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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you getting undercut by drone operators that won't follow the rules? According to today’s guest, there is a way to grow and sustain a drone based industry by rewarding compliance. Steven Flynn is an Emmy Award winning Filmmaker: Producer, Director, Director of Photography, Editor, and a drone pilot. With a background in electronics and photography he honed his skill both as a photographer and editor, forming his own post-production company in 1996. Among his past clients are PBS, DISCOVERY, TRAVEL CHANNEL, HGTV, and PAISLEY PARK. He moved to Ireland in 2012 and co-found Aerial Filming Ireland. Flying for big and small clients alike, he saw both the opportunities and the tensions in the booming drone economy. In 2015 he pitched Skytango to the National Digital Resource Centre in Dublin and has spent the last 2 years as CEO, creating a new on-line drone marketplace. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Steve talks about SkyTango and introduces the concept of rewarding compliance in the drone industry to help promote long-term economic sustainability.
Have you ever wondered how drones are used in the public safety sector? If you asked today’s guest, he would say drones provide a cost-effective solution to other costly equipment and that they can provide great ROI to local public agencies.
Ryan English is President and Co-Founder of FLYMOTION Unmanned Systems, a full service UAS company headquartered in Tampa, Florida that delivers a range of UAS solutions, one of which is focused on the public safety industry. In addition to his military service and civilian special operations background, Ryan has over a decade of successful entrepreneurship to the FlyMotion team. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Ryan talks about FLYMOTION, how drones are used in hazardous public safety situations, the value of drones to public safety organizations and the challenges and rewards of starting a public safety drones based business.
If you asked today’s guest, he’d give us seven predictions for a dynamic year ahead. Jeremiah Karpowicz is the Executive Editor for Commercial UAV News. He creates articles, videos, newsletters, ebooks and other content for various communities as a contributor and editor. He is also the author of a number of industry specific reports how drones are being used in various markets. His latest report is called “7 Commercial Drone Predictions for 2017”. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Jeremiah talks about the report, some of the key predictions that we should look for and what they will mean to the commercial drone industry. Halfway through this interview, Chris Korody of the Drone Business Center joins the conversation and shares his perspectives on these predictions.
Do you have an idea for a new drone start up?
Then the lessons offered by todays guest will really interest you. Siggi Hindrichs is an entrepreneur in residence at the Samsung NEXT Start tech accelerator in San Francisco. She is the founder of Notifleet, an early stage startup that aims to be an all-in-one solution for fleet management for commercial UAVs. Siggi is also a certified remote pilot with sUAS rating under Part 107. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Siggi talks about her business idea to help companies scale their drone fleets, the benefits and opportunities of working in a tech accelerator and the challenges and rewards of creating a new tech start-up. If you have an idea for a new drone business, you’ll find this interview interesting.
Have you wondered how drones can be used in the legal profession?
If you asked today’s guest, he’d tell you that drones are helping juries better understand the facts in complicated accident cases. Mark Johnson is the co-founder and chief creative officer of Visual Law Group, a company in San Jose, California that provides a variety of litigation support services. The company is comprised of creative visual media professionals who, by utilizing the most cutting edge software and technology, create innovative and easy to understand stories and presentations. In 2015, Mark began using drones to collect aerial data, create 3D models and produce virtual reality scenes to support cases of litigation. In this episode, Mark talks about the field of visual law, the rise of drones in the profession and the opportunities that drone technology offers in the litigation process.
Are you looking to make some money with your drone?
Then you’re going to be especially interested in hearing from today’s guest. Derek Waleko is CEO and co-founder of Up Sonder, the world’s first peer-to-peer on-demand marketplace dedicated exclusively to drone rentals. Providers earn extra money by renting out their drone or service, while Renters save time and money by renting from an Up Sonder member within their direct area. Up Sonder also powers its deliveries with UberRUSH, giving members access to on-demand drones. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Derek talks about Up Sonder, how drone owners and operators can make money with their drones using the system and its quest to solve world energy and drinking water challenges.
How drones are used in humanitarian relief efforts? If you asked today’s guest, he’d say that they’re not only saving lives but they’re creating real sustainable, economic opportunities for local populations.
