This is a special bonus edition of the Drone Radio Show podcast to highlight a unique drone racing event that is occurring as this podcast airs. Halfway across the world, more than 100 drone racing teams from all over the world are competing in the first World Drone Prix race in Dubai. Thirty-two qualifying teams will compete for the global champion’s purse of total prizes of one million dollars – the biggest purse of its kind to date.
In this episode, we hear from Omar Al Olama, Secretary General of the World Organization of Racing Drones in Dubai, who will tell us about the Drone Grand Prix and how drone racing is about to become a new world racing spectacle.
Are you ready to race your drone?
Then you’re going to like what today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show has to say, because chances are, he may soon be responsible for creating a drone race club in your community.
Chris Thomas is the founder of MultiGP, a grassroots racing organization with a mission to make FPV multirotor racing a real sport. With nearly 300 active chapters worldwide, MultiGP provides the rules, equipment, and software for FPV racing. He’s here to talk about the MultiGP League, why it’s different from other drone racing formats and how we can be a part of one of the fastest growing sports in the world.
How are we integrating UAS into the National Air Space?
In 2014, after a rigorous 10-month selection process involving 25 proposals from 24 states, the Federal Aviation Administration selected six UAS research and test sites across the country. One of those test sites is the Mid Atlantic Aviation Partnership, or MAAP for short, and includes the States of Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey. Research in the three states will include a variety of activities designed to facilitate the integration of UAS into the national airspace.
Rose Mooney, the Executive Director of MAAP, did her graduate work at Liberty University and is a former Director of UAS Airspace Integration at AAI/Textron. She was also the Vice President of Archangel Aero and the President of the Unmanned National Industry Team which represented the UAS in the US and Internationally. On this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Rose talks about the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership and how their research is helping to integrate UAS into the national air space.
Are you wondering what it takes to develop your passion around drones?
Then today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show has some exciting insights for you. Desiree (Desi) Ekstein is a drone enthusiast from Lake Elsinore, California. She’s been flying drones for four years. Her hobby has evolved into a part-time business and an educational outreach to young people. If you think mastering the world of drones is difficult, then you’ll want to listen to Desi’s story and find out just how easy it can be - if you take things one step at a time, reach out to the many helpful people in the drone community, and let your imagination fly.
How far are we from having drones that will do our heavy work for us?
If you’d ask today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show, he’d say it’s already here. Bob Dalhstrom is CEO and Founder of Appelix, an company that serves industrial workplaces that are doing dangerous dirty jobs. His company has developed a prototype of an semi-autonomous drone for industrial painting applications. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Bob talk about Appelix, his Worker Bee Industrial Drone and the opportunities afforded through robotics.
Do you know what’s about to become the newest and most exciting entertainment sport on the planet?
If you're thinking Drone Racing, then you’d be partially correct, because what the team at the Drone Racing League is doing can only be described as drone racing on steroids.
This week's guests on the Drone Radio Show are Nick Horbaczewski, Chief Executive Officer and Founder at Drone Racing League, Inc and Ryan Gury, Director of Product at The Drone Racing League. They part of a creative and innovative team that is forming a new sport around drone racing. The Drone Racing League is a sports and media company that combines world-class pilots, iconic locations and proprietary technology to create engaging drone racing content with mass appeal In 2016, the league will host a global race series culminating in a World Championship. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Nick and Ryan here talk about the Drone Racing League, why it’s so different from other drone racing events and how they’re about to create a whole new entertainment sport
Looking for accurate, actionable data on the drone industry to base your business decisions?
Then you’re going to want to listen to today’s guest.
Colin Snow is CEO and Founder of Drone Analyst Research and Advisors, a consulting firm for the commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry. 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. Colin holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University and is a member of all major UAS industry groups
On this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Colin talks about the trends in the drone industry, the services available through Drone Analyst and what we might see in the future as commercialization of the drone industry continues.
Looking for a simpler, easier way to pilot your drone and save time and money?
Then today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show has exactly what you need. Ian Smith is with Drone Deploy out of San Francisco and handles their sales and marketing management for the company. Ian has more than 9 years’ experience in the drone industry, some of that with a company in France. His personal, business and international experience gives him a unique perspective on the drone industry. On this edition of the Drone Radio Show, he talks about Drone Deploy, the company’s products designed to improve your bottom line (ROI) and offer his perspective on the drone industry.
What do commercial drone users want and how will this propel the next wave of industry growth?
We explore these questions and what means to you on this episode of the Drone Radio Show. My guest on this edition of the Drone Radio Show is Gretchen West, Senior Advisor at Hogan Lovells and a member of the firm’s Global Unmanned Aircraft Systems Group. She has served the unmanned systems industry over a decade. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Gretchen was at San Francisco start-up DroneDeploy serving as the company’s Vice President of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs. And previously, for over a decade, Gretchen served as AUVSI’s Executive Vice President, overseeing the organization’s global business development initiatives and government relations efforts for the unmanned systems and robotics industry.
