Ask Drone U

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We’re Drone U, a group of guys who have turned their passion for flight into a profitable business. We love hearing from our fans, and we love helping by answering their questions. That’s why we started the Ask Drone U podcast in 2015. Since then, we are one of the largest, most popular DAILY drone podcasts out there. Each episode features an actual question submitted from someone just like you! We wish we could answer everyone’s question(s), but we’ll do our best to get through as many of them as we can. So plug in those headphones because it’s time to learn together about everything drone: FAA, insurance, business strategies, videography, drone tips, flight techniques, drone tricks, expert advice, cameras, gimbals, and so much more. #askdroneu

Episode Date
ADU 0820: Should You Buy a Used DJI Inspire 1?
10:25
Today's episode is about the DJI Inspire 1. Is it a good idea to buy a used drone? Or, should you rather opt for an Inspire 2? Our caller, Kyle is planning on upgrading from a DJI Phantom 4 to an Inspire 1. However, he is contemplating purchasing a used drone off Craigslist. Is this a good idea? We suggest some expert tips for purchasing a used drone. We also discuss the various capabilities of the DJI Inspire 1. There are many folks who swear by this sweet bird. But, is it a smart idea to purchase a used DJI drone? Tune in to find out. Thanks to Kyle for the question. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Do not forget to check out Dynnex Drones. Dynnex Drones, an authorized DJI retailer is offering some really affordable drone financing options. Use the coupon code Drone U Save 25 to get 25 bucks off! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps We share details about the forthcoming Drone U Fly-in Learn about our newest sponsor, Dynnex drones Today's question is about buying a used drone Is it a good idea to buy a used drone from Craigslist? We discuss some expert tips for buying a used drone Is DJI still making the Inspire 1? Paul elaborates why he loves the Inspire 1 so much How can the Drone U community help you buy and sell drones? Reasons why it is a better to buy the Inspire 2 compared to the Inspire 1
Jun 20, 2018
ADU 0819: Should You Use the DJI CrystalSky for UAV Mapping?
9:01
Today's episode is about DJI CrystalSky. Should you use the DJI CrystalSky for UAV mapping jobs? Can you use DJI CrystalSky with DJI GS Pro? Our caller is wondering if he can use the DJI CrystalSky on mapping jobs. Is this a good idea? If not, why? We discuss the various reasons WHY using the DJI CrystalSky does NOT result in a more efficient workflow for drone mapping. Tune in to find out more. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Also the folks at Schedudrone are offering a special discount just for Drone U listeners. Schedudrone is a great automation tool that allows you to FOCUS on your business. Use promo code drone u to get yourself a killer deal (25% off for life!) on a cool product. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Learn about our cool sponsor, Schedudrone and their awesome product Today's question is about the DJI CrystalSky monitor Should you use this DJI monitor for UAV mapping jobs? What are some drawbacks of using this monitor? Paul states his reasons for NOT using the DJI CrystalSky for UAV mapping Best Practices for mapping a structure Can you use DJI GS Pro with DJI CrystalSky for mapping vertical structures? Watch out for the upcoming Drone U Fly-in Flash Sale!
Jun 19, 2018
ADU 0818: Best Practices for Using High End Drone Cameras to Create Sophisticated 3D Maps
17:44
Today's question is about using high end drone cameras in UAV mapping. Do you need to use expensive phase one cameras for complicated mapping missions? What are some best practices for using a camera with a rolling shutter? Our caller, Ken from NJ has come up with a great question today. He is wondering if he needs to use an expensive drone camera for creating sophisticated 3D maps. Will you end up paying more for your Pix4D subscription if you are using a high end drone camera? Why should you avoid putting your drone camera in silent mode during a mapping mission? Can you use cameras such as A6300 and A6500 for UAV mapping? We review and compare high end drone cameras such as a7R Mark III and a7R III. Thanks to Ken from NJ for the question. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Do not forget to check out Dynnex Drones. Dynnex Drones, an authorized DJI retailer is offering some really affordable drone financing options. Use the coupon code Drone U Save 25 to receive a discount on your purchase! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Is DJI coming out with the new Mavic Pro 2 on July 18th? Our takeaways after using the Phantom 4 Version 2 for 2 weeks Paul shares information about the upcoming training on East Coast Five solid reasons to go to the Drone U Fly-in We share details of our newest sponsor, Dynnex drones Today's question is about using high end drone cameras for creating complex 3D maps Discussing phase one drone cameras with high end sensors Will your end up paying more for your Pix4D subscription if you are using a drone camera greater than 55 MP? Discussing the leaf style shutters on phase 1 drone cameras Paul shares and explains the rolling shutter equation Comparing the a7R Mark III to a7R III; which is the better drone camera for UAV mapping? Why should you avoid putting your drone camera in silent mode while creating 3D maps? Can you use A6300, A6000 or A6500 for UAV mapping? Can you switch your zoom during a UAV mapping mission? Are expensive cameras needed for creating high end drone maps? We discuss the a7r Mark III What are some examples of high end UAV mapping where you will need a sophisticated sensor? Do no forget to check out the new courses on Drone U
Jun 19, 2018
ADU 0817: Is Whitefox the Counter UAS System That Will Bring Accountability to the Industry?
19:33
In today's episode we discuss WhiteFox, a counter UAS system. Will WhiteFox succeed in bringing greater accountability to the drone industry? Why is this counter UAS system good for the drone industry? Paul and PJ from Terra Vigilis join us from Milwaukee, Wisconsin today. They discuss the wide ranging capabilities of WhiteFox, a counter UAS system. Learn why Terra Vigilis zeroed in on WhiteFox and decided to partner with them. Does WhiteFox cause any damage to your drone? What is the difference between DJI's Aeroscope and WhiteFox? How does WhiteFox manage to foil the attempt of rogue pilots and hence, help enhance security? Paul and PJ share various reasons why WhiteFox may help bring about greater accountability in the drone industry. This is an episode you do not want to miss. Tune in now. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul introduces PJ KirkPatrick to listeners Paul shares his experience of visiting a demonstration on counter terrorism PJ explains how Terra Vigilis zeroed in the counter UAV system, WhiteFox; why is WhiteFox good for the drone industry? How does Terra Vigilis help educate potential customers? Does WhiteFox cause any damage to the aircraft? How WhiteFox will go a long way in bringing accountability in the drone industry Differentiating between DJI's Aeroscope and Whitefox; does WhiteFox protect the privacy of the drone pilot? Will you be able to use the WhiteFox system for mitigation when legislation permits? How is Terra Vigilis collaborating with WhiteFox? PJ elaborates on the risk assessment capabilities of WhiteFox Can WhiteFox determine a drone's video feed? PJ shares his company's contact information Learn about Terra Vigilis's philosophy
Jun 15, 2018
ADU 0816: How to Master Business Conversations, Sales Meetings and Negotiating for Your Business
40:43
In today's very special episode, Paul is joined by the famous Chris Voss, former FBI negotiator and author of "Never Split the Difference:Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It". Chris draws from his decades long experience to share some awesome negotiation strategies that you can apply to your business, relationships and life, in general. Paul picks Chris's brain to learn the various Tips and Tricks that will help YOU become a master negotiator. Do folks with a quest to learn more and more have a greater chance of mastering negotiation strategies? Is it okay to bring emotions into your negotiation strategy? And, should you treat negotiations as a game? Some folks look at negotiations as malicious and are averse to it. What advice does Chris have for these folks? Are you someone looking to embrace the drone life? Or, maybe you are a mom planning on restarting your career after a long hiatus. Listening to Chris's negotiating mantras will instill you with confidence and optimism and spring you into action. Tune in now. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Introduction and background of guest Tracing Chris's life journey Discussing the importance of life-long learning and openness Learn about a creative test which can help you determine if a person has a high degree of openness The 3 default types of people according to Chris Voss Can you become a master negotiator if you do not have a high degree openness? How a high degree of emotional intelligence can help you become a better negotiator Chris elaborates on negotiation strategies used by FBI Learn how Chris ended up as the only FBI agent ever to take up the course on negotiation in Harvard Law School Negotiating strategies that Chris employed while dealing with his boss who attempted to prevent him from going to Harvard Law School Discussing the bearing of negotiation on success Is it okay to treat negotiation as a game? Should you bring emotions into your negotiations? Discussing the tendency of people to treat negotiations as nefarious The dark side of emotional intelligence; should you be wary of people with extremely high emotional intelligence? What are calibrated questions, and how are they important for negotiations? Do negotiation strategies work only on a particular generation? Do millennial's have a high degree of emotional intelligence? Should you employ a different negotiating strategy for dealing with millennial's who have less experience in dealing with people? Discussing the current trend where women representation is becoming larger and larger Paul shares how he saved 22 grand on his Ford Expedition using Chris’s negotiation strategies! Using calibrated questions to positively affect negotiations What is the likelihood of folks reacting negatively to calibrated questions? What happens when you push someone to an absolute limit in a negotiation? Chris shares an important negotiating mantra - A bad deal is better than a new deal
Jun 14, 2018
ADU 0815: Should You Add a Watermark to Copyright Your Drone Photos?
11:51
Today's episode is about copyright protection. Should you add a watermark to copyright your drone photos? Or, should you place trust in your client and offer your work without any watermarks? Our caller is just starting out in the drone business. His first gig involves taking real estate photographs. And he is thinking of forgoing his fees in a bid to kick-start a client relationship. Is it a good idea to watermark photographs? Or, should he rather charge a fee and provide watermark free photos? We discuss some creative alternatives that are sure to interest you. Tune in now. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Also the folks at Schedudrone are offering a special discount just for Drone U listeners. Schedudrone can generate price proposals, contracts and even handle invoicing. Use promo code drone u to get yourself a killer deal (25% off for life!) on a cool product. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Watch out for our forthcoming episode with famous FBI negotiator Chris Voss Today's question is about adding watermarks to copyright your drone photos Does Paul use watermarks to protect his drone photos? Is it a good idea to offer free work to kick-start a work relationship? Should you watermark photos that you are offering for free? Discussing some alternative strategies to copyright your work Should you offer your drone photos without any watermarks? Is advertising on Facebook and Instagram set to become harder?
Jun 12, 2018
ADU 0814: How to Deal with WiFi Interference While Flying Your Drone
13:32
Today's episode is about dealing with WiFi interference. Will WiFi interfere with your drone flight? What are some creative solutions for dealing with this WiFi interference? Our caller, Tom wishes to fly for a car dealership. This dealership is situated in a heavily commercial and crowded area. Will WiFi from surrounding businesses interfere with his drone flight? Can he expect his client to turn off WiFi in order to abide with contractual requirements? We offer some creative workaround solutions via which Tom can deal with this issue. Tune in to find out more. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Do not forget to check out Dynnex Drones. Dynnex Drones, an authorized DJI retailer are offering some really affordable drone financing options. Use the coupon code Drone U Save 25 to receive a discount on your purchase! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Do not forget to check out our new courses - subject tracking and construction mapping & shooting We share some details about the forthcoming Drone U Fly-in Today's question is about dealing with WiFi interference Can you expect your client to turn off WiFi to abide with contractual requirements? Will you run into a problem if surrounding businesses do not turn off their WiFi? What is the best time to fly at a strip mall? What is a sure shot way of checking if WiFi from surrounding businesses will cause problems?
Jun 11, 2018
ADU 0813: This Week’s Interesting Drone Stories
23:08
In today's episode we discuss this week's interesting drone stories. You will learn about some cool product launches - Pix4Dfields, Anafi and Evo. We also share how some major players like HobbyKing and DJI might have legal trouble in store for them. Drone U co-host, Paul is back, and he has some really interesting stories from the drone world just for you. What are some of the cool capabilities of Pix4Dfields, Pix4D's latest offering? Why has the SEC slapped HobbyKing with a $2.8 million fine? Did they violate any laws? We also discuss some cool features on the latest drones to hit the market - Parrot's Anafi, Autel's Evo and DJI's Phantom 4 Version 2. For all this and more, tune in to this special episode of Ask Drone U. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Also the folks at Schedudrone are offering a special discount just for Drone U listeners. Schedudrone can generate price proposals, contracts and even handle invoicing. Use promo code drone u to get yourself a killer deal (25% off for life!) on a cool product. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps We share details of our newest sponsor, Schedudrone What are some cool features of Pix4Dfields? Learn why SEC has slapped a $2.8 million fine on HobbyKing Sharing details of Parrot's new drone Anafi Discussing Autel's latest product - the Evo Can you get your hands on the latest Ronin S? What are some of the features on the recently launched, DJI's Phantom 4 Pro Version 2? We speculate if DJI's Phantom 5 is coming out any time soon Learn why Autel (a Dutch company) is suing DJI (a Chinese company) in United States! Discussing KitthyHawk's latest development - a drone that can fly people Sharing some interesting details about the forthcoming Drone U Fly-in
Jun 08, 2018
ADU 0812: What Are the Ideal Conditions for 3D Drone Mapping?
8:47
Today's episode is about 3D drone mapping. What is the ideal climate for getting accurate mapping data? Does KP-index and the presence of reflective materials impact the quality of 3D mapping data? Our caller, Derrick has come up with a great question today. New to the drone business, Derrick is wondering about the ideal conditions for 3D drone mapping. Are ideal conditions different for photogrammetry and 3D drone mapping? Should you shoot a mapping mission on a sunny day or an overcast day? You will also learn how KP-index and reflective materials affect the quality of your 3D mapping data. Tune in now. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about the ideal conditions for 3D drone mapping Do ideal conditions for aerial photography and 3D mapping differ? What are the ideal conditions for getting accurate 3D mapping data? How can you measure KP-index? And, why is it important for 3D drone mapping? What are the various factors that impact the quality of mapping data? Learn why the presence of reflective materials makes it more difficult to get good 3D mapping data.
Jun 05, 2018
ADU 0811: How to Get Smooth Motion with Your DJI Drone
9:05
Today's episode is about getting smooth motion with your DJI drone. Can tweaking your flight settings and controls help you fly better? What are some Tips and Tricks which will help you become a better drone pilot? Our caller just purchased a Phantom 3 Pro. However he is not happy with the way he is flying. In this episode we discuss how you can change your gain settings to fly better. We also highlight the importance of diligent practice in order to become a better pilot. Tune in to learn more. Thanks to our caller for the question. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about getting smooth motion with your DJI drone How do I change the stick sensitivity settings on my DJI drone? Should you consider playing around with the exponential settings? Learn how to tweak your gain settings - pitch, roll , elevation and yaw Highlighting the importance of practicing more and more in order to master drone flying Discussing the importance of overcoming the fear of crashing your drone
Jun 01, 2018
ADU 0810: How Do You Map a Structure Surrounded by Trees?
10:17
Today's question is about mapping a structure surrounded by trees. How do you map a structure when vegetation is obstructing your field of view? What are some hacks which will help you get accurate mapping data? Our caller, Ken has once again come up with a great question. He wishes to map a structure surrounded by vegetation. How can he do this? Does he need to fly in manual mode for doing so? And is it necessary for him to do ground camera work? Tune in and hear Rob and Paul discuss this mapping question. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about mapping a structure surrounded by trees What are some ways to map the corner of a building that is surrounded by vegetation? Do you need to do ground camera work? Are there any issues with doing this?
May 31, 2018
ADU 0809: Phantom 3 Pro vs. Phantom 4 Pro – Is There a Significant Difference in the Quality of 3D Mapping Data?
6:52
Today's question is about the Phantom 3 Pro. Is it a good idea to use the Phantom 3 Pro for 3D mapping? How does the Phantom 3 Pro compare to the Phantom 4 Pro? Our caller, Eric is contemplating buying the Phantom 3 Pro for 3D mapping. Should he buy the Phantom 3 Pro instead of the Phantom 4 Pro? Is Phantom 3 Pro's camera sensor comparable to that of Phantom 4 Pro? You will also learn about some issues with the GPS unit on the Phantom 3 Pro. Tune in to this fun and informative episode. The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Don’t forget to pick up a charger from Colorado Drone Chargers. These guys make high-quality quadchargers to help you maximize your flight time. Use discount code Drone U 8 to get yourself a killer deal! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about using the Phantom 3 Pro for mapping Discussing sensor build and quality; is the sensor on the Phantom 4 Pro far better? What is the issue with Phantom 3 Pro's GPS unit?
May 29, 2018
ADU 0808: How Much Should I Charge to Fly for a Car Dealership?
6:50
Today's episode is about flying your drone for a car dealership. How much should you charge? And, how can you get the best possible deal from your client? Kyle, our caller is a full time videographer with a car dealership. He has an opportunity to shoot some drone footage for his boss. How much should he charge? Should he deliver a fully edited video? We discuss some strategies for negotiating a sweet deal. We thank Kyle from Ohio for the question. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Don’t forget to pick up a charger from Colorado Drone Chargers. These guys make high-quality quadchargers to help you maximize your flight time. Use discount code Drone U 8 to get yourself a killer deal! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Which is better - Hourly or Project based work? Is it a good idea to supply edited footage to your client? How much should you charge? How much should you charge for flying for a car dealership? What are some of the factors that determine pricing for your drone footage? Negotiation strategies to help you get fair rates as a drone pilot
May 28, 2018
ADU 0807: I Need a Drone Camera with Good Zoom. What Are My Options?
8:06
Today's question is about drone cameras with good zoom capabilities. Which zoom camera should you buy - the Zenmuse Z3, the X5 or the pricey Z30? Our caller, Michael is going forth with his drone business. And he has come up with a great follow up question. In this episode, we discuss zoom cameras. Is the Zenmuse Z3 a good alternative? What about the X5? Is the high price of the Zenmuse Z30 justified? Tune in and learn about camera capabilities, costs and the drones that fly them. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Don’t forget to pick up a charger from Colorado Drone Chargers. These guys make high-quality quadchargers to help you maximize your flight time. Use discount code Drone U 8 to get yourself a killer deal! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about drone cameras with the best zoom capabilities Is the Inspire 1 with the Z3 camera a good alternative? How much does it cost? Is the X5 camera a good zoom camera? Which drones can fly the X5 camera? Discussing the capabilities and cost of the Z30 camera. Which drone do you need to fly this camera?
May 25, 2018
ADU 0806: Do I Need a Formal Education to Start a Drone Business?
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Today's question is about starting your own drone business. Do you need a formal education to start your own drone business? Is it possible to make money from drones without any formal degree? Our caller has come up with a question that has Rob and Paul all fired up. Michael works in the construction industry and plans on starting his own drone business. Michael's boss, however, just told him that he cannot start a drone business without a formal education. Do you really need a formal degree to make money from drones? How should Michel react to his boss's advice? Tune in to find out what Rob and Paul have to say about this. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about setting up your drone business; do you need a formal education to make money from drones? We answer today's question What do you need to do in order to get make money from drones? Are there any drone jobs which you cannot take up without a formal education? What should be Michael's approach? How should he deal with his boss?
May 24, 2018
ADU 0805: Can You Fly over People If You Are Inside?
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Today's question is about flying over people. Can you fly over people if you are inside? Is it really difficult to fly inside? Our caller is wondering if flying over people is legally permissible if you are inside. What are some of the safety measures that you should observe? What happened when folks were literally flying over the FAA's head at the recent AUVSI conference? Tune in to find out. We thank our caller for the question. Fly safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about flying over people How can you fly over people if you are inside? What are the various safeguards that you should have in place if you were flying inside? Paul talks about the recent AUVSI conference where folks were flying drones over FAA officials
May 23, 2018
ADU 0804: Can You Capture Great Photos and Videos with the Yuneec H520?
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Today's question is about the Yuneec H520. Can you shoot great photos and videos with this drone? Is the Yuneec H520 a good drone for 3D mapping? Our caller has just given his Part 107 and is planning on becoming a drone entrepreneur. He is wondering if he can use the Yuneec H520 for photography and videography. How does the Yuneec H520 compare to DJI's Phantom 4 Pro? Are there any significant hardware issues that you need to be aware of? What about sensor build and quality? Learn why the presence of a linear rolling shutter on the Yuneec is such a disadvantage for 3D mappers. We thank our caller for the well articulated question. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about the Yuneec H520 Why is the Yuneec remote so difficult to use? Can you shoot RAW video on the Yuneec H520? Is it possible to get great video footage with the Yuneec H520? Is the Yuneec H520 good for mapping? How does the Phantom 4 Pro compare with the Yuneec H520? We discuss point density and overall quality of data Learn how sensor build and quality has a big effect on your data output; we compare linear rolling shutter to global shutter Discussing remote overheating issues for the Yuneec H520 Is your data more secure on the Yuneec H520? What are some reasons for using Intel's Falcon 8 plus for critical infrastructure mapping?
May 22, 2018
ADU 0803: How to Gain Initial Traction for Your Small Business
8:24
Today's question is about gaining traction for your new drone business. How do you get your small business off the ground? Once you get your drone and Part 107, what are you going to do next? Our caller, Terry is facing a dilemma which is common among small business owners. Terry has gotten his Phantom 4 Pro and is working on his Part 107. And is confused about what to do next. How can he organize his thoughts? To get your small business off the ground, it is important to figure out your "why" and then your "how". You will also learn some great Tips and Tricks for working "on" your small business rather than "in" your small business. Tune in now. Thanks to the caller for the question. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about kick-starting your drone business Rob talks about the importance of figure out your "why" Paul talks about the importance of planning and organizing your thoughts Discussing the importance of working "on" your business rather than "in" your business Paul recommends, "Traction" for those wanting to kick-start their business
May 21, 2018
ADU 0802: Is It Viable to Use a Hydrogen Fuel Cell to Power an Industrial Drone?
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Today's question is about using a hydrogen fuel cell in an industrial drone. Is it economically and logistically feasible to use hydrogen fuel cells in your drone? Ken from NJ has come up with a great question today. He is researching the use of hydrogen fuel cells in drones. Is it really viable to use a hydrogen fuel cell in your drone? How do you refuel a hydrogen fuel cell? Do current regulations permit the shipping of gas containers? Tune in to find out if it is really possible to use this alternative source of energy. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul shares details about the forthcoming Drone U Fly-in Today's question is about using hydrogen fuel cell technology to power an industrial drone What are the regulations with regards to shipping gas containers? Is it feasible to ship gas containers? Are there professional companies who specialize in gas transportation?
May 18, 2018
Wedding Day Special
7:23
Paul's wedding day has finally arrived! On this very special day, you will hear Rob (married for 27 years) and McKeyla (married for 15 years) give out some great marriage advice to Paul. Many congratulations to Sarah and Paul! You do not want to miss this fun filled episode. Tune in now. The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT
May 17, 2018
ADU 0801: How to Start a Drone Business for Less Than $1,000
8:39
Today's question is about starting your drone business for less than $1,000. Can you build a successful small business for less than $1,000? Our caller, Joshua wants to set up his own successful small business. But he has a problem. He just has a grand to spare. Which drone can he buy with this limited budget? And, which are the drone jobs that he should be going after? Should he start off with real estate jobs? Or, should he aim for UAV mapping jobs? Tune in to find out. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul shares details for the forthcoming Drone U Fly-in Today's question is about setting up your drone business; can you set up a successful small business for less than $1,000? Can you buy a good drone with just $1,000 Should new entrants in the drone industry start off with real estate jobs? Or, can they consider UAV mapping jobs?
May 16, 2018
ADU 0800: How to Acquire and Process Data for Greater Accuracy in 3D Drone Mapping
19:02
Today's question is about 3D mapping. Do you need to introduce multiple orbits for making an accurate 3D model with your drone? How can you map overhanging structures? What makes Phantom 4 Pro the best drone for UAV mapping? In our 800th episode, we suggest ways via which you can excel in 3D mapping with your drone. Do you need to introduce multiple orbits while mapping a complex structure? Learn how you can deal with this increased complexity in 3D mapping. We also discuss how you can get survey grade data using photogrammetry. Next, we talk about the best drones and cameras for UAV mapping. How does the Phantom 4 Pro compare to the Yuneec H520 for UAV mapping? Learn why global shutters can help you achieve greater accuracy in 3D mapping. You will also receive some great tips for processing your data. Can you process vertical image captures with other ones? Tune in to find out. We thank Simon from Norway for the question. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul thanks all Drone U sponsors Today's question is about improving accuracy in 3D drone mapping and modeling What is the minimum number of orbits that you need to make in 3D mapping? Do you need more orbits while mapping a complex structure? Expert tips for building accurate 3D maps when you are introducing multiple orbits Can you get survey grade data with photogrammetry? Which is the best drone for UAV mapping ? We compare the Phantom 4 Pro and Yuneec H 520 Learn how the focal length on your camera affects the ground sampling distance Does a global shutter in the Phantom 4 render it better for UAV mapping? We discuss how a linear rolling shutter in the Yuneec H520 affects mapping results Paul urges everyone to check out the Pix4D podcast Learn why vertical capture in the Ground Station Pro is far better than Site Scan's Perimeter scan Can you merge vertical image capture with other ones? Which are the best drone cameras for mapping overhanging structures? We discuss why you are better off using the X4S and X5 over the X7 Some common mistakes that UAV pilots make with manual tie points
May 15, 2018
ADU 0799: Can I Use My Drone to Shoot a Football Game?
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Today's question is about drones for filming football games. Can you film a football game without flying over people? Which is the best drone and camera to record football games? Our caller wishes to use his drone for filming football. Can he do so without flouting any FAA drone laws? We also discuss why using the Inspire 1 along with the Z3 camera to record football games is a smart move. Tune in to this fun and informative episode. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps We share details of the forthcoming Drone U Fly-in Today's question is about using drones for filming football Tips and tricks for using a drone for filming football without flying over people Why should you use the Inspire 1 with the Z3 camera to record football games? Is there any way you can fly your drone over people?
May 14, 2018
ADU 0798: Is the Intel Insight Platform the Mapping Automation System the Industry Has Been Waiting For?
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Today's episode is about Intel Insight, a Mapping Automation System. Anil Nanduri, VP and GM, Intel Drone Team talks about this amazing drone software at AUVSI 2018. How is Intel helping drones become smarter? How will the asset based approach of Intel Insight result in greater efficiency and flexibility? Will Intel Insight help enterprises scale up their drone operations? Anil starts off by talking about the drone industry and its varied applications. Do we have the infrastructure in place to scale up drone operations? Does our current technology allow us to seamlessly share data back and forth? Anil moves on to provide some background information about Intel and Intel Insight. Is Intel Insight compatible with drone applications like Pix4D? Will it result in greater efficiency and flexibility? Anil demonstrates the enterprise centric capabilities of Intel Insight by running the platform live from a client system. Is this asset based system the one that the drone industry has been waiting for? Tune in to learn more. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Discussing the ability of a drone to capture data and its varied applications Why is it important to understand what your customer cares about? How does Intel help drones become smarter? We talk about sensors, AI and software The importance of transferring data easily Discussing the need for cloud technology to become faster and more efficient to allow for seamless data sharing The need to create an infrastructure to process vast amounts of data What are some of the changes that need to take place if we wish to scale up drone applications? What is Intel's role in the drone industry? The importance of data processing in order to provide actionable insights Anil shares some background information about Intel insight platform Marketing Video highlighting capabilities of Intel Insight platform Which are some of the applications that are compatible with Intel Insight? How can we make inspection processes more efficient with drones? Demonstrating the enterprise centric capabilities of Intel Insight by running the platform live from a client system Does the Intel Insight platform have an asset based approach? Why is this asset-based approach critical? Learn how Intel Insight platform provides greater flexible by allowing back-office people to process data Demonstrating the various tools that can be used while processing data Can you view  a location's flight history using Intel Insight?
May 11, 2018
ADU 0797: How Drone Mapping Can Help Crime Scene Investigations and What to Look for
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Today's episode is about using drone mapping for crime scene investigations. We are joined by Neal Carter, an accident re-constructionist. Paul and Neal discuss why drone mapping for accident reconstruction has gained in popularity. Can you get better data with drone mapping? And, is it quicker to use drone mapping? Paul and Neal go into the nitty gritty of crime scene investigations. Learn how crime scene investigations are researched. What are the various KPI's that are are looked at while investigating a crime scene? And, what is the consequence of processing mapping data incorrectly? Tune in to find out. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul introduces Neal Carter to listeners Neal explains how car scene investigations are conducted How does Neal collaborate with police officers? What kind of data is available for reconstructing accidents? What kind of car accidents does Neal deal with? Is drone mapping done for all accidents? How is drone mapping and photogrammetry being used for accident reconstruction? Can you get better data using a drone? Is drone mapping data comparable to data derived from a 3D laser scanner? Can drone mapping data provide faster data? What is the turnaround time? Discussing the criticality of building up your flying skills before venturing into crime scene reconstruction What are the various KPI's ? What are the various things that crime scene re-constructionists look at? What are the consequences of processing data incorrectly? Neal shares his contact information Can you learn about accident reconstruction at the Drone U Fly-in?
May 10, 2018
ADU 0796: How Remote ID Works and Will Move the UAV Industry Forward
29:01
In today's episode we discuss how Remote ID will impact the drone industry. Vic is joined by Kenji Sughara, a UAS policy expert. Will Remote ID be introduced anytime soon? Which technology will Remote ID work on? Will this lead to any data security and privacy issues? Kenji shares details of the Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) which has made this proposal. Were there any major disagreements among ARC members while formulating this proposal? Will the introduction of Remote ID lead to real time tracking of drones? Kenji also discusses the importance of coming up with a cheap, yet easy solution. When the Notice for Rulemaking Proposal (NPRM) drops, you shall definitely hear about it from us. Vic provides some great suggestions via which you can constructively affect the decision making process. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Discussing the origins of Remote ID; how did Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) end up getting involved in this issue? Is the importance of Remote ID lost on people? Can Remote ID lead to change in public perception? What is the possibility of Remote ID being introduced in the near future? Why was the ARC in charge of the Remote ID issue comprised of 70 members? Were there any major disagreements among ARC members? Discussing the poor representation of UAV operators in ARC What are some of the technological challenges in the implementation of Remote ID? Is constant tracking of all drones a possibility? What were some of the concerns raised by ARC members and UAV operators? What is the difference between "broadcast only" and "network" technology? Is real time drone tracking required for security reasons? Where there any objections with regards to compliance? With the introduction of Remote ID, will data security be an issue? Discussing the criticality of providing cheap and easy technology Shall drone tracking information be available to authorized personnel only? Will the drone industry have a chance to comment and get involved in this important issue? Kenji speculates how Remote ID will turn out What is the likely date by which the NPRM will be made available? Vic provides some tips for making constructive comments when the NPRM finally drops
May 08, 2018
ADU 0795: How the Smallest Variables Can Have a Huge Effect on Mapping – Interview with Pix4D
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Drone U Chief Pilot, Paul Aitken recently headed off to Denver, Colorado to attend  AUVSI Xponential 2018. In today’s episode he is joined by Angad Singh from Pix4D  to discuss best practices in drone mapping. Paul and Angad talk about Pix4D’s wide ranging capabilities. They provide some expert tips for accurately integrating drones and photogrammetry into your workflow. How can you produce accurate drone mapping data for crime scene reconstruction and NDVI mapping? How do you generate the ultimate and most beautiful 3D model using photogrammetry? Can you really produce a good mapping model in windy conditions? We also talk at length about camera sensors. Learn how the resolution and focal length of your sensor can impact your image quality. We wrap up this informative episode by talking about using drones in agriculture. Why should you always use a radiometrically calibrated sensor for NDVI mapping? Can drones really help address the global problem or food security? Tune in to this very special episode of Ask Drone U. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul introduces Angad Singh from Pix4D; Angad helps integrate drones and photogrammetry into your workflow Can you achieve survey grade data using Pix4D? Discussing the importance of intimately understanding how Pix4D works Angad talks about the different industries that he works with Top 3 industries that are benefiting from drone technology Tips and tricks for using drone mapping in crime scene reconstruction The challenges of turning a 3 dimensional earth surface in 2 dimensional flatland We talk about the immense capabilities of Pix4D How does the focal length of the sensor affect the accuracy of your maps? Why should you never zoom in or out while doing accident reconstruction? How can the ground sampling distance impact the accuracy of your data-set? How does the resolution and focal length of the sensor affect image quality? How can you get the best possible resolution with a DJI Phantom 4 Pro? Learn how you can achieve a 1 cm Pixel size by processing data in Pix4D Will using different templates for processing data from Nadir, cross hatch and orbit missions result in greater accuracy? How to produce a visually appealing 3 D model using photogrammetry Can you produce good mapping data in windy conditions? Angad discusses the various nuances of NDVI mapping What is radiometric calibration? We talk about the important of using the right sensor and producing data that is radiometrically calibrated How can drones help address the critical issue of food security? Learn how the ability of using the Pix4Dag deliverable across different platforms renders it truly beneficial What is the difference between a linear rolling shutter and global shutter? Can using a linear rolling shutter cause disruptions to your content? Angad shares his contact information
May 05, 2018
ADU 0794: Can I Use Desktop for Drone Mapping in Agriculture?
