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.
That’s the question we pose to Brian Wynne, President and CEo of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. AAUVSI is the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics. It represents more than 7,000 members from more than 60 countries involved in the fields of government, industry and academia. Prior to joining AUVSI in January 2015, he was president and CEO of the Electric Drive Transportation Association (EDTA). In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Brian talks about mission of AUVSI and what commercial drone need to know to fly their drones legally and safely.
What goes into making a premier drone sports experience?
For that question, we turn to Sahand Barati, Vice-President of Business Development of DR1 Racing and Sean Krell, Technical Director for the same. DR1 Racing is the world leader in drone racing, combining top pilots and exhilarating outdoor locations into high-octane racing event series, produced and distributed on a global scale. Currently, DR1 Racing events are broadcast in over 100 countries and 300 markets around the world. With a roster of best-in-class broadcast media partners, brand sponsors and licensed product extensions, DR1 has established itself as the leading drone racing franchise in a rapidly growing market. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Sahand and Sean give us an overview of the league and provide insights into why the League is so popular.
Is there a right way to view whales and other marine life with a drone?
Today’s guest believes there is, and she’s making it her mission to spread the word. Alicia Amerson is a marine biologist, drone pilot and instructor, and marine conservation and policy consultant. She is also the founder of AliMoSphere, a start-up company dedicated to protecting our ocean heritage with science, partnerships and technology.
In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Alicia talks about efforts to educate pilots on how best to fly drones so as not to disturb or cause harm to natural wildlife. She also talks about the beneficial applications of drones in studying or collecting data on marine mammals. And she’ll talk about the highest cause of mortality for biologists in the field and how drones can reduce that risks.
Can A Drone Design A Better Pool?
Perhaps not just yet, but according to today's guest, they definitely speed up the process and save a lot of time and money. Jim Wolfe is a pool designer from Chesterfield, Missouri. His company, Azpoolz, is a premium pool and spa design concept studio. He designs hundreds of pools every year. In 2017, Jim began using a drone to streamline the process of creating 3D models of his pool designs. By contracting with on-line drone pilot platforms, like drones.io and upsonder.com, Jim was able to extend in drone design services nationwide. In this episode of he drone radio show, Jim talks about how he uses a drone to streamline his design services and how he was able to leverage drone services company’s to expand his business throughout the country.
For that question, we turn to Michael Read, founder of SkyBase.aero, a full, end-to-end drone services company in Christchurch, New Zealand. Michael holds a Bachelor of Science, an Airline Transport Pilot’s Licence, is an associate member of the New Zeland Institute of Mangement and is an Upper Freeman in the Honorable Company of Air Pilots. He has extensive experience in aviation, start-up business expertise, testing and evaluation, a nd experience with Full Flight simulators. Michael will be speaking at the 2017 Commercial UAV Show in London on “What the skies will look like in 2050?” In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Mike will give us some insights into the future and what we might expect to see in the next 35 years.
What do you need to know before you fly your Recreational Drone?
To answer this question we look to an organization with a long-history with remote controlled aircraft. Chad Budreau is the Director of Public Affairs and Government Affairs for the Academy of Model Aeronautics. The AMA is the world's largest community-based organization of 200,000 UAS enthusiasts organized for the purpose of promotion, development, education, advancement, and safeguarding of modeling activities. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Chad talks about the AMA and its mission, what it means to fly responsibly and how the organization has responded to the growth of the consumer drone industry.
Are you up to date with the proposed FAA rulemaking and potential legislation on drones?
Don’t worry, because today’s guest is going to give us the details. Diana Marina Cooper is the Senior Vice President of Policy & Strategy at PrecisionHawk, a commercial drone and data services company. Prior to joining PrecisionHawk, Diana developed and led the UAS and Robotics Practice Group at the law firm of LaBarge Weinstein. Diana is the President of the Small UAV Coalition, an organization that represents leading technology companies engaged in UAS. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Energy Drone Coalition, the Advocacy Committee of AUVSI, and the Board of Unmanned Systems Canada. Diana is also a member of the FAA Drone Advisory Subcommittee. Diana has testified before Senate Commerce and has briefed the House UAS Caucus on drone policy and regulations. She is one of the most knowledgeable people when it comes to UAS policy. On this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Diana talks about Precision Hawk and their efforts to advance Beyond Visual Line of Flight, the Small UAV Coalition, the Remote ID ARC and she’ll give us an update on the status of proposed federal UAS Rulemaking.
That’s the question that we explore in today’s show. Chris Anderson is the CEO of 3D Robotics, founder and chairman of the Linux Foundation's Dronecode Project, and founder of the DIY Drones and DIY Robocars communities. From 2001 through 2012, Chris was the Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine. Before Wired he was with The Economist for seven years in London, Hong Kong and New York. He has led 3DR from a start-up, to drone manufacturer and now to drone services company. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Chris talks about drones can be used in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction industry and how 3DR is positioning itself to serve this critical industry. He’ll also share some thoughts and perspectives on the drone industry itself.