There’s no better qualified person to speak on the commercial opportunities in the drone industry. In this episode, Gretchen talks about the issues facing the drone industry today, where things are headed and how Hogan Lovells and the drone industry is coming together to better serve drone users and their ROI.
As the popularity of drones increases, so do the legal questions surrounding their use. From privacy, liability and FAA regulations, commercial drone operators need to understand the legal lay of the land.
On this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Phil Stiles, an attorney specializing in drone law and the co-founder, President and General Counsel of an FAA approved drone company named SkyViewHD, talks about the legal issues that commercial drone operators should consider as they develop their drone based business. A must-hear podcast for anyone thinking about a commercial drone enterprise.
Ever wonder about using a drone to conduct an inspection? In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, we'll explore this topic with Bob Johnson, Senior Vice President of Solusia Air, a national company specializing in UAS quality audits and inspections. Bob has over 30 years of experience with corporate and start-up technology companies in business development. He has been associated with disruptive and over-the-top technologies within the telecom, wireless, railroad, utilities and predictive analytics sectors. In this episode, Bob talks about inspections and data gathering in the infrastructure sector using drones, as well as the opportunities for people seeking careers in this challenging field.
Do you need drone insurance?
We explore this question on this episode of the Drone Radio Show with Grant Goldsmith president of Overwatch a division of Avalon Risk Management Company. Overwatch specializes in high risk insurance for the U.S. government, United Nations, NATO and international commercial contractors working globally. The company also provides insurance for the commercial drone industry. Grant has more than 20 years of insurance and transportation experience. He talks about the benefits of drone insurance and why commercial operators might want to think about adding coverage to protect their business.
With an expected 750,000 (or more) drones being purchased for this Christmas season, there is sure to be a large number of people wondering where they can fly their drone and what they need to know if they’re starting a drone based business.
Tom McMahon is the Vice President of Advocacy and Public Affairs for the Association of Unmanned Vehicles Systems International. AUVSI is the world’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Tom talks about what commercial drone operators need to know before they fly a commercial drone. If you recently purchased or received a drone and you’re thinking about starting a drone based business, then what Tom has to say is critical to ensure your business operates safely and within the guidelines of the FAA.
Can drones provide the framework for an effective STEM Education Program?
We explore this question on this edition of the Drone Radio Show with Anne Lopez, a teacher at Eastside Middle School in Mt. Washington, Kentucky. Anne teaches STEM education, and in 2015, she introduced a class to middle schoolers on the history, use and operation of drones. The curriculum quickly gained praise from the drone industry and from education professionals for its innovative approach and hands-on learning. Anne's talks about the curriculum, the lessons learned and the place that drones play in STEM education. If you’re a STEM educator, then you’re especially going to enjoy this interview.
What does the future hold for Drone Racing as a n entertainment sport and business? Find out in this episode of the Drone Radio Show.
Scot Refslan is the Founder and CEO of Flying Grounds, a new company focused on the intersection of Drone Sport and STEM Education. He is the founder of the Berkeley FPV Explorers and Racers meetup group with over 500 active pilots. Scot has a PhD in Virtual Reality from Gifu University, Japan with an undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. Dr. Refsland’s focus is to help accelerate STEM education in order to prepare the US's next generation workforce for a multi-disciplined sUAV industry. In 2015, his company organized the U.S. National Drone Racing Chapionships a the California State Fair and in 2016, he will present the first international drone competition, the Drone Worlds.
In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Scot talks about the business of drone racing, the challenges of growing a new sport, the role of FPV racing in STEM education and the plans for the 2016 Drone Worlds competition. If you’re interested in FPV racing as a sport, entertainment or as a learning support tool, then you’re going to love this interview.
With all of the changing technology and rules and regulations in the drone industry, don’t you sometimes wish there was a friendly place you could go to get the answers you need?
Alan Perlman is a drone hobbyist and marketing consultant who runs UAV Coach, a website that helps to push the drone community forward with educational and inspirational content and training. If you’re struggling with choosing a drone, learning how to fly or building a drone based business, then maybe the UAV Coach can help. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Alan talks about his products and services, the UAV Coach community and how the UAV Coach helps people reach their goals and develop more confidence with drones.
Some studies say that the best way to learn something is to put it to music or to make it funny. Today's guest on the Drone Radio Show would go one step further and say do both. Victor Villegas is a technologist at heart who enjoys helping people learn how to use technology to improve work and better their lives. He bridges techies and users and has a knack for explaining technology in simple and easy to understand terms. When not working for the Oregon State University Extension Computing Technology Unit, Victor is combining his love of drones, education and music to produce song parodies that promote the message of flying safe. He's the Drone Singer and he's here to share some of his songs and talk about the inspiration and message behind his passion.