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Today we talk about processing software for agriculture drone mapping. How do cloud solutions compare to desktop solutions? What are the benefits of using Pix4Dag? Are there any good cloud based drone mapping software for agriculture? Our caller, wants to take up NDVI mapping. He is concerned about data security, and wants to go for a desktop based mapping solution. Can he opt for a desktop based drone mapping software? What are the various benefits of using Pix4Dag? Should he opt for Raptor Maps, a cloud based drone mapping software? Tune in to learn the importance of producing a great client deliverable. Fly safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul shares details about the forthcoming Drone U Fly-in We share details about our in person-mapping class in Denver, Colorado from May 13-15 Today's question is about drone mapping software for agriculture Can you process agricultural mapping data on your desktop? How can Raptor Maps help you deliver great data to your clients? What are the various benefits of using Pix4Dag? We talk about the various benefits of producing actionable maps while doing NDVI mapping
May 03, 2018
ADU 0793: Is It Worth Buying the DJI Osmo Pro for Shooting Real Estate?
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Today's question is about the DJI Osmo. How does Osmo Plus compare to Osmo Pro? Can you shoot real estate using the DJI Osmo Pro? Our caller, Graham is contemplating buying the Osmo Plus or the Osmo Pro for shooting real estate. What extra features does the Osmo Pro offer?  Is it worth spending more for the Osmo Pro? How many variations of the DJI Osmo are available? Thanks to Graham from Austin for the question. Fly safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT 5 Unique Ways To Use The Osmo - https://youtu.be/ppR6n8kqbbY Timestamps Today's question is about the DJI Osmo How many variants of the DJI Osmo are available? Is it worth spending more for buying the Osmo Pro?
May 02, 2018
ADU 0792: Which Is the Best Agricultural Drone for Surveying Large Farmlands?
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Today's question is about agricultural drones. Which agricultural drone will give you the best results? Should you buy a fixed wing drone for crop surveys? Can you capture crisp aerial images using a fixed wing drone? Our caller is using an Inspire 1 Pro and X5 camera for conducting crop surveys. However, he wishes to map larger tracts of agricultural land. Is it worth buying an expensive fixed wing drone? What is the recommended flight speed for a fixed wing drone? Will he need a high end thermal imaging camera? Tune in to find out. Thanks to Mark from NY for the question. Fly safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use promo code DroneUA40 at checkout to get a great deal on a killer battery. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about agricultural drones Should you use a fixed wing drone for mapping? How is thermal mapping different from regular mapping? What is the recommended flight speed for thermal mapping? Will the quality of your aerial imagery suffer if you are flying a fixed wing plane at high speeds? Do you need a high end thermal imaging camera if you are flying really fast? Can you build a fixed wing using a DJI flight controller? Why should you avoid using a ND filter for mapping? Is it worth buying a fixed wing drone for mapping an 800 acre farm?
May 01, 2018
ADU 0791: I Just Crashed My Drone. How Do I Get Rid of It?
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Today's episode is about getting rid of your old drone. How do you get rid of your old drone? Can you reuse parts of your old drone? Our caller, Robert for Arkansas crashed his drone. And, he is looking for a convenient way to get rid of it. Should he simply trash his drone? Is it environmentally harmful to do so? And, is it possible to reuse parts of your old drone? We also provide various tips and tricks for buying a used drone. Tune in to learn more. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Don’t forget to pick up a charger from Colorado Drone Chargers. These guys make high-quality quadchargers to help you maximize your flight time. Use discount code Drone U 8 to get yourself a killer deal! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about getting rid of your old drone Can you reuse parts of your old drone? What is a safe way of getting rid of your drone batteries? Can you dispose off your drone at a recycling center? Can you find a buyer for your old drone? Expert tips for buying a used drone; can you accurately check the mileage of a used drone?
Apr 30, 2018
ADU 0790: How to Provide Drone Services to the Oil and Gas Industry
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Today's episode is about using drones for oil rig inspections. Can you inspect oil refineries with an entry level drone? Which equipment do you need to conduct oil rig inspections? And, how much will the drone and camera cost you? Our caller wishes to conduct aerial inspections of oil refineries using a Phantom 3 advanced. Can she cater to the oil and gas industry using an entry level drone? We discuss the need to understand the client deliverable before zeroing in on the right drone and camera. How do you select the right mapping application for the job? Which are the various pain points that you will have to address if you do oil rig inspections? We also discuss various closing strategies that will help you lock down a drone sale. Tune in to learn more. Fly safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's questions is about the best drone systems for oil refinery inspections Which is the best drone for oil rig inspections? Which are the various pain points that a drone pilot may have to address while doing an oil rig inspection? Can you do oil rig inspections with a Phantom 3 Advanced? Which is the best camera to detect methane leaks? Discussing why it is important to intricately understand the final deliverable while doing oil rig inspections Learn how you can select the right mapping application for a job Discussing the importance of articulating the problem and educating the client How do you determine the right drone for the job? Common sales mistakes made by drone pilots in sales We discuss how a client objection is just one step closer to locking down a sale Expert advice for locking down a drone sale
Apr 27, 2018
ADU 0789: Do You Need to Be in the US to Take Your Part 107 Test?
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Today's question is about getting your Part 107 certification. Can you take your your Part 107 test if you are not in the United States? Can a non-US citizen take the Part 107 test from outside the US? Our caller, Gill has come up with this great question today. He wishes to renew his Part 107 license while he is not in US. Paul suggests a great way of renewing your Part 107 without being in the US. Can you give your Part 107 test from a US embassy? And, how can a non-US citizens fly a UAS commercially in the United States? Tune in to find out. Thanks to Gill for the question. Fly safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Don’t forget to pick up a charger from Colorado Drone Chargers. Use discount code Drone U 8 to get yourself a killer deal. These guys make high-quality quadchargers to help you maximize your flight time! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we question if you need to be in the US to take your Part 107 test Can Part 61 pilots take the Part 107 test if they are not in the US? Do folks without a Part 61 license need to be in the US to take a Part 107 test? Can you go to a US embassy to take a Part 107 test? How can non US citizens fly a UAS commercially in the United States? Do you need to come to the US to take your Part 107 test?
Apr 26, 2018
ADU 0788: How Can You Use Drones in Your Business?
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Today, we talk about using drones in your business. Can using a drone save your business money? Which is the best drone for your business? And, what are some common mistakes made by businesses? Using drones can prove to be hugely beneficial for your business. But there are some FAA regulations that you need to aware of. Which are these regulations? Do businesses need Part 107 certification? Another area where businesses falter is drone selection. How do you determine the right drone for your business? We discuss application and environment, factors often ignored by businesses. Once you purchase your drone, you need to train your employees to fly safely. How do you operate a drone safely? Poor training can result in severe liabilities for your business. Learn how the Drone U community can help your business make this transition.  Tune in to this informative and engaging episode right now. The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we discuss various ways for using drones in your business What are some common mistakes that businesses make as they start using drones in their business? Which are the important FAA regulations that a business needs to be aware of? Can your operating environment affect your drone selection process? How can you select the right drone for your business? Discussing the importance of maintaining focus and discipline while learning to fly Learn how Drone U can help you train your employees to fly the right way Is it possible to automate the entire mapping process? Which are some of the inherent risks associated with using drones in your business? Is there a huge learning curve for folks who are attempting to master drone flying? Learn how proper maintenance can stave off a crisis and shield your business from severe liabilities
Apr 25, 2018
ADU 0787: How Do I Charge My Client If a Drone Shoot Is Cancelled Due to Bad Weather?
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Today's episode is about weather delays and cancellations. What can a drone pilot do if the weather goes bad? Should you charge your client if a shoot is cancelled? It is critical that you have a clear contractual agreement with your client. Should you charge a local client in case of a cancellation? Things get complicated if it is an out of state shoot. What do you do in this case? Do big production houses pay drone pilots in case a shoot is cancelled? Tune in to find out. Thanks to Dan for the question. Fly safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about weather delays and cancellation Discussing the importance of having an iron clad agreement How do you deal with jobs where you have to travel more than 100 miles? Should you charge a weather delay fee? Should you get a deposit from your clients? What do you if the weather goes bad after you have worked for half a day?
Apr 24, 2018
ADU 0786: Traveling with Your Drone – Do You Have the Right Tools for the Job?
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Today, we talk about traveling with your drone. What are some drone accessories and gadgets that you should travel with? What are some tips and tricks for traveling with your drone? Our caller, Justin has come up with an interesting question. He is unsure about the drone accessories and gadgets that he should be traveling with. Carrying along the right tools ensures that you get the job done, no matter what. Which are these drone accessories and gadgets? Is it advisable to fly with all your gear to a job site? How can you prepare yourself for emergencies while on a job? And, how do you ensure redundancies? Check out Paul's Guide to the Ultimate Drone Kit to learn all about the accessories and gadgets that Paul travels with.  You can find Amazon links to all these products here. Thanks to Justin for the question. Fly safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul thanks all Drone U sponsors We share details for the forthcoming Drone U Fly-in Today's question is about the right tools that you need to carry while traveling Why is it more practical for drone pilots to be on the road rather than fly? Which are the tools that Paul travels with while flying for a job? Discussing the importance of having ample power and communications while on the road Which is the right vehicle that meets the travel needs of drone pilots? Which inverter does Paul use? And, what are the benefits of carrying one while traveling? What is the benefit of carrying a light bar while traveling? How can you deal with dead zones while on the road? Paul suggests a great signal booster for dealing with this issue Which tool kit does Paul recommend for drone pilots? Which are some of the miscellaneous tools that Paul carries while on the road? Which are some of the cameras that Paul uses? Essential tools for a drone pilot on a long, six month trip Paul's recommended tool kit for fixing drones, cameras, phones and laptops
Apr 23, 2018
ADU 0785: Which Is the Best App for Creating a Real Estate Virtual Tour?
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Today's episode is about apps for creating 3D virtual tours. Which is the best app for creating a real estate virtual tour? What are its capabilities? Matterport is the most powerful and popular app for creating 3D virtual tours. Why so? What are its various capabilities? We also discuss some strategies for surviving and thriving in a tough real estate market. Tune in to learn more. We thank our caller, Mary Ann for the question. Fly safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Don’t forget to pick up a charger from Colorado Drone Chargers. These guys make high-quality quadchargers to help you maximize your flight time! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about the best app for creating a 3D virtual tour What makes the Matterport the best option for creating a 3D virtual home tour? Paul shares details of a new mapping product that will be debuting soon at Drone U Discussing why it is important to treat real estate as a "stepping stone" to better and more value added work
Apr 20, 2018
ADU 0784: 2018 FAA Reauthorization Bill
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Today's episode is about the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Bill. How does this new Reauthorization Bill affect commercial drone operations? Will this Bill levy additional taxes on drone pilots? In this informative and engaging episode, we share details of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Bill. Is this Bill positive for commercial drone pilots and drone business? Will this Bill lead to safer skies? We also discuss the possibility of additional taxes being levied on drone pilots. What is the purpose of this tax? Is it justified? And, is this proposed tax fair to law abiding pilots? This Bill also proposes sharing samples of safety justifications for approved waivers. Will this idea prove to be beneficial? How does this Bill affect drone delivery services? Tune in to find out. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Don’t forget to pick up a charger from Colorado Drone Chargers. These guys make high-quality quadchargers to help you maximize your flight time! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Access the Drone Advocacy Kit - https://www.thedroneu.com/resources/ Timestamps Today we discuss the new FAA 2018 Reauthorization Bill Learn how the efforts of a Drone U community member resulted in solidification of federal pre-emption rules in Wisconsin Paul shares details about the forthcoming Drone U Fly-in Learn how gamifying the Fly-in makes it all the more interesting; you will have real cars crashing at this exclusive conference! We share details for the new FAA 2018 Reauthorization Bill Learn how language of failed bills has been incorporated into this new bill Paul reads out excerpts from the Reauthorizatoin bill Will drone pilots have to fork out an additional fee? Considering historical safety records, is this new fee justified? What is the possibility of an additional tax being levied on drone pilots? Is this proposed tax fair on law abiding pilots? Does FAA have enough money to build a safety management system? Will the FAA fight this proposed bill? Learn how Drone U can help you effect drone legislature What is the purpose of this new FAA Reauthorization bill? Is it to pay for the new safety management system? We discuss the Universal Traffic Management (UTM) system Does this bill interfere with a drone pilot's right to fly over an amusement facility? How does this new bill define "Community Based Organization"? Can the AMA be classified as a Community Based Organization (CBO)? We discuss whether a CBO can be involved in a profit making activity Does this Bill have any positives for commercial drone pilots? Is providing samples of safety justifications for approved waivers a good idea? Does this bill have any positives for drone delivery services? We discuss the new carrier certificate requirement Discussing Indian's absurd stance which states legal claim over airspace Paul sums up the episode by listing pros and cons of this new bill
Apr 19, 2018
ADU 0783: What Is the Best Way to Get Your Part 107 If You Have a Private Pilot License?
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Today's question is about private pilots getting their Part 107 certification. Do you need to get your Part 107 certificate if you have a Private Pilot License (PPL)? What is the easiest way to do so? Our caller, Tom is planning on getting his Private Pilot License. And his Part 107 certificate is about to expire soon. Does he need to retake the Part 107 test? Is there an easier way for Part 61 pilots to get their Part 107? Tune in to find out. Fly Safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Join us from Aug 3-5 at the 2018 Drone U Fly-in - http://www.droneuflyin.com/ Timestamps Paul shares details for the forthcoming Drone U Fly-in Today's question is about Private Pilots getting their Part 107 certification What is the best way to get your Part 107 certificate if you have a Part 61 license?
Apr 18, 2018
ADU 0782: Can I Bootstrap a Drone Mapping Business?
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Today's question is about drone mapping. Can you start a drone mapping business with a small budget? What is the basic equipment and software for starting a mapping business? Our caller from Canada has been working for realtors. Because he feels that opportunities have dried up in the realty sector, he wishes to taking up mapping jobs. However, he owns a Phantom Pro 3. Can he build a solid mapping business with a Phantom Pro 3? Can he build accurate maps and models using an entry level drone? Or, does he need to buy a higher end drone like the Inspire or the Yuneec H520? We also talk about mapping applications. Learn why Pix4D is the gold standard for mapping applications. Is there any advantage to using DroneDeploy? Tune in to hear Rob and Paul provide various business strategies for building a sustainable and long term drone mapping business. Fly safe! The 2018 Drone U Fly-in is your opportunity to build community, get inspired and fly better. Get practical, hands-on flight instruction from industry’s best. Limited spots available. Reserve now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul shares details for the forthcoming Drone U Fly-in Today's question is about bootstrapping your drone business Can you enter the mapping and modeling business with a Phantom Pro 3? Does the Phantom Pro 3 integrate with Pix4D? How can Drone U help you kick-start your drone mapping business? Why are realtors losing interest in drone services? Strategies for marketing your drone services to realtors Is it lucrative to offer mapping services to realtors? Can you map complex structures with the Phantom Pro 3? Or, do you need the Yuneec H520 or Inspire for mapping? Is there any advantage to using Drone Deploy? What is the best way to showcase models to clients? Can you build accurate maps using photogrammetry? Discussing the importance of having your systems in place before venturing into the mapping business How will opting for Drone U's mapping course help you? Paul sums up the entire episode
Apr 17, 2018
ADU 0781: Can You Build Better Maps and Models Using Yuneec H520 and Pix4D?
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Today we talk about the Yuneec H520 and Pix4D. Should you use the Yuneec H520 and Pix4D for mapping? Is the Yuneec H520 better than DJI's Phantom 4 Pro? Our caller, Gerald from Ireland has come up with a great question today. Because Pix4D is now available on the Yuneec H520, Gerald is wondering if he should use this drone for mapping applications. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the H520? We discuss features such as flight modes and data capture capabilities. Can you use the H520 to map complex structures? Were there significant issues with the H520's older application, DataPilot? We discuss whether mappers should opt for the H520 over Phantom 4 Pro. Tune in to find out if you can really create better maps and models using Pix4D and the Yuneec H520. Thanks to Gerald for the question. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about using the Yuneec H520 and Pix4D for mapping applications Discussing why Pix4D's availability on the Yuneec is such a huge deal for mappers What is the one huge advantage of flying a Yuneec over DJI? Can you capture more data with the Yuneec as compared to the Phantom 4 Pro? Were there significant issues with DataPilot? Is your data at a huge risk if you are using Android? Learn how free flight mode on the Pix4D makes it possible to map complex objects
Apr 16, 2018
ADU 0780: How Will the Passage of the “Tort Law Relating to Drones Act” Affect Commercial Drone Business?
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In today's episode, we talk about the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) and their work on the "Tort Law relating to Drones Act". How will the passage of this law affect commercial drone business? Will this Tort Law increase the chances of drone pilots being sued? Will airspace be severely limited? Vic joins Paul for this extremely important and animated episode. We decide to dive deep and discuss the contents of this proposed law and it’s far reaching implications. We share how the passage of this law will result in cities and states inhibiting drone operations. Fear of being sued will make commercial drone operations impossible. So, what can we do to stop this bill? For starters, we strongly suggest you start following the ULC's work on this proposed bill. How? Please refer the below step-by-step instructions: 1. Click this link 2. Click on "Sign up to follow this committee" to receive an email 3. Respond back by saying that you would like to follow the "Tort Law Relating to Drones" Committee We also urge all UAS operators to go the extra mile and meet your area representative in a bid to block the passage of this bill. The entire community of drone pilots needs to get together and put in all efforts to block this regressive bill which threatens our livelihood and our passion. Tune in to learn more. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Draft for "Tort Law Relating to the Drones Act" - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1_Bi8NRbeCjdkPU_q2VDizQDBCFCszZD-/view?usp=sharing Timestamps Who are the Uniform Law Commission? What is Tort Law? What is the "Tort Law Relating to Drones Act"? Does this proposed act increase the chances of drone pilots being sued? Learn how this proposed Act will result in severely limiting airspace How does this proposed bill define "immediate reach"? Paul reads important excerpts from this proposed bill Learn how this bill verbiage covers every Part 107 certified pilot How does the Uniform Law Commission Work? What is the current status of this proposed bill? Learn how this proposed bill will give cities and states the power to interfere with commercial drone business How can you start following ULC's work on this proposed bill? Tune in for step by step instructions Can you reach out directly to committee members? Are there committee members who are not working for the greater good of the drone industry? Learn how the fear of being sued will majorly hamper drone business Discussing how some ignorant members of the UAS community are failing to understand the gravity of the situation Does this Tort Law target hobbyists as well? Is it legal to own anti drone technology? We sum up today's episode by discussing the need for the entire UAS community to get together in order to block this proposed act
Apr 13, 2018
ADU 0779: What Is the Best Way to Deal with Realtors Hiring Unlicensed Drone Operators?
23:48
Today, we talk about realtors hiring unlicensed drone operators. What is an effective way of dealing with these realtors? How can you market  your services and compete against illegal drone operators? Real estate is a tough segment for drone pilots. And understandably, our caller today is frustrated as he tries to break into this segment. How can you compete against unlicensed drone operators offering dirt cheap services? How do you deal with realtors with zero respect for the law? We discuss various sales and marketing tips for standing out in this tough market. Is it wise to undermine your competition while marketing your services? And, in the worst scenario, should you consider complaining to the FAA or the National Association of Realtors? Tune in to find out. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about dealing with realtors hiring unlicensed drone operators Discussing the current frustrating trend of realtors hiring illegal UAS operators What are some ways of dealing with unethical realtors? How can Drone U help you deal with unethical realtors? Should you call the local FAA office if you come across a realtor hiring unlicensed drone pilots? How can the National Association of Realtors (NAR) help you deal with unethical realtors? Can a realtor afford a licensed drone pilot's fees? Does well-shot drone footage hold great value for realtors? Is it wise to badmouth your competition while marketing your drone services?
Apr 11, 2018
ADU 0778: Building Your Own Drone vs. Buying DJI – Which Is the Better Option?
12:44
Today, we talk about building your own drone. Is it wise to build your own drone? Or should you rather buy a DJI product? Our caller, Ken is wondering if he should go ahead and build a custom drone. Building a custom drone is a complex and cumbersome task. Can a custom drone have the same capabilities as a DJI product? What about ease of use? Which is the best drone to build? We also talk about factors such as applications, gimbal control and camera control for custom built drones. Which is the cheapest custom drone that you can build? Tune in to find out. Thanks to Ken from New Jersey for the question. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about building your own drone Some solid reasons for buying a DJI product Which is the best custom drone that you can build right now? Is it worth purchasing DJI's home built drone? How much will batteries for a custom drone cost you? Which is the best DJI alternative for a custom built drone? What are some of the disadvantages of using a custom built drone? Should you opt for the S900 or the S1000? What is the cheapest way to build your drone?
Apr 10, 2018
ADU 0777: Should I Use DJI’s Zenmuse Z30 for Infrastructure Inspections?
17:17
Today's question is about DJI's Zenmuse Z30. Should you use DJI's Zenmuse Z30 for infrastructure inspections? Are there any disadvantages to using a small sensor? Our caller is unsure about using the Zenmuse Z30 since it is only a 2 MP sensor. Can he get good results by using a small sensor? In order to answer his question, we first discuss sensor size and construction. What is the reason for using a small sensor on a drone? Is it possible to use a bigger sensor on a drone? Would you need a larger drone if you decide to opt for a bigger sensor? We also discuss the most suitable drone systems for infrastructure inspections. Is the Phantom 4 Pro good enough for infrastructure inspections? Or, should you rather opt for the M210? We also talk about variable zoom. Will variable zoom create difficulties for you while processing flight data? Tune in to this fun and informative episode. Thanks to Jon from Australia for the question. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Don’t forget to pick up a charger from Colorado Drone Chargers. Use discount code Drone U 8 to get yourself a killer deal. Those guys make high-quality quadchargers to help you maximize your flight time! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about the Zenmuse Z30 Is there any reason for a drone to carry a small sensor? We discuss sensor size and construction Can you use a bigger sensor on a drone? Some tips and tricks for doing power-line inspections; is the Z30 a good option for power-line inspections? Is the Zenmuse Z30 a good camera for infrastructure inspections? Paul sums up today's episode
Apr 09, 2018
ADU 0776: How Do I Find Clients for My New Drone Business?
13:49
Today's question is about finding clients for a new drone business. How do you find clients for a new drone business? What are some tips and tricks for sales and marketing? Our caller, Carl has already purchased a thermal camera. But he is having difficulty getting his business off the ground. What sort of clients should he be targeting? Why is it important to deal with knowledgeable clients? Should he approach high profit, high maintenance clients? Or, should be start off with smaller clients? Like in every business, it is important to deeply research your potential clients. How can you effectively research your prospect and his industry? Apart from industry knowledge, which are the softer skills that can help you build a sustainable business? Tune in to find out. Thanks to Carl for this great question. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about getting new clients for a drone business The importance of dealing with knowledgeable clients Learn how a knowledgeable client would describe his deliverable requirements Discussing the importance of zeroing in on a client's problem and articulating it How can diligent research help you build your clientele? Which are the four different client types that you should be aware of? Can you get drone jobs in the field of home inspection? Can connecting with a client on an emotional level help you in your sales and marketing?
Apr 06, 2018
ADU 0775: Should You Use Airdata for Storing Your Flight Data?
9:13
Today's question is about Airdata. Should you use Airdata, a cloud platform for storing your flight data? Should you upload your maintenance logs to Airdata? What are the benefits of using Airdata? Should you be worried about data security? Airdata is a popular tool for analyzing flight data. Our caller is wondering if there any caveats that he should watch out for. Can Airdata help you in the event of a flyaway? Will using this tool increase your credibility and help you get more clients? Is your data safe with Airdata? Tune in to find out. We thank our caller for the question. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about Airdata What are some benefits of using Airdata? How can Airdata help you in event of a flyaway? What are some caveats that you need to be aware of before using Airdata? Will using Airdata help you build credibility and get more clients?
Apr 05, 2018
ADU 0774: Should You Get Drone Jobs Through Websites?
18:40
Today, we talk about drone jobs. Is it lucrative to get drone jobs through websites? What are the normal terms and conditions for such drone jobs? While, such drone jobs can be considered as "paid practice", doing such jobs is not a wise long term career strategy. Why so? We discuss various issues such as copyrights, pay and exclusivity to strengthen our argument. Are there any benefits to getting a job through websites such as DroneBase? Can you market yourself to a client that you meet through an online website? Tune in to get your questions answered. Thanks to the caller for the question. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Don’t forget to pick up a charger from Colorado Drone Chargers. Use discount code Drone U A 40 or Drone U P 40 to get yourself a killer deal. Those guys make high-quality quadchargers to help you maximize your flight time! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about the advantages and disadvantages of getting drone jobs through websites What sort of drone jobs are available on these websites? Discussing the business model of websites such as Dronebase and Uplift; are you likely to encounter copyright issues while working for these websites? Are websites poor paymasters? Discussing the importance of going through the website's terms and conditions Do jobbing websites demand exclusivity? Would you be violating a website's policies in case you give your business card to a client?
Apr 04, 2018
ADU 0773: What Are the Rules for Flying Your Drone in a National Park?
10:58
Today's question is about flying your drone in a National Park. What are the rules for flying your drone in a National Park? Can you takeoff your drone from within a National Park? Our caller wishes to know if he can fly the DJI Spark in a National Park. Because he wishes to take off the Spark from the palm of his hand, he feels that he is not breaking any rules. Is this permissible? We also discuss the urgent need for coming up with a new set of rules for flying your drone within a National Park. Thanks to the caller for the question. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Don’t forget to pick up a charger from Colorado Drone Chargers. Those guys make high-quality quadchargers to help you maximize your flight time! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about flying in a national park; can you fly a drone if you takeoff from the palm of your hand? Would you takeoff from outside the national park and fly into it? Can you takeoff your drone from within the national park? Will you get into trouble for flying in a national park? Can you fly a drone in a national park using a videography permit?
Apr 03, 2018
ADU 0772: Swellpro’s Splashdrone – Should You Buy This Waterproof Drone?
10:40
Today's question is about the SplashDrone. Should you buy this waterproof drone? How does the SplashDrone compare to the Phantom 3? Is the SplashDrone a good drone for subject tracking? The idea of a waterproof drone is intriguing to many. But, is the SplashDrone really waterproof? Is camera quality on par with the best? What about payload delivery mechanism and ease of use? Tune in to find out if you should really consider buying this drone. Thanks to Ken for the question. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about Swellpro's SplashDrone Should you use the SplashDrone instead of a PhantomPro? Has there been a significant improvement in the new SplashDrone when compared to the older model? Why should you use a CrystalSky monitor when flying your drone over water? Can you use the SplashDrone for fishing?
Apr 02, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: RMUS Joins Us to Discuss DJI Releasing the XT2 Thermal Camera, Skyport and PSDK
40:09
Today's show focuses on the new enterprise and public safety equipment released by DJI. We discuss the XT2, Slantrange, Skyport and PSDK solutions with Jon Mcbride from RMUS. Jon outlines the real world expectations and limitations with this new equipment. What drone will these new accessories work on? Today we give you the nitty gritty details of what you need to know. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul introduces Jon McBride to listeners Jon discusses why the announcement of the forthcoming XT2 is so significant What are the ideal applications for a RGB sensors? Jon explains how FLIR has developed cameras over years Discussing the different capabilities of the Duo Pro R What is the difference between a radiometric and non radiometric camera? Do you need a radiometric thermal camera to create an accurate thermal model? When can we expect these new DJI sensors to come out? Which drones will be able to handle the XT2? Which drones will work with the Skyport? And, what are its capabilities? Discussing how DJI is recognizing the need for specialized sensors as far as the Matrice series is concerned Discussing the various capabilities of DJI's new searchlight Does the Skyport only work with M200 and M210, but not M600? What is the Dropbox? What are the various practical challenges of putting this Box on a drone? What is the payload capacity of the M210? How long do you think the M210 will remain relevant? Is the Inspire 1 a better bird than the Inspire 2? Which is the best drone for public safety? How does Real Time Kinematics (RTK) work? Are you building a separate M600 with a separate IMU and compass that works with specific cameras? When can you expect these DJI products to hit the market? Jon shares his contact information
Apr 01, 2018
ADU 0771: Can You Open Multiple Applications While Flying Your Drone?
7:10
Today's question is about drone applications. Can you open multiple applications while flying your drone? Is it a good idea to open a secondary application along with DJI Go 4? Because some secondary Apps might be prone to glitching, you might need to have DJI Go 4 open at the same time. Will opening multiple drone applications while flying cause any problems? How does DJI Go 4 interact with these secondary applications? Does DJI Go 4 override these secondary applications? Paul also suggests a great hack for completing your mission in case you have airspace authorization from FAA, but not from DJI. How? Tune in to find out. Thanks to the caller for the question. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about having multiple apps open during a mapping mission Why do drone pilots need to have multiple apps open? Will DJI Go 4 override settings of other secondary apps? Should you run DJI Go 4 if your secondary app is glitching? Can you fly with airspace authorization from FAA but not from DJI?
Mar 30, 2018
ADU 0770: How Do I Apply for a Daytime Waiver to Fly at Night?
21:59
Today's question is about daytime waivers. What are the chances of getting daylight operations waived so that you can fly at night? Does FAA have a system for reviewing your waiver application?   Our caller, Cody wishes to fly at night in Class G airspace. He needs to fly over multiple locations which are spread over a couple of counties. How can he increase the probability of his application being accepted? Should he make a single application or multiple applications?   We decide to dig deep and share statistics of various waiver applications and their rejection rates. Apart from the daytime waivers, we discuss acceptance rates of the following waivers: BVLOS, flying over people, operations from a moving vehicle, minimum flight visibility and more. Is the FAA planning on coming up with a system to review your waiver application? Will this lead to more waiver applications being accepted? Tune in to find out. Thanks to Cody for the question. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Rejection rates for Part 107 Waivers - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xHN_ATMI7kVJKBBQX4CWDFS6stHdkrKN/view Timestamps How do I get a daytime waiver to fly at night? Some tips and tricks to obtain a daytime waiver What are your chances of getting a daytime waiver? We share approval rates and rejection rates for all Part 107 waivers We discuss the absence of a system to review and grant Part 107 waivers
Mar 30, 2018
ADU 0769: Can You Ruin Your Drone Batteries If You Don’t Fly for a Long Time?