Patrick Meier is an internationally recognized expert in the field of humanitarian technology. He has consulted for the UN, Red Cross, World Bank and numerous other organizations. His book, Digital Humanitarians, shares remarkable, real-life stories of how humanity coupled with innovative solutions to Big Data is changing humanitarian response forever. He founded the Humanitarian UAV Network (UAViators), an organization of 2,500 members in 80+ countries with a mission to promote the safe, coordinated and effective use of UAV’s for data collection and use in a wide range of settings. He is also a consultant and author of several articles on humanitarian efforts and technology.
Patrick presently serves as the Executive Director and Co-Founder of WeRobotics, which scales the positive impact of humanitarian aid, development and environmental projects through the use of robotics solutions, most notably, drones. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Patrick talks about We Robotics, how drones are used in humanitarian efforts and how Digital Humanitarians are saving lives and creating new, sustainable economic opportunities with drones.
Just how rewarding can it be to fly a drone? If you ask today’s guest, he’d tell you that flying a drone has opened the door to some of the most satisfying experiences in his life.
Niel Guilarte is the owner and Chief Creative at Wildstyle Media Group, a professional digital media/content company in in Tampa, Florida, and a drone enthusiast who took up flying drones one year ago. Initially a hobby, drones are now part of his production business. Niel is also a podcaster, coach and public speaker, His weekly podcast, All Things Post, highlights the talented magicians behind the scenes in film, television, video,music, arts & more. In this episode, Niel talks about how drones became a part of his business and lessons learned in buying and using a drone, and some of the rewarding experiences he’s had along the way. He’ll also share his podcast and introduce to us to a documentary he’s directing where he used a drone to capture aerial footage.
Looking for a place to show off your high quality drone videos? Then you're going to enjoy hearing from today's guest. Mike Israel is an avid drone enthusiast and RC pilot, who in 2015, founded the online drone video sharing platform - AIRVUZ. Prior to founding AIRVUZ, Mike was a Managing Director and co-founder of Mill City Capital, L.P., a leading private equity firm based in Minneapolis. Since its launch, AIRVUZ has become the premiere online community for sharing and viewing aerial video content from around the world. In this show, Mike talks about AIRVUZ, what differentiates it from other video sharing platforms and how drone pilots can benefit by sharing their content with the us and the rest of the world.
How long does it take to get our new generation drones professionally repaired? If you ask today’s guest, he’d say "less than 36 hours". Paul Corry is Senior Vice President for Business Development for Unmannedsas. Unmanned SAS was formed by a group of combat proven UAS operators and experienced business owners. The company has a 120,000 square foot facility capable of quickly repairing drones from most major manufacturers. In many cases, in less than 36 hours. In addition to repairing drones, USAS provides commercial & government UAS operational and regulatory consulting services. In this edition, Paul talks about Unmanned SAS, why the next generation drones require specialized repair services and how the company’s facility in Tampa, Florida is uniquely positioned to meet this need.
What do you get when you combined a 5-star resort with a drone?
If you ask today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show, he’d say you get an incredible vacation experience and an opportunity to explore a new technology. Bill Chen works at DJI’s central office in China in the business development and channel marketing section. There he’s charged with setting up new ways in which the company’s products can be experienced. In 2016, DJI formed a partnership with Marriott Resorts to allow guests to learn how to fly a drone. In this episode, Bill talks about DJI, the partnership with Marriott, and how the Drone Experience Program works.
What are the possibilities for aerial mapping systems?
For that question, we turn Lorenzo Martelletti, Director of Sales and Marketing at Pix4D. Pix4D offers a software package that converts standard pictures into professional geo-referenced images and 3D models. The company is a leader in mapping and modeling for mining, construction, agriculture and the real estate industries. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Lorenzo talks about aerial mapping systems, 3D modeling and how Pix4D’s UAV products and services are supporting a wide array of industries throughout the world.
For that question, we turn to Colin Snow, CEO and founder of Skylogic Research a research, content and advisory services firm in Redwood City, California. Skylogic helps companies make critical investments by providing research-based insights on commercial drone markets. In this episode, Colin shares some of the findings of the firm’s analyses from 2016, talks about current trends and he shares some things we should look for in 2017.
This is the second in a podcast series where those who cover the drone industry share their perspectives on the key stories, people and events that shape the that industry. In Volume 2 of "Stories of the Drone," we hear from Sally French reporter with Market Watch and a drone enthusiast. Sally is also known as The Drone Girl and writes her own blog under that name. She's been covering the drone industry for four years. In this episode, she talks about some of the stories from 2016 and what we might expect to see ini 2017. We had a great conversation about drones, technology, events and even learned a few new things about Sally herself.
