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.
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.
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.
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.
Why did Pix4d set up a R&D office in Berlin?
For that question, we turn to Jorge Fernandez, Product and Solution Manager for Pix4d Berlin. Jorge is responsible for the vision of Pix4D in the Agriculture industry. He is responsible for advancing product strategy, managing internal engineering resources and coordinating communications with key stakeholders and media. Backed with over ten years of scientific research, Pix4D is the industry leader in professional drone mapping and photogrammetric software solutions. The dynamic and rapidly expanding company is based in Switzerland, with offices in San Francisco, Shanghai and most recently, Berlin. In this edition of the Drone Radio show, Jorge talks about the opening of Pix4d’s research and development office in Berlin, Germany and how the company is positioning itself to support the agriculture industry with photogrammetry, computer vision, and machine learning.
If you ask today’s guest, he would say, create a YouTube channel with more than 75,000 subscribers. Kelly Shores lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two children. By day, he’ does video production. But in his off time, he runs a successful YouTube channel, called Ready Set Drone, where he showcases his drone experiences. Since 2014, he's produced hundreds of videos, featuring product reviews, lessons learned and personal drone perspectives. As indicated, his channel attracts more than 75,000 loyal subscribers who tune in regularly to find out what Kelly is up to with drones. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Kelly talks about how he turned his passion for drones into a successful YouTube sensation and gives some advice to others who would like to create their own on-line drone presence.
What might we see happening in the worldwide drone industry?
Fortunately, we don’t need a crystal ball, as today’s guest gives us some key insights. Jeremiah Karpowicz is the Execgives Editor for Commercial UAV News. He has created articles, videos, newsletters, ebooks and more for various communities as a contributor and editor. He is also the author of a number of industry specific reports that feature exclusive insights and information around how drones are being used in various markets. One of those reports is called the Commercial Drone Predictions for 2018, which makes 8 bold predictions for the North American and European drone markets. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Jeremiah shares insights into those predictions and updates on the plans for 2018 Commercial UAV Expos in Europe and the United States.
Is it really possible to build a UAV company around autonomy with current regulations?
Today's guest on the Drone Radio Show believes it is. Dor Abuahsira is the CEO and co-founder of Percepto, a technology company that brings together real-time machine vision and advanced AI capabilities to create fully autonomous and dynamic drones. The drones are capable of handling multiple missions, reacting to pre-set triggers, and optimizing operations all while reducing operational costs. Dor is an industry expert with over 10 years of experience and is committed to creating connected autonomous drones that are fully operational without human involvement. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Dor talks Percepto and its autonomous technology and how the company works with regulatory bodies to deliver autonomous solutions.
Can we get paid more for following the rules?
Today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show not only believes that we can, he’s jumped full force into creating a platform that will do it. Steven Flynn is the CEO and CoFounder of SkyTango, the world's first marketplace connecting drone operators, their content buyers, and landowners in a digital space where all can do business in a new and revolutionary way.
Recently, SkyTango teamed up with Pond5, a global media marketplace, to give drone operators the ability to earn a premium for their content if they document that the mission complied with all regulations and that all required image permissions were obtained. These types of certifications are commonplace in the TV and Film Industry, but drone cinematography got out ahead of the rest of the industry in this regard. As a result, questions arise as to the risk of buying video content that may be subject to privacy laws, copyright infringement or regulatory compliance.
In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Steve talks about the impetus behind SkyTango, how drone operators can earn a premium for their work and the partnership with Pond5 the could revolutionize the drone videography business. Steve is also joined by his wife and Cofounder of SkyTango, Susan Talbot.
What are the business opportunities in the STEM Education Sector?
For that question, we turn to Ron Poynter, President of OnPoynt Aerial Solutions, the nation’s leading supplier of Drone Education Kits and training for STEM Education. OnPoynt was established in 2012, following the passage of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Ron talks about OnPoynt Aerial Solutions, the rise of drone technology in STEM Education Programs and the challenge of serving the education market. This is a great example of how one entrepreneur found an opportunity to serve a niche market while doing something really worthwhile.
What are we learning about how drones can be used for public safety?
Mike Uleski is an officer with the Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Department. He has a private pilot’s license, earning it before graduating high school. At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he earned a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical sciences. He has a commercial pilot certificate with ratings for instrument flight, single-engine, and multi-engine aircraft. In addition to being a patrol division sergeant with the Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Department, Mike is also cross-trained as a law enforcement officer, firefighter, and EMT. He is also the Chief Public Safety Instructor at DART Drones. Additionally, Mike has more than 17 years of experience building and flying remote-controlled aircraft, including fixed wing, helicopters, and multi-rotors.
Under Mike’s supervision, the Daytona Beach Shores Public Safety Department has been using drones in its public safety operations. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Mike talks about four case studies where drones where used by his department, the lessons learned and what public safety agencies should consider when creating their own drone program.
What do you need to know to make money shooting real estate?
Today’s guest is going clue us in on all the details. Josh Boughner is founder and CEO of SoldByAir, a drone services company that provides real estate drone photography nationwide. His company has created a suite of tools for running an aerial photography business. With hundreds of drone pilots in their user base, they are the largest aerial photography network focused entirely on real estate. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Josh talks about SoldbyAir, how drones are used in the real estate market, and what drone operators should expect if they want to make money shooting real estate.