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Today's question is about battery maintenance. What are some best practices for ensuring long drone battery life? Can you damage your drone batteries if you are not flying for a long duration? Our caller cannot fly for two months at a stretch due to harsh weather conditions. He is wondering if this period of inactivity affects drone battery life. How often do you need to fly to ensure that your drone battery is not damaged? Tune in to this short but informative episode to find out. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about drone batteries Can you fly your drone in cold weather? Can you ruin your drone batteries if you don't fly for a long duration? How often should you fly to ensure that your drone batteries are not damaged?
Mar 28, 2018
ADU 0768: How Can You Use Drones for Making Building Inspections?
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Today, we talk about using drones for building inspections. How can you make an accurate building model using a drone? Which software can you use for making great client deliverables? Are there any disadvantages to using cloud based software for processing drone footage? Because, folks in the construction industry are used to working with models, they have extremely specific requirements. And, your data acquisition technique is ultimately dependent on client's requirements. What are some tips and tricks to accurately acquire data? Can drones be used by insurance companies to accurately assess damages? We also talk about client deliverables. Learn how Pix4D model, an online portal compares to DroneDeploy. You can always join our in-person mapping class where these concepts are covered in great detail. Stay tuned and fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Registration Link for our FREE webinar on 3/27 - https://events.genndi.com/register/169105139238437930/f1b0fbf32a Timestamps Paul shares details about the forthcoming Drone U Fly-in Today's question is about building inspections and client deliverables Discussing the best way for making client deliverables How does Pix4D model compare to DroneDeploy? What are the limitations of using cloud processing software for processing drone footage? Can you get more accurate data if you are using manual tie points? Can you apply manual tie points using cloud processing software? What is the best way to do building inspections? Is creating mapping models the only alternative? Can you use drones to process insurance claims? How can participating in Drone U's in-person mapping class help you? Discussing how your acquisition strategy depends on your application Learn how we will be incorporating real life scenarios in the upcoming Drone U Fly-in How can you make volumetric measurements using Pix4D for settling insurance claims? Where can Drone U members access the 2018 FAA Symposium talks?
Mar 27, 2018
ADU 0767: How Can You Claim Insurance If You Are Flying Someone Else’s Drone?
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Today's question is about drone insurance. Can you get insurance if you are flying someone else's drone? Which insurance providers can you consider in this scenario? Our caller, Ignacio wishes to fly his friend's drone. How can he receive proper coverage? In event of a crash, can Ignacio claim damages using his friend's policy? Or, does he need to buy a separate drone insurance policy? We also talk about different insurance providers. Is on-demand insurance by Verifly a good option? Which are some good alternatives in this situation? Should you consider purchasing insurance from an agent? Tune in to find out. Thanks to the caller for the question. Fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Registration Link for our FREE webinar on 3/27 - https://events.genndi.com/register/169105139238437930/f1b0fbf32a Timestamps Today's question is about claiming insurance if you are flying someone else's drone Do you need to have a FAA registration number in order to claim insurance? Should you consider getting your drone insurance from a good agent? Ways to claim insurance when flying someone else's drone Should you consider getting insurance from Verifly?
Mar 26, 2018
ADU 0766: Do You Need a COA or a COW If You Have Permission from ATC?
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Today's question is about getting your COA or COW. If you have prior permission from Air Traffic Control, do you still need to get your COA or COW? What does the FAA say about this issue? Our caller, Igancio is wondering about the authority exerted by Air Traffic Control (ATC). Paul reads out excerpts from the Drone Pilot Field Kit which helps clear any confusion relating to this issue. Tune in to this short but extremely informative episode. We thank our caller for the question. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Sign up for our FREE webinar on 3/26 - http://bit.ly/2u2XHEE Timestamps Today's question is about getting your COA or COW Do you need a COA or COW in spite of having prior ATC permission? Paul reads out what FAA says about this issue by referencing the Drone Pilot Field Kit
Mar 23, 2018
ADU 0765: How Do You Use Drones for Traffic Accident Reconstruction?
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Today's question is about traffic accident reconstruction. Which is the best drone for traffic accident reconstruction? Should you use Ground Control Points (GCP's)? Our caller is planning on purchasing a good entry level drone. Is the DJI Matrice a good drone for mapping? Or, should he stick to the Phantom 4 Pro or Inspire 2? We also discuss the importance of maintaining the highest accuracy levels. Do you need to follow a specific process in order to get this high level of accuracy? We also talk about Ground Control Points (GCP's). Which are the most suitable RTK-GPS systems for placing your Ground Control Points (GCP's)? We compare systems by Trimble and Emlid. Also, learn how Drone U can help you get accurate survey grade data. Thanks to Andy from Singapore for the question. Fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Sign up for our FREE webinar on 3/26 - http://bit.ly/2u2XHEE Timestamps Paul shares information about the forthcoming Drone U webinar Today's question is about using drones in traffic accident reconstruction Why is it important to maintain the highest accuracy levels while doing traffic accident reconstruction? Is the DJI Matrice suited for mapping jobs? Is the Inspire 2 and X7 combo a good option for mapping jobs? Is the Phantom 4 Pro the best drone for mapping? Do you need RTK-GPS in order to get accurate data? Can you get good data using the Trimble RTK-GPS? Is the Emlid Reach RS a good option for placing your GCP's?
Mar 22, 2018
ADU 0764: When Is FAA’s LAANC System Rolling Out?
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Today, we talk about FAA’s LAANC system. When is Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system coming to you? How does LAANC work? Our caller has applied for airspace authorizations. But like a lot of folks, his authorizations are in a limbo. He wishes to know the status of the LAANC system. Is the LAANC system rolling out anytime soon? Will LAANC roll out in different phases? Can ATC authorize your flight ? Tune in to learn all there is to know about LAANC.  Do not forget to check out the attached links for related information on this topic. Thanks to Robert for the question. Fly safe! Don’t forget to pick up a charger from Colorado Drone Chargers.  Use the promo code DRONEU85 to get yourself a killer deal. Those guys make high-quality quadchargers to help you maximize your flight time! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Sign up for our FREE webinar on 3/26 - http://bit.ly/2u2XHEE FAA Notice - https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Notice/N_JO_7110.746_ATC_Service.pdf LAANC information - https://www.faa.gov/uas/programs_partnerships/uas_data_exchange/?cid=TW581 LAANC rollout schedule - https://www.thedroneu.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/LAANC-Rollout-Schedule.pdf Timestamps Today's question is about the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) system What is LAANC? When is the LAANC system rolling out? Does ATC have authority to grant you authorization? How many airports are opening up after the LAANC roll-out? How do you know if your airport will be opening up?
Mar 21, 2018
ADU 0763: Where Can You Fly Your Drone? Find out Using These Must Have Apps…
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In today's episode, we discuss the best apps that will help you determine where you can fly. Which are some reliable applications for checking airspace restrictions? How do you check for NOTAM's and TFR's? Which are some important weather parameters that you should check?  Is Skyward.io a better resource for checking NOTAM's than Airmap? Which is a good resource for checking TFR's? You also need to know how to read airspace maps. How can Drone U help you better understand airspace? Be sure you check weather or you will crash your bird. Tune in to find out the importance of monitoring KP-index and dew point spread. We thank Houston for the question. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT App for checking general airspace - https://skyward.io/ App for checking airspace maps - https://skyvector.com/ Website for checking NOTAM's and TFR's - http://tfr.faa.gov/tfr2/list.html Timestamps Today's question is about the information that you need to check before you fly your drone What are the advantages of using Skyward.io? How does Skyward compare to Airmap? Discussing the importance of correctly reading sectional maps How can you check for TFR's? Why should you refer Skyvector before setting flight? How can Drone U help you get better at reading sectional maps? Which app can you use to check weather? Learn why the dew point spread is really important What is KP-index? Why should you monitor this parameter? Discussing the importance of record keeping
Mar 20, 2018
ADU 0762: DJI Mavic Air Review – Should You Buy It?
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Today, we review the DJI Mavic Air. What are the pros and cons of this new DJI drone? Should you buy the Mavic Air? Or, should you rather wait for Mavic Pro 2? Because this drone is targeting beginners, good build quality is important. Does the Mavic Air score well on this front? This new DJI product is compact and easy to travel with. But, can you generate ample speed? Is the transmission range good enough? We discuss if serious pilots should consider purchasing this new drone. How does this drone compare to the Mavic Pro and Phantom 4 Pro? Can you capture buttery smooth footage using this drone? Is Atti mode available on the Mavic Air?  Can you shoot at 60 fps? Tune in and hear Rob and Paul thoroughly review this new DJI offering. We thank Kevin from Minnesota for the question. Fly safe! Don’t forget to pick up a charger from Colorado Drone Chargers.  Use the promo code DRONEU85 to get yourself a killer deal. Those guys make high-quality quadchargers to help you maximize your flight time! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps   We talk about the huge untapped potential in the drone business Paul shares information about our new Drone U course, "Editing with Final Cut Pro" Today's question is about the latest DJI offering, Mavic Air Is the Mavic Air a good drone for beginners? Is the Mavic Air a good replacement for the Mavic Pro? Is it is a good drone for professional pilots? Discussing the various Pros of the Mavic Pro How does the Mavic Pro compare to Mavic Air as far as maneuverability is concerned? What is the capacity of the Internal SSD card in the Mavic Air? Discussing Mavic Air's controller quality Is the Mavic Air's camera good enough? Can you shoot in 4K footage and capture intricate details? Learn about the issue faced while transferring MP4 files Is it necessary to use USB-C cables for data delivery? Can you fly in Atti mode on the Mavic Air? Discussing the Mavic Air's gimbal quality Which filters should you use with the Mavic Air? How does Mavic Air's image quality compare to that of Mavic Pro? Does the Mavic Air offer good transmission range? Is it worth buying the Mavic Air?
Mar 19, 2018
ADU 0761: Should FAA Make It Easier to Get BVLOS Waivers?
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Today, we talk about BVLOS waivers. How can BVLOS waivers benefit the drone industry? Will BVLOS waivers encourage technologies like LiDAR? It is possible to scan large areas with great speed using LiDAR. Because it is mandatory to maintain visual line of sight, using LiDAR is an expensive and inefficient proposition. How will opening up of Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) resolve this issue? We also discuss how giant corporations like FLIR and BNSF managed to obtain BVLOS waivers. Are these case studies relevant to the rest of the industry? We also discuss how FAA is impeding commerce by not granting BVLOS waivers. Is FAA's stance a violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act? How can simpler rules benefit solo drone operators? Check out Paul's article where he has discussed these issues at great length. Stay tuned and fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Learn about our In-Person Mapping Course in Houston - http://bit.ly/HoustonMapping Timestamps Paul states today's agenda How does LiDAR compare to photogrammetry? What is a drawback of using LiDAR for creating models? Can you map large tracts of land using LiDAR? How does the the line of sight issue impede the use of LiDAR? Discussing how BVLOS is impeding commerce How did FLIR and BNSF manage to get BVLOS waivers? Is it practical to daisy chain multiple Visual Observers (VO's) while mapping a large tract of land? We talk about FLIR and BNSF getting BVLOS waivers; learn why these examples are not representative of the larger drone industry Is there a specific system for granting BVLOS and other complex waivers? How many BVLOS waivers have been given out by FAA? Discussing the need to open up BVLOS in order to encourage small businesses Is FAA violating the Sherman Act by not granting BVLOS waivers? Can FAA's reluctance to grant a BVLOS waiver result in a small business folding up?
Mar 14, 2018
ADU 0760: 2018 FAA UAS Symposium
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Today's episode is about 2018 FAA UAS Symposium. Drone U Chief Pilot Paul Aitken headed off to Baltimore to attend this conference. Paul talks about the various issues that were discussed at the Symposium. Section 336, Remote ID's, BVLOS waivers, Univeral Traffic Management (UTM) and Complex Waivers are some of the important topics that we touch upon in today's episode. In Episode 747, we discussed how enforcement actions by the FAA against illegal drone operators are almost non existent. Is the FAA looking for ways to conduct enforcement actions? Will the FAA consider changing Section 336 to make enforcement actions easier against hobbyists? We also talk about Remote ID's. Because you can know who, want and where something is flying, this technology might pave the way for granting complex waivers such as BVLOS and flying at night. Can we expect Remote ID's to become a law anytime soon? Universal Traffic Management (UTM) is another topic that we delve into. Will the introduction of UTM lead to safer skies? Another glaring fact was the lack of representation for the small business owner at the UAS Symposium. Check out Paul's article where he goes into all these issues in great detail. Stay tuned and fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Learn about our In-Person Mapping Course in Houston - http://bit.ly/HoustonMapping Timestamps Today Paul will be sharing his takeaways from the 2018 FAA UAS Symposium Will the FAA come up with stricter enforcement's? Is the Section 336 resulting in lax compliance? Will FAA change Section 336? Will the introduction of Remote ID's benefit the drone industry? How many complex waivers have been given out by the FAA? Can the introduction of Remote ID's result in more complex waivers being given out? Will the introduction of UTM (Universal Traffic Management) result in safer skies? How have large commercial entities like CNN and BNSF managed to get complex waivers? Is your DJI drone equipped with Remote ID? Which are some of the tracking systems via which you can track Remote ID's? Is it right on FAA's part to get feedback from giant corporations? Discussing the need for a small business panel at the next FAA UAS Symposium
Mar 13, 2018
ADU 0759: Should You Offer Free Drone Services to Attract a Client?
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Today, we talk about setting up your drone business. Should you offer free services when you are starting off your business? Is offering free footage a good marketing strategy? Our caller, Ryan has received an opportunity to shoot the Vulcan, a colossal statue in Birmingham, Alabama. Because this is a prestigious project, Ryan is considering offering free footage in order to get his foot in the door. Is this advisable? We would advice Ryan to reconsider his position. It is important to have confidence in your work in order to get the rates that you rightly deserve. What are some ways for building confidence? What negotiation strategies can Ryan use to get the best possible deal? Tune in and get some great insights from Rob and Paul. Thanks to Ryan for the question. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Learn about our In-Person Mapping Course in Houston - http://bit.ly/HoustonMapping Timestamps Today's question is about offering free services to attract a new client Rob and Paul answer today's question Cultivating the need to develop a confident mindset Learn to find your niche in order to develop confidence Is it wise to offer a hefty discount if you are starting out in the drone business? Is it difficult to get permission to shoot a public place? Discussing various negotiation strategies to eke out a good deal from a client
Mar 12, 2018
ADU 0758: Which Are the Best External Hard Drives to Store Your Drone Footage?
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Today, we talk about external hard drives. Which are some cost effective options to store your drone data? What are some of the best practices for ensuring safe data storage? Because data safety cannot be compromised, it is important to go for a quality storage solution. We discuss two alternatives: Synology and Drobo. While Synology is good for networking, Drobo is suitable for archiving data. How much will these drives cost you? What is the upload speed that you can expect? Are these reliable storage solutions? We also discuss compatibility issues, USB-C docks by OWC and External SSD's by Samsung. Thank you for the question. Stay tuned and fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Learn about our In-Person Mapping Course in Houston - http://bit.ly/HoustonMapping Drobo 5d3 for newer computers using USB C - http://amzn.to/2F58ROq Drobo 5c for older computer users using USB - http://amzn.to/2FJl3Bs Timestamps Today's question is about the best external hard drives to store drone footage Paul recounts his experience which highlights the importance of backing up data We discuss drives by Synology and Drobo; we talk about applications, upload speed, cost and data security Learn why Drobo 5C and 5D3 drives are so well suited for archiving data We talk about the importance of backing up your data, especially in case of unforeseen emergencies Why should you avoid overloading your drive with data? Are Synology and Drobo cost effective solutions? What is the advantage of using the USB-C dock by Other World Computing? Reviewing the Samsung Evo T5 SSD
Mar 09, 2018
ADU 0757: Does a Drone School Need Certified Flight Instructors?
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Today, we talk about Certified Flight Instructors. Is it mandatory for a drone school to have Certified Flight Instructors (CFI's)? Is there any value at all in getting trained from a Certified Flight Instructor? A certification does not guarantee good training skills. Wouldn't you rather learn from someone who has some real world flying experience? We also talk about Drone U Elite. Because our vetting process is based on real world parameters such as experience and revenue earned, Drone U Elite trainers are among the best in the industry. We thank Ken for the question. Stay tuned and fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Learn about our In-Person Mapping Course in Houston - http://bit.ly/HoustonMapping Contribute to Energen's Kickstarter Campaign - https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1931326714/dronemax-360-portable-drone-and-multi-purpose-powe?ref=470f3d Timestamps Today we question whether a drone school needs to hire CFI's as trainers We discuss why it is better to learn from a trainer with real world experience Are CFI's experienced in flying drones? Learn about the rigorous vetting process at Drone U Elite Is there any merit to getting a flight instructor certification? Paul shares how a need to offer better education led him to start Drone U
Mar 08, 2018
ADU 0756: Can You Apply for a Night Waiver as a LLC?
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Today, we talk about waivers. Can you apply for a night waiver as a LLC? Is there any benefit to applying for a waiver as a corporate entity? Because you might have multiple drone pilots working in an organization, it is better to apply for a waiver as a LLC. Who is responsible for safe flight in case a waiver is granted to a LLC? Should the responsible person be present during flight operations? Tune in to find out. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Learn about our In-Person Mapping Course in Houston - http://bit.ly/HoustonMapping Timestamps Today's question is about applying for a night time waiver as a LLC Is there any benefit in applying for a night time waiver as an entity? Does the responsible person in an entity have to be present during flight?
Mar 06, 2018
ADU 0755: What Is the Average Life Expectancy of My Drone Battery?
15:41
Today, we talk about the average life expectancy of a drone battery. What are some of tips and tricks for getting maximum battery life? Because batteries are prohibitively expensive, it is important to care for them in the best manner. Deep cycling your batteries is critical to ensure a long life. What is the correct way to deep cycle your battery? We also discuss why you should avoid letting your batteries sit idle for too long. Paul also shares a great hack for fixing a DJI battery with a bad cell. We thank our caller for the question. Stay tuned and fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Learn about our In-Person Mapping Course in Houston - http://bit.ly/HoustonMapping Timestamps Today's question is about the average life expectancy of a LiPo battery How many cycles can you expect from a drone battery? Tips and tricks to prolong your battery life How will your flying habits affect your battery life What is the correct way to deep cycle your battery? Learn how charging can affect the life of your battery Should you set your battery on auto-discharge? How many cycles can you expect from your drone battery? Will a Mavic battery last as long as a Phantom battery? Paul suggests a hack to fix a drone battery with a bad cell
Mar 05, 2018
ADU 0754: Can You Use a Zoom Lens When Processing Data with Pix4D?
15:38
Today's question is about zoom lenses and Pix4D. Can you use a zoom lens if you are processing data with Pix4D? How do you ensure that your dataset is not compromised? Our caller is using Pix4D for processing his mapping data. He wishes to use the Inspire 1 with an X5 camera and a Panasonic Lumix 1442 lens. Is the X5 ideal for mapping jobs? We also discuss if you can use variable zoom on a mapping mission. Thanks to the caller for the question. Stay tuned and fly safe! Also, the folks over at Go Professional Cases are offering a special discount for Drone U members. GPC designs the highest quality professional cases for your drone and GoPro. And they will even custom design a case for you. Use the promo code DRONEU15 to avail a killer deal. Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Learn about our In-Person Mapping Course in Houston - http://bit.ly/HoustonMapping Check out our Drone Maps - https://sketchfab.com/models/e9c198e166ce4f92a7eb0a085ba83d1a Timestamps Paul shares information about Drone U's upcoming webinar Today's question is about using a zoom lens when processing data with Pix4D How can you use a zoom lens with Pix4D? Can you use variable zoom on a project? How does focal length vary if you are using a crop sensor? Why should you always set your zoom to maximum? Should you use the X5 camera on mapping jobs? And, can you capture better detail with a zoom lens?
Mar 02, 2018
ADU 0753: Can You Fly Your Drone Above Clouds?
12:14
Today, we talking about flying your drone above clouds. Can you fly above clouds if you mantain visual line of sight at all times? What does the FAA say about flying above clouds? It is illegal to start your flight below clouds and then go above them. However, our caller presents a different and interesting scenario. Since he wishes to start his flight from a mountain top, he is always flying above clouds. This enables him to mantain visual line of sight. Is this legal? Does flying your UAS above clouds pose a greater risk to manned aircraft? We also discuss flight visibility requirements that are applicable in this scenario. We thank our caller for the question. Stay tuned and fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Learn about our In-Person Mapping Course in Houston - http://bit.ly/HoustonMapping Timestamps Today we question if you can fly your drone above clouds Are you likely to endanger manned aircraft if you fly your drone above clouds? Is it legal to fly above clouds if you cannot maintain visual line of sight? Can you take off below clouds and then fly above them? What does FAA say about maintaining flight visibility in Section 107.51 (C)?
Mar 01, 2018
ADU 0752: How Should You Charge If Your Drone Footage Is Used by Multiple Clients?
11:20
Today, we talk about pricing strategies for drone footage. How much should you charge if you have multiple clients interested in using the same footage? Should you offer a discount? How much should you charge for exclusivity? Our caller has multiple realtors interested in using the same drone footage. Business acumen dictates that he attempts to strike a deal with each of these clients. We discuss pricing strategies and a need for a tight, ironclad agreement. Should you consider giving the client full rights of ownership? Stay tuned and fly safe! Also, the folks over at Go Professional Cases are offering a special discount for Drone U members. GPC designs the highest quality professional cases for your drone and GoPro. And they will even custom design a case for you. Use the promo code DRONEU15 to avail a killer deal. Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Learn about our In-Person Mapping Course in Houston - http://bit.ly/HoustonMapping Timestamps Today's question is about establishing a fair price if your footage is used by multiple clients Discussing the need for having iron clad agreements Can you make more money by offering the same video to multiple realtors? Should you consider giving a realtor full rights to your drone footage? Rob and Paul share some details about Drone U's forthcoming business course
Feb 28, 2018
ADU 0751: What Are the Rules for Flying Your Drone near a Hot Air Balloon?
17:41
Today, we talk about flying your drone near a hot air balloon. It is tempting to fly your drone near a hot air balloon and get some awesome footage. However, flying irresponsibly can pose a serious risk. What are the consequences of crashing your drone into a hot air balloon? Is it mandatory to yield to a hot air balloon? Remember that you should always maintain a safe distance at all times. Can you get good footage by filming from such great distance? We also discuss whether it is possible to fly your drone at events such as the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Stay tuned and fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Learn about our In-Person Mapping Course in Houston - http://bit.ly/HoustonMapping Timestamps Today's question is about flying your drone near a hot air balloon Do you need special permission to fly during a balloon fiesta? Which source should you refer to for checking TFR's? Paul shares details about the Drone U Fly-in Which are the FAA regulations you need to be aware of while flying near a hot air balloon? Precautions to be observed while flying near a hot air balloon Is there a significant risk if a drone crashes into a hot air balloon? Does a drone pilot need to yield to a hot air balloon? How much distance should you maintain between the hot air balloon and your drone? Is the X7 camera a good option for shooting a hot air balloon? How can you negate any investigation action while shooting a balloon fiesta?
Feb 28, 2018
ADU 0750: What Is the Benefit of Using Oblique Imagery?
10:03
Today, we talk about oblique aerial imagery. What are oblique images? When should you shoot oblique images? Our caller is wondering about the difference between obliques and orbits. We also point out the difference between nadir and oblique imagery. Do weather conditions affect the quality of your mapping data? Drone U members can learn more about this topic in our Intermediate Mapping class. Thanks to Cord for the question. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Learn about our In-Person Mapping Course in Houston - http://bit.ly/HoustonMapping Timestamps Today's question is about oblique imagery Defining oblique imagery What is the benefit of using oblique imagery? Can weather affect the quality of your mapping data? How can Drone U help build up your mapping skills?
Feb 27, 2018
ADU 0749: What Is the Best Screen for Your Drone?
8:32
Today, we talk about the best screens for your drone. Should you opt for DJI's CrystalSky monitor? How about controlling your drone with your iPhone or iPad? Can you use the screen that comes with your drone? Your location and climate determines the choice of your screen. We discuss the various benefits of using the CrystalSky monitor. When is it okay to use the iPad as a screen? Tune in to find out. Thanks to Zac for the question. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Learn about our In-Person Mapping Course in Houston - http://bit.ly/HoustonMapping Timestamps Today's question is about the best screens for your drone Does your location and climate determine the choice of your screen? Is the CrystalSky apt for hot climates? Would you recommend using Plus, the Phantom 4 controller? Can you use the iPhone or iPad with your drone in mild climate? Learn how using the CrystalSky makes it easier to playback footage
Feb 23, 2018
ADU 0748: What Are the Rules for Flying in Class E Airspace?
13:30
Today we are talking about regulations for flying in Class E airspace. Can a hobbyist fly in Class E airspace? Are there restrictions against flying in parks? Does FAA need to come out with more common sense regulations? Because our caller is from Phoenix, we discuss where you can fly and cannot fly in the city of Phoenix. Which rules do you need to follow if you flying under Part 101? Can the city of Phoenix prevent you from flying in public spaces? Tune in and listen to Paul and Rob provide their take on this topic. Fly Safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Learn about our In-Person Mapping Course in Houston - http://bit.ly/HoustonMapping Timestamps Today's question is about flying in Class E airspace Does the city of Phoenix control your flying in public spaces? Can a hobbyist fly in Class E airspace? Does the FAA need to come out with common sense regulations?
Feb 22, 2018
ADU 0747: How Many FAA Enforcement Actions Have Been Taken Against Illegal Drone Operators?
37:37
In today’s show we discuss the findings of Drone U’s investigation to the FAA and enforcement actions taken against drone operators across the United States. How many illegal drone operations have actually been stopped? What effect will this investigation have on the industry as a whole? Will we see more enforcements against drone pilots? We discuss the value of Part 107 in light of our findings. We also talk about the role of insurance companies in regulating the drone industry. Are increased enforcements a good thing for the drone industry? Will this lead to a safer environment? Tune in and listen to Vic and Paul provide their perspective on this important topic. Fly Safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we talk about Drone U's investigation into enforcement actions taken against illegal drone operators How many enforcement actions have been taken against illegal drone operators? Paul shares details about the enforcement actions that have been taken Does the 107 still hold value in spite of minimal enforcement actions? Paul and Vic debate We discuss how insurance companies are the true regulators of the drone industry Are enforcement actions, and hence their cost likely to go up? Is increased enforcement a good thing? Is a higher entry barrier good for the drone industry? Discussing the benefits of self-policing Will increased FAA enforcement lead to a safer environment? Does FAA carry out enforcement actions against companies as well? Can you claim damages from your insurance company if you do not have your Part 107? Is there a need to increase enforcement actions against willful defaulters? We recount FAA's action against a 11 year old flying his drone on a beach Paul and Vic wrap up today's episode Vic shares his contact details
Feb 21, 2018
ADU 0746: How Do You Deliver Drone Videos to Realtors?
21:50
Today, we talk about delivering drone videos to real estate agents. What are some of the strategies for marketing drone content? Which are some of the tools that you can use? Because many realtors are not tech savvy, providing a YouTube page as a value add is a great idea. How do you establish a good review system for furthering engagement? Should you offer free services to clinch a deal? Which tools should you use for sharing content? How should you price your services? Tune in to hear Rob and Paul discuss all this and much more. We thank Ryan for the question. Fly Safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we talk about delivering content to realtors How can you increase revenues and provide greater value to your real estate clients? Is it a good idea to build a YouTube page for your real estate clients? How can you ensure that you get paid? How can using Frame.io help you deliver content to realtors? Why should insist on any having any edit requests in written form? Which tools can you use to process payments? We talk about Square and Quickbooks Should you ask for advance payment from realtors? Is it okay to deliver free content in order to clinch a deal? Why should you set up a branded and unbranded page for your real estate clients? Is it a good idea to use Vimeo? Which tools can you use for sharing content with your clients? Tips for pricing your services
Feb 20, 2018
ADU 0745: Which Is the Best Place to Check for TFR’s?
13:11
In today's episode we talk about Temporary Flight Restrictions or TFR's. Which is the best source to check for TFR's? Can you trust applications such as Skyward, Hover and Airmap? We discuss the wisdom of going to the primary source to check for any TFR's. Are there automatic TFR's in place on events such as game day? Do TFR's apply to the military also? What should you do in case of a drone crash? Tune in and find out. We thank Travis from Minneapolis for the question. Fly Safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Sign up for Drone U's Subject Tracking Course in Phoenix - tinyurl.com/dronesubjecttracking Timestamps Today's question is about TFR's What is the best place to check for TFR's? Is it okay to use one of the various applications? Would there be flight restrictions in place on game day? Do TFR's apply to the military also? Whom should you call in case of a crash? How often does the FAA update TFR information on their site?
Feb 16, 2018
ADU 0744: Which Is the Best Drone to Shoot an Automotive Commercial?
22:13
Today's episode is about automotive shoots and commercials. Which is the best drone for this job? Can you shoot an automotive commercial using the Mavic Pro? Our caller, Zac has an opportunity to shoot an automotive commercial. And he is considering the Mavic Pro. Does the absence of Atti mode on the Mavic affect shoot quality? Should he opt for the Phantom instead? Tune in as Rob and Paul discuss the best drone for this job. Thanks to Zac for the question. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Sign up for Drone U's Subject Tracking Course in Phoenix - tinyurl.com/dronesubjecttracking Timestamps Today's question is about automotive shoots and commercial We talk about how renowned shows such as Top Gear shoot their commercials Can you used the Mavic Pro to shoot an automotive commercial? Will the absence of Attitude mode affect the quality of the shoot? How does the Mavic compare to the Phantom? Does the larger sensor size on the Phantom 4 Pro make a significant difference to your shoot quality? Paul shares information regarding the forthcoming subject tracking class in Phoenix, Arizona
Feb 15, 2018
ADU 0743: Can DJI’s Aeroscope Locate a Drone Flying in Atti Mode?
7:48
Today’s episode is about DJI's Aeroscope. Can Aeroscope determine the GPS location of a drone flying in Attitude mode? Can this tracking solution by DJI interfere with drone flight? Recently DJI came out with Aeroscope, a solution aimed at addressing safety and security concerns. So, how powerful is this remote identification system? Are there any systems that can control drone flight? Thanks to Ken for the question. Fly Safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about DJI's Aeroscope Can the Aeroscope track a drone flying in Atti mode? Can Aeroscope interfere with a drone's flight? What are the capabilities of the Mesmer system?
Feb 13, 2018
ADU 0742: What Do I need to Know About the Part 107 Recency Exam?
20:41
Today, we talk about the Part 107 recency exam. Will FAA make the recency test shorter and easier? Will the testing process be more streamlined? Every two years drone pilots have to retake the Part 107. In this episode we discuss the likelihood of a practical test. Will there be new questions included in the test? We also talk about certification for larger drones. Do you need specific training to fly these larger drones? Tune in and also discover how Drone U can help you prepare for your recency exam. Thanks to Todd for the question. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about the Part 107 recency test Paul shares some information about the recency exam Will the FAA streamline the recency test? Will a practical test be a part of the new recency exam? Should there be certification for flying larger drones? We share some information about the LiDAR drone, Vapor 55 Learn how FAA's stance on maintaining visual line of sight is hindering the use of LiDAR drones Can you look up license information in the Airman's registry?
Feb 13, 2018
ADU 0741: Will Parachute Safety Systems Make Flight over People Possible?