Where will the next generation of drone apps come from? If you asked that question of today’s guest, he’d say, Barcelona, Spain.. Manav Gupta is serial entrepreneur based in Hong Kong, China. He is founder and CEO of Brinc, an ultra hands-on accelerator offering a comprehensive program to very early stage start-up companies and nurturing them to business launch. On this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Manav talks about Brinc’s newest venture – the Reimagine Drone Accelerator, a dedicated drone services incubator in Barcelona. The program will provide startups with financial and technical support to develop new and disruptive drone-based technologies. Brinc and their European partner, Incubio, are looking for passionate founders who are creating a new generation of services and applications for the commercial drone industry.
What are some of the current legal issues facing drone operators today?
That is the central question posed to today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show. Steve Hogan is an attorney at Ausley & McMullen, focusing on commercial drone law since 2012. The firm specializes in assisting clients in obtaining waivers for drone operations. Steve is the host of Drone Law Today, a weekly podcast that addresses current developments and future trends in "drone law." He is the also author of The Drone Revolution: How Robotic Aviation Will Change the World. On this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Steve talks about current legal issues in the drone industry, why some operators may not want to toss out their Section 333 exemption, privacy and air space concerns, and state and local regulations.
What does 2017 hold for the sport of drone racing? Bron Heussenstamm is a former professional surfer and President of the Beaar Company, a Los Angeles public relations firm that creates long-term strategies that maximize the positive awareness and beneficial relationships for their clients. Bron has more than 20 years in the public relations and branding industry. In this episode, Bron talks about the interest in drone racing, the rise of public relations in sector, 2016 as the landmark year in drone sports and the exciting future of drone sports entertainment.
How are companies responding to the rise of the drone industry?
We explore this question on this edition of the Drone Radio Show by hearing how one company’s response to drone users led to new market opportunities. Austen Butler is an avid snowboarder, graduate from Sierra Nevada College with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Vice President and co-founder of Polar Pro Filters in Newport Beach, Califorinia.
Polar Pro specializes in manufacturing accessories for cameras. Originally targeting GoPro camera users, in the past couple of years, the company has successfully pivoted to providing filters and accessories to drone operators. On this edition, Austen share;s the story behind Polar Pro, how it got it started, its successful line of products and how the rise of consumer and commercial drones propelled the company into new markets.
What’s the next generation of UAV solutions look like?
That’s one of the questions we’ll be exploring on this edition of the Drone Radio Show.
Eric Freeman is CEO of Alpha Unmanned Systems, a Madrid-based manufacturer of the Sniper UAV, a small unmanned gasoline-powered helicopter with 2 hours of flight time. The company has clients throughout Europe and others parts of the world and was first company to have a helicopter UAV certified to fly in Israel. On this edition, Eric talks about Alpha Unmanned Systems, the Sniper UAV, the company’s approach to meet user’s needs and some of the trends shaping the industry. We’ll also get a glimpse of the European market for UAVs and services.
Where can you go to learn about precision data systems?
On October 31, more than 2,000 precision data professional will converge in Las Vegas for the Commercial UAV Expo. Precision data measurement and services represents one of the greatest opportunities for UAS growth. At this conference, experts will share the latest developments and opportunities for commercial UAS technology in such drone markets as Surveying & Mapping; Civil Infrastructure; Power & Utilities; Precision Agriculture; Law Enforcement, Emergency Response and others.
In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Lisa Murray, Director of the Commercial UAV Expo and Jeremiah Karpowicz, Executive Editor talk about the Expo, the benefits of attending, and they’ll share some insights into the role of UAVs in the precision measurement field. Even if you decide not to attend the Expo, you’re going to enjoy learning about this sector of the drone industry.
Can a drone make you a better golfer? If you ask that question of today’s guest, he’d say not only can it make you a better golfer, but it can also grow a golf course business.
Dave Hovasse is founder of OhWowGolf, a Colorado Springs based business that uses drones to create augumented reality representations of the standard golf yardage books. On this edition of the Drone Radio Show, we’ll learn about Oh Wow Golf, how Dave is building a business around drones and augmented reality systems and we’ll also hear how Oh Wow Golf is plans to support wounded veterans via new economic opportunities.