Today's guests would say it’s getting the package into the hands of the customer, wherever they are. Bashir Khan is CEO and Founder of ScorpioX Technologies, an early stage drone start-up company that has developed a proprietary delivery process and mechanism, which addresses many of the challenges posed by last minute-last meter delivery in urban spaces. He is joined by Alexandra McCalla, COO, Armel Njinkeu, CPO and Talha Javed, CTO, all of ScorpioX Technologies.
In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, the ScorpioX Technologies team talks about their exciting technology that they hope will make drone deliveries in challenging environments possible. They’ll also share their experience with the Brinc accelerator in Barcelona, Spaine and the lessons learned that could help other early stage entrepreneurs launch successfully
Do you have an idea that could provide benefits to our military?
Then you’re going to be really excited to hear what today’s guest have to say. We’re going to be hearing from three individuals who are part of an innovative technology transfer program in Tampa, Florida. Under an agreement with the US Special Operations Command and the Doolittle Institute, Sofwerx was created to act an intermediary for collaborating with private industry, research labs and academic partners to develop new technol ogies. In short, Sofwerx is a portal by which the commercial UAS industry can quickly access and jointly develop applications and technologies to solve the most pressing needs of special operations.
Sofwerx is sponsoring a special program called, ThunderDrone, a series of rapid prototyping events that focus on different aspects of drone technology. Industry and academia have been invited to submit their best ideas to the special operations community.
In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Kelly Stratton-Feix, director of Acquisition Agility for the U.S. Special Operations Command. John Coglianese, ThunderDrone Lead at Sofwerx and Captain Barron Stone of the US Air Force and ThunderDrone Project Manager talk about Sofwerx, Thunderdrone and how collaborations like this can benefit the commercial drone industry.
What’s it take to create a really compelling drone video?
For that question, we turn to two people that spend most of their day watching and ranking drone videos submitted by people from all over the world. Megan Gaffney is Vice President of Marketing and Tyler Mason is Director of Digital Media, both from AirVuz. AirVuz was was launched in late 2015 as a video-sharing platform for the worldwide drone community. Featuring a blend of user-generated content and original programming, AirVūz has become the premiere online video site for the emerging Drone Age. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Megan and Tyler talk about the factors that can boost a video’s likeability and push it to the top of the charts. Anyone wanting to take their drone videos to the next level will be interested in hearing what Tyler and Megan have to share.
What’s it take to build a drone based business in 2018?
If you asked today’s guest, he would say “Persistence, Flexibility and a lot of thinking outside the box”. Matthew Johnson is President of M3 Aerial Productions and an Instructor at Brandon University UAV Ground School in Canada. In 2015, Matthew launched his drone services company, and like a lot of new small drone based businesses, he struggled to establish his operation. But by continually to refine his business plan and menu of services, Matthew was able to transition the once part-time operation into a full-time, profitbable business. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Matthew talks about the challenges of creating a drone based business in today’s climate and how operators can achieve a positive cash flow by seeking multiple income streams.
Are we ready to make the jump to integrate augmented reality with drone systems?
Today’s guest believes we are, and his company has developed the first app that introduces this concept. Dan Burton is Co-Founder and CEO of DroneBase, a large network of drone pilots, highly engaged by streams of commercial and creative activities, creating value for the new economy. In addition to providing a platform for drone operators to undertake paid and training missions, DronBase recently released a first of it’s kind augmented reality platform to enable users to create whatever they imagine in open airspace. This could be a drone race course, giant works of art or waypoints for client missions. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Dan talks about DroneBase, the company’s technology based solutions and the promise that augmented reality holds in achieving positive ROI.
What Did We Learn In 2017 That Will Help Us in the New Year?
For that question, we turn to the leading analyst in the drone industry. Colin Snow is the CEO and Founder of Skylogic Research, a research, content, and advisory services firm supporting the commercial UAS industry. Colin is a 25 year technology industry veteran with a background in manufacturing, electronics, digital imaging, field service, software, research, and mobility. At Skylogic, Colin and his staff, helps companies make critical investment decisions with confidence by providing research-based insights on the commercial drone markets. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Colin gives us a year-end review of the drone industry and offers insights into what we may see in 2018.
Can drones be used to help our understanding of war zones and conflict areas?
If you asked today’s guest, she would offer a resounding YES! Gail Orenstein has been a global photojournalist and documentary photographer for 25 years. She’s originally from Mystic, Connecticut but has lived in London for 20 years now. Her work has taken her to over 71 countries, some of them are the most conflicted regions in the world including Syria, Iraq, Eastern Ukraine, Central Africa and Central America. Her photos have been published extensively around the world. In 2016, Gail started using drones in covering stories of conflict areas. She quickly learned the power of drones to capture and tell compelling stories and she made the full transition from a photojournalist to dronelist. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Gail talks about her 25 year history as a photojournalist, how she began using drones and how the technology has opened a new passion for telling stories.
Today we get a full blast of advice on starting a drone based business and understanding what makes large and small businesses successful in today’s industry. From past episodes of the Drone Radio Show, we'll hear from several experts, including Matt Dunleavy of SkySkopes, Guy Cherni of Atlas Dynamics, Eric Freeman of Alpha Unmanned Systems, Siggi Hendrichs of Notifleet, Chris Anderson of 3D Robotics, Abbey Spicher of DART Drones, Christine Spitine of Blueye Robotics, Steven Flynn of SkyTango, Michael Read of Skybase and Ken Hanes of UAS Pro Pilots. Some of the comments offer different points of view, while others reinforce similar concepts and experiences. Together, when presented in a single stream of consciousness, the lessons learned from these individuals is provides a quick resource of what to do to be successful.