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Today’s episode is about ballistic parachutes and how they just might make flight over people possible. We are joined by Alan Erickson from Indemnis. The Nexus by Indemnis is a UAV recovery system that is designed to exceed future FAA safety standards. We learn about the origins of Indemnis. What prompted Alan and his co-founders to start Indemnis? What are the various issues that they ran into while designing Nexus? And how did they manage to tackle them? Is this ballistic parachute scalable to larger drones? This risk mitigation product needs a 100% success rate so that safety of people on ground is not compromised. How is Indemnis ensuring that? Learn about the exhaustive testing and engineering standard that was developed in close collaboration with industry majors. Will you need any other accompanying accessories? We finally wrap up this very interesting episode by discussing pricing and a potential launch date. Tune in to this very special Drone U episode. Fly Safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul introduces Alan from Indemnis Learn what led Alan and his co-founders to start Indemnis Alan discusses the high failure rate that he experienced with current safety systems Learn how the construction of Nexus, a ballistic solution leads to a 100% success rate Is the Nexus scalable to larger drones? Will the Nexus lead to flight over people waivers? Learn about the extensive research and development backing Indemnis Do you need any other accessories to go along with the Nexus? When can we expect FAA to come out with their new guidelines? Learn how Indemnis ensures a 100% success rate Will you need to undergo training in order to obtain a flight over people waiver? Does the Nexus have a minimum deployable altitude? How will you integrate the Nexus to your drone? Alan updates listeners on pricing and a potential launch date Alan shares his contact information
Feb 09, 2018
ADU 0740: International LiDAR Mapping Forum
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Today's episode is about the Internaional LiDAR and Mapping Forum. Drone U Chief Pilot Paul Aitken headed off to Texas to have a look at the latest innovations in LiDAR. He is joined by Josh Baker from Texas. Paul and Josh discuss their takeaways from this conference. We talk about how aerial LiDAR is gaining in popularity over terrestrial LiDAR. However, there are certain factors that are hindering the rapid adoption of this technology. Is it really viable to commission multiple Visual Observers while working on large tracts of land? What about the huge barrier to entry? Are there any technological advancements that will lead to cost reductions and hence, wider access? How does LiDAR compare to photogrammetry in terms of accuracy and ease of use? Tune in to hear Paul and Josh discuss all of this and much more. Fly Safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Discussing how aerial LiDAR assets are gaining prominence over terrestrial assets We discuss how maintaining visual line of sight is a big hindrance while mapping large tracts of land with LiDAR Is commissioning multiple visual observers a plausible solution for maintaining visual line of sight? Why are a lot of non industry folks taking a keen interest in LiDAR? Are we likely to see any cost reduction and hence, wider access to LiDAR? How does LiDAR compare to photogrammetry in terms of accuracy and ease of use?
Feb 08, 2018
ADU 0739: Should You Use Propeller Aeropoints as Your Ground Control Points?
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Today, we talk about Propeller Aeropoints. Should you use Propeller Aeropoints as your ground control points? Is this a cost effective and efficient solution? Are there better alternatives that you can consider? If you are doing drone mapping and modeling, you will have to use ground control points in order to create an accurate model. Because, our caller is considering Propeller Aeropoints, we discuss its various pros and cons. We discuss durability, cost and accuracy. Reach RS, a RTK GNSS receiver by Emlid is another alternative that we discuss. How does the Reach RS compare to Propellor Aeropoints in terms of accuracy and cost? We also discuss the viability of purchasing a Trimble surveying system. Thanks to Eric for the question! Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about Propeller Aeropoints Discussing the need for a high level GPS system in your ground control points Are Propellor Aeropoints a useful tool while mapping? What are the pros and cons of Propeller Aeropoints? Will having an RTK receiver on the ground affect your signal, and hence accuracy? Is there a better alternative to Propeller Aeropoints? We discuss Reach RS by Emlid Would it be viable to use Trimble's surveying system?
Feb 07, 2018
ADU 0738: Unlocking Your DJI Drone
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Today, we talk about unlocking your DJI drone. Legitimate pilots with licensing are being stopped by DJI's geofencing system. Our caller, Joe has the necessary authorization to fly in Class C airspace. However, the DJI App did not let him fly his Phantom 4 Pro. Is it possible to unlock DJI's geofencing system? DJI's geofencing system can be categorized into three zones: green, yellow and red. While it easier to unlock a green zone or yellow zone, dealing with the red zone can be tricky. Are there applications via which you can unlock a zone? What are some of the issues that you might face while unlocking a zone? In this episode, Rob and Paul discuss everything that you need to know which will help you unlock your drone. We thank Joe from Texas for the question. Fly Safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Will you encounter "No-Fly" zones on the Yuneec or the Solo? Today's question is about unlocking your DJI drone Discussing how DJI's geofencing system is critical for keeping nefarious characters in check We talk about green, yellow and red zones. Is it possible to unlock red zones? Are there applications which will let you fly in these "No-Fly" zones? What are some of the issues that you will run into while unlocking a red zone?
Feb 06, 2018
ADU 0737: The Week’s Most Interesting Drone Stories
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It has been an interesting week for the drone industry. We zero in on some trending stories from the drone world and provide our perspective on the same. Today, we discuss drone education, drone insurance and drone legislation. Do you really need to go to a college if you wish to build a sustainable drone mapping business? Should you avail commercial drone insurance by the AMA? Does the FAA always act in alignment with compliance policies? Tune in to hear Rob and Paul discuss some interesting topics from last week. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Do you need a college degree if you wish to take up drone mapping jobs? Should you avail commercial drone insurance by the AMA? Story of the day: We talk about an 11 year old fined for flying his drone on a North Carolina beach Was FAA right in asking for drone registration from this 11 year old? Was this in alignment with regulations? Does a 11 year old drone pilot flying as a hobbyist need a Part 107 certification? We discuss how FAA's notice is totally irrelevant Does FAA always act in alignment with drone regulations? Discussing how dealing with FAA can be really stressful for some drone pilots Was this 11 year old causing an undue hazard to other people?
Feb 05, 2018
ADU 0736: Can a licensed surveyor make more money from drone mapping?
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Today, we talk about drone mapping and surveyor certification. Will you get more drone mapping business once you get your surveyor’s certificate? Is there any advantage to getting your surveyor certification? We think not. It is important to understand that drone mapping is vastly different from surveying. Traditional surveying typically deals with defining site lines or property lines. Whereas drone mapping applications include creation of interactive maps and models, measurement of volumetric stockpiles and creation of index maps for farms. So, does a certified surveyor make more money than an unlicensed photogrammeter? Tune in to find out. Thanks to Ken for the question. Fly Safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about getting your surveying certification We cite information from U.S. Department of Labor which highlights the increasing popularity of drone mapping Is there any significant advantage to getting your surveyor's certification Highlighting the difference between surveying and drone mapping applications How much money can you make for high end mapping jobs? Discussing the path to becoming a licensed surveyor When should you consider getting your surveying license?
Feb 02, 2018
ADU 0735: Can you use the DJI Mavic Pro for promoting hotels and resorts?
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Drone photography and videography is being increasingly used to showcase hotel facilities. It is critical to generate high quality photos and videos to build a sustainable business in this space. So does the entry level, DJI Mavic fit the bill? We suggest considering better, higher end options. The GoPro sensor that comes with the Mavic is not ideal for generating quality content. If you do not have a higher budget at the moment, we suggest graduating to higher grade equipment at the earliest. Thanks to Tawn for the question. Fly Safe! Also, we highly recommend checking out the Lume Cube, a killer external flash and video light. This 1500 Lumen LED is waterproof, has a run time of up to 2.5 hours and is the ideal portable lighting solution. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about using the DJI Mavic Pro for marketing hotels and resorts Discussing the various disadvantages of using the DJI Mavic Pro Can hacking the Mavic help you get better cinematic shots? Can you negotiate a free hotel stay in exchange for drone photos? We discuss the wisdom of upgrading to higher grade equipment at the earliest
Feb 01, 2018
ADU 0734: What is a good, all-in-one drone solution for a startup?
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Today, we talk about versatile, all-in-one drone solutions. Can you take up videography, photography, regular mapping and thermographic mapping jobs with a single drone? Yes, you can. The DJI Matrice M210 lets you do just that. Because you can fly two cameras at once, you can even do regular mapping and thermal mapping at the same time. However this elegant solution will set you back by 20 grand. We also discuss whether the Inspire 2  matches up to the M210 in versatility. For folks who do not have the luxury of a fat budget, we suggest going for the Yuneec H520 with the CGOET camera. Thanks to Matt for the question! Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Quoting and discussing various statistics which highlight the increasing popularity of drone mapping Today's question is about discovering an all-in-one drone solution Why is the DJI Matrice M210 ideal for folks looking for a versatile drone solution? How much will it cost you? Can you consider the Inspire 2 if you wish to take up cinematography, videography and thermal jobs? Is the Yuneec 520 with the CGOET camera a good option for those with a tight budget? What are the pros and cons of opting for this solution? How does the Yuneec 520 compare with the Phantom 4 Pro as far as mapping is concerned?
Jan 31, 2018
ADU 0733: Can you get slow motion footage using the Zenmuse X7?
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Today, we discuss the various capabilities of the the Zenmuse X7. Keenan, our caller wishes to know if it is possible to bump up the frame rate on the X7. Is 60 fps the maximum frame rate possible? Can you increase the fps to a 96 or 120? The Zenmuse X7 is an expensive camera known for producing phenomenal results. Unfortunately the Zenmuse X7 does not offer the option of lowering resolution to 1080. However Paul suggests a workaround via which you can still produce slow motion footage using Final Cut Pro. Tune in as Paul gives you detailed, step-by-step instructions for producing high quality slow-mo footage. Also, watch out for Vic and Paul's forthcoming review where they discuss all aspects of the X7 at great length. Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we discuss whether it is possible to shoot slow motion footage on the Zenmuse X7 Is it possible to lower resolution to 1080 and shoot in full HD mode on the X7? Paul provides detailed, step by step instructions for producing slow motion footage using Final Cut Pro
Jan 30, 2018
ADU 0732: Drone Industry Trends 2018
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2018 is sure to be an exciting year for the drone industry. With new technology debuting all the time and constant innovations in the way drones are being used by consumers and businesses, it appears that we have a lot to look forward to. Can we expect to see the Phantom 5 within the next few months? What about the X9? How are the FAA laws and waiver processes going to change in the coming year? While we don't know for sure, we do have some speculations. Tune in to hear Paul and Rob discuss the drone industry trends of 2018. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps   Today, we speculate about technology trends for 2018 Is the new Phantom 5 on the way? We talk about Sony’s new AI drone; how can increasing AI capabilities help perform drone jobs more efficiently? Discussing how FAA is trying to be more efficient with the introduction of DroneZone Will drones be used for home security in 2018? What is the likelihood of Amazon using a drone based delivery system in 2018? Will we see more companies coming up with their own drone divisions in 2018? We talk about the impressive warehouse logistics drone that was displayed at CES Will we witness the usage of unmanned flying taxis anytime soon? We talk about FAA’s stringent requirements for their new recency test
Jan 29, 2018
ADU 0731: Zenmuse XT or Yuneec H520?
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Today, we discuss thermal imaging cameras and lenses. How does the Zenmuse XT compare to the Yuneec H520? Which one will add more value to your drone modeling business? How do their lifespans compare? Because our caller is looking at the Zenmuse XT, we discuss the various lenses available for it. With a number of options available, though, how do you choose the right one? Which version is going to give you the most value without draining your wallet? We talk about the various benefits of each lens and compare their costs. Thanks to Jordan for the question! Fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we discuss thermal imaging cameras and lenses We compare various lens options for the XT What is the difference between the Zenmuse XT and Zenmuse XTR? Should you consider cheaper options like the Yuneec CGOET? Is the $9k Zenmuse XT a good investment?
Jan 23, 2018
ADU 0730: Is there certification for flying UAS over 55 lbs?
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Today, we talk about flying large drones. While most pilots will only ever fly a drone smaller than 55 lbs, there are some people who will eventually scale up. With Intel's unveiling of the Air Taxi at this years CES, it may not be long before we're all flying around in car-sized drones. Of course, the Part 107 is only applicable to unmanned aircraft that weigh less than 55 lbs at takeoff. This includes anything attached to the drone including gimbals, lenses, etc. If you want to fly something that weighs more than 55 lbs, you'll need to fill out the traditional Section 333 exemption form. It's possible that you'll also need to have the aircraft itself certified, as well. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we talk about flying large drones Is Part 107 applicable to drones weighing over 55 lbs? Which certification do you need for these large drones? Is Section 333 applicable to drone weighing over 55 lbs?
Jan 22, 2018
ADU 0729: Can you tow someone with a drone?
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Can you use your drone to tow someone on a skateboard, snowboard or surfboard? Is that legal? Today, we answer a call from Kevin in New Jersey about towing. He wants to know if towing is allowed by law. Does towing someone on a snowboard violate any of the FAA's Part 107 regulations? Whether or not towing is legal depends on where you plan to do it. Towing, after all, can be pretty dangerous. The drone could crash, someone could get hurt and you could end up with a whole set of problems to deal with. If practiced under safe conditions and with the right permits, towing is a perfectly legal thing to do. In this episode, we outline everything you need to know before trying to tow your buddies around. Fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Can you use your drone to tow someone on a skateboard, snowboard or surfboard? Is it unprofessional and unsafe to use your drone to tow someone? Paul states the different obstructions he ran into with the FAA when he wished to use his drone for towing What does Part 107 mention about towing someone with a drone? Are there any regulations on the total weight that a drone can pull? Does flying in snowy weather increase the risk of drone failure?
Jan 19, 2018
ADU 0728: Do cities have the legal right to enact drone ordinances?
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Today, we talk about drone ordinances and city regulations. Drone ordinances are being enacted by cities around the country. However, the FAA is the organization that governs our airspace. Is it legal for cities, therefore, to create and uphold drone laws of their own? Well, no. Given the fact that the FAA is the only organization allowed to govern airspace, cities cannot legally enact a drone ordinance. As long as the pilot is following FAA guidelines, they are legally allowed to fly. What should you do if your city is trying to stop you from flying? Tune in to find out! Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul shares details about forthcoming Drone U courses Today, we talk about drone ordinances and city regulations We talk about city ordinances banning drone activities Do cities have the right to issue drone ordinances? We discuss the importance of diligently researching the law Can you take off and land from a public area? What about taking off and landing in private areas? Discussing the importance of communicating properly with the police Learn how you can fly over private property using the Legal Flyer app
Jan 18, 2018
ADU 0727: How do I price on-call drone services?
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Today, we talk about freelancing. As the cost of benefits goes up and permanent positions become more scarce, many people find themselves working on their own. This can be a great way for drone pilots to make a living, particularly when travel is involved. When working in fields like public safety, however, freelance drone pilots may be required to show up at the drop of a hat. When it comes to emergencies, after all, time is of the essence. How do you price your drone services when working as an on-call freelancer? Do you charge by the hour? A day-rate? This is a great episode for anyone currently or thinking about working as a freelancer. We discuss how to price your services as well as how to make sure you have the equipment necessary to make it on your own. There are plenty of opportunities out there! Fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps We talk about the rising trend of freelancing and the expertise that you need to build to succeed Is it becoming more expensive to hire people and provide benefits? We talk about the different challenges that come with retirement Today's question is about freelancing Can you consider freelancing for the fire department? What kind of gear will you need if you wish to take up freelance drone jobs? Is it valuable to have a radiometric thermal camera if you wish to work for the fire department? Would live feed be important for public safety officers? We share how you can set it up Is it advisable to use Lume cubes with the Mavic? Is the Matrice 210 with thermal and zoom camera a good solution for high level federal jobs? Can you drop an object from a drone?
Jan 17, 2018
ADU 0726: CES 2018
14:57
Today's episode is about CES 2018. CES, of course, is the premiere drone marketplace exhibition. Every year, manufacturers migrate to the expo to show off the latest innovations in drone technology. Drone U Chief Pilot Paul Aitken headed up to Las Vegas to have a look at the newest drone technology that companies like DJI, Yuneec and Sony had to offer. This episode contains a recap of CES 2018 and the products on display as well as some interviews with industry-leading companies. We hope you enjoy! Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul welcomes tech expert, Jason to the show Is it likely that the technology behind LIDAR will become cheaper? We state our views on net neutrality Reviewing the new Sony RX0 camera; how does it measure up to GoPro? We review the $100 Tello drone Paul introduces DJI designer, Paul Pan to listeners What is new with the Ronin S? Does the Ronin S motor succeed in not blocking the screen? Are there any chances of breaking the camera lens while balancing the new Ronin S Gimbal? Discussing the auto tune feature on the Ronin S Will there be multiple ways of mounting the Ronin S? We talk about the capabilities of the Ronin S battery Reviewing Airlango's Mystic drone Is the Splash drone developed by Swellpro really waterproof? Paul reviews the solar drone developed by National Taiwan University Is the new Typhoon H with the E90 camera coming out any time soon?
Jan 16, 2018
ADU 0725: Are there lenses made specifically for interior shots?
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Today, we discuss camera lenses.  While certain lenses work well for exterior shots, you may want to use a special lens to photograph interiors.  After all you'll want the widest possible view when shooting interiors like homes and other real estate properties. There are a few great options for drone pilots.  The Sony E-Mount, for example, will help you to widen your shots.  It does, however, come with a high price tag.  At around $800, you may want to consider something a bit cheaper.  The Rokinon 12mm Ultra Wide Angle lens is a great alternative if you're looking to cut down on costs.  Around $300, it will help you get the dynamic, wide-angled shots that real estate agents love. Thanks to Eric for the question!  Fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we discuss camera lenses What are some of the popular camera lenses for shooting interiors? Can you use a kit lens for interior shots? Which lens should you use to make rooms look wider than they actually are? Paul shares the camera lenses that he currently uses. Which are some of the lenses that he can use for higher quality shoots?
Jan 15, 2018
ADU 0724: Do tracking devices interfere with GPS?
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Today, we discuss tracking devices.  Should you attach one to your drone?  Will it interfere with your GPS signal? Whether or not you need (or should use) a tracking device depends on the type of drone you're using.  Many new drones come pre-equipped with tracking devices.  If you're flying a Phantom 4 Pro or Mavic Pro, for example, you can use DJI Go to track your drone.  This applies to a number of DJI's newest models.  It even works in the case of a flyaway.  If, somehow, you lose the battery, DJI Go will let you know where the GPS was last transmitted. Therefore, you may want a tracking device.  However, you'll only need one if you have an older model drone. Thanks to Mary Ann for the question!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we discuss tracking devices Do you need to attach a tracking device to your drone? Can you track your drone even after a crash? Will a tracking device interfere with the GPS signal of your drone?
Jan 12, 2018
ADU 0723: What is photo bracketing and should I be doing it?
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Today, we talk about bracketing photographs.  In case you don't know, bracketing is when you shoot the same photo with multiple exposures and combine them to create a higher quality picture.  These photos tend to be more dynamic than those shot in a single exposure. Bracketing photos isn't difficult.  However, you will need to learn Adobe Lightroom.  Luckily, Vic Moss (everyone's favorite Drone U pilot), teaches a course on Lightroom.  With a bit of training, you'll be able to provide your clients with amazing HDR photographs.  They're going to love them!  Fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we talk about bracketing photographs Is there a significant difference between bracketed photographs and non bracketed photographs? Defining bracketing Find out why it is always better to underexpose rather than overexpose your photographs We explain how you can stack multiple sets of images together Explaining how HDR images are created Why should you be working on Raw images rather than JPEG images? Paul discusses some efficient and productive ways of editing images in Adobe Lightroom What do you mean by auto toning an image? What are its benefits? Should you consider bracketing for every client? Or, should you provide this service only to high end clients?
Jan 10, 2018
ADU 0722: Should I deep-cycle batteries when it’s cold out?
8:25
Today, we talk about deep-cycling your batteries.  It is important, especially during winter, that you do what you can to maintain their lifespan. One of the problems, however, is that it can be hard to deep-cycle batteries when it's cold outside.  You may notice that the voltage drops, for example.  This can cause problems in their endurance and limit the lifespan of your batteries when it's cold outside. In order to help you keep your batteries alive, we offer some advice on how to deep-cycle them properly.  We also discuss some of the problems you may encounter during winter and how you can work through them.  Thanks to Eric for the question!  Fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we talk about deep-cycling your batteries Paul answers the question Can deep cycling batteries result in reduced battery life? What is the correct way to deep cycle your batteries? At what voltage should you bring your drone back? Is it advisable to fly when the outside temperature is below 10 degrees? What is dew point temperature differentiation? How can it affect flight? Paul provides some cold battery tips for the Inspire 2, Yuneec and Phantom 4 Pro What should be your battery temperature for optimum output? Paul suggests using hand warmers with stick patches while handling your drone remote
Jan 09, 2018
ADU 0721: How do I manage the changing resolution of my maps and models?
12:03
Today, we offer some advice on making high-quality maps and models.  If you’re starting to make 3D models with your drone, you’ll find this episode helpful. Obviously, we want our models to be high-quality. We want them to have high resolution.  However, topographic changes in the landscape often shift the resolution of the image.  As your elevation changes, the quality of your image will change as well. Luckily, there are tools designed to help with this.  Apps like Maps Made Easy are designed to deal with changing elevations.  Drone settings such as Terrain Awareness, as well.  If you need help making better 3D models, this episode is for you! Thanks to Mark in upstate NY for the question!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is regarding changing resolution of maps and models Is it advisable to use Maps Made Easy to take into account the difference in topography? Would accuracy go down if you are flying one particular elevation that is representative of the takeoff location? Will you get better accuracy if you fly a terrain response flight path? Should you start at the highest point possible? Does Pix4D have terrain response awareness?
Jan 08, 2018
ADU 0720: Setting goals, increasing margins and being more productive
39:23
Living the drone life isn't always easy.  In order to successfully run your drone business, you need to be setting goals and meeting them. Today, we talk about how to achieve your goals in 2018.  How do you stay productive?  What types of things can you do to stay on track? We offer some advice and discuss a number of books that might help you this year.  Fly safe! Check out these books: Law 101 Unshakeable Contagious Grit Undoctored Everybody Lies Start With Why Silent Sales Machine Super Forecasters 5 Love Languages Photogrammetry  Plant Paradox  Never Split the Difference How to Win Friends and Influence People Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Access UVA's paper on "Writing S.M.A.R.T. Goals" - http://www.hr.virginia.edu/uploads/documents/media/Writing_SMART_Goals.pdf Timestamps Paul shares some information about forthcoming Drone U classes We set the agenda for today's podcast: Setting goals and meeting them Discussing the importance of setting "Smart" goals Developing commitment is critical to attaining goals We talk about the wisdom of setting achievable goals Learn to make attaining goals a fun filled process; working outdoors will help you make this a fun process We talk about how being passionate towards your work increases your chance of attaining success Pushing through and riding out the difficult times in order to progress We talk about the importance of holding yourself accountable in order to achieve success Discovering your "Why" is critical to achieve success Rob and Paul share an anecdote from Rockefeller's life which highlights the importance of writing down your goals Paul shares how he successfully set and achieved his weight loss goals: we talk about getting started,showing commitment, and sticking to your habits Discovering your "what", "why" and "how" will help you achieve success Rob shares Drone U's goals for 2018 Making database decisions instead of emotional ones for enhanced success Continuous learning is the key to success Paul shares some resources that will help you set and achieve goals
Jan 05, 2018
ADU 0719: How can I educate a fire department that thinks I’m flying illegally?
13:22
As long as you have your Part 107 and you're operating within legal bounds, you shouldn't have any trouble flying your drone, right?  Unfortunately, this isn't always true.  As our caller, Scott in Hermosa Beach, points out, local fire departments aren't always educated about FAA regulations and may try to prevent you from flying.  In order to help those of you who are being hassled by your fire departments, we discuss how to handle a situation in which your being hassled.  We talk about educating your local fire department while remaining respectful of the fact that they're just trying to do their job. Thanks for the question Peter!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we talk about convincing the fire department that you are on the right side of the law while flying Rob suggests some approaches for dealing with the fire department Do you actually need to register your drone if you wish to fly on Hermosa beach? We discuss drone rules in California Can you legally fly on Hermosa beach if you Part 107 certified? Do you need a permit if you are filming a production? What about real estate? Paul shares information about forthcoming Drone U classes
Jan 02, 2018
ADU 0718: What type of computer do I need to process maps?
12:28
Today, we talk about computers for processing maps.  After all, you're going to need a good computer setup if you want to make money as a drone mapper.  What type of computer can handle maps and models on Pix4D?  How much is it going to cost?  Are Pix4D's recommendations antiquated? We recently purchased a computer ourselves.  We talk a bit about our setup and the amount of money we spent on it.  We also discuss the modifications you might consider and what you can expect to pay. Thanks to Scott for the question.  Fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we talk about computers for processing maps Paul and Rob discuss the issues that they ran into while purchasing a custom built computer How much did the new custom built Drone U computer cost? What are the computer requirements stated on Pix4D website? Are they sufficient? Discussing the specifications of the custom built computer that Drone U recently purchased Comparing a contrasting the capabilities of PCLE to a regular SSD Is it a good idea to opt for old servers with Xenon processors? Paul suggests a great resource for getting a custom built machine Is it wise to opt for an AMD processor over an i9 or Xeon processor? Should you opt for the 1080 Ti Nvidia over the Nvidia Titan? We share how long point cloud processing takes at Drone U Being cognizant of the heat generated in custom built systems; should you rather opt for a water cooled system? Can you run maps and processes on a Mac while using Pix4D?
Jan 01, 2018
ADU 0717: Should I animate my drone models to market my skills?
9:00
Today, we talk about marketing your drone modeling services.  Kevin from New Jersey called in with a unique marketing idea and wanted to know if we'd ever seen anyone else do it. Essentially, Kevin has the idea to use After Effects to edit and animate his models.  It's a great idea that could be really useful in a demo reel.  While we've never seen anyone else do it, we have seen some interesting things done to market drone modeling services. Luckily, Pix4D makes it easy to showcase your models in video form.  In order to help you all create the best possible videos, we talk about using Pix4D to make videos from still images.  Fly safe! Don’t forget to pick up a charger from Colorado Drone Chargers.  Those guys make high-quality quadchargers to help you maximize your flight time! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we talk about marketing your drone modeling services Is it is commercially viable to do time lapses of models? Can models be showcased in video form using Pix4D? Learn how you can get the highest possible resolution of your screen grabs Is it possible to virtually fly through your model in real time? Are there any resources out there that let you do that?
Dec 29, 2017
ADU 0716: How should I price my drone services for a horse race?
10:32
Today, we talk about pricing your drone services.  Specifically, we discuss how to price a job when you've been hired to shoot a horse race.  James called in to ask how to determine the cost of his services and if he should charge per race. Although we talk about horse races specifically, this is a great episode for anyone who wants information about pricing.  We explain how you can determine the cost of deliverables and make the most amount of money for your time.  Good luck James!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we talk about pricing your drone services for a horse race What are some of the factors that you should consider as far as deliverables are concerned? Are you likely to encounter flying limitations while filming a horse race? Discussing pricing for drone services; we factor in costs as a result of hiring VO's, live streaming, editing, adding sound clips and more
Dec 28, 2017
ADU 0715: Why didn’t we use the Yuneec H520 to shoot our mapping course?
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Those of you who've taken our mapping class will know that we used a Phantom 4 Pro to shoot the course content.  Today, we explain why. Both the P4 Pro and the Yuneec H520 have their own benefits.  Depending on who you are, the type of work you do and how serious you are about mapping, you may find each drone to hold a different value.  Tune in to find out why we used the Phantom 4 Pro and how you can determine which drone is the best for your mapping needs. You can check out the Imus Ranch video and Paul's famous fence shot here.  Fly safe! Don't forget, we're giving away a Mavic Pro Platinum! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we discuss why we use the Phantom 4Pro against the Yuneec H520 for the mapping course What are some of the advantages of using the Yuneec H520 for mapping purposes? Explaining how we input annotations in order to get a 360 degree view What are some of the disadvantages of using Matterport over a drone for mapping missions? How does Yuneec H520 imagery compare to that of a Phantom 4Pro? Discussing how editing raw images in Adobe LightRoom will result in far better details Can you do point of interest using a Yuneec H520? Is it advantageous to use the Yuneec H520 while mapping super large areas? We talk about the superior wind handling capacity of the Yuneec H520 Can the Yuneec Typhoon H520 be paired with an E90 camera? How does the Yuneec H520 compare to the Phantom 4Pro in terms of build and motors? Paul talks about his experience with using the Yuneec H520 for mapping a stadium Discussing why absence of free flight mode in the Yuneec H520 is a huge disadvantage Paul provides information about Drone U's forthcoming Don't Crash course with the Yuneec H520 Can you use an Inspire 1 with the X5 camera?
Dec 28, 2017
ADU 0714: Where can I rent a thermal camera?
10:41
Today, we talk about drone rentals.  Renting equipment can be a cost-effective alternative to buying one, particularly in cases where you'll only be using it for a few jobs. Kevin from NJ calls in with a question about this very situation.  Does it makes sense to purchase a thermal camera if he only has one or two jobs lined up?  Considering the cost of a thermal camera, probably not! Luckily, there are a number of drone rental services.  Certain companies will allow you to rent drone equipment so you can get work done without spending a ton of money.  Looking for a drone rental service?  Tune in to find out where you can find one! Don't forget to enter the Drone U Giveaway.  One lucky person is going to receive a Mavic Pro! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we talk about drone rentals Is it a good idea to rent a thermal camera? Paul suggests a great resource for renting a thermal camera Why is renting a thermal camera a popular option for public safety officers? Discussing and contrasting the capabilities of the Zenmuse XT and the Zenmuse XT AR Do you need certification for taking up thermal imaging jobs? How can Drone U help you? What are some alternative resources for renting cameras? We share details of a new drone sharing site
Dec 27, 2017
BONUS EPISODE: What happened when a drone hit a Blackhawk helicopter?
11:49
Today, we have a special episode for you!  Bill English took us on a tour of the NTSB research facility in Ashburn, VA to detail the drone-helicopter crash that occurred in New York earlier this year. Was the pilot following the rules? What happened to the helicopter? How did the NTSB find the drone pilot? All this and more in today's episode! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we are talking about a drone-helicopter crash that occurred in New York We delve into details of the drone helicopter crash Was the pilot Part 107 certified? Was the drone pilot unaware of any TFR's? Was there significant damage to the helicopter? Could the damage have been much worse? How did the NTSB get information about the drone pilot? Will there be any action against the drone pilot for violating TFR's and not flying visual line of sight? Is it advisable to refer to Airmap for flight data? Should you rather refer some official sources? Bill shares how drones have helped NTSB conduct more efficient accident investigations
Dec 26, 2017
ADU 0713: Is there a more affordable mapping software than Pix4D?
12:17
Today, we talk about mapping and modeling software.  While many pilots are training to compete in the mapping industry, many find that the software is too expensive of an investment.  Luckily, there are other options.  PhotoScan, for example, offers many of Pix4D's features at a much cheaper rate.   Best of all, the standard-edition licenses costs only $179. Of course, the basic version of PhotoScan doesn't have all of the features of high-end software.  However, it is a great way to acclimate yourself with mapping software at a much cheaper rate.  Fly safe! Also, if you're looking for stock video and audio clips, make sure to check out Videoblocks. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we talk about mapping and modeling software Is Pix4D the gold standard of mapping and modeling software? What are its various capabilities? How does PhotoScan compare to Pix4D? How much does it cost? Important to try out different acquisition styles before buying a mapping software Discussing the importance of having a powerful dedicated computer for processing mapping data Should you opt for the standard or pro version of PhotoScan? How does DroneDeploy compare to Pix4D and PhotoScan? Rationale behind using a desktop processor over a cloud processor
Dec 22, 2017
ADU 0712: Do I own the videos I post on SkyPixel?
