwater drone?

Thanks to the efforts of today’s guest, we now have that opportunity.  Christine Spiten is the Co-Founder & Chief Global Strategist for Blueye Robotics, a Norwegian based company that seeks to develop and sell the world's finest drone for underwater exploration. The company launched a new product, the Blueye Pioneer, a prosumer personal drone capable of reaching depths of 150 meters and providing an unparalleled user experience.  In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Christine ialks about Blueye Robotics, the new Blueye Pioneer underwater drone and the rewards of exploring, first hand, our oceans and seas. 

Jun 27, 2017

Ever wonder what’s happening at the local and state levels regarding drones?

If you asked today’s guest, he’d have a lot to share. Arthur Holland Michel is founder and editor of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College. The Center examines the novel and complex opportunities and challenges presented by unmanned systems technologies in both the military and civilian sphere. As a freelance writer and editor based in New York City, Arthur has written about unmanned systems, mechanical autonomy, and surveillance. Prior to forming the Center for the Study of the Drone, from 2009 to 2012, he was the director of the Tambo Foundation, a community nonprofit that developed sustainable projects in education, infrastructure, potable water, and health in the Cusco region in southern Peru.  Recently, the Center completed a three-part study on drone use and regulations at the local level in the United States.  The Drone at Home study examines local regulations, public safety use of drones and drone incidents. Arthur is here to talk about the Center for the Study of the Drone, an interesting class on the Drone Revolution and the findings of the Drone at Home series.

Jun 20, 2017

Ever wonder how easy it might be to use your drone in a search and rescue effort?

Well before you grab your UAV and rush out the door, you’re going to want hear what today’s guest has to say. Jay Manley is the CEO and owner of Dakota Skyhook, a commercial drone service company in Fargo, North Dakota. Jay also has a long history of search and rescue participation, including actual mission “Finds”. He is a 18-year member of the Civil Air Patrol, with the rank of Lt. Col., has over 600 hours of flying and over 150 actual mission hours of flying. Besides the flying aspects, Jay is also a certified Incident Commander and actively helps train other members in search and rescue activities. He is a Life member of the AMA and has been operating his UAS business for almost a years. Jay is here to talk about Dakota Skyhook, his background in search and rescue and the challenges and opportunities of using drones for search and rescue.

Jun 13, 2017

Are you doing all that you can to find the right career opportunity in the drone industry?

If you ask today’s guest, she would say there are things you can do to stand out above the rest.  Cynthia Cauthan is CEO and founder of Transcendence UAS, a professional recruitment firm specializing in securing the most talented professionals and business leaders for the UAS Industry.  She has over 15 years of success in information technology, executive management search, client relationship management, business development and project management.

It’s been said that in the next few years, the drone industry will create as many as 100,000 jobs. For most first time job seekers, the typical job search techniques – specialization, training and networking – will suffice.  But for those seeking to advance into mid and executive level positions, the competition can be fierce and you may need to differentiate yourself. At the same time, with dynamic changes occurring in this fast paced industry, choosing the right opportunity is paramount to achieving long term success.  That’s where Cynthia comes in.  On this episode of the Drone Radio show, Cynthia talks about Transcendence, the types of jobs that may be in most demand in the UAS industry and how career seekers can find the right positions that maximize their value.

Jun 6, 2017

Why are foreign UAS Companies coming to the U.S.?

If we ask today guest, he would say that’s where the opportunities lie. Bjorn Forsdal is the President of Robot Aviation USA, an international company based in Norway.  Robot aviation develops and produces unmanned aircraft systems designed to deliver a working solution for the end user.  Their systems will typically be used in inspecting, monitoring, surveying and helping search and rescue operations.  In 2016, Robot Aviation established its US base of operations in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  Bjorn is here to talk about Robot Aviation, its products, autonomous and beyond line of flight operations and why the company decided to locate in Grand Forks. We’ll also hear from Brian Opp, Manager of Aviation Business Development at the North Dakota Department of Commerce who will give us some insights into why the North Dakota UAS economy is attractive to foreign investment by companies like Robot Aviation.

May 30, 2017

Is it possible to design an economic development program around the UAS Industry?

Terry Sando is the Director of UAS Sector Development at the Grand Forks Region Economic Development Corporation.  The Grand Forks EDC promotes economic development in the Northeast North Dakota region, working to establish new wealth and job growth for the City and County of Grand Forks and outlying regional communities. Among the leading industries that the EDC targets is the Unmanned Industry.  In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Terry talks about the efforts of the Grand Forks EDC to encourage and support the growth and formation of UAS companies and offers lessons to other economic development professionals on how to nurture this fast growing industry in their regions.