Can drones provide value to State and Local Transportation Departments?
That’s the question that we explore in today’s show. Paul Wheeler is part of the Technology Advancement Team at the Utah Dept. of Transportation. There he has served in many roles, including the Lead UAS Coordinator, survey technology advisor, lead of the 3D visualization group, Cadd support specialist, and construction surveyor. He is an instrument rated private pilot and has helped multiple flight schools develop interactive training for their programs and is working to fully implement the UAS program within the Utah Department of Transportation. In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Paul talks about the efforts and results of using drones to support the mission of a public transportation agency.
Want to build a successful drone based business?
Ken Hanes is an entrepreneur and Co-Founder of UAS Professional Pilots, a member driven platform that helps professional drone pilots promote and grow their business, while providing information to clients looking to hire those pilots. Ken is a private pilot and ran his own successful drone based business before creating UAS Professional. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Ken talks about UAS Professional Pilots and shares some of the things drone operators need to know to build a successful drone based business.
Guy Cherni is an entrepreneur and the Chief Marketing Officer for Atlas Dynamics, a Latvian based technology company and leading provider of fully autonomous drone-based solutions for professional users. With its propriety technology, the company creates top tier drone based solutions that are accessible and seamless to use, address common problems and simplify everyday tasks. In August, the company announced it had raised $8 million to introduce its drone solutions into the North American market. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Guy talks about Atlas Dynamics and its new Atlas Pro Drone. He’ll also talk about the North American market for drones compared to other world regions and he’ll share with us why the company’s focus on delivering autonomous end-to-end customer solutions is the primary driving force behind the company’s success.
Is there value in delivering complete and to an aerial solutions?
Well today's guest certainly thinks so. George Matthew is the chairman of the board and C.E.O. of Kespry, the leading aerial intelligence platform for delivering a complete end-to-end app driven experience to the industrial market. George focuses on leading the company's mission to transform how people and businesses capture good value from work site intelligence. George has more than 20 years experience developing high growth technology startups. He holds a Bachelor of Science in neurobiology from Cornell University and a master's in Business Administration from Duke University. On this episode of the Drone Radio Show, George talks about Kespry’s products and services, and he discuss how its full service approach to delivering work site intelligence is leading the way.
To answer that question, we’re going to need a good analyst. Michael Blades is the Research Director for Frost & Sullivan's Aerospace, Defense, and Security business unit. Frost & Sullivan is a business consulting firm involved in market research and analysis, growth strategy consulting and corporate training across multiple industries. Mike has been with Frost & Sullivan for over six years as a market analyst and growth consultant and has earned a Masters Degree in Aerospace Operations as well as an MBA. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Mike talks about some of the current trends shaping the industry and what decision makers need to consider.
To answer that question, we go straight to the top. Allan Evans is CEO at Fat Shark, the world’s leading first person view company for drone racing. If you’re a first person view drone pilot, chances are you’re wearing a Fat Shark headset. In fact, the company boasts that 85% of professional pilots choose Fat Shark FPV headsets. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Allan talks about Fat Shark, what’s in store for the company and what users can look forward to as drone racing and drone sports progresses to the next level.
Then you’re going to love what today’s guest has to share. Todd Schlekeway is the Executive Director of the National Association of Tower Erectors or NATE for short. Nate a non-profit trade association providing a unified voice for tower erection, maintenance and service companies and is comprised of approximately 780 member companies. With drones being used to inspect towers, you can bet that NATE members are keenly interested in where the drone industry is headed. In this episode of the Drone Radio show, Todd talks about NATE, the tower industry and how drones are used to improve safety and efficiency across the board.
Have you ever wondered what goes into training first responders on using drones?
Today's guest on the Drone Radio Show has been designing such programs for some time now, and he has some great insights. Allen Beach is President of Argus Rising, a Dallas area company committed to providing First Responder Drone training. He is a military veteran having served in the US Coast Guard, flying hundreds of Search and Rescue Missions out of Clearwater, Florida. Allen earned his MBA after leaving the military and is the Co-Author of “Be a Wolf” (The Entrepreneurs Guide to Becoming a Leader of The Pack). In 1996, Allen started Argus Connection, Inc. and grew it to a multi-million dollar technology services company eventually selling the company in 2009. In 2015, Allen launched Argus Rising and has been developing course material and teaching UAV classes since. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show. Allen talks about training programs for first responders, the role of UAVs in public safety organizations and the challenges and rewards of building successful drone-based business.
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 TheDroneGirl.com. 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.