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Today, we talk about SkyPixel and content ownership. Do you own the videos that you post on SkyPixel? Well, no. According to the Terms and Conditions listed on their website: By submitting, posting, or publishing User Content on or through the Service, you grant DJI a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, fully paid, sub-licensable and transferable right and license to use, copy, host, store, transfer, display, publish, broadcast, transmit, perform, reproduce, modify, prepare derivative works from, distribute, or otherwise exploit your User Content, in whole or in part, in any media formats and through any media channels now known or hereafter developed, in connection with the Service and DJI’s (and its successors’ and affiliates’) business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof). In addition, you waive any so-called "moral rights" in your User Content. Essentially, DJI is saying that, by posting your videos on SkyPixel, you are waiving all rights to control what happens to the videos you post there. However, there is a termination clause listed in the Terms and Conditions as well. The clause states: The above licenses granted by you in User Content you submit, post, or publish on or through the Service terminate within a commercially reasonable period of time after you remove or delete User Content from the Service. Notwithstanding the foregoing, the license for legal archival/preservation purposes will continue indefinitely. Please note that removed User Content may be cached in search engine indices after removal and that DJI has no control over such caching. Basically, the termination states that you may have the ability to regain control over your content if you delete your membership within a "commercially reasonable time period". While we're not exactly sure what constitutes a "commercially reasonable time period" (days, weeks?), you do have a chance at reclaiming full copyright over your content. In short, SkyPixel can be a great tool for drone pilots. However, you should consider the ramifications before posting any content.  Fly safe! Don't forget to enter the Drone U Giveaway.  One lucky person is going to receive a Mavic Pro! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we talk about SkyPixel and content ownership What do the terms and conditions stated on the Skypixel website state with regards to content ownership? Is there any chance that Skypixel will forgo ownership with passage of time?
Dec 21, 2017
ADU 0711: Which industries are paying for drone models?
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Today, we talk about drone modeling.  Different from maps, models give their viewer a three-dimensional experience of a location. Without a doubt, modeling is one of the most important skills a drone pilot can have right now.  Farmers, construction companies, golf courses and real estate agencies are all hiring drone pilots to make 3D models.  In addition to advertising, drone models help companies provide better services to their clients. In order to help you understand the value of drone models, we discuss some of the industries that are using them.  Additionally, we talk about how training can help you make money as a drone modeler.  We hope this episode is helpful!  Fly safe! Don't forget, our friends at Videoblocks are currently offering a “Triple Bundle” package, which gives you full-access to copyright-free video, audio and images for only $149 per year!  Make sure to check them out! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we talk about drone modeling Discussing the immense potential of interactive maps in the luxury real estate market What are some of the sources for getting drone modeling jobs? Discussing client requirements in construction modeling We talk about creating drone models for marketing purposes Using drone models to market golf courses Why is it a better idea to market resorts using drone models rather than videos? Applications of drone modeling in agriculture How can drone models help prevent fraudulent practices in disaster management? Importance of visual representation while selling drone modeling services to a client Discussing the creation of virtual models which results in a highly interactive experience
Dec 20, 2017
ADU 0710: How do I apply for a daytime waiver to fly at night? (UPDATED)
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A few weeks ago, we talked about obtaining a night waiver from the FAA.  Specifically, we offered some advice on getting a waiver to fly at night if you don't know the specific details of the operation. At the time, it was relatively easy to obtain a waiver from the FAA (even without details like the specific drone or location).  However, some things have changed.  Obtaining a daytime waiver to fly at night has become a more detailed process.  Now, the portal asks you to be more specific in your request. Take a look at the updated portal and enjoy the episode.  Fly safe! Don't forget to enter the Drone U Giveaway.  One lucky person is going to receive a Mavic Pro! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about applying for a daytime waiver to fly at night Discussing the updated portal for obtaining the new daytime waiver Do you need to be more specific while applying for a daytime waiver?
Dec 19, 2017
ADU 0709: Who should I contact to get work at a real estate company?
13:32
Today, we talk about drone jobs in real estate.  Specifically, we discuss how to contact the right person at the real estate company.  Furthermore, we provide some advice on pitching your services.  After all, when trying to get drone jobs in real estate, you'll want to make sure you go about it the right way.  Luckily, we have a few real estate experts here at Drone U that know how realtors think, where they gather and what you can do to sell your drone services.  If you're a drone pilot trying to get real estate jobs, you won't want to miss this episode.  Fly safe! Don't forget, our friends at Videoblocks are currently offering a “Triple Bundle” package, which gives you full-access to copyright-free video, audio and images for only $149 per year!  Make sure to check them out! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul shares details about forthcoming Drone U courses Today we talk about drone jobs in real estate Selling drone services by contacting mortgage companies and co-sponsoring realtor tours Focusing on high profit, low maintenance areas for maximized returns Marketing strategy and promotional material to land a real estate job Approaching title companies to sell drone services in real estate Building relationships to sell drone services to a real estate company Could you land a drone job at a real estate party?
Dec 18, 2017
ADU 0708: Is the DJI X7 useful for mapping and modeling?
12:48
Today, we discuss the DJI X7 and its potential for mapping and modeling.  Although we haven't used on yet, we talk to a lot of people in drone mapping who want to know if the X7 will provide any benefits. Being that the X7 is equipped with a larger imaging sensor, has better dynamic range and can be paired with a variety of lenses, it appears that the camera will be useful for mapping and modeling.  Although it only shoots 2400 megapixels, the camera will provide much better maps than other cameras.  Additionally, the X7 can fly on an existing Inspire 2, a M200 series, or a number of other DJI drones. There are, however, a few caveats to the X7 (tune in to find out).  Overall, however, we're excited to get our hands on one.  Fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we discuss the DJI X7 and its potential for mapping and modeling We talk about the superior capabilities of the X7 Learn how using the X7 will generate superior mapping results Can you build a drone that does not have a DJI "brain" but that uses an X7? Dealing with data security while using DJI products Which are some of the flight controllers that can be paired with DJI cameras? Importance of ground control points for greater relative accuracy Taking up mapping jobs in winter to make up for the loss of other jobs
Dec 15, 2017
ADU 0707: What does the National Defense Authorization Act mean for pilots?
16:23
Unfortunately, we've got some bad news.  In case you havn't heard, the president just signed off on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).  Essentially, this bill undermines the work of John Taylor and reinstates mandatory drone registration.  In the past, the FAA's regulations stated that any drone weighing 5.5 lbs or more needed to be registered.  However, the NDAA now requires registration of any drone flying in federal airspace, no matter the size.   Today, we talk about what the National Defense Authorization Act, what it means for pilots and where it could go in the future.  Additionally, we talk about how it could interact with Aeroscope and have a huge effect on privacy.  We're looking forward to watching how this all plays out.  Fly safe! Don't forget, our friends at Videoblocks are currently offering a “Triple Bundle” package, which gives you full-access to copyright-free video, audio and images for only $149 per year!  Make sure to check them out! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we discuss the National Defense Authorization Act In light of recent developments, is it again compulsory to get your drone registered? Discussing the rationale behind introducing the National Defense Authorization Act Are there any new requirements for drone registration? What does compulsory drone registration mean for a system like Aeroscope? Are there greater chances of your privacy being compromised?
Dec 14, 2017
ADU 0706: Can I film indoors without a Part 107?
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Today, we talk about flying indoors without a Part 107.  We received a call from a pilot who wanted to know if it were legal for him to make money from indoor footage filmed without a license. In short, the answer is yes.  You can, in fact, make money off of indoor footage without being a licensed pilot.  Because interiors are not navigable airspace, they are not maintained, controlled or regulated by the FAA. However, you may face certain problems while flying your drone indoors.  For example, you'll need to make sure that GPS mode is turned off to avoid magnetic interference.  Additionally, you may want to buy some prop guards or cages to protect your drone.  Ultimately, there are some precautions you'll want to take but flying commercially indoors without a Part 107 is completely legal.  Thanks for the question.  Fly safe! In case you're curious, the Star Wars drone we mentioned is available here:  http://amzn.to/2l67aHb Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we talk about flying indoors without a Part 107 Paul answers today's question What are some of the issues that you will face while flying inside? Learn why it is important to set your return your home altitude while flying inside Precautions to be observed while flying inside We talk about the wisdom of practicing indoors with cheaper, micro-drones
Dec 13, 2017
ADU 0705: Have you obtained instant authorization for Class B airspace?
9:04
Recently, we've put out a bunch of content about instant airspace authorization.  While many pilots have successfully used LAANC to obtain instant authorization, we hear from many people who are doubtful.  Oftentimes, they want to know if this is a legitimate way to obtain airspace authorization. Today, we received a call from a pilot in Boston who asked if we've had any luck obtaining authorization for Class B Airspace.  While there are some nuances to the application, we do know people who've been able to do so.  In order to help our caller and anyone else looking to fly in Class B airspace, we talk a bit about the application process.  Overall, the process outlined in this video should help you get permission to fly.  Keep the questions coming!  Fly safe! Don't forget, our friends at Videoblocks are currently offering a “Triple Bundle” package, which gives you full-access to copyright-free video, audio and images for only $149 per year!  Make sure to check them out! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about obtaining instant authorization in Class B airspace Paul suggests watching Drone U's YouTube video providing a step by step guide on how to avail airspace authorizations Will the forthcoming LAANC system help achieve faster authorizations? Can you encounter errors in UASFM maps?
Dec 12, 2017
ADU 0704: What is the life expectancy of my drone?
14:06
Today, we talk about the life expectancy of drones.  How long is your drone going to last you?  Tom called in from California to ask how long he should expect his drone to last. We all know that drones don’t last forever.  However, you’re going to have to replace certain drones more frequently than others.  For example, an Inspire 1 is going to last you a lot longer than a Phantom.  Phantoms tend to fly for around 800 hours.  Afterwards, it’s going to need some repairs.  Your motor, gimbal, and other parts will eventually start to give out and you’ll need to replace it.   In order to help drone entrepreneurs prepare for the future, we talk about being realistic about your drone's life expectancy and give some advice on budgeting for equipment.  Hope you enjoy!  Fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Does life expectancy of different drone models vary quite a bit? Does your flying frequency drastically affect the life expectancy of your drone? How long can you expect your Phantom and Inspire to last? Typically when will you need to replace the motors on your Inspire? Is it wise to place for a new drone purchase every single year? How much can you expect to spend every year after drone accessories? Find out how amortizing your expenses can save you money every year
Dec 08, 2017
ADU 0703: What do I need to know about RTK?
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Today, we talk about using Real Time Kinematics, otherwise known as RTK.  Because he's heard us mention RTK a few times, Mike from California called in to ask for some information.  Specifically, he wants to know if he can use RTK instead of having to lay out Ground Control Points (GCP). In order to help Mike, we go pretty deep into the details both RTK and GCP.  Because drone pilots in the construction industry work heavily with both of these technologies, we think that this episode should be extremely useful. Thanks for the question Mike!  Fly safe! P.S – Our friends at Videoblocks are currently offering a “Triple Bundle” package, which gives you full-access to copyright-free video, audio and images for only $149 per year!  Make sure to check them out! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul and Rob share information about the new Drone U courses Today, we talk about using Real Time Kinematics, otherwise known as RTK Defining Ground Control Points (GCP) and listing their benefits We discuss how Real Time Kinematics are important for drone mapping Discussing how using Ground Control Points result in more accurate elevation data What is the the drawback using Trimble GPS data? What is the cost of a propeller? We discuss how you can do progression modeling and build a time lapse model Learn how the Litchi App can come handy while on a mapping mission Is the Yuneec 520 better suited for creating hyper lapse models compared to the Phantom? We talk about the superior capabilities of the Yuneec 520 with regards to processing JPEG images Is the Phantom 4 Pro better suited for mapping compared to the Phantom 4 Advanced?
Dec 07, 2017
ADU 0702: How do you prepare for a system failure emergency?
12:38
Today, we talk about preparing for a system failure.  After all, you never know when you might find yourself in the middle of an emergency landing. In order to prepare yourself for an emergency landing, you'll need to understand the proper protocols.  For example, you may have to land your drone in a tree during a system failure.  This will minimize the damage to your drone and prevent you from harming anyone around you.  Therefore, it is important to learn when and how to land your drone safely during an emergency.  You don't want to miss this episode! Thanks to Devin in New York for the question!  Fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we talk about preparing for a system failure Discussing some pre-flight battery tests for preventing a system failure What is a recommended emergency maneuver if you hit a tree but don't crash? What should you do if you lose control of your drone? How can you bring your drone home if you are experiencing excessive GPS interference? What is an emergency procedure that you should follow if you are flying with landing gear?
Dec 06, 2017
ADU 0701: How do I get drone jobs while traveling?
15:19
Today, we talk about getting drone jobs on the road while traveling.  Our friend Taylor in New York is taking off on a road trip and wants to know how he can make money with his drone along the way. First, we want to congratulate Taylor on setting out to truly live the Drone Life.  We can't tell you how excited (and jealous!) we are that he's taking his drone business international.  Making money with your drone while traveling is a real possibility for many people and we're happy to see you giving it a shot.  Of course, you'll have to pitch hard and show people that your drone services can really add to their business. In order to get drone jobs along the way, you'll need to reach out to the businesses you come in contact with.  Hotels, for example, have a great need for drone services.  By showing them the value that you can provide, you should be able to pick up a number of drone jobs as you travel. If you're looking to get drone jobs while traveling, this episode is for you.  However, if you're just looking for some advice on networking, pricing and making money with your drone, you'll also enjoy this one.  Fly safe! P.S – Our friends at Videoblocks are currently offering a “Triple Bundle” package, which gives you full-access to copyright-free video, audio and images for only $149 per year!  Make sure to check them out! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we talk about getting drone jobs on the road while traveling We talk about the traveling and living the drone life We discuss how you can negotiate and work out a good deal Is it a a good idea to check out drone job sites for work? Apart from hotels and resorts, who are the potential prospects that you can reach out to?
Dec 05, 2017
ADU 0700: How can I build a good maintenance checklist?
17:46
Today, we talk about maintaining you drone.  If you want your drone last as long as possible, after all, you need to take properly take care of it.  This includes changing propellor blades, maintaining batteries and keeping the motor in good shape.  In order to help you all prevent breaking your drone, we talk about a few key aspects of maintenance.  Replacing propellor blades, maintaining the motor and switching out the batteries when necessary will ensure that your drone lives a long, happy life. Thanks to Mark in Pittsburgh for the question!  We’re glad to have you on board Mark!  Fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about maintaining your drone and ensuring that your drone lasts as long as possible When should you consider changing your propeller blades? Does flying at higher elevation affect the performance of your drone? What are some of the telltale signs that you should bring your drone down? What are some of the battery tests that you can perform to gauge battery health? What are the chances of a motor failure? Is it a concern?
Dec 04, 2017
ADU 0699: Can I monetize YouTube videos recorded while I was still hobbyist?
8:38
Oftentimes, hobbyist pilots upload drone videos to YouTube with no intention of monetizing them.  However, they usually want to make money off of these videos once they get their Part 107. Today, we talk about this problem.  Can you monetize YouTube videos you shot as a hobbyist pilot? Well, it all depends on the content of the videos.  Of course, the video can't contain footage of you doing anything illegal with your drone.  If you were flying in restricted airspace, for example, you won't want to use the footage for business purposes.  Otherwise, you should be fine. Thanks to Neal in Colorado for calling in with today's question!  Fly safe! P.S – Our friends at Videoblocks are currently offering a “Triple Bundle” package, which gives you full-access to copyright-free video, audio and images for only $149 per year!  Make sure to check them out! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about monetizing videos recorded while you were a hobbyist Can a hobbyist, upon receiving his Part 107 monetize a video that he shot in restricted airspace? Is it okay for a hobbyist to monetize a video shot with no commercial intent? Is it possible to prove that a video was shot with commercial intent?
Dec 01, 2017
ADU 0698: Can I obtain a night waiver if I don’t know which drone I’ll be flying?
10:16
Today, we talk about obtaining a night waiver from the FAA.  Earlier this week, we received a call from a listener who has a very specific question about drone waivers. As a Part 107 pilot, he has a registered drone of his own.  However, he was recently approached by a company seeking his drone services.  Currently, he can't disclose what the work entails, but it will most likely involve flying at night.  Our caller wants to know if he can obtain a night waiver from the FAA even if he doesn't know where exactly he'll be flying.  More importantly, he wants to know if he can apply for a night waiver if he doesn't know which of the company's drones he'll be flying.  What can he do? Fortunately, the process of obtaining an FAA night waiver is easier than it used to be.  We have a video about night waivers here: How to Apply for an FAA Night Waiver In that video (and this episode), we explain why our caller's problem isn't as complicated as it seems.  In the end, it should be pretty simple!  We hope you enjoy!  Fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about night waiver from the FAA Paul suggests checking out the YouTube video, "How to Apply for an FAA Night Waiver" Can you obtain a night waiver if you don't know where you will be flying and which drone you will be flying? Will having an individual night time waiver give you an edge over others in your company?
Nov 30, 2017
ADU 0697: How much should I charge to map a 1,000 acre property?
28:34
Today, we talk about mapping and modeling a one-thousand acre property.  Adrian calls in with a few questions about a drone job he's been hired for.  In addition to how much he should charge, Adrian wants to know what the best equipment for a modeling job this size would be.  Also, he asks for tips on completing the job successfully. In this case, the equipment, pricing and best practices all depend on what the landscape looks like.  Depending on whether the property is covered in trees or contains buildings, Adrian will have to use different equipment.  He may be using lidar, photogrammetry or some combination of the two.  Furthermore, the cost and equipment will be determined by the industry Adrian is working in. Do you have a big drone job and don't know where to start?  This episode might be helpful!  Fly safe! P.S – Our friends at Videoblocks are currently offering a “Triple Bundle” package, which gives you full-access to copyright-free video, audio and images for only $149 per year!  Make sure to check them out! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps We discuss the recent security issues with DJI products What are some of the advantages of using LIDAR technology on a mapping mission? Today's question is about mapping and modeling a one-thousand acre property Why should you opt for LIDAR over photogrammetry if your mapping site is covered with dense foliage? How do you deal with clients who want buildings to appear lifelike in the final deliverable? Can you use LIDAR as well as photogrammetry? Will using LIDAR result in significant time savings on a mapping mission? Can you use photogrammetry to map an area of 1,000 acres? What will be cost of batteries if you attempt to map a large 1,000 acre area? We discuss why it is not feasible to shoot for longer duration in winter Will your effort and hence, charge go up if your client demands the final deliverable as an object file? How much should charge for mapping a 1,000 acre area if you are using LIDAR? What about photogrammetry? What are the some of the considerations if your mapping mission has an agricultural purpose? In which instances would a fixed wing drone like PrecisionHawk be a good solution? Is it better to quote a Package price for a mapping job of such large scale? Is it better than making an itemized quote? Why is it important to define requirements of your final deliverable before bidding for job? Should you consider offering multiple packages? We talk about tips and tricks to negotiate with a prospect without offending them Should you consider opting for a home-built fixed wing drone for a similar large scale mapping job? We share information about the forthcoming mapping classes on Drone U
Nov 29, 2017
ADU 0696: I want to map with my P4P+ but can’t download third-party apps. What should I do?
9:48
Today, we talk about the Phantom 4 Pro Plus and third-party apps.  Those of you who own the Phantom 4 Pro Plus probably know that it doesn't work with third-party apps.  Therefore, it is nearly impossible to use for mapping and modeling. Unfortunately, our friend David in El Paso just purchased a Phantom 4 Pro Plus and wants to get into the mapping business.  Of course, he found out quickly that he couldn't download any third-party apps like Pix4D.  He wants to know what he should do. Honestly, it may be his best option to exchange his new drone for a regular Phantom 4 Pro.  In that case, he'll be able to use his phone to download Pix4D and get to making maps and models.  Due to the fact that David purchased the drone within the past week, he should be able to do so just fine. Let us know how it works out for you, David.  Fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about Phantom 4 Pro Plus and third party apps Can you use third party apps with the Phantom 4 Pro Plus? Is the Android version of Pix4D better than the iPhone version? If yes, why? Can you download third party apps using your CrystalSky monitor? Are there any issues while doing so? Can you return a DJI product that you buy from Amazon?
Nov 27, 2017
ADU 0695: How can I build a drone business in a rural area?
11:07
Today’s episode is for those of you drone pilots who work in rural areas with low populations.  Bill called in to ask us about running a drone business in a place with a relatively small community.  Of course, any drone business in a smaller area is going to face some challenges when it comes to finding clients and getting work.  At the same time, however, the process of finding clients will generally be the same. Remember, drones can help businesses everywhere.  Real estate agencies need aerial photographs.  Construction companies love progression maps.  Tourist bureaus can use drone footage to advertise the area and entice people to come visit.  Photogrammetry is something that has growing value in a ton of industries.  All in all, you’ll just have to make a demo reel showcasing your drone skills and get it in front of the right people.  Focus on the niches where you think you can really shine, show your potential customers how you can help them and don’t give up.  Whether you're in Manhattan or the rural Midwest, businesses need the skills that you have to offer.   Thanks for the question Bill!  Fly safe! P.S – Our friends at Videoblocks are currently offering a “Triple Bundle” package, which gives you full-access to copyright-free video, audio and images for only $149 per year!  Make sure to check them out! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832.   Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Support net neutrality by signing up here - https://www.battleforthenet.com/ Timestamps Today's question is about starting a business in a rural area Are online platforms good sources for getting drone jobs? Paul urges anyone thinking of getting into the drone business to make a compelling demonstration video What are some of the possible areas that you can consider if you planning to enter the drone business? Paul explains how you can systematically and strategically build your drone business Paul shares some online sites where you can get work and kick start your drone business Should you consider looking for work outside your city? Rob explains why marketing your drone services through your city's Chamber of Commerce is a great idea
Nov 24, 2017
ADU 0694: How lucrative is 3D imaging? How much should I charge?
22:59
Today's episode is about 3D imaging.  We talk to Paul, a drone entrepreneur in Arkansas, who wants to know how much pilots are making through mapping and modeling.  In his words: I see a lot about Pix4D, DroneDeploy and what-have you.  I'm wondering what people are doing out there, if anything, and how much they're charging. Great question, Paul!  But yes, there are plenty of pilots out there making a good amount of money doing 3D imaging, mapping and modeling with drones.  From progression reports for construction companies and 3D models for real estate to mapping film sets and volumetric measurements, there are plenty of opportunities out there for the right pilots. Of course, 3D imaging requires a fair amount of training and a potentially costly investment.  Depending on what field you want to work in, mapping and modeling equipment can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.  At the same time, however, there are still plenty of opportunities to get your feet wet in the field of 3D imagery. Keep your eye out for our intermediate modeling class!  It's on the way!  Fly safe! We hope you enjoy the episode!  Fly safe! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul shares some details of the forthcoming Drone U classes Today's question is about 3D imaging What are some of the applications of 3D models? What is the difference between photogrammetry and LIDAR? We explain why LIDAR is better suited for government work What is a drawback of using LIDAR? What is the cost of a drone equipped with LIDAR technology? How much can you potentially make with a LIDAR drone unit? We discuss some of the possible applications and wide potential for photogrammetry units Should you opt for desktop processing over cloud processing for your mapping data? We explain why packaged pricing is always better than itemized pricing
Nov 22, 2017
ADU 0693: I nearly had a collision with a jet. Was it my fault?
9:13
Today, we talk about MOAs and restricted airspace.  Austin called in with a near-collision story and wants to know if he was in the wrong. I contract my services out to an oil and gas company just south of San Antonio, where there are a lot of beautiful rolling hills.  Normally, I do photogrammetry and surveying data, but today I was getting a cinematic shot of a pipeline.  Before I got my bird in the air, I checked the airspace and found myself smack-dab on the border of two MOAs.  Upon doing some digging, I found that both MOAs were active during the time that I wanted to fly.  The minimum operational altitude of the one closest to me was 8,000 feet and the one that I was going to be flying into was 7,000 feet.  I figured, “Okay, I’ve covered my bases and made sure to be out of their airspace.  Everything’s good”.  However, once I was in the air shooting, not very much time went by before I started hearing jets behind me.  When I turned around, I saw two jets flying very low to the ground, only 400 or 500 feet off the ground.  They were coming up behind me heading straight toward my drone.  Obviously, I yield right away and lose altitude as quickly as possible.  It was a very scary and interesting experience.  I imagine that those jets were trying to fly below  the MOA, as well, and were just skimming the ground to take a look at the pipeline stuff.  Thankfully, no one got hurt. Honestly, it sounds like Austin did everything right.  However, many pilots make simple mistakes that get them into dangerous situations.   In order to avoid violating airspace regulations and potentially damaging your drone, it is important to understand the difference between MOAs and restricted airspace.  Remember, military pilots have the right to fly to their heart's content.  Luckily, you can always check NOTAMs or use an airspace app to see the traffic in your area. Glad you made it out alive, Austin!  Keep flying safe! P.S - Our friends at Videoblocks are currently offering a "Triple Bundle" package, which gives you full-access to copyright-free video, audio and images for only $149 per year!  Make sure to check them out! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question revolves around MOA's and restricted airspace Can you fly in MOA's? Is there a difference between MOA's and restricted airspace? Can military air crafts go dark and fly without lights in MOA's? Can you see manned traffic on the new upgraded DJI Go app? Is it likely that you will have to fly above 300 feet on a drone job? How are MOA's and restricted areas depicted on sectional air charts?
Nov 20, 2017
ADU 0692: I’m twelve years old and want to start a drone business. What can I do to prepare?
28:35
Henry is twelve years old and already thinking about starting a own drone business.  Obviously, he is too young to obtain a Part 107 and can’t legally make money flying drones yet.  However, Henry is lucky in many ways.  Because he is so young, he has years to perfect his flight skills and learn about what it takes to run a drone business.  After all, it takes more than just proper training and fantastic skills to become drone entrepreneur.  The most successful drone business owners understand the industry inside and out.  They understand the value that drones can provide and know how to connect with potential clients.  They’ve thought long and hard about what they do and why they do it.  Of course, this requires research and reading in the pursuit of knowledge. Thanks for the question Henry.  We’re excited your thinking about your drone business so early on in life.  Luckily, there’s more information available than ever before.  Go learn everything you can!  Fly safe!  Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing portable chargers for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832.   Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action - https://www.amazon.com/Start-Why-Leaders-Inspire-Everyone/dp/1591846447 Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance - https://www.amazon.com/Grit-Passion-Perseverance-Angela-Duckworth/dp/1501111108 Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps We share information regarding our forthcoming mapping and modeling class What are some of the current trends in the modeling and mapping industry? Which are some of the forthcoming Drone U classes? Today's question is about a twelve year old who wants to eventually enter the drone industry We discuss the importance of meticulous planning while starting a new business Paul recommends "Grit" by Angela Duckworth for anyone aspiring to start their own business Learn how discovering your passion can help you become successful in business We share details about our forthcoming business course titled "Business in a box" Some tips and tricks for running a business as a one man team We discuss the importance of mastering your flying skills if you plan on getting into the drone business What are some of the resources that can help you hone your entrepreneurship skills? How can experiencing failure help you run your business better? Discussing the importance of integrating systems into your business We discuss the difference between having a 9 to 5 job and running your own business Can you avail free courses from prestigious university to build your skills? We recommend some podcasts that will help you hone your entrepreneurship skills
Nov 17, 2017
ADU 0691: What is the best drone for law enforcement?
20:30
Recently, it has become more common for police, firefighters and other public safety agencies to use drones in law enforcement.  As a result, we often get questions about drones from folks in law enforcement.  Today, we take a call from Kevin, a police officer looking to purchase a drone for his agency.  Police officers should have a good idea of what their drone will be used for before they make any purchases for their department.  There are a number of good options, each offering certain benefits to law enforcement agencies.  In order to help Kevin, we talk about some of the ways in which law enforcement might use drones.  We discuss the various drones and cameras that might help them to protect and serve.  Additionally, we outline the potential costs of purchase drones and outline ways to train and equip a department on a budget. Good luck Kevin!  Fly safe! P.S - Our friends at Videoblocks are currently offering a "Triple Bundle" package, which gives you full-access to copyright-free video, audio and images for only $149 per year!  Make sure to check them out! Don’t forget to pick up a charger from Colorado Drone Chargers.  Those guys make high-quality quadchargers to help you maximize your flight time! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing batteries for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps We share details of the forthcoming Drone U classes Today we discuss the best drones for law enforcement officers; we also discuss flying in rainy climate Is it possible for law enforcement agencies to get exemptions for their drone purchases? Should you maintain three miles of visibility while flying? Can law officers consider getting a COA and flying in conditions with poor visibility? Is it a good idea to use thermal cameras when faced with poor visibility? We discuss the benefits of using the DJI M210 with a Z30 or Fleur XT camera What is a drawback of using the RTK GPS solution? Things that law enforcement issues need to bear in mind while budgeting for a drone Is it a good idea to use the Phantom 4 Pro in rainy conditions? What are some of the benefits of using this drone? We discuss the various pros and cons of using the Yuneec in rainy conditions; we compare this drone to the Phantom 4 Pro Find out how Drone U can help you become a better pilot
Nov 16, 2017
ADU 0690: How can I fly in Attitude Mode with my Mavic Pro?
15:46
Today, we talk about Attitude Mode.  Lance from New Jersey wants to learn to fly in Attitude Mode, so he called in to ask for some tips. Currently, Lance flies a Mavic Pro.  He wants to get the smooth, buttery shots that Attitude Mode can provide.  Of course, his main problem is that the Mavic Pro doesn’t feature Attitude Mode.  The Mavic Pro does have a Cinematic Mode as one of its Intelligent Flight Mode options, but how does it compare?  Truthfully, Mavic’s Cinematic Mode is not a strong substitute for Attitude Mode.  While it does facilitate smoother shots, it does not offer the variety of benefits that Attitude Mode provides.  The Mavic Pro’s manual mode, on the other hand, is a better alternative. However, there is no true substitution for Attitude Mode.  It enables you to be flexible and versatile in a way that no other flight mode does.  Luckily, we’ll be offering an exclusive webinar on 11/29/17 for Drone U members on getting Attitude Mode for your drone. Undeniably, you’ll need to learn to fly in Attitude Mode at some point.  It will help you to become the best pilots you can be.  Ultimately, flying in GPS Mode is like flying with the training wheels on. We hope that we answered your question, Lance.  Thanks for the call!  Fly safe! P.S - Our friends at Videoblocks are currently offering a "Triple Bundle" package, which gives you full-access to copyright-free video, audio and images for only $149 per year!  Make sure to check them out! Also, the folks over at Energen are offering a special discount on their amazing batteries for all Drone U members.  Use one the following promo codes at checkout, depending on which battery you buy, to get a great deal on a killer battery: Energen A40 Model:  DRONEUA40 Energen M10 Model:  DRONEU M10 Energen P40 Mode:  DRONEU P40 Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question revolves around flying the Mavic Pro in Attitude Mode Will Cinematic Mode help you fly in Attitude Mode? Paul suggests some practical ways of practicing in Attitude Mode We share details about our upcoming webinar which has some great content that will help you fly in Attitude Mode What are some of the limitations of the Mavic Pro? Does the Phantom 4 Pro handle Attitude Mode much better? What are some of reasons to master flying in Attitude Mode? Discussing why Attitude Mode is more suited for urban and remote environments How can you Drone U help you be a better pilot?
Nov 15, 2017
ADU 0689: How does DJI AeroScope work?
