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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Apr 19, 2016

Sometime in the past two years, you’ve probably tuned into That Drone Show, a drone lifestyle community featured on YouTube and other social media channels.  There you’ve watched high definition drone videos, learned about new products and met some new friends to share your interest in drones.  David and Sarah Oneal, creators of That Drone Show, have nurtured one of the most successful drone communities on and off the web.

In addition to the Show, they created International Drone Day and David is about release a documentary on the drone industry.  Building upon this success, the couple has turned their attention to new business called, International Drone Marketing, focused on marketing and advertising services for drone based companies.

In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, David talks about International Drone Marketing, how it evolved out of That Drone Show, the services available to drone companies and the role that customers and community play in building a successful brand.

Apr 17, 2016

I attended the April 11-14 Drone Dealer Expo, a 3-day event for drone dealers, held in Orlando, Florida. The event brought together drone manufactures, distributors, dealers and resellers to learn about new products and selling opportunities.  In this podcast, I provide a summary of the first day’s activities, which focused on what dealer’s should know about the marketplace, a regulatory update and some marketing opportunities.

Apr 12, 2016

Do you want to be a Commercial Drone Videographer?

Then you’re going to want to listen close to what today’s guest on the Drone Radio Showhas to say

John Deans has spent more than three decades in the IT industry and has alst been a private pilot. In 1999 he founded a rural computer consulting business. In 2014, he decided to merge his technology skills with his love for flying and launched his new business, Central Texas Drones. Now, after achieving success as a videographer, John has written a book, called “Become a U.S. Commercial Drone Pilot." On this episode of the Drone Radio Show, John talks about his book, how he developed a successful aerial videography business and how drones can make us money too.

Apr 8, 2016

On May 2, more than 8,000 drone industry leaders will converge in New Orleans for Xponential 2016, the #1 show for the unmanned systems market.  The show will feature more than 180 speakers, 335 educational sessions and 25 focused tracks to ensure you’ll find cutting-edge education on the topics you consider the highest priority.  In this edition of the Drone Radio Show, rian Wynne, President and CEO of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International talks about Xponential 2016 and why we should be at this year’s show.

Apr 5, 2016

How much do you really know about the drone industry?

For many of us who have only been in the industry for a few years, that answer is all too often … not a whole lot.  Fortunately, there are individuals that have been working with unmanned systems for years. The historical perspectives and knowledge that these individuals have is extremely valuable, particularly to anyone thinking about creating a drone based business.

Today's guest on the Drone Radio Show is Patrick Egan, the editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Expo.  His field experience includes assignments with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Battle Lab investigating solutions on future warfare research projects. He was Instructor for LTA (Lighter Than Air) ISR systems deployment teams for a OSD, U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Surveillance Project.  He has built and operated commercial RPA prior to 2007 FAA policy clarification. On the airspace integration side, he serves as director of special programs for the RCAPA (Remote Control Aerial Photography Association) and has collaborated with a variety of industry groups and the FAA on a variety of airspace integration issues.  In this podcast, Patrick takes us on a deeper dive of the drone regulatory issues, exploring some of the issues that don’t always make on the web or in the news stories.

Mar 29, 2016

What's it like to fly a racing drone?

Another in a series of podcasts on drone racing, this episode looks at it from the perspective of the pilot.

Paul Baur is a UAS Consultant and a competitive drone pilot.  He’s been racing for more than a year, competing in organized drone races in the United States and Canada.  On this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Paul talks about how he got started with drone racing, the advantages of having sponsors, what it’s like to race a drone competitively and what it takes to stay on top in this rapidly growing sport.  If you have dreams of serious drone racing, then you’re going to want to hear what Paul has to say. 

Mar 25, 2016

This is a special, bonus edition of the Drone Radio Show.  Recently, I interviewed Patrick Egan of the sUAS News about drones and some regulatory challenges.  This interview will air in the coming weeks.  But near the end of our conversation, Patrick talked about an upcoming Small Unmanned Systems Business Expo, or the SUSB Expo.  This will be a great forum to learn about drone business opportunities and to meet some of the leaders in the industry.

In this bonus edition of the Drone Radio Show podcast, Patrick tells us what the expo is about and why you should attend.

Mar 22, 2016

Is Drone Racing ready for Live TV?

If you ask today’s guest, he’d say he’s doing everything possible to make it happen.

Chris Toombs is founder and technology manager at FPVLive.TV, a start-up company specializing in live streaming of drone races. On this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Chris talks about FPVLive.TV and the services it offers to local race organizers.

Over the past few months, Drone Racing has emerged as a legitimate business. In fact, it’s getting big enough to spin-off sub-industries. And one of those opportunities is live streaming of drone races. If we follow the path of other new sports, it won’t be long before drone racing pops up on our weekend TV screens. So today, not only are we hearing about an exciting drone application, this could be the start of a competitive new industry.

Mar 15, 2016

Want to help scientist monitor the impacts of climate change?

If you’re in California, then you have a unique opportunity to do just that. Kirk Klausmeyer, a senior conservation analyst with the Nature Conservancy in California. He’s leading a citizen-scientist initiative using cell phones and drones to document California’s coastal flooding conditions. The ultimate objective is to measure the impacts of climate change and sea level rise and develop measures to reduce future impacts.  In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Kirk talks about the Nature Conservancy, the Phone and Drones Program and other technology applications helping planners monitor climate change.

Mar 10, 2016

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.

Mar 8, 2016

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.

Mar 1, 2016

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.

Feb 23, 2016

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.

Feb 16, 2016

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.

Feb 9, 2016

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

Feb 2, 2016

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.

Jan 26, 2016

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.

Jan 19, 2016

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.

Jan 12, 2016

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.

Jan 5, 2016

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.

Dec 29, 2015

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.

Dec 22, 2015

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.

Dec 15, 2015

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.

Dec 8, 2015

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.

Dec 1, 2015

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.

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