May 23, 2017

Can We Learn Anything From A Dragonfly About Making a Better Drone?

Today's guest says we already have.  Alex Caccia is a serial entrepreneur, with start-ups in hardware and software, as well as sports equipment. He is also the CEO of Animal Dynamics, a spinout company from the Department of Zoology at Oxford University.  Animal Dynamics is setting out to develop a portfolio of products derived from research into evolutionary adaptions in flight, swimming, walking, based on the fundamentals mechanisms of high-performance animals. Their current project, the Skeeter Drone, is micro droned with flapping wings like a dragon fly.  In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Alex talks about Animal Dynamics, the science behind looking at high performance animals, the Skeeter Drone, and the role of university based research in launching new technologies.

May 16, 2017

The View From The Great Plains

In this third segment of Stories of the Drone, we travel to the Great Plains, to the town of Mandan, North Dakota to talk with Marlo Anderson.  Marlo, also known as the "Guru of Geek", is the host of the Tech Ranch, a weekly radio program featuring technology for everyday use. He is also co-founder of Zoovio, Inc., Awesome 2 Products and

Marlo is actively involved in promoting unmanned and robotics technology in North Dakota. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Marlo talks about his Tech Ranch radio show, how drones are viewed in the Great Plains, the origin of 1 Million Cups and its impact on the drone industry, the efforts to create an Autonomous Friendly Corridor and his latest venture, the National Day Calandar.  We’ll also talk a little about Drone Focus 2017 which begins on May 31st, which coincidently is also marked as National Autonomous Vehicle Day.

May 9, 2017

Is Drone Racing The Next Collegiate Sport?

Todd Wahl is the President of Multi GP, the premier FPV racing league uniting pilots across the globe in casual and competitive events. Todd is a lifelong entrepreneur and technologist who sold his technology consulting company to focus fulltime on growing Multi GP’s FPV Sports offerings. He has been involved in drone racing for years, having organized and managed Atlanta’s Drone Racing Club and working to involve people at all levels of the sport. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Todd talks about Multi GP, the current state of drone racing, the Multi GP Drone Championship and how drone racing could very well become the next organized college sports sensation.

May 2, 2017

Can We Really Have an Impact?

David Rovira is the Regional Manager SensFly, a drone manufacture and services company based in Switzerland.  He is also the director of Drone Adventures, a non-profit organization comprised of SenseFly employees who banded to make a difference.  Their goal is to demonstrate and promote the great potential of drones to protect our planet and support local communities. On this episode of the Drone Radio Show, David talks about Drone Adventures, how it was formed, some of the missions that have been undertaken and how a group of like-minded employees are using their passion for drones to make a difference in the lives of people and communities across the globe.

Apr 25, 2017

How do Drones fit into the national plans for our infrastructure?

For that question, we turn to Brigham A. McCown, Chairman and Founder of the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure.  AII is an independent, national, educational organization dedicated to identifying our nation’s infrastructure needs, creating awareness of those needs and developing public-private partnerships to address those issues. Their goal is to create higher standards by promoting innovative technologies and safer outcomes for national infrastructure projects.

Brigham has more than 28 years of executive management, legal, and operational experience at the local, national, and international levels of government. In addition to serving as the Chairman of the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure, he also serves as the Chairman and CEO of Nouveau Inc. and is a Managing Shareholder of Kilgore / McCown, PLLC. He’s a former senior executive at the United States Department of Transportation, and current entrepreneur and philanthropist. We’re fortunate to have him with us today.  Drones have surfaced on the Alliance’s radar as a promising innovative technology and because of the potential to support our country’s infrastructure goals.  On this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Brigham talks about the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure, it’s mission and objectives and how drones fit into the overall agenda.

Apr 18, 2017

What Do We Need To Know about Drone Security?

Michael Monnik is a cyber security consultant and founder of DroneSec a drone-security service.  Michael has built a successful career in helping clients secure their networks. Over the past few years, his interest in internet security led him to drones. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Michael talks about the drone security sector, the risks to our systems, mitigation options and what we all need to know about drone security.  He’ll also introduce us to a new podcast that he’s producing on drone security that will explore these concepts in greater detail.

Apr 14, 2017

Where will you find the greatest concentration of UAS Professionals in Europe?