12:19
Today, we have the epic luxury of speaking with Nick Martino.  Nick is the airport supervisor in Ventura County.  In light of DJI’s recent AeroScope announcement,  we thought it would be good to speak about the benefits of such software with an airspace professional. In case you are unaware, AeroScope is a tracking software and geo-fencing system that notifies law enforcement agencies of all drone activity happening within their airspace.  It works with all DJI drones as well as those produced by other manufacturers.  AeroScope aims to increase communication between manned aircraft and UAVs while creating safer airspace for everyone. Many pilots, however, are upset by AeroScope’s quiz feature, which asks the user a series of questions before allowing them to fly.  On the surface, it may seem like DJI is overreaching.  After all, commercial pilots have already taken the required Part 107 test and do not want to be re-tested every they fly.  In reality, though, AeroScope could be a positive tool for the drone community and society at large.  Martino outlines some of the benefits that AeroScope offers.  In order to illustrate these benefits, he gives use a demonstration and shows exactly how AeroScope works.  We hope you enjoy this episode.  Special thanks to Nick Martino for joining us!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we talk with Nick Martino about the various benefits of using DJI AeroScope Why is Aerospace a good thing for an airport supervisor? Can AeroSpace be used to interject another pilot? Can you communicate with the drone user via Aeroscope? Vic Moss flies and shows us how Aeroscope works Getting live flight data from AeroScope We show how you can get the serial number and email to get in touch with other pilots How would any agency get in touch with DJI if they are interested in Aeroscope? Can you take control over a drone using Aeroscope? Should responsible pilots be fearful of Aeroscope?
Nov 13, 2017
ADU 0688: Does a DROTAM stop other pilots from flying in my airspace?
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Today, we talk a bit about DROTAMs.  Scott calls in to ask if he should apply for one. Typically, you hear far less about DROTAMs than you do about NOTAMs.  Because pilots have had poor experiences with DROTAMs, they aren't a very popular form of airspace authorization. In fact, you aren't likely to see DROTAMs as an option on most authorization forms. In order to answer Scott's question, Paul talks about his experience with DROTAMs. There is a misconception that holding a DROTAM will inhibit other pilots from flying.  In reality, most hobbyist pilots don't even know what a DROTAM is.  Therefore, they aren't keeping track of the DROTAMs in their area.  Most likely, they'll just fly their drone anyway. Ultimately, we're not sure if DROTAMs provide value to anybody.  We hope this helps, Scott.  Fly safe! If you're looking for a thoughtfully designed case, check out the amazing products at Go Professional Cases! Need some stock footage or music to polish off your drone videos?  Check out Videoblocks! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question revolves around DROTAMs Is there any difference between DROTAMs and NOTAMs? Are you likely to see a DROTAM request in an airspace authorization? Is there a reason why DROTAM requests are so rare now? We discuss the domineering and unfair attitude of manned pilots for remote pilots Does a DROTAM inhibit other pilots from flying? Are there any apps where you can check DROTAMs? Do DROTAMs actually help you out?
Nov 10, 2017
ADU 0687: Which is a better modeling platform–DroneDeploy or Pix4D?
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Today, we talk about DroneDeploy, Pix4D and how to choose the best cloud-processing software for modeling. Mapping and modeling services are a logical next-step for many drone businesses.  In order to provide your clients with the highest-quality deliverables, you need to have a mastery over your modeling software.  Currently, many drone pilots have troubling choosing the right software for their business. While DroneDeploy and Pix4D each have their own limitations, both modeling platforms offer unique benefits to the pilots that use them. Paul discusses what makes a good processing platform, why it is important, and how to choose the best one for your Additionally, he discusses how professional training can help you take your drone modeling business to the next level. Fly safe! If you're looking for a plug-free charger,  check out the Energen DroneMax! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today, we talk about DroneDeploy, Pix4D and how to choose the best cloud-processing software for modeling We clarify the distinction between maps and models Can you officially use a map if you get a licensed surveyor to sign off on it? What is a common problem that you will face with cloud - processing software? We discuss manual tie-points and their importance Paul provides some details about our upcoming mapping course Can you create lifelike maps using LIDAR? Can you create Nator maps with orbits? Can you generate good quality client deliverables with DroneDeploy? Is it a good idea to solely rely on DroneDeploy? Is it advisable to use the Yuneec H520? Will it result in better images? We discuss some of the advantages of using Pix4D Will you need to limit your mission size if you are using Pix4D Capture? Can you upload Pix4D projects onto the cloud? Can LIDAR result in higher accuracy as compared to photogrammetry?
Nov 09, 2017
ADU 0686: Can my employer prevent me from using my footage in a demo reel?
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Today, we talk about copyright, retention clauses and demo reels.  Steven, a drone business owner, calls in from Tennessee to discuss a problem he has.  Essentially, Steven is having trouble maintaining the ownership over his own footage.  After working with a real estate company in his area for a number of weeks, he wanted to include some of the footage in his demo reel.  In order to make sure he didn’t get sued, Steven asked his employer if it was alright that he use some of the footage he shot for them to promote himself.  Of course, he assumed that this would be fine.  Upon meeting with the employer, however, Steven was notified by the company that they did not want him to use the footage in his demo reel.  Additionally, they disclosed that the company had a retention clause in all of their contracts.  At this time, though, Steven has not signed a contract and wants to know if they can legally prevent him from using the footage.  This is why he called us for help. While we aren’t professional lawyers, we do know that a contract has no legal bearing if it hasn’t been signed.  If Steven hasn’t actually signed the contract his company is referring to, then he will have no legal trouble if he moves forward with his demo reel.  In the case that he has signed the contract, however, he could face legal repercussions.  Even if this is the case, though, there are certain ways that Steven can work around the contract.  While we don’t recommend violating copyright laws, there are techniques for using your footage for promotion without publishing it in a public forum.  To this end, we discuss some ways in which Steven may be able to use his footage without making his employer angry.  We also discuss when (and when not) to do this.  Additionally, we talk about the importance of establishing clear and direct contracts at the time of employment.  Hope you enjoy!  Fly safe! If you're looking for high-quality stock footage or music to help polish your drone videos, check out Videoblocks! If your looking for a fantastic quadcharger, check out our friends at Colorado Drone Chargers.  Use the promo code "droneu8" at checkout to receive a special discount. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we discuss whether your employer can prevent you from using your footage in a demo reel Paul answers the question from a legal perspective and highlights the importance of contractual paperwork We discuss how copyright issues differ for company employees and contractors We talk about the importance of holding on to exclusive rights to your footage We discuss various contractual scenarios and highlight the importance of contractual paperwork Tips and tricks to deal with clients and potential copyright issues Are the terms and conditions stated in your calendar invite legally binding?
Nov 08, 2017
How To Get Instant Airspace Authorization
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Today, we were lucky enough to chat with Jessica and Matt from Skyward.io.  Skyward is one of the teams working to provide drone pilots everywhere with the ability to obtain instant airspace authorization.  As you may know, pilots currently have to wait up to six months in order for their applications to get approval. In order to help us better understand how they're revolutionizing the drone industry, Jessica and Matt discuss what Skyward is doing, how they're doing it and when we can expect instant airspace authorizations to be available to drone pilots everywhere. Special thanks to Skyward for joining us!  Fly safe! More info is available at the following links: Skyward's LAANC Resource Page: www.skyward.io/laanc FAA's LAANC Resource Page: www.faa.gov/go/laanc Skyward's Webinar Registration: http://go.skyward.io/laanc-webinar.html Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul welcomes Jessica and Matt from Skyward.io What are the capabilities of Skyward.io? How much does it cost to access the LAANC system via Skyward.io? How long will it take for all airports to have access to the LAANC system? Paul, Jessica and Matt walk us through the Skyward app and show us how we can avail airspace authorization Jessica provides some great tips for using the Skyward app Learn how you can add an aircraft while using Skyward.io Is there a way to pull up previously planned operations in Skyward.io? Learn how you can enter your phone number in Skyward.io How does Skywards help businesses with multiple pilots? Is there a way to monitor where pilots upload data in Skyward.io? What does it cost for businesses to use Skyward.io? Does Skyward provide a platform that provides details for maps for TFR's and NOTAM's? Jessica and Matt share their contact information Jessica provides details of their upcoming webinar on November 9th
Nov 07, 2017
ADU 0685: Do students in a high school drone class need Part 107 licenses?
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Today, we answer a question about high school drone classes.  Tom called in to ask us about the legality around high school students using drones to make money. Tom is a high school media teacher that integrates drones into his coursework.  As a result, he has been approached by several businesses who would like his students to shoot drone footage for advertising purposes.  In return, these businesses would make charitable donations to the high school.  Ultimately, Tom's question is this:  If they're flying drones in exchange for charity, do my students need to have Part 107 licenses? If you listen to our podcast regularly, you'll know that we often get questions about flying drones for non-profits.  People want to know if they need to be licensed even when their employer technically makes no money.  According to the FAA, however, these businesses are being furthered by the drone services that pilots provide.  Thus, most pilots flying for charitable purposes do, indeed, need to be licensed. In this situation, there are certain nuances that might allow students to fly without a license.  If Tom himself, for example, is a Part 107 pilot, students could shoot aerial footage for these businesses in exchange for money.  At the same time, however, only one student would be able to fly at any given time.  Remember, a Part 107 does allow licensed pilots to act as a supervisor on any commercial flight mission. In turn, this episode is a discussion around the nuances of flying drones for charity, specifically in Tom's case of high school students.  We hope you enjoy it.  Fly safe! If you're looking for high-quality stock footage or music to help polish your drone videos, check out Videoblocks! If your looking for a fantastic quadcharger, check out our friends at Colorado Drone Chargers.  Use the promo code "droneu8" at checkout to receive a special discount. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we answer a question about high school drone classes Paul answers today's question, and explains why non-profits do, in fact need Part 107 licenses Discussing and clarifying the term "furtherance of business" In which case is it okay for a student to film without getting a Part 107 license? Can the school and the student get fined for flying without a Part 107 license? Would it suffice for the teacher to get a Part 107? Are students allowed to fly in this case?
Nov 07, 2017
ADU 0684: What app should I use to monitor airspace?
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Today, we discuss which apps can help you monitor airspace and follow FAA’s rules.  Mitch called in to ask for our recommendations.  As you may know, there are plenty of apps out there that allow you to monitor the airspace in your area.  For example, ForeFlight makes it easy to see which flights are happening in the airspace above you at the moment.  FlightRadar shows the air traffic in your area, as well.  In addition, the new Aeroscope firmware upgrade will enable you to see air traffic in your area when you’re connected to the internet.  However, it is important to remember that the most important thing to do when monitoring the airspace around you is to always check tfr.faa.gov.  This website will keep track of all updates concerning airspace restrictions such as TFRs and No-Fly Zones.   Because Mitch also asked about maintaining privacy, we talk about some apps and features that can help you fly "off-the-radar", so to speak. Thanks for the question, Mitch!  Fly safe! If you're looking for high-quality stock footage or music to help polish your drone videos, check out Videoblocks! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question revolves around apps that we can use to monitor airspace Can you always trust data provided in apps? Why is it important to do your due diligence before flight? We discuss some of the capabilities of ForeFlight Discussing the capabilities of the apps, FlightRadar and Aerospace We discuss the issue of data privacy, and how you can mitigate some of these issues Is it worth investing in the DJI Crystal Sky monitor?
Nov 06, 2017
ADU 0683: When can we expect more airports to join LAANC?
15:25
As you may have heard, the Low Altitude Authorization & Notification Capability (LAANC) is now live!  By and large, the drone community has been waiting for a faster way to obtain airspace authorization.  Finally, LAANC has brought it to us! In the past, airspace authorization has been one of the biggest problems facing drone pilots.  Professional pilots and drone business owners have missed out on valuable opportunities due to the slow process of applying for authorization.  Some pilots have passed on potential paydays, while others have flown illegally (and irresponsibly) just to make ends meet.  Luckily, LAANC is proposing to put those days behind us. Basically, LAANC is a system that enables pilots to request and receive authorization in less than two minutes.  Currently, it is offered through a significant number of airports, including Miami Dade, Phoenix and San Jose, among others.  The system is accessible through two vendors:  Airmap and Skyward.io.  In the near future, we expect to see more airports and vendors joining the LAANC network. When can we expect more airports to join LAANC?  Tune in to find out!  Fly safe! Today's episode is brought to you by our friends at Colorado Drone Chargers!  If you're looking for a quadcharger, head on over to their site and use the promo code "droneu8" to receive a special discount! Also, make sure to check out Videoblocks!  They have all of the stock footage and copyright-free music you need to make killer drone videos! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we will be talking about Low Altitude Authorization & Notification Capability (LAANC), a better and faster way of obtaining airspace authorizations Which airports and regions are currently offering LAANC? Which vendors are offering LAANC? What does it cost to obtain LAANC from Skywards? Paul walks us thorough the SKywards website and shows us how to obtain LAANC Which data points are listed on the notice of authorization? Is it a good idea to keep a digital or paper copy of your notice of authorization? What is the significance of LAANC? We discuss how this service will dissuade illegal operators Are there chances of there being an error with UASFM maps? What should you do if you run into an issue?
Nov 03, 2017
ADU 0682: Is DJI’s AeroScope a good thing for the drone community?
26:41
Today, we talk about AeroScope, DJI's new tracking software. In case you haven't heart, AeroScope is a system that allows government agencies to keep track of drones flying in a certain area.  As Paul posted last week on Facebook: DJI announced a new system that will allow law enforcement to track and identify drones, even in areas without cellular service or wifi. The system even works beyond DJI drones.  It also works with any drone that operates over a WIFI based protocol.  This system showcases telemetry information from the drone, the pilot's information and location in addition to the flight path.  The goal is to make our skies safer while increasing communication between manned aircraft and UAVs. In addition, DJI will be changing the geo-fencing system on their drones to provide more access, as well as, including quizzes that pilots must take before they fly. These quizzes will ensure that pilots understand the rules of flight. Understandably, many members of our community were upset by the announcement.  After all, most of us have already passed the Part 107 test.  Why should we have to take another series of quizzes in order to fly? In reality, however, AeroScope has many positive implications for the drone community.  It has the potential to promote responsibility and maintain accountability among drone pilots.  Because the quizzes are pretty simple, too, it could potentially keep newbie pilots from doing anything dangerous with their drone. We want to know what you all think.  Is DJI overreaching?  Leave us a message with your thoughts! Fly safe! Don't forget, Videoblocks has plenty of stock footage and royalty-free music to help you optimize your drone videos! Also, head over to Colorado Drone Chargers.  Their quadchargers are perfect for any flight mission!   Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we will be talking about DJI's new tracking software, AeroScope We share details about the DJI policy meeting in Washington DC We discuss why adding a quiz to the DJI firmware upgrade is such a great idea Paul shares information about the upcoming FAA enforcements What are the capabilities of Aeroscope? We discuss why stating the intention of flight is a great feature that makes monitoring drones easier Are there chances of your privacy being compromised due to the introduction of Aerospace? We discuss why the "License plate system" is an apt name for AeroSpace What are some of the limitations of Aerospace? How does Aerospace dissuade illegal operators? Will the introduction of AeroSpace discourage federalism in drone law? We discuss some important issues that, if resolved will help the commercial operator do better work Will your flying range be limited if you do not go for a firmware upgrade? Find out out how you can eliminate the error message by using a Crystal sight monitor
Nov 02, 2017
ADU 0681: How does the Part 107 affect FPV racers?
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Today, Paul talks with Kevin Morris from the FAA.  Specifically, we wanted to reach out to Kevin to discuss how the Part 107 applies to FPV racers. Remember, FPVs aren’t only used for racing.  There are other applications for FPVs, as well. As Morris says: "Where the FAA’s interpretation stems from is actually Public Law 112-95 Section 336.  We keep going back to that document.  That’s the professional mandate that gave us the rules, not only for hobby operation, but it also gave us the additional instruction that the FAA can’t propagate any further rules against hobby operation.  But, what they did in that Public Law 112-95 was that they identified what the term “model aircraft” meant.  According to the congressional definition, it lists three primary areas…number two is that “a model aircraft must be flown within the visual line of sight of the person operating the aircraft”.  So, the way the FAA has always viewed the model operations or the special rule for model aircraft is that you either comply with all provisions of Public Law 112-95 Section 336, or you fall under civil aircraft operations, which means Part 107". Additionally, we discuss penalties, the AMA and a number of topics related to the Part 107.  You won't want to miss this one. Special thanks to Kevin!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul introduces Mr. Kevin Morris from the FAA to listeners Today's topic revolves around how Part 107 applies to FPV racing Kevin explains FAA's interpretation of Public Law 112-95, Section 336 and explains why Part 107 is applicable to FPV racing Kevin elaborates on Congress's requirement of maintaining "visual line of sight" Would a hobbyist drone pilot wearing DJI googles be able to operate under Section 336? Would Part 107 apply in this case? What is the AMA saying about this topic? Can a RPIC acting as a VO (Visual Observer) oversee a non-certificated remote pilot flying a UAS? Would this meet the requirements of Part 107? Can a person operate, act as a RPIC or VO of more than one unmanned aircraft at the same time? What are the repercussions of flying FPV without a Part 107? What are the possible civil penalties for not complying with Part 107? Learn how Drone U can help you with getting your Part 107; you can also learn to fly FPV from Nytfury
Nov 01, 2017
ADU 0680: Should public safety offices get a Part 107 or a COA?
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Today, we talk about using drones for public safety.  Of course, this is a topic we’ve covered in the past.  If you’re a regular listener, you may remember episodes in which we talked about Part 107 licenses and COAs for police departments.  Specifically, we discussed which authorization was a better option for public safety offices. We received a ton of feedback on that episode!  While many people were happy with the information we provided, some members of the public safety community called us out on the mistakes we made.  As always, we appreciate the feedback. In order to get a better understanding of authorizations for public safety offices, we invited Keenan Newton on to discuss his experience as a drone pilot working in public safety.  Currently, Keenan works for the Linwood Fire Department. Keenan gives us the rundown of what we got wrong.  Additionally, he talks about the current state of public safety drone training and chats about his experience taking a public safety class at Florida State University. This episode should be interesting to any drone pilot interested in (or currently) flying drones in the public safety sphere.  Fly safe out there! Also, remember to pick up a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we talk about drones for public safety Paul introduces Keenan Newton from the Fire Department Keenan corrects and clarifies some of the Part 107 and COA topics that Paul raised in a previous episode Can you get a SGI (Special Government Interest) under a Part 107? When and where are emergency COA's useful? Can you be arrested for flying in an unauthorized way in an emergency situation in Texas? Keenan differentiates between a blanket COA and a jurisdictional COA What are some of the reasons for opting for Part 107 rather than COA? We discuss the new public standards for public safety officers who use drones Paul goes over the pitfalls of providing poor drone training Keenan shares his experience of taking the public safety course at Florida State University
Oct 30, 2017
ADU 0679: Should I use intelligent flight mode when shooting golf courses?
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If you’re shooting aerial photographs or interactive maps for golf courses, you may be wondering about the best way to fly your drone.  After all, depending on which drone you’re flying, you have a number of options.  Do you use intelligent flight mode?  Do you stick with manual mode?  What about Attitude mode?  How do you choose? Today, we talk to Jake in Wisconsin about choosing the proper flight mode for shooting golf courses.  Like many drone business owners, Jake wants to lend his services to the golf industry.  In order to help him out, Paul gives his suggestions on the best way to achieve strong results. We discuss which mode best helps you to achieve versatile movements, better tilts and everything you need to shoot buttery aerial footage.  We also talk about the various ways which weather will affect your decision.   Additionally, we provide some tips on choosing the right mode for mapping and which apps are the best for producing interactive maps.  If you're looking to work with golf courses, you won't want to miss this one!  Fly safe! Don't forget, Videoblocks has all of the stock footage and royalty-free music you need! Also, check out our friends at Colorado Drone Chargers!  Use the promo code "droneu8" at checkout to receive a special discount! If you need a landing pad, Drone U landing pads are some of the best around! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question revolves around using intelligent flight modes for golf courses Will you end up using more battery power when flying GPS mode or using third party apps? Paul shares the rationale behind flying a golf course in attitude mode Which are some of the instances when you should consider using flight modes? Paul explains how you can use "Point of interest" flight mode Which is a recommended app for flying waypoints? We talk about the various advantages of doing super-slow tilts Discussing the benefits of flying in manual mode in windy weather Is the use of flight modes and third party apps likely to increase if you are on a mapping mission? We share some information about our forthcoming Advance mapping class
Oct 26, 2017
ADU 0678: Do you need a Part 107 to fly for a non-profit?
11:54
Is flying drones for a non-profit a "commercial" job?  Usually, we don't think of non-profits as commercial businesses.  While non-profits like churches don't technically make money, do you need a Part 107 to work for them? Today, we talk to Paul in Arkansas about this very question.  Paul holds a Part 107 license and wants to know if this will help him get a drone job working with non-profits.  Should he be advocating for the benefits of hiring a licensed pilot?  Furthermore, should he warn non-profits about the danger of hiring non-licensed pilots? In order to answer Paul's question, we discuss why it is vital for non-profits to work only with Part 107 pilots.  After all, non-profits do generate money.  However, the FAA sees non-profits differently.  Even if that money isn't "profit", they can still get in trouble for working with non-licensed pilots.  In short, the answer to Paul's question is, "Yes, non-profits should only be hiring licensed drone pilots". If you're a drone pilot interested in working with non-profits, don't miss this episode!  Congratulations on the Part 107 Paul!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Also, don't forget to pick up a Drone U landing pad! If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we discuss whether non profits need Part 107 certified pilots Paul explains why non-profits are actually working for "furtherance of business", and explains why they would need Part 107 certified pilots Are clients who hire illegal drone pilots likely to get into trouble with the FAA? Does FAA keep a record of drone operators caught flying without a Part 107 license? Paul talks about FAA's efforts with regards to speeding up the authorization process Paul urges everyone to fill out the FAA survey about the troubles that drone operators are facing with the authorization process
Oct 26, 2017
ADU 0677: Is the West Hollywood drone ordinance legal?
18:20
Uh oh!  Local governments are trying to control federal airspace again! Today, we talk to Siobahn.  He tells us that his home city of West Hollywood has a drone ordinance.  Currently, the local government of West Hollywood requires pilots to register their drones with the city.  If you've been keeping up with the world of drone law, you know that the city has no right to maintain an ordinance on drones. Specifically, you may remember Michael Singer vs. the City of Newton.  In brief, the federal government ruled that the FAA is the only body that has control over federal airspace.  Therefore, cities like Newton and West Hollywood are overstepping their boundaries. Although it is easy to understand these laws, you may still be approached by police when flying your drone in certain areas.  You can carry a Drone Pilot Field Kit and the knowledge of injustice with you.  In reality, however, law enforcement are just trying to do their jobs. So, what do you do when approached by the police?  Do you notify them of the federal laws and hope that they let you keep flying?  Do you walk away and schedule a meeting with the local government?  It is important to realize that fighting with the cops won't help. In the long run, it takes hard work and time to fight drone ordinances.  Like Michael Singer, we need to combat unjust drone regulations at the government level.  Additionally, we need to respect police officers and continue to build a positive reputation for the drone community. Tune in to hear more!  Fly safe! Don't forget to check out Videoblocks!  In addition to endless reels of stock footage, they have all of the royalty-free music you need to make amazing drone videos! Also, if you're looking for a drone landing pad, we've got you covered! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's topic revolves around drone ordinance in West Hollywood How can you potentially deal with local governments trying to control federal airspace? Effective ways of dealing with cops obstructing you from flying in federal airspace Tips to verbally deal with a law officer obstructing you from flying in federal airspace Are there any chances of a police officer letting you fly in federal airspace if there are local ordinances in place?
Oct 24, 2017
ADU 0676: What do I need to know about property releases?
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What happens if you get verbal permission to fly, but not a signed property release?  For instance, say that a property owner is happy to let you fly around their land and shoot aerial photos.  Upon reviewing the photos later, however, you shot some real gems and you might want to sell them.  Can you go back to the owner and ask them to sign a property release?  Furthermore, what if you never got permission from them in the first place?  What if you took off from the street, got photos of someone's property and want to sell those images? Today, we get a question from Desi about this very problem.  She wants to know what she can or cannot sell.  Specifically, she asks us to address national parks, private property and property releases. In order to answer Desi's questions, we talk about the FAA's laws around national parks, private property and property releases.  We discuss how to obtain signed contract from property owners.  Additionally, we discuss photographer's rights and why it's okay to take photos from public places. Lastly, we encourage you to check out the Drone Pilot Field Kit.  It's filled with valuable information about copyright, property releases and photographer's rights. Thanks for the question Desi!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Download the LEGAL FLYER APP - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/legal-flyer/id917432598?mt=8 Timestamps Today we discuss whether or not it is necessary to get a signed property release Can you sell your drone footage without getting owner permission? When is it necessary to get permission? Which App can you use to get permission to take off, land from and film on a private property? Is it alright to shoot on the basis of verbal permission? How should you go about getting a property release? Would you end up owning copyright for footage of a public property? Are non-US citizens likely to get into trouble for filming critical infrastructure? Is it okay to take-off and land outside a national park but fly over it? Can you sell national park footage?
Oct 23, 2017
ADU 0675: How do you equip a Phantom 4 Pro for mapping?
20:03
Today, we discuss mapping with the Phantom 4 Pro.  Johnny called in from St Louis to ask about setting his P4P up with the appropriate mapping equipment.  Because he wants to start mapping for golf courses and real estate, Johnny wants to make sure he's got the right tools. In the past, we've talked about the high costs of mapping apps for drones. However, there are solutions available for the Phantom 4 Pro.  Additionally, the Yuneec H520 offers a great alternative for those pilots trying to get into the field. We talk about battery life, payloads and flexibility when it comes to buying the right mapping equipment.  Furthermore, we discuss the intricacies of the mapping process and why having the best mapping equipment is so important. Thanks for the question Johnny!  Fly safe! Are you interested in making money mapping with your drone?  Stay tuned for our Intermediate/Advanced Mapping Course! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Also, make sure to head over to Videoblocks.com.  A subscription gives you full-access to all of the royalty-free music you need to make killer drone videos!  Use the promo code "droneu8" to receive a special discount! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we talk about equipping a Phantom 4 Pro for mapping Are the Phantom 4 Pro and Yuneec H520 suitable for mapping golf courses? What is the payload that you should be using for Phantom 4 Pro? We talk about the importance of weather while mapping Is it okay to shoot in RAW and convert to JPEG? Is it possible to shoot with great accuracy with a Phantom 4 Pro? What are some of the factors that affect accuracy? What is the issue with using drones for crime scene mapping? Is the data accuracy maintained? We talk about how weather complexities can affect mapping data Can you use LIDAR for your mapping missions? Paul sums up today's episode Can you use SiteScan to get better details for your mapping data?
Oct 20, 2017
ADU 0674: What are the best mapping apps and data platforms?
16:10
Today, we talk about mapping apps and data platforms.  Which one is the best?  With so many data platforms out there, how do you choose the right one for you?  DroneDeploy, Pix4D, Maps Made Easy and PrecisionHawk all have their upsides and downsides, but which one is going to suit the needs of your drone business? In order to help you choose the best data platform for drone mapping, we take a call from Rob.  Rob is in the process of becoming a full-time drone pilot.  He wants to get into drone inspections, agricultural mapping and other fields.  While there are a number of mapping apps for him to pick from, each has benefits in terms of cost and mapping capability.   When choosing a mapping app, remember that your deliverables are as important as your mapping skills.  The ability to deliver useful, actionable maps is the key to running a successful drone business.  As a result, you’ll want to choose a mapping app that enables you to deliver aerial maps can really use.  Which data platform is the best for delivering aerial maps?  Listen to find out! Thanks for the question Rob!  Fly safe! Today's episode is sponsored by Colorado Drone Chargers.  When heading out on mapping missions, you'll want to stay fully charged.  These guys have the quad chargers you need!  Use the promo code "droneu8" at checkout to receive a special discount. Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we talk about mapping apps and data platforms What are the pros and cons of using PrecisionHawk? Can you map large areas through Pix4D capture? What are some of the alternatives to PrecisionHawk for mapping missions? Which data platforms can you use for cross hatching missions? What are the benefits of using Yuneec Typhoon H520 and its DataPilot software over Pix4Dcapture? Find out why the resulting JPEG imagery is of superior quality We talk about the benefits of using DroneDeploy for doing NDVI. Find out why DroneDeploy scores over Pix4D as far as client deliverables are concerned Is Maps Made Easy a good alternative to Pix4D capture? Why is PrecisionHawk the best solution if you are catering to high level clients? Is the Yuneec Typhoon H520 a better alternative to Phantom Pro for mapping missions? We discuss SiteScan and its perimeter scan function for oblique and orbit imagery. Can you use Ground Station Pro's orbit mode and vertical mode instead?
Oct 19, 2017
ADU 0672: How do I practice precision flying without crashing my drone?
18:12
Precision flying can be scary.  You can crash your drone and watch your hard-earned money go right down the drain.  For that reason, many pilots are scared to practice precision flying. At the same time, however, learning to fly precisely through gates and around obstacles can be extremely beneficial.  It can help you get amazing aerial shots and distinguish you from other drone pilots. But how do you practice precision flying? Today, we talk to Bill in Oklahoma about precision flying.  Bill calls in to ask how he can practice without crashing.  While it requires overcoming mental obstacles and perfecting the fundamentals of flight, enough practice will have you flying like a pro in no time. Thanks for the question Bill!  Fly safe! If you need stock footage, head on over to Videoblocks.com/drone! If you're looking for a quad charger to keep you flying all day, make sure to check out Colorado Drone Chargers.  Enter promo code DRONEU8 upon checkout for a special discount! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about practicing precision without crashing your drone Why is practicing with gates such a good idea? Listing some of the important practical steps that you need to follow in order to master flying, and how can the various Drone U courses help you? We suggest a great resource for purchasing gates, and provide some tips and tricks to practice with them Understanding the importance of flying in FPV flight mode and mastering small moments Is it important to learn to fly in FPV mode as well as line of sight? We discuss the wisdom of starting off with a cheaper drone How can you build confidence and bring precision into your flying? Debating the necessity of pushing yourself in order to improve your flying skills Does DJI Care Refresh provide good service? Paul provides some details of the next Drone U Fly in
Oct 17, 2017
ADU 0673: Which light should I use when flying at night?
8:25
It can be difficult to find a drone light that meets the FAA's standards.  After all, the FAA requires any drone flying during twilight to be equipped with a light that can be seen from three miles away. Today, we talk to Isaiah from Minnesota.  He recently received his Part 107 and wants to know our drone light recommendations.  Luckily, we recently found the PicoMax by Aveo Engineering.  We discuss the benefits of the PicoMax and why it's the best light for flying during twilight. Congrats on the 107 Isaiah!  Fly safe! If you need stock footage, check out Videoblocks.  A subscription gets you unlimited access to the Videoblocks catalogue as well as full access to the Audioblocks catalogue. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we talk about nighttime operations and the difficulty of finding the right light that meets FAA standards Paul reviews PicoMax by Aveo engineering; we talk dimensions, capabilities and pricing Is it important to be able see your drone light from the ground? Are there cheaper proven alternatives that meet FAA guidelines?
Oct 17, 2017
ADU 0671: I’m a Part 107-certified police officer. Does my agency need a COA?