Wondering what the next innovation might be in drone design & technology? Today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show podcast just might have the answer.
JD Claridge is the CEO and founder of XCraft, a new company that builds small powerful flying machines. He’s the visionary and inventor of the x PlusOne design, which as we will hear, is a innovative design in drone technology. JD started his career at Volant Technica as an aerospace engineer and later served several years as the lead electrical engineer at Quest Aircraft. For the past few years, prior to launching XCraft, JD ran his own aerospace design firm. On this episode of the Drone Radio Show podcast, JD talks about xCraft, their revolutionary products and his appearance on the popular TV show Shark Tank.
It was just a matter of time before a movie would be made featuring a drone, but who would have thought that the drone would co-star as a friend and protector.
Rotor DR1 is a story about a 16-year old boy who becomes separated from his father during a worldwide viral outbreak and finds a drone that he believes can help him reunite. The movie is the brainchild of Chad Kapper, a director and producer known for Sarah’s Choice, Without Warning, the highly successful YouTube FliteTest channel, and now, Rotor DR1. On this episode of the Drone Radio Show podcast, Chad talks about the making of the movie, drones and his quest to make the first movie ever using an online community to help decide what happens.
If Horace Greeley was alive today, he would no longer be pointing us westward to the land of opportunity. Instead, he’d send us north to the grand state of North Dakota, the new hotbed of drone activity in the country. Today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show is Brian Opp, the UAS and Aerospace Business Development Manager for the North Dakota Department of Commerce. Among his many responsibilities is leading North Dakota’s efforts to attract, develop and expand the state’s fast growing drone industry. Sounding a little like Horace Greely himself, in this interview, Brian discusses how North Dakota has become THE place for drone businesses, enthusiasts and business opportunity.
Looking for a way to maximize the capabilities of your drone systems while maintaining a high degree of operational safety? Then you’re going to want to hear what today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show has to say.
Shawn Muehler is the COO of Botlink, a company specializing in UAV software and hardware that allows users to control their drones and process data over the cellular network. Shawn, an officer in the U.S. Air Force has been serving our country and flying both manned and unmanned aircraft for over decade. His love of flying model aircraft and Cessnas in his youth transpired into flying Learjets and military drones as a profession. Shawn’s extensive aviation and technology background is the inspiration for Botlink. In this podcase, Shawn talks about Botlink, how their products can make you a better drone pilot and improve your company’s productivity, and he shares his experience of creating a dynamic new company in North Dakota’s emerging drone industry.
What would it be like to take a selfie with a drone? If you asked today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show, she would most likely say, “Epic”.
Renee Lusano is a freelance illustrator and designer from San Francisco who now lives in Los Angeles. She was recently featured in an article as the girl who travels the world snapping up breathtaking selfies with a drone. She’s here to share her passion for travel, photography and, of course, her quest to create epic drone selfies.
Are you interested in aerial photography? Then you’re going to want to listen to today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show.
Laurie Rubin is an international award-winning photographer specializing in nature and aerial photography. Her passion for photography includes a career working for software companies such as Nik Software, Google+ Photos and Macphun Software. She is currently the Head of Education for ViewBug and is also one of the Inception Masters for Trey Ratcliff's Arcanum. Laurie won 1st place in the Windland Smith Rice International Awards with her image displayed at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum. Currently, one of her aerial images is being displayed for DJI's SkyPixel Perspectives Worldwide Gallery. She’s here to talk about her experience and insights into aerial and traditional photography.
Interested in autonomous flight capabilities? Well, before you invest in this new technology, you might want to hear what today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show has to say.
Alexander Stimpson is a postdoctoral associate at Duke University working in the Humans and Autonomy Lab, or HAL for short. HAL focuses on the multifaceted interactions of human and computer decision-making in systems with embedded autonomy. Alex has a Ph.D Degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. His dissertation work focused on the application of machine learning models to inform training assessment and intervention. His current research interests include human supervisory control, decision support systems, artificial intelligence and data mining. He’s here to talk about the challenges and opportunities that arise when trying to transition humans from the role of direct manual control to supervisors and collaborators with technology.
Are you trying to get an objective, thorough assessment of the key issues facing the drone industry? Then you’ll be interested in hearing what this week's guest on the Drone Radio Show has to say.
Dan Gettinger is the founder and co-Director of the Center for the Study of the Drone. The Center was created in 2012 at Bard College as an interdisciplinary research, education and art community working to understand unmanned and autonomous vehicles. It encourages thinking which isn’t limited by departmental lines or political views and is open to all visions of the drone. Dan is here to talk about the Center and some of the research that may affect the future of the commercial drone industry.