Lisa Murray is the event director for Diversified Communications, an international media company with more than 12 years’ experience in producing world-renowned events for precision measurement professionals.  If you’re in this field, then you have most likely have attended one of their events, including SPAR 3D Conference & Expo, the International Lidar Mapping Forum or the Commercial UAV Expo.

One June 20-22, Diversified Communications brings its winning formula to Brussels, creating a signature forum for UAS professionals all across Europe.  It’s called the Commercial UAV Expo Europe. In this episode, Lisa talks about the Expo, why it’s being held in Europe, what attendees can expect and, most importantly, why UAS professionals should to attend.

Apr 11, 2017

How do start up opportunities in Europe for drone technology compare to those in the United States.

For that question, we speak with Heriberto Saldivar, the technical director for the Reimagine Drone program, an accelerator for drone startups organized by Brinc and Incubio. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Harry talks about current trends in the European drone market and how they compare to the U.S. market.  He also talks about the finalists of the Reimagine Drone Accelerator and how those companies fit into the European drone market.

Apr 4, 2017

What Are You Afraid Of?

It’s Saturday night, September 23, 2016, and hundreds gather at the Los Angeles Downtown Film Festival. They’re there to see a new film submitted by a local director. The film is about drones. The director is David Oneal of That Drone Show and Wildly Creative Marketing.  The movie is The Drone Invasion. 

David and Sarah host That Drone Show, a popular  YouTube series on drones. They’ve been doing this since 2014, when drones were just starting to become popular.  They’ve uploaded more than 400 videos, have nearly 13,000 subscribers and have registered more than 1.2 million views. In 2015, they conceptualized and launched International Drone Day, a day to celebrate drones. As we all know, International Drone Day has become a huge success in connecting drone users across the globe in the common message that Drones Are Good. More recently, David and Sarah formed Wildly Creative Marketing to assist clients in promoting their products and services.  They are frequently seen promoting drone racing events across the country.

The Drone Invasion is a documentary that explores the myths, the promises, and the current reality of drones. Dozens of experts in Drone technology come together on the screen to answer the simple question of "Are Drones Good?"  In this episode, we learn about making of the movie and its impact on the drone industry.

Mar 28, 2017

What’s it take to build a successful UAS remote sensing business?

Rolf Schlub, founder of TerraCam, based in Johanesburg, South Africa talks about the remote sensing business. TerraCam was founded in 2011 by Rolf W. Schlub to satisfy the growing trend of remote sensing in industries such as mining, land surveying, construction, urban development, security and agriculture. Using unmanned aerial platforms, TerraCam gathers image and video data that can then be processed into actionable information. As the director of TerraCam, Rolf manages the strategy and direction of the company while maintaining close collaborations with the R&D department. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Rolf talks about the company, its services and the challenges and opportunities of creating a remote sensing operation in the drone industry.

Mar 21, 2017

Can drones be used to save sharks and other marine life?

Michael Scholl, CEO of the Save Our Seas Foundation and Sonja Betschart Co-Founder of WeRobotics explores this question. 

Save Our Seas is a Geneva based foundation dedicated to protecting life in our oceans, especially sharks and rays. The organization supports researchers, conservationists and educators across the globe.  They have centers in Florida, Seychelles and South Africa, dedicated to learning about sharks and rays and sharing that knowledge. Michael has more 20 years of experience researching and studying sharks.  His efforts have been featured in television documentaries by the BBC, National Geographic, and Discovery Channel and in publications including Science, Nature, BBC Wildlife Magazine, and Africa Geographic.  WeRobotics promotes the positive impact of drones across multiple social sectors, particularly in developing and at-risk countries. Prior to joining WeRobotics, Sonja was on the Board of Directors of Drone Adventures, a non-profit organization in Switzerland dedicated to showing the great potential of drones to protect our planet and support local communities.  In 2015, Drone Adventures and Save Our Seas teamed up on a project to map a shark ecosystem in the Seychelles using a drone. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Michael and Sonja share their experience of that mapping project, offer some lessons learned and give us some insights into sharks, their ecosystem and the future of drones in marine research.

Mar 14, 2017

Ever wonder how we’re going to train all of the new UAV pilots?

If you ask today’s guest, she would say that she’s got this. Abby Speicher is the CEO and Co-Founder of DART Drones, a flight school for drone pilots. DART Drones is the national leader in drone training, consultation, and expert support for new drone pilots. Their mission is to provide the highest quality training on Unmanned Aerial Systems to ensure the safe integration of drones into the national airspace. In this show, Abby talks about how she started Dart Drones, the courses offered and how the company is preparing this generation’s UAV pilots for the commercial drone industry.


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