19:50
We often get questions about COAs for police officers and firefighters.  As someone working in public safety, how do you obtain a COA?  Does your department need one if already have a Part 107? Because COAs can be somewhat confusing, we explain how they work.  There are a few variations on the COA.  Each one applies to different pilots in different circumstances.  If you're wondering which COA your public safety agency needs, listen up! Also, we'll be offering drone training for public safety in the near future.  Keep an eye out and fly safe! This episode is sponsored by Videoblocks.  If you need stock footage for your videos, make sure to check them out. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul provides some information about the forthcoming Drone U classes Today's question is about COA's for public safety officers and firefighters Paul discusses the different ways through which public safety officers can carry out public operations We discuss the various details of public COA's and benefits of getting the same Is self certification possible if your agency has a public COA? Paul shares some details about the forthcoming Drone U course on public safety What are the benefits of flying under civil or part 107? Which are the different laws that govern different types of operations? What are the public aircraft requirements under different laws? What are some of the benefits of public COA's over civil or Part 107? Discussing the need for a law agency to avail a COA in spite of having Part 107 certified pilots What are some of the rigorous maintenance and medical standards that you need to maintain if you are planing on getting a COA? How long are the COA's good for? Is it possible to get extensions? What is a drawback of flying under a public COA over part 107? Learn how lawmakers can deal with restrictions on their drones by getting a Crystal Sky monitor; Paul provides details of the forthcoming webinar which will deal with this topic
Oct 16, 2017
BONUS EPISODE: Waivers for flying over people (with Vic Moss)
37:25
Recently, we got our hands on some documents that suggest the FAA might have some exciting news.  Soon, it may be possible to apply for a waiver to grants permission to fly over people. Currently, the FAA Part 107.39 regulation prohibits any drone pilot from operating over human beings. At the moment, we don't know what the waiver application process will look like.  However, this document outlines which drones will qualify for a waiver to fly over people.  Today, we discuss the types of drones listed by the FAA and talk about the effects this could have in the drone industry. Thanks for listening and for your continued support!  Fly safe! Get your drone and business related questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Please do us a huge favor, "Like" this video and "Subscribe" to our channel. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and leave us a 5-star review while you're there: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Join the #1 drone training platform and community for only $47 per month. Part 107 test prep, courses, videos, webinars, expert advice, business training, and so much more. Total, unlimited access to everything for one low monthly investment, plus you can cancel at any time. Check it out: https://www.thedroneu.com/get-started-here/. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Get access to the Virginia Tech Study - https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10439-017-1921-6 Timestamps Today we discuss an exciting development which might soon make it possible to apply for a waiver to fly over people Paul reads out excerpts from the FAA document which details what you need to do in order to get a waiver to fly over people Which are the five categories for which you can get waivers to fly over people? What are the details of the First category waiver? We discuss the possibility of a home-built drone satisfying the requirements of Category One We go over the requirements of a Category Two waiver Will you need prop cages instead of prop cages in order to get a waiver? We attempt to explain the meaning of "transferring 11 foot pounds of kinetic energy to a human being" Paul and Vic discuss the Virginia Tech Study: "Ranges of Injury Risk Associated with Impact from Unmanned Aircraft Systems" Would a Mavic Pro with prop cages meet the requirements of category B? What are the requirements for getting a waiver under Category C? Can you fly over concert venues under this category? Would a Phantom meet the requirements of a Category C waiver? We debate the inclusion of "enhanced aeronautical knowledge and experience", a requirement for Category C Vic explains why he is against have a practical test for Part 107 Would you need a Visual observer if you get a waiver under Category C? Discussing the permissiblity of drones to fly over motion picture sets and the abolishment of Motion Picture And Television Flight Operations Manual (MPTOM) Discussing the possibility of filming "sports or live entertainment events where the public is already restricted from operational areas" Reading out excerpts of Category Four and discussing it's requirements Discussing the possibility that drone manufacturer's will come up with self-certified drones which fulfill the requirements of a waiver Interpreting the exemptions under Part 107.39; we discuss the possibility of flying over people in emergency situations We read out the instances where the exemptions under Part 107.39 will apply Are waivers for flying over people kicking in anytime soon? We discuss the likelihood of these coming into force by the end of the year
Oct 13, 2017
ADU 0670: Can I use my drone to aid hunters?
Can drones legally be used to help hunters find game?  Is using drones for hunting morally sound?  Could a commercial drone pilot work as a hunting spotter?  Today, we have a heavy conversation around drones and hunting. Bill calls in from PA to ask about drones and hunting.  As a commercial drone pilot, Bill wants to know if he could make money flying drones for hunters.  This sparks an interesting debate between Paul and Rob.  While thermal cameras could be used for this purpose, is it ethical? To answer the question, we discuss different ways that drones and thermal mapping could be used to help hunters.  We talk about the ways that drone technology might offer benefits for hunting range owners, as well. Thanks for asking such a good quesiton Bill!  Fly safe! Make sure to take advantage of the discount over at Colorado Drone Chargers.  Enter the promo code "droneu8" to save on some amazing chargers! If you need stock footage for your videos, head over to Videoblocks for some killer content! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we discuss the legal implications and debate the moral corectness of using drones in hunting What are laws in the state of New Mexico with regards to using drones to find game for hunting? We discuss laws in different states as well Can drones be used to create visual maps which provide a count of game on the property? Learn how the combined thermal plus IR capabilities offered by the CGO camera in the Yuneec H520 renders it apt for creating thermal maps Discussing the moral soundness of using drones to aid hunters Debating moral correctness and difference, if any between using a FLIR Vue Pro strapped to a gun and to a drone What does Part 107 say about using drones to find hunting game? Is there a federal law which prevents us from using drones for hunting? Do you need a permit to hunt on BLM land or national forest land? Would it be okay to scout game and hunt at a later stage?
Oct 11, 2017
ADU 0669: Should I buy a Yuneec drone?
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Yuneec Quadcopters are a great alternative to the DJI Phantom 4.  Many drone pilots find that Yuneec drones offer capabilities not found in DJI's machines.  However, we are often asked by pilots if Yuneec drones are really comparable to drones like the Phantom 4. Today, we take a question from Pavlov in Greece.  Pavlov wants to know if we would recommend buying a Yuneec drone.  In order to answer Pavlov's question, we discuss the pros and cons of the Yuneec H520 and some other models.  Additionally, we talk about the benefits of Yuneec drones for mapping and how Yuneec products present a challenge the the industry titan that is DJI. Thanks for the question, Pavlov!  Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul shares some information about Drone U's forthcoming "Light Painting" class Today's question revolves around Yuneec quadcopters and how they compare to DJI drones Paul reviews the Yuneec Typhoon H520 and explains why it is far better than other Yuneec drones; we discuss size, flight times and applications How does the Yueneec H520 sensor compare to the Phantom 4 Pro? How do the mapping capabilities of the Yuneec Typhoon H520 compare with other drones in the market? Can you land the Yuneec Typhoon H520 if you lose a blade? Learn how the replaceable batteries in the Yuneec Typhoon H520 can prove to be really advantageous How does the effective range of the Yuneec Typhoon H520 compare with that of the Phantom 4 Pro? How do the noise levels of the Yuneec Typhoon H520 compare to other DJI machines? How does the Yuneec H520 compare with the Phantom 4 Pro in terms of agility? Can the Yuneec H520 be used for subject tracking? How does the Yuneec H520 score in terms of stability? Is geo-fencing available for the Yuneec H520? Learn why firmware updates in the Phantom 4 Pro are a tricky issue; find out how Yuneec H520 owners are at an advantage Paul shares pricing information for the Yuneec H520 What are some of the ideal applications for the Yuneec H520? Learn about some of the advantages of using DataPilot, the custom Yuneec software Learn how the enhanced camera abilities of the Yuneec H520 can result in multiple advantages Can you download third party apps on the Yuneec remote? Paul lists some of the shortfalls with the DJI platform when compared to Yuneec; we discuss firmware updates, geofencing, flight times, camera control
Oct 10, 2017
ADU 0668: How can golf courses utilize drones?
As mapping technology becomes more advanced, the potential uses of drones for golf courses only increases.  While some golf courses have used drones and drone pilots to shoot aerial photographs for advertising purposes, this is only the tip of the iceberg.  There are far more sophisticated ways for golf courses to use drones.  In fact, mapping and 3D modeling could potentially revolutionize the age-old game of golf. On today's episode, we take a question from Brian.  Brian wants to know what kinds of drone services he can offer golf courses and how to market a drone business.  While we discuss marketing and pricing, we spend much of this episode talking about the potential ways that golf courses can use drones and mapping technologies.  There are so many opportunities!  If you're a drone pilot looking to work with a golf course, you won't want to miss this episode! Thanks for the question Brian!  Fly safe! The SketchFab models we refer to can be viewed here and here. If you need a landing pad, make sure to check these out! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about the potential for golf courses to utilize drones Learning to adopt the right attitude while marketing your services Understanding the importance of having marketing material to sell your services to golf courses Which are the different services that you can potentially offer to golf courses? How can you provide greater value add? Which cameras should you ideally use while doing interactive mapping? Tips and tricks to create interactive maps for golf courses using Sketchfab What is the hardest part when marketing your drone services to golf courses? Should you include mapping elements in your footage? Is it a good idea to go door-to-door to market your services? Should you price your services by the hole? Paul plays a demo reel Pros and cons of using SketchFab Learn to use the right language to market your services effectively to golf courses Learn how Drone U can help you master mapping and create interactive models and maps
Oct 09, 2017
ADU 0667: How should I start editing drone videos?
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If you're a professional drone pilot, you'll need some editing skills. This can be very intimidating for those pilots that have never edited video before. Today, we take a question from Josh in Kentucky.  Josh is a new drone entrepreneur and wants to know how to get started editing his videos.  We talk about editing drone videos and give some tips on the best editing software.  Additionally, we discuss why hiring an editor may be the best approach to take. Congrats on making the leap, Josh!  Fly safe! If you need stock footage for your videos, make sure to check out Videoblocks. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about the different ways through which you can develop your editing skills Should you consider hiring someone to edit your videos? Learn how increased flexibility has made editing much easier Learn why it is advisable to start off with a cheaper, alternative editing tool before opting for a premium one Is it cheaper to use Final Cut Pro over Premier Pro? Is mastering video editing a time consuming process? Paul shares some information about Drone U's upcoming class on Adobe and Final Cut Pro Some tips and tricks to make editing less troublesome Find out how you can edit 4K footage on your 2013 5K iMac with a i4 quad-core processor
Oct 06, 2017
ADU 0666: Can I buy a thermal camera for my Inspire 2?
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Today, we have an episode about the Inspire 2 and its compatibility with thermal cameras.  If you're a drone pilot looking start mapping, you'll need to know which equipment to buy and how to properly use it. We take a call from Nir in Georgia, who wants to know which thermal camera or zoom camera is compatible with his Inspire 2.  While there aren't as many thermal camera options for the Inspire 2 as some other drones, there are definitely some products out there.  We discuss which thermal cameras and zoom cameras work best with the Inspire 2.  In addition, we talk about the hardware and batteries you'll need to get your thermal camera off the ground.  Thanks for the question Nir!  Fly safe! Drone U Landing Pads are now available! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamp Do not forget to check out our forthcoming podcast this week on FAA's new guidelines on flying over people Today's question is about the Inspire 2 and its compatibility with thermal cameras Does the higher stability of the camera sensor in the Inspire 2 get you better shots when compared to a Phantom 4 Pro? Learn how the motor mounts glued on the Inspire 2 are causing severe problems Is there a chance of debris flying into your Inspire 2 motors? How can you clean it up? Which is the best thermal camera for the Inspire 2? Learn about the greater flexibility that you can avail on Fleur XT in comparison to the cheaper Fleur Vue Pro Which batteries should you get for your DJI Matrice M210 if you need greater zoom and thermal capabilities? Learn about the various benefits of using the Z30 camera if you want enhanced zoom capabilities Is it always necessary to fly a dual payload if you need zoom and thermal capabilities? Is there a workaround? Learn why it is necessary to master buttery smooth moment when using the Z30 camera
Oct 05, 2017
BONUS EPISODE: Can you fly under another pilot’s airspace authorization?
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We have a great bonus episode about sharing airspace authorizations today.  We all know that it's a bummer to wait 90+ days for an airspace authorization.  How can you fly in controlled airspace when you have less than 3 months notice? Today, we discuss how to fly under another pilot's airspace authorization.  What are the rules you need to follow when sharing authorizations?  How can you find other authorizations to share?  We hope you all enjoy this special episode!  Fly safe! Get your drone and business related questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Please do us a huge favor, "Like" this video and "Subscribe" to our channel. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and leave us a 5-star review while you're there: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Join the #1 drone training platform and community for only $47 per month. Part 107 test prep, courses, videos, webinars, expert advice, business training, and so much more. Total, unlimited access to everything for one low monthly investment, plus you can cancel at any time. Check it out: https://www.thedroneu.com/get-started-here/. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's topic revolves around getting authorization to fly in controlled airspace on short notice Paul welcomes Vic to the show Learn how Drone U can help you find airspace authorizations When you rent an airspace authorization, does the responsible pilot need to be with you while you are flying? Vic reads out the email that he sent out to FAA Vic explains the complexities involved with renting out airspace authorizations What can you expect to pay for renting out an airspace authorization? As the responsible pilot, will the FAA come after you if something goes wrong? Do you have a chance of losing your authorization?
Oct 03, 2017
ADU 0665: How lucrative is the drone mapping business?
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On today’s episode, we talk about making (and spending) money when starting a drone mapping business.  Ryan, a recent Part 107 recipient, calls in to ask us a few questions about the drone mapping business.  Can you make money mapping?  Does the drone mapping business cost a lot to get started in?  Can you compete in the drone industry if you don’t offer multispectral or hyperspectral LIDAR imaging services? First, we talk about the cost of the equipment you’ll need to get into the mapping industry.  While tools like LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) sensors are quite expensive, they can be extremely valuable to clients across many industries.  Next, we discuss the practical applications of equipment like LIDAR sensors.  For those of you who are planning to invest in mapping sensors for your business, we make some recommendations about the best stuff to buy.  Thanks for the question, Ryan!  Congrats on the Part 107!  Fly safe! If you need stock footage for your drone videos, make sure to check out Videoblocks. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about the commercial viability of drone mapping business What kind of investment are you looking at if you are planning on venturing into the drone mapping business? Discussing the significant capabilities and varied applications of Lidar sensor How much can you potentially charge in the drone mapping business? Which is a recommended fixed wing drone ideal for drone mapping? Understanding the functioning of multi spectral sensors and their various applications Learn why the end to end solution offered by Precision Hawk renders it apt for agriculture, mining or oil discovery Understanding the functioning of hyperspectral sensors and how you can look up a "needle in the haystack" using this technology What are some considerations that you need to bear in mind while selecting a drone for offshore oil exploration? Understanding the various benefits of using Lidar sensors in driver-less cars over stereoscopic sensors Learn how you can use the RP Lidar sensor with your drone
Oct 02, 2017
BONUS EPISODE: Should drone pilots be supporting Airmap?
26:41
Recently the Drone U team was sent a compromising email that showcased that Airmap was actively supporting the Fienstein drone federalism bill, the drone innovation act which both promote a patchwork of local drone laws. Essentially these bills would empower local authorities to have control over the airspace up to 200 feet, creating a climate of chaos for drone pilots. Should pilots support Airmap when they are attempting to take the Federal Aviations Authority away? Get your drone and business related questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Please do us a huge favor, "Like" this video and "Subscribe" to our channel. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and leave us a 5-star review while you're there: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Join the #1 drone training platform and community for only $47 per month. Part 107 test prep, courses, videos, webinars, expert advice, business training, and so much more. Total, unlimited access to everything for one low monthly investment, plus you can cancel at any time. Check it out: https://www.thedroneu.com/get-started-here/. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul introduces Vic Moss to listeners Vic enlightens listeners on Airmap's position on the Fienstein drone federalism bill and the Lewis bill Paul and Vic discuss the likely fallout of implementing the drone federalism bill and the Lewis bill Vic reads out important excerpts from the Fienstein drone federalism bill; we discuss the implications of local authorities controlling airspace up to 200 feet Vic draws parallels to Chicago drone laws, and points out how passing of this bill will nullify the ruling of the Singer case Understanding why Airmap is a strong proponent of the Drone federalism bill and Lewis bill Paul provides sources which hint towards the fact that Airmap has been paying huge fees to lobby the passage of drone federalism bill and Lewis bill Vic shares details of the email sent out by an Airmap employee to Congress Understanding the implications of drone innovation act Paul and Vic discuss Airmap's involvement with noflyzone.org which aimed to make residences into no fly zones Paul reads out Dr. Greg McNeil's comment from an article on unmanned-aerial.com Discussing FAA's position in the Singer versus City of Newton case Paul and Vic discuss how the drone industry is reacting to Airmap's position Understanding how the possible implementation of the proposed bills will make it impossible for pilots to fly without flouting any laws Vic points out the need for the drone industry to rally together when the Federal re-authorization Act comes up to vote Discussing how the so called "federalism" bill goes against all tenants of federalism Discussing how the passage of the proposed bills will increase state interference and set a dangerous precedent for the drone industry Paul and Vic discuss how Airmap is refusing to clarify their stance and have gone under a shell after the release of this compromising email
Oct 01, 2017
ADU 0664: Do VIP TFRs affect all drones or only Part 107 pilots?
10:55
This episode is all about Temporary Flight Restrictions.  In case you are unaware, there is a special classification of TFR that prohibits flight during “VIP Movement”.  In short, this means that drones are prohibited from flying when the president, a senator or anyone else with a VIP designation is in the area.  Dave and Josh from Nashville called in to clarify whether or not the VIP TFR applied to everyone or only Part 107 drone pilots.  In response, we talk a little bit about what constitutes a VIP Movement restriction and who they apply to.  Additionally, we discuss TFR waivers and how you can apply for one. A list of current TFRs is maintained at tfr.faa.gov. Thanks for the question, guys!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about the applicability of VIP TFR's over Part 107 pilots When were unmanned aircraft placed under temporary restrictions? Is it possible to fly in case a VIP is visiting your town? Is there a way to get around a TFR and fly your drone? Learn the importance of building a relationship with the local flight office Which is the best place to check TFR's? Should you check TFR's every time before your fly? Which are some the Drone U recommended preflight checklist apps?
Sep 29, 2017
ADU 0663: How do I get over my fear of flying?
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Today’s episode should be helpful for anyone who’s afraid to fly their drone.  After all, many drone pilots have a fear of flying.  Drones are expensive and no one wants to crash a costly piece of equipment they spent so much money on. Scott from North Carolina calls in to ask if we have any advice on getting over the fear of flying.  We talk about ways to build confidence, to let go of your fears and to accept failure.  If you’re afraid to fly your drone, it will take some time to truly get over your fear of flying.  With patience and practice, however, you’ll learn to not be afraid of flying your drone.  Thanks for a great question, Scott!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Do you need a city permit to fly in Laguna beach? How are drone regulations in Laguna beach different from that of North Carolina? In today's topic we provide advice to overcome your fear of flying a drone Learn how getting information can help you overcome your fear of flying Understand the importance of getting experience in order to overcome your fear of flying Paul shares some information about his forthcoming book, a practical training guide Learn to know how well your drone is performing by listening to it's sound How can becoming a Drone U member help you overcome your fear? Cultivate a mindset where can take a drone crash into your stride Should you consider having a cheaper backup drone to remove your fear of flying? Discussing the importance of cultivating emotional intelligence Some tips and tricks to safely fly your drone Will meditation help you fly in a better manner? Learn how flying with other people can help you improve your skills
Sep 28, 2017
ADU 0662: What should I know about drone insurance?
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Today's episode is all about drone insurance.  We received a call from JP in North Carolina, who wants to know if he needs drone insurance and if we had any tips about purchasing it. Luckily, we were able to bring our friend Joe Ernster on this episode to speak with us about drone insurance.  Joe is a UAV insurance expert working at the Bullock Insurance Agency.  We talk to Joe about all aspects of drone insurance, from pricing to filing claims.  Whether you're a hobbyist or a professional drone pilot, it is important to understand drone insurance and how it works.  You won't want to miss this episode! Bullock Insurance Agency is offering FREE INSURANCE QUOTES to all Drone U members!  Make sure to take advantage of their offer while it lasts! Thanks for the question JP!  Fly safe! More info on drone insurance is available at the Bullock Insurance website. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's questions is about drone insurance Paul introduces Joe Ernster from the Bullock insurance agency to the listeners Joe shares how the insurance industry for unmanned aircrafts has simply exploded in recent years Understanding the importance of getting liability insurance What is a cost effective way of getting your backup drone insured? What is whole insurance? What does it normally cost? Would providing drone services to low risk segments such as agriculture result in reduction of insurance premium? Is it important to find a good aviation insurance broker? Does extensive flying experience results in reduction of insurance premium? What is the industry standard as far as insurance policy coverage is concerned? Would a standard UAV policy cover loss due to theft? Learn how you can get in touch with Joe to get your drone insurance Joe shares details about the various insurance options that you can avail Is it possible to get an entire fleet of drones insured? What would be the cost for insuring an entire drone fleet and a single drone? Joe shares some of the challenges with getting insured with Verifly Can you get drone insurance from a traditional insurance provider like Statefarm? Joe shares some of the latest changes that are shaping the drone insurance industry Should you negotiate your drone insurance premium? When is the right time to file a claim? How long is the claim process? Does Joe provide business insurance also?
Sep 26, 2017
BONUS EPISODE: Michael Singer v. City of Newton (City Drone Ordinance Nullified!)
27:51
The City of Newton Massachusetts attempted to inhibit flight over the whole city for any drone or UAV. The city also passed additional ordinances attempting to create a drone registry for owners, but thanks to Dr. Micheal Singer the ordinances were nullified. Dr. Singer sued the City of Newton in Federal District Court which was decided yesterday, Dr. Singer won the case on a conflict of preemption. Essentially the courts stated that the city had no authority to regulate the airspace over the city. How will this affect future city ordinances, listen in to hear the scoop! Get your drone and business related questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Please do us a huge favor, "Like" this video and "Subscribe" to our channel. Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, and leave us a 5-star review while you're there: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Join the #1 drone training platform and community for only $47 per month. Part 107 test prep, courses, videos, webinars, expert advice, business training, and so much more. Total, unlimited access to everything for one low monthly investment, plus you can cancel at any time. Check it out: https://www.thedroneu.com/get-started-here/. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul introduces Dr.Michael Singer Today’s episode is all about Dr. Michael Singer’s fight against the city of Newton, MA and their drone ordinance What prompted Dr. Singer to sue the city of Newton, MA? Learn how drones can benefit tele-medicines and emergency services Which are the provisions of the ordinance that Dr. Singer was dead against? We start by talking about the drone registry ordinances Learn about the restrictive visual line of sight rule that deemed the ordinance unfavorable for drone pilots Which were the rules in the proposed ordinance that rendered navigation of drones impossible? Learn about the restrictive rules in the proposed ordinance with regards to flying over private property What was the end result of Dr. Singer's fight against the city of Newton, MA Is this a binding precedent to other states? Can city ordinances still be created? Can cities still prohibit takeoff and landing of drones? Discussing the dynamics of state law and federal law with regards to drone ordinance, and the need to create a nationwide drone law Will this case and precendant have effects on states like North Carolina that have attempted state wide drone registration and permitting? Discussing the possibility and complexity of implementing nationwide privacy rules for the drone industry What sort of city ordinances could still be passed that would be legal and not be nullified by this preemption that was just validated? Paul and Dr. Singer discuss the validity of cities and states inhibiting where you take off and land from
Sep 25, 2017
ADU 0660: What is the best multi-battery charging station?
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Today's episode is all about multi-battery charging stations.  Whether you're a professional drone pilot or a hobbyist, you'll most likely want some backup batteries.  Multi-battery charging stations give drone pilots the ability to charge backup batteries while your drone is up in the air. Bob wants to know if we have any recommendations when it comes to battery chargers.  Luckily, we've tested a number of them.  We discuss our favorite multi-battery charging stations and talk about a few products you may not be familiar with.  For example, our friends at Colorado Drone Chargers make fantastic products that are very useful for charging batteries during drone missions.  We hope you're able to find a charging station that works for you Bob!  Thanks for the question!  Fly safe! If you're looking for a drone charger, head over to the Colorado Drone Chargers website and use the promo code DRONEU8 to receive a discount on your purchase! Don’t forget that Drone U Landing Pads are now available! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's questions revolves around multi-battery charging stations Are there multi-battery charging stations that allow you to charge your drone while on the road? Paul provides some background information pertaining to Energen, a battery that lets you charge while on the road Which are the drones that can be charged with products by Colorado Drone Chargers? Learn about the many advantages of using lightweight products by Colorado Drone Chargers What is the rationale behind Colorado Drone Chargers using a supposedly flimsy looking bag instead of metal packaging? Can you charge all four batteries at the same time using a charging hub by Colorado Drone Chargers? Learn how you can avail a great discount on any charging hub by Colorado Drone Chargers
Sep 21, 2017
ADU 0659: Can I price my drone services by the minute?
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Today’s episode is about pricing drone services.  Scott from Denver calls in with an interesting proposal for pricing his work as a drone pilot.  He has come up with a unique way to price his drone services and wants ADU’s feedback on his pricing structure.  We debate about the pros and cons of charging by the minute.  We talk about the ways that such a pricing structure could fail or succeed and discuss situations in which charging by the minute would make sense.  Thanks for sparking an interesting debate, Scott!  Let us know how it goes!  Fly safe!  If you need stock footage for your drone videos, make sure to check out Videoblocks. Don’t forget that Drone U Landing Pads are now available! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Check out the Real Estate Videography Course - https://www.thedroneu.com/courses/ Timestamps Today's question discusses an interesting way to price your drone services Rob and Paul discuss pros and cons of pricing your drone services by the minute Does your pricing model depend on the sector that you are targeting? What are some of the possible advantages of pricing your drone services by the minute? Are you at a disadvantage if you are too specific with your requirements while quoting a price? Is it a good idea to build in contingency into your pricing model if you are charging by the minute? Would a per minute pricing model create a win-win situation for the client and you? Or, would it create a barrier? Check out Drone U's "Real Estate Videography" course to strategize your pricing Why should you always have a planning meeting before commencing with a job? Discussing some of common pricing strategies for Mapping projects
Sep 20, 2017
ADU 0658: What’s the best to transfer my client’s deliverables?
14:41
If you're running a drone business, you'll need a way to give your client their deliverables.  On today's episode, Sebastian from North Carolina asks about the best way to do this. We talk about the various options you have for delivering drone footage to your clients.  We discuss the pros and cons of Dropbox, Google Drive, WeTransfer and Hightail. Additionally, we discuss the reason that digital transfers may be a more viable option than external hard drives and other physical methods of delivery.  Thanks for the question Sebastian!  Fly safe! If you need stock footage for your drone videos, make sure to check out Videoblocks. Don’t forget that Drone U Landing Pads are now available! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul and Rob discuss FAA's move to come out with airworthiness standards for UAV Paul questions if FAA is interfering with the Sherman Act Today's question discusses the best ways to deliver content to clients Some of the challenges with delivering point cloud files Learn why Google Drive is a far better option for delivering content than Dropbox Understanding the advantages of using Hightail and WeTransfer Learn why using a physical drive is not a good idea for delivering content to your clients Is it a good idea to use a Drobo or Synology to deliver content to your clients?
Sep 19, 2017
ADU 0657: How can security companies utilize drones?
18:37
Today's episode is all about security companies, law enforcement and how they can utilize drones.  We take a call from Jeremy in Westchester County, NY, who wants to know how he can convince his employer to incorporate drones into the work they do.  Jeremy works for a security company that deals with residential burglary and fire alarm systems as well as radio transmissions between police stations and schools. In an attempt to answer Jeremy's questions, we talk about how security firms and law enforcement are already utilizing drones.  We also talk about how these professions may use drones in the future.  Paul, for one, is convinced that drone mapping can be used to solve all crime.  Thanks for sparking such an interesting conversation Jeremy.  Good luck and fly safe! If you need stock footage for your drone videos, make sure to check out Videoblocks. Don’t forget that Drone U Landing Pads are now available! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about how drones can be effectively used for surveillance purposes Can security companies provide increased value by using drones? What are some of the creative ways in which security companies can use drones? Is there a likelihood that drones will be used for continuous surveillance sometime in the future? Are there any organizations that have already implemented continuous surveillance, or an "eye in the sky"? Is it possible to set up continuous surveillance via drone without compromising on anyone's privacy? How can drones be useful to prevent insurance fraud?
Sep 15, 2017
ADU 0656: How do I improve the colors on my drone videos?
21:15
Today’s episode is all about improving the color in your aerial photographs and videos.  After all, if you’re operating a drone business, you’ll want to make sure that your clients are getting a product that they love.  One way to do this is by optimizing the colors in your drone videos. In order to help you create the best drone videos, we explain how colors are captured on video.  We explain how camera sensors work and how to utilize the best camera settings to optimize your colors.  We also discuss using filters to get a lush color profile in your drone videos.  Thanks to Cory in San Antonio for the question!  Fly safe!  Don't forget that Drone U Landing Pads are now available! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about improving the colors of your aerial photographs and videos How does the size of the sensor affect the quality of your photographs? What is the difference between a APS-C sensor and a 1 inch sensor? Does a bigger sensor always yield better results in mapping? Is the Inspire 2 X5S Combo a good option for mapping applications? Reviewing the new Solo with the Sony R10-C and APS-C sensor for mapping applications Discussing the capabilities of the Exmor 2 sensor in the Yuneec H 520 with regards to mapping applications Learn why Paul prefers to always fly with the ND-16 filter during daytime Are there tools to determine which filter you need to use depending on the amount of light? Tips and tricks to shoot in heavily shadowed areas Are there other filters apart from the ND-16 that you can use? Are there instances where you are better off shooting without a filter?
Sep 15, 2017
ADU 0655: Do I need to record audio when shooting drone footage?
7:22
On today's episode, we talk about capturing audio when shooting drone footage.  In most cases, you probably won't need to record audio.  Under certain circumstances, however, it may be important for you to have an audio track to sync up with your drone footage.  We talk about why you might want to capture an audio track and how to properly obtain it.  Thanks for the question, Leroy!  Fly safe! Don't forget that Drone U Landing Pads are now available! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about recording audio while shooting drone footage Do you need to turn off audio recording while shooting footage with any of the newer drones? Is it a good idea to turn off the audio recording on the Phantom 2 while capturing video? Should I turn off the audio while recording with the GoPro? How will this help me as I edit my drone video? What is a scenario where you should ideally turn on your audio as you capture drone footage?
Sep 12, 2017
BONUS EPISODE: Interdrone 2017
20:25
On today's episode, Paul talks about his experience at Interdrone 2017.  Paul talks about some of the newest drone products and innovative technologies that were showcased at Interdrone.  Additionally, he interviews Yuneec and Colorado Drone Chargers about their newest products.  We hope you enjoy!  Fly safe! Don't forget that Drone U Landing Pads are now available! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps In today's episode Paul talks about his experience at Interdrone 2017 What was the main focus at Interdrone 2017? Which were some of the latest products and innovative technologies launched at Interdrone 2017? Paul discusses some of the awesome capabilities of the newly launched hydrogen celled drone Understanding the specifications and applications of the newly launched Fleur Duo Pro R Why is the Fleur Duo Pro R such a great camera for those worried about data security? Does the Fleur Duo Pro R give you good bang for the buck? Find out why the Exmor 2 sensor that comes with the E290 camera in Yuneec H520 renders it more suitable for mapping as compared to the Phantom 4 Pro and Exmor 1 combination Paul interviews Yuneec and quizzes them on the H520 What is so great about the hardware and software in Yuneec H520? Understanding the awesome capabilities of the E290 camera and the rationale behind using the Exmor 2 sensor With the introduction of high voltage batteries, what kind of flight time can pilots expect with the Yuneec H520? Learn how the Yuneec H520 manages to keep your data secure Is the H520 connected with the internet while flying? Paul interviews Ryan who has come out with an app for controlling the Yuneec H520 for mapping Ryan shares with listeners some of the advantages of using the "Datapilot" app Can you plan your mapping mission on the Yuneec H520 on a data connection aside from the drone itself? Can you set a numerical angle value while doing angular elevation orbits, a critical capability while mapping? Paul interviews the Colorado Drone Chargers Which drone batteries can the Colorado quad charger be used for? Is there any specific reason for the drone charger coming in a bag? Paul recommends Energen batteries, another vendor that participated in the Interdrone 2017 Paul questions if the fixed wing drones are able to communicate well with other mapping applications Paul wonders if bigger manufacturers will mimic the coaxial, dual blade design of Ascent Aerosystems
Sep 11, 2017
ADU 0654: Is the Z3 compatible with an Osmo?
6:43
Today's question is about drone cameras, the Osmo and compatibility.  Ryan calls in from Pennsylvania to ask for our recommendation on cameras for the Osmo.  Should he get a Z3 or an X5?  We discuss the compatibility of these cameras with the Osmo.  Additionally, we talk about camera specs and why the X5 is a better model than the X3.  Congratulations on the Part 107, Ryan!  Fly safe! More info on the GPC case Paul mentions can be found here Drone U Landing Pads are now available! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Check out the Drone U video, "5 Unique ways to use the Osmo" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppR6n8kqbbY Timestamps Today's question is about suitable cameras that can be paired with the Osmo Is it worth upgrading to the DJI Osmo X5 Pro? Will the regular Osmo adapter work with the X5 Pro? Is the Z3 compatible with the Osmo? Is the Osmo 2 coming out any time soon? What are some of the rumored capabilities of the Osmo 2? Could the performance of the DJI Osmo X5 Pro be further improved by adding other lenses? Understanding why the DJI Osmo X5 Pro is a better alternative to the Z3
Sep 11, 2017
ADU 0653: What drone equipment do I need to do cellphone tower inspections?
14:14
Today, we talk about using drones for cellphone tower inspections.  Billy the Kid called to tell us that he may have the opportunity to inspect some cellphone towers.  He wants to know which drone and camera are the best for this job.  We talk about drones, cameras and other tools that are good for tower inspection.  We also talk about why companies hire drone pilots to inspect their towers and how you can bring value to their business.  Additionally, we talk about the importance of doing these jobs in the most efficient manner.  Good luck with the inspection work, Billy!  Fly safe! Drone U Landing Pads are now available! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question revolves the necessary equipment to do cellphone tower inspections Find out what makes the Inspire 1 and Zenmuse Z3 combination an ideal, "value for money" proposition for doing cellphone tower inspections What are some of the cons of using the Inspire 1 and Zenmuse Z3 combination for cellphone tower inspections? Is the purpose of a cellphone tower inspection simply to zero in on a problem? Under what circumstances will you need a thermal camera for cellphone tower inspections? Paul provides some information on the upcoming Drone U class on cellphone tower inspection mapping Is the Inspire 1 and Zenmuse Z3 combination a better option as compared to the M210, M200 or Inspire 2 and Zenmuse Z30 combination? Drone U recommended resources for buying buying the Inspire 1 and Zenmuse Z3 Is it important to use the Zenmuse Z30 over the Zenmuse Z3 to do cellphone tower inspections? How can you deal with interference issues while doing cellphone tower inspections?
Sep 08, 2017
ADU 0652: What is the best drone for real estate mapping?
27:03
Today's episode is all about drones for real estate mapping.  Hernandez in the Philippines called in to ask how he should price his real estate mapping services and what equipment he should use.  We also discuss the deliverables you’ll want to provide for your clients and where the real estate mapping field is headed.  Additionally, we talk about the best drones and software for real estate mapping.  If you're not a Drone U member, you may want to sign up soon.  We currently have a mapping course in the works! Thanks for the question Hernandez!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul and Rob provide some details about the new Drone U membership Today's question discusses the equipment that you should ideally use while on a mapping mission Can using a systematic acquisition plan help me further improve existing mapping data? What drone should I be using for mapping? Find out why, in spite of the X5s lens, the Inspire 1 and Inspire 2 are not suitable for mapping Why is the Phantom 4 Pro the best drone for mapping? Paul discusses the various challenges that you can possibly encounter while on a mapping mission Do you need a surveyor's license to prepare and interpret a map? Do you need a surveyor's license to do a volumetric measurement of stockpiles? Is the Phantom 4 Pro suited for subject tracking Are there any data acquisition applications that can be used on mapping missions? Are there any programs available that will help me fly autonomously while on a mapping mission? What are some of the advantages of using the "Maps Made Easy" web application? Comparing the pros and cons of "Maps Made Easy" and "Pix4D mapper" Is there any good application for mapping orbits apart from DJI Go 4? What equipment do you need to carry on a mapping mission? Find out why the Drone U landing pads a great value proposition
Sep 07, 2017
ADU 0651: Would you buy a used DJI drone?
13:11
Today's episode is all about buying used drones.  We got a call from Rob in Florida, who wants to know if we'd buy a used drone for ourselves. Obviously, buying pre-used drones can be a great way to save money but also comes with a certain amount of risk.  Is the risk worth it?  We discuss the things that can go wrong when buying used equipment and talk about ways to find reliable sources of used drones.  Thanks for the question, Rob!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul provides some information regarding Drone U's upcoming subject tracking class Today we discuss the various risks that come with buying a used drone, and attempt to answer whether it is worthwhile buying one What are some of the things that can go wrong with a used drone? Is there any agency which can thoroughly check a used drone? Paul provides contact information for Kyle, a Drone U member who repairs used drone Can you expect good service from the DJI Care Refresh program?
Sep 06, 2017
ADU 0650: Is there a place for me in the real estate industry if I lack photography and video skills?
30:52
Today, we have a long and in-depth episode about the real estate market for you today.  While it starts off with a question about drone pilots in real estate, we talk about some things you'll want to know as you start shooting real estate properties. We discuss whether or not you need photography and video skills to shoot drone footage for real estate and what options you have if you don't.  We also talk about how to market your drone services to real estate companies and how you can make yourself stand out as a pilot. Fly safe everyone! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Learn to separate yourself by building in metadata in your drone deliverables and uploading it for better viewability Will realtors and brokers get better value if you, as a drone pilot concentrate more on your back-end work? Today's topic discusses the suitability of the real estate industry for someone who lacks photography and videography skills Paul answers today's question by recalling his own experience Which are some of the Drone U classes that can help you hone your photography skills? Paul shares some of his favorite photography hacks Which is a Drone U recommend app for someone who has difficulty with lighting, setting the aperture and depth of field? Which are two approaches that you can take to market your drone videography services? Focusing on deliverables to improve the overall client experience What percentage of realtors who do their own marketing realize the importance of metadata and SEO? What is the benefit of using interactive maps? By offering this service, can you expect to charge your client more for drone photography and videography? Which are some of the upper echelon realty firms? Find out why drone photographers and videographers have more chances of success in tough market conditions Is it a good idea to concentrate on the luxury real estate? How should you structure your drone video to appeal to a luxury home buyer? Rob suggests a way via which you can market your drone videography services to realtors Is it a good idea to market drone videography services to realtor tours? Should you contact title companies? Understanding the importance of follow-up while marketing your drone videography services What are some of the interesting concepts covered in our Drone U class, "Lightroom automation"? Why is it important to first upload a real estate listing onto the realtor's website? What are some of the reasons that Zillow is more popular than other listing websites? Why is the launch of the Yuneec H520 a significant event for the drone industry?
Sep 05, 2017
ADU 0649: How do I make more engaging real estate drone videos?
14:23
Pilots often have trouble making engaging content when shooting drone footage for real estate.  The goal of shooting real estate footage, after all, should be to hook your audience in and get them to watch until the end. This episode is all about creating the best drone videos for real estate.  We talk about various shooting and editing techniques you can use to create the best real estate videos. Thanks to Dirk in San Antonio for today's question.  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Get access to all Drone U courses - https://www.thedroneu.com/courses/ Timestamps Today's topic is about the various ways via which you can make more engaging real estate videos Learn to tailor your videos depending on your audience and real estate segment Tips and tricks to shoot luxury homes Learn how adding obstacles will help you make more engaging real estate videos What is a recommended length of a real estate video for a sub $800,000 home? Some information about the upcoming Drone U class on interactive mapping. Learn how interactive mapping can help you engage your customers better Can you have your drone videos critiqued at Drone U? Learn how quick transitions in your drone footage can result in higher viewer engagement Tips and tricks to "play with the light" and get great drone footage Learn how to enhance your drone video by factoring in real estate architecture Some background information about our extensive Drone U courses
Sep 01, 2017
ADU 0648: Do you have any advice about flying drones indoors?
14:27
Flying your drone indoors presents a unique set of challenges.  You’ll have to deal with interference from Wi-Fi, FM radio signals and other obstacles that can make flying inside slightly more difficult than flying outside.  With proper training, however, being able to fly indoors can be helpful in lending your drone services to real estate agents and other businesses. On this episode, we talk about some things you’ll want to know before attempting to fly your drone indoors.  We discuss which drones work best in indoors to the settings that will be help you navigate these environments. Additionally, we encourage you all to check out our courses, which offer a lot of helpful information about the proper ways to go about operating your drone indoors. Thanks to Mike from Ohio for today’s question!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's topic revolves around the intricacies of flying your drone indoors Do Part 107 regulations apply when flying your drone indoors? Why is it not wise to fly in GPS mode or P mode when flying indoors? What are some of the causes of ferromagnetic interference while flying indoors? Is it recommended to turn off your drone sensors while flying indoors? Can I accurately calibrate my compass and IMU while flying my drone indoors? Discussing the various pitfalls of flying your drone indoors Does Inspire 2 have less prop wash as compared to the Inspire 1? Find out why. Which drone is the best value for money proposition if you need to fly indoors? Should you consider shooting indoors with a Osmo? While shooting real estate, will transitioning from inside to outside result in better drone footage? Some precautions to be exercised while flying your drone indoors Is the Mavic a good solution for flying indoors?
Aug 31, 2017
ADU 0647: Can drone pilots help out with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief?
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In light of the emergency happening in Houston right now, many Drone U members have reached out to ask if there is some way for them to help with Hurricane Harvey disaster relief.  While we’re proud to be associated with such caring folks, we want to discourage pilots heading down to Houston with their drones. Unfortunately, flying a drone in Houston is both illegal and unnecessary at the moment.  Only those drone pilots who are flying on behalf of a government agency or those with special authorizations are permitted to fly over Houston right now.  While there may be a larger need for drones in Houston during the coming months, pilots who fly over the city right now will only risk causing additional problems.  For now, we need to keep the skies clear so that FEMA, Red Cross and government-authorized pilots can do their jobs.  A special thanks goes out to Doug La Farge, our mapping instructor, for joining us on this episode to discuss the feasibility of mapping the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  Our prayers go out to everyone affected by the hurricane. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Quite a few Drone U members have offered to help out with Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief in Houston Is there is a likelihood of getting fined if you fly your drone in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey? What is the process that drone pilots need to follow for helping out in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey? Discussing the feasibility of mapping the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Paul welcomes Doug LaFarge to discuss feasibility of mapping the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey Is it advisable to use a fixed wing drone over a multi rotor to map areas affected by Hurricane Harvey? Find out why it is important to go through the right chain of command if you wish to help out as a drone pilot Understanding why the capabilities of the Inspire One renders it a good fit for disaster relief efforts Understanding how long data processing times and the dynamic on ground situation renders mapping unfeasible Is Microsoft's Azure powerful handle to handle voluminous mapping data? Would that be prohibitively expensive What are some of the practical challenges that drone pilots are likely to face as they attempt to help out with disaster relief? Analyzing the FAA order JO7200.23A Which are some of the websites you can visit to get information about Hurricane Harvey? Understanding the specifics of the "Industry Liaison Program" is critical for individuals and organizations looking to do business in Hurricane Harvey affected areas
Aug 30, 2017
ADU 0646: Is it legal to fly drones over emergency scenes?
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Today, we have a very interesting question from Scott, a firefighter in Pennsylvania.  Scott has noticed in his job that more and more drone pilots are showing up to accidents and emergency scenes.  He wants to know if it is legal for a pilot to fly their drone over an emergency. While there are many reasons why pilots might do this, many of these drone operators fall into the category of "ambulance chasers".  We talk about what constitutes an ambulance chaser and discuss the state laws that exist around this practices.  Additionally, we talk about the ethics of flying drones near emergency scenes.  Thanks for the great question, Scott.  Fly safe everyone! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question discusses the legalities of driving drones over emergency scenes Is "ambulance chasing" or "case running" illegal in all US states? What are some of the phrases used to refer to drone pilots flying over emergency scenes? When are case runners or bottom feeders likely to show up? Can data gathered by drones from emergency scenes be of any value? Is there an appropriate channel through which you can legally fly your drone over emergency scenes? Paul lists the states where it is illegal to a drone over emergency scenes What does California state law say about flying your drone over emergency scenes? Defining the term "ambulance chaser" Is it advisable to contact a lawyer to ascertain the legality of flying drones over emergency scenes? Paul reads out professional ethics for attorneys laid out by the American Bar Association. Are these ethics standards applicable to drone pilots as well? Can you be arrested or your FAA license be revoked if you are involved in ambulance chasing?
Aug 29, 2017
ADU 0645: What equipment should I bring to my first drone job?
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On today's episode of Ask Drone U, we take a question from Daniel in Nashville.  Daniel recently passed the Part 107 test and is just about to start doing drone work.  He wants to know what equipment he should bring to the job site and if we have any other advice for someone flying their first commercial drone mission.  We talk about some of the equipment, tool and general attitude that every drone pilot should bring to work.  We also discuss some of the resources that Drone U offers that are specifically designed to help new commercial drone pilots understand day-to-day operations.  If you haven't yet seen them, check out the Drone U Operations Course and take a look at Paul Aitken's Guide To The Ultimate Drone Kit.  Good luck Daniel!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question revolves around all the equipment that you need to carry for your first drone job Is it advisable to take the Part 107 Operations course? Check out Paul Aitken's Guide to the Ultimate Drone Kit Does passing the Part 107 test equip you well enough to fly out on the field? How can you benefit from being a part of the Drone U community?
Aug 28, 2017
ADU 0644: How do I prolong the life of my LiPo drone batteries?
Today's episode is all about drone batteries.  Chase called in to ask the Drone U for tips on maintaining LiPo drone batteries.  Is there a way to travel with your drone batteries that can prolong their lifespan?  We talk about what you should know when charging, storing, maintaining and traveling with LiPo drone batteries in order to maximize their lifespan.  Additionally, we discuss the proper way to dispose of your LiPo batteries.  Hope this was helpful, Chase.  Thanks for the question!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's episode is around maintaining your Lithium Polymer batteries and prolonging your battery life Understanding the make of LIPO batteries and their applications Why is it important to let your drone battery self-discharge? Why is it important to deep cycle your drone battery? How do you deep cycle your drone battery? What is balance charging? Should you continue charging your drone battery if it heats up? Can you put your drone battery near an air conditioner or in a refrigerator to cool it down? When flying over water, why is it important to ram up your drone elevation during take-off? Tips for storing your drone batteries the correct way How can you get more life from your drone battery in cold environments? Why should drone pilots refrain from flying regional carriers? Paul sums up today's episode Why can it be disastrous to leave your drone batteries in the back of your pickup truck?
Aug 25, 2017
ADU 0643: What’s up with North Carolina’s drone laws? Do other states have special regulations as well?
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On today’s episode, we talk to Vic Zayas in North Carolina.  Vic recently discovered that drone pilots in North Carolina need much more than a Part 107 certificate to fly commercially in the state.  For those of you who are not familiar, commercial drone pilots in North Carolina are required to pass and NCDOT UAS Knowledge Test in order to fly their drone.  Additionally, they must obtain a state permit in order to operate a commercial drone business in the state. Unfortunately, these laws are a direct contradiction of the FAA’s standing regulations.  We discuss some of the problems with North Carolina’s drone laws and provide advice for pilots in NC.  We also talk about why North Carolina is the only state with drone laws like this.  We hope we answered your question, Vic.  Fly safe! Read more about FAA's Federal Preemption of State and Local Regulation of Drones Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's topic revolves around North Carolina drone regulation Which is the only body that controls airspace in the United States? Is there a likelihood of North Carolina drone laws being struck down in court? Are you permitted to fly your drone in state parks in California or Colorado? Is it easy to gets a permit in these states? Considering that FAA is the central governing body and is in charge of issuing a federal license to fly a drone, does North Carolina have the authority to issue drone permits? What is the rationale behind North Carolina issuing state drone permits? Are there instances where the North Carolina state laws for flying drones are in direct violation of Part 107? Can a Part 107 license holder be arrested for flying a drone in North Carolina? What is the correct way of dealing with local authorities in this scenario? Can states control where you take off and land your drone? Does the North Carolina state government have the authority to blanket the entire state since they have control on where you take off and land your drone? Can the commerce clause provided in the Constitution preempt state laws? Why is the FAA letting North Carolina regulate state drone laws which are in violation of Part 107? Does Florida have state drone regulation similar to North Carolina? Check your TFR's and Notam's before flying your drone
Aug 24, 2017
ADU 0642: Do older folks face a learning curve when starting to fly drones?
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Thanks to Bill for today's question.  As a guy in his 60’s, Bill wants to know if he’ll face a learning curve when training to be a drone pilot.  We talk about some of the challenges that everyone faces when starting out in the drone industry and discuss why no one should allow a learning curve to deter them from living the drone life.  The industry needs more people like you, Bill!  Thanks for the question!  Fly safe!  Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question analyzes the challenges faced by older folks when training to be a drone pilot As an older person getting into the drone business, do you need to rewire your brain to deal with the latest technologies? Can being a part of the Drone U community help someone learn the ropes of the business? Is there a lot of technology already built into the drone? Does this make learning to fly less of a challenge? Is there is a likelihood of being pressed with federal charges if you crash your drone? How long would it typically take to grasp the nuances of the drone business? Paul shares the reason behind starting Drone U Is mastering subject tracking a big challenge? How can Drone U help you? Conditioning yourself to keep on learning new stuff Would the drone community benefit by taking in people with experience in other businesses into their fold?
Aug 23, 2017
ADU 0641: Is my U.S Part 107 valid in Canada?
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On today’s episode, we talk about drone law.  Specifically, we discuss how drone laws apply to those drone pilots traveling from one country to another for work.  Our Worldwide Drone Laws page is packed with more info about drones laws and regulations around the world and is available exclusively to Drone U members.  Go check it out and fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Analyzing the recent changes to Canadian drone regulation and how they affect US pilots Is it really difficult for a foreigner to get a Special Operations Flight Certificate(SFOC) in Canada? Is Candian drone law strictly implemented for Canadian citizens? Analyzing the negative fallout of the poor implementation of drone law in Canada and how it affects compliant drone pilots How do you view FAA's "compliance first" policy? Today's question revolves around the validity of FAA license in Canada Does the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) hold your FAA RPIC certificate valid in other countries? Is the drone federalism bill good for the industry? Analyzing the pros and cons of the Part 107 license What are some of the rules that you need to be aware if you flying as a hobbyist in Canada? Do US citizens find it difficult to get a work visa to Canada? If you hire a Canadian company for a job, does this give a US citizen permission to fly their drone in Canada?
Aug 22, 2017
ADU 0640: Can I capture the eclipse with a drone camera?
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Since everyone (except Paul) is getting excited for the eclipse, we thought we’d talk about the potential for capturing it in drone footage.  We talk about the equipment you’d need to capture quality aerial photographs or videos of the eclipse.  Enjoy it and fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's topic revolves around capturing the eclipse in drone footage Is it possible to capture the eclipse with your drone? Is it possible to the capture the eclipse with a big camera lens? Is it a good idea to do a hyperlapse of the eclipse with your drone? Is it better to capture the eclipse with your camera rather than your drone?
Aug 21, 2017
ADU 0639: What is the best way to launch a drone from a boat?
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On today’s episode, we talk about the difficulties of taking off from a boat and what you should know before you attempt to do so.  We touch on the role that direction, velocity and other factors play in the process of launching from a boat and give some pointers on doing it safely.  Fly safe everyone! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's topic covers various difficulties faced while flying your drone from a boat. We cover factors such as velocity and direction. In which direction should you be flying your drone while taking off from a boat? If you are underway, and the boat captain is at the helm, should you take off your drone from the bow? Why is it recommended to switch to sport mode while taking off from a boat? Are there FAA rules that I need to be aware of, while taking off from an underway boat? Why should you avoid taking off when you are underway? Why is it a good idea to turn off the boat while doing a drone takeoff? Can I rely on my GPS if my boat is underway? What should you do if your camera horizon is drifting in either direction while flying your drone from a boat? Should you take a compass warning seriously while flying your drone off from a boat? What do you do if your drone starts moving in small circles while taking off from a boat? What would be an ideal boat speed when landing your drone? Is there a ideal drone speed which will result in a proper takeoff from a boat? What factors should keep in mind with regards to battery voltage parameters while flying your drone off from a boat? If you take off your drone too fast from a boat, does it increase your chances of a flyaway? Why is it recommended to have someone hold your drone during drone take off from an underway boat? Is it a good idea to take off your drone from a cruise ship?
Aug 17, 2017
ADU 0638: Is there a demand for drones in the agriculture industry?
Thanks to Mark in California for today's question.  Mark is looking to start a drone business focusing on the agriculture industry but has heard that the niche is saturated and that farmers don't see the value in drones.  We talk about some of the problems faced by drone pilots in agriculture and the skills that pilots need in order to succeed in that field. We also do our best to offer some techniques for approaching farmers and convincing them that you can make their job easier.  Good luck Mark!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's topic discusses the viability of a drone business targeting the agriculture industry Is the drone agriculture segment over-saturated? Do farmers have a tendency to treat drone pilots frivolously ? Is there a market gap in the agricultural segment that drone pilots can possible exploit? What are some of the challenges with interpreting agricultural mapping data and conveying the same to farmers? Are there agricultural systems that can use drone based data, and in the process make the entire process from data acquisition to utilization seamless? Can using drone based data in agriculture result in significant cost savings? Are the PrecisionHawk drone platforms any good? Does a drone business targeting the agriculture industry require big capital investment?
Aug 16, 2017
ADU 0637: Do all airspace classes have multiple designations?
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Today, we have a fantastic question from Mark in Pittsburgh.  Like many people, Mark is wondering about how to navigate the various levels of Class E airspace.  We talk about how designations such as Class E2 and Class E5 affect airspace authorization and discuss the role that the airport's hours play in determining which authorizations you need.  Thanks for the question Mark.  Hopefully we'll see you in Pittsburgh at some point!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our airspace authorization video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NZbC59XVFI Timestamps Today's topic revolves around airspace classes and their designations Can you have multiple designations for E airspace? Do you need multiple authorizations for flying your drone during night time after an airport closes? What is the technical definition of civil twilight? Do airspace classes other than E airspace also have different variations? Can you have a FAA logo on your website if you are 107 certified? Is it worth paying a $12,000 yearly fee for Sitescan? How do you file an airspace authorization?
Aug 15, 2017
ADU 0636: How can drones help construction companies?
On today's episode, we answer a great question from Rua in Australia.  As a business owner working mainly in real estate, Rua wants to know what services he can offer to construction companies.  We talk about various jobs for drones in the construction industry and talk about how to show companies the value of the services you have to offer.  Thanks for the question Rua.  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Check out the mapping course on our courses page - https://www.thedroneu.com/courses/ Timestamps Today's topic discusses the various ways in which the construction industry can benefit from using drones Can construction progress be tracked using drones? Should you consider taking a salaried position in a construction company as a drone videographer? What are the different services that you can offer as a drone pilot to construction companies? What are the potential problems that you can run into while providing construction progress reports as a drone pilot? What is a creative way of using construction progress videos and photos as a marketing tool? What are some of the potential issues that you might run into while submitting your drone footage deliverable to a real estate company? Is it a good idea to focus on hyper lapses simultaneously while mapping a construction site? What are some of the popular mapping applications? Are larger construction companies using salaried drone pilots?
Aug 14, 2017
ADU 0635: How should I deal with a client who wants to micromanage?
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Today, we take a question from “Elmo”, who’s having trouble with a client that insists on standing over his shoulder while he flies.  Many drone pilots have dealt with similar problems on the job site.  We offer some advice on communicating with clients who just won’t leave you alone.  We’re also happy to announce that our newest training courses are now available!  Members now have access to our Phantom 4 Pro Don’t Crash course, our Flying Over Water course and an all-new Practice Drills & Exercises course.  Make sure to check them out!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's topic is about dealing with over-intrusive clients who insist of micromanaging Is it commonplace for clients to be present while a drone pilot is shooting footage? What is a good way of dealing with over intrusive clients? What is a great way of understanding requirements of a new client? Hear Paul and Rob as they play client and drone pilot, and learn how to deal with over intrusive clients. How do you ensure creative freedom as a drone pilot while dealing with obtrusive clients?
Aug 11, 2017
ADU 0634: Should I buy an Osmo or an Osmo Plus?
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Today we take a question from Mike in Illinois.  Mike wants to know if he should the Osmo Plus is a better investment than the original Osmo.  We talk about the pros and cons of each model, touching on points like value and functionality.  Either way, the Osmo is an extremely valuable tool that can be used as an alternative to drones in situations where flight is prohibited.  Thanks for the question Mike!  Keep the questions coming everyone!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Check out Paul's YouTube Video, "Five Unique Ways to Use an Osmo" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppR6n8kqbbY Timestamps Today's topic is about comparing the pros and cons of the Osmo Plus and Osmo Discussing the pros and cons of the Osmo Plus Is the zoom on the Osmo Plus easy to use? What are some of the great features with regards to control, exposure and operation? What are some of the benefits of the Osmo Plus? What are the some of the creative ways in ways you can use a Osmo? Find out why the Osmo has such great stabilization while shooting footage Is the Osmo a good tool for someone with poor dexterity? Can the Osmo Pro be controlled from afar with your phone? Can I have zoom on my Osmo Pro? Is the stabilization on an Alpha 6500 as good as an Osmo? Paul talks about how DroneU Elite and the DroneU Fly-in are testament that the DroneU classes work so well Paul talks about some of the topics that he would like to discuss on Ask DroneU When client visualization and client deliverables are not in sync, is generating actionable data an issue on mapping missions? Is it possible to find the Fenn treasure using a hyperspectral sensor?
Aug 10, 2017
ADU 0633: Is the DJI Mavic Pro 2 coming out soon?
11:46
On today's episode, we speculate about the rumors around DJI's Osmo 2 and Mavic Pro 2, supposedly coming out soon. Additionally, we talk about the FAA's newest regulations. We outline what "Temporary Restricted Areas" might mean for drone pilots and the industry in general. An episode dedicated to TRAs is coming soon but you can find more information here in the meantime. Fly safe everyone! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps What are "Temporary Restricted Areas", and what is their purpose? Which documentation due I refer to for information on "Temporary Restricted Areas"? Does the government have authority to shoot down a drone flying over a military base? How well is drone law implemented in Canada at the moment? Learn more about the new Osmo 2 camera that DJI is coming out with shortly. Is it true that DJI is coming out with a New Mavic Pro 2? Listen to find out more about the rumored capabilities of this new bird.
Aug 09, 2017
ADU 0632: Can I use Facebook Live to market my drone business?
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On today's episode, we talk about using Facebook Live to market your drone business. Caleb from Dallas wants to know if, and how, this is possible. We discuss why Facebook Live is a powerful marketing tool and talk about some of the ways you can use it to showcase your company's drone services. Thanks for the question Caleb! Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's topic discusses the different ways in which Facebook Live can be used to market your drone business How can you "Facebook Live" from your business page? Can you use "Facebook Live" by connecting your phone to your drone? What is the benefit of showcasing your drone services on Facebook Live? How can you effectively engage viewers while showcasing your drone services on Facebook Live? How do you ensure that audio quality of your "Facebook Live" video is not affected by the noise of the drone? Is it a good idea to have a Visual Observer if you are using Facebook Live?
Aug 07, 2017
ADU 0631: Should you care about DJI and 3D Robotics partnership?
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As you’ve probably heard by now, 3D Robotics recently announced that they would be partnering with DJI. We use this episode to talk about the DJI/3DR integration, discuss how each company might benefit from the partnership and talk about what it means for drone pilots. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's topic revolves around the announcement of  DJI partnering with 3D Robotics Does 3D Robotics have a competitive edge after partnering with DJI? What are some of the operational nuances that you need to be aware of while on a drone mapping mission? Is using SiteScan, a cloud processing application a good choice for mapping missions? Is it possible to generate accurate maps by switching drones in between jobs? Which are some of the cloud connected mobile apps that you use to generate maps? Is the capability of SiteScan to publish and process aerial analytics a big advantage? What is the cost of SiteScan? Can SiteScan be used on any other hardware?
Aug 04, 2017
ADU 0630: Can I run a competitive drone business flying a 3DR Solo?
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On today's episode, we take a question from Jeff,  who wants to know if he can run a competitive drone business while flying a 3DR Solo.  We talk about some of the Solo's benefits and disadvantages in regards to drone jobs like mapping for government agencies.  We also talk about potential modifications and alternatives to the Solo.  Thanks for the question Jeff!  Good luck with your business!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Why can't DJI products be used by the National Park Service? Today's topic revolves around the commercial viability of the Solo 3DR Is the Solo 3DR the right drone to carry out government contracting work? Which are some of the recommended accessories for Solo 3DR for carrying out commercial grade work? Is it a good idea to buy a PIXHAWK controller and build a Solo 3DR bird for doing government contracting work? Learn why DJI drones are preferred over Solo for shooting real estate footage
Jul 31, 2017
ADU 0629: Can I fly my drone under Class B airspace? Can I fly if my Mavic doesn’t have a Mode C transponder?
Today we take a couple of questions from a licensed airline transport pilot.  He wants to know if he can fly beneath Class B airspace and if he’s allowed to fly his Mavic without a Mode C transponder.  We talk about why his SUAS doesn’t need a transponder and why, in this particular case, he is allowed to fly below class B airspace.  If you’re looking for a more in-depth guide to FAA regulations, consider taking our Airspace Course.  Keep the questions coming and fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Get Access to all DroneU Courses - https://www.thedroneu.com/courses/ Timestamps Today's podcast tackles two questions. the first one is about whether it is permissible to fly a drone under Class B airspace. The second question is whether a Mavic can be flown without a Mode C transponder. Learn why you do not need a Mode C transponder to fly your Mavic Is is okay to fly a drone in Class B airspace? Can I fly my drone at the Sedona Airport? How will passing the 107 test help me understand airspace and generally, prepare me for the real world?
Jul 28, 2017
ADU 0628: What is the max descent speed on the Inspire 2?
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On today’s episode, we answer a question from Armando in Denver.  He wants to know about the Inspire 2’s maximum descent speed.  We talk about what max descent speed means and give some tips on how to safely descend your drone.  Additionally, we talk about the ways in which drone training can help you learn to think quickly and make proper decisions while flying.  Thanks for the question Armando!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Get access to all DroneU courses here: https://www.thedroneu.com/courses/ Timestamps Today's topic discusses the max descent speed that you can achieve with the Inspire 2 What, according to DJI is the max descent speed for the Inspire 2? What is the one flight movement you should never do? Learn how cantered motors in today's drones permit you to go straight down really slowly What is a Vortex ring state, and what are its ramifications? Learn more about Vortex ring state in our DroneU courses. Is there any way I can increase the descent speed of the Inspire 2?
Jul 27, 2017
BONUS EPISODE: The first Drone U Fly-In happened and it was amazing!
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We are happy to announce that the First Annual Drone U Fly-In was a success!  In this episode, we recap the event and talk about some of the amazing things that happened over the weekend.  We're truly grateful for the opportunity to spend time with so many drone pilots and industry advocates.  Special thanks to all of the pilots that made it out and everyone who helped us make the Fly-In a reality!  It’s amazing to know that there are so many others committed to changing the face of drone training and education.  If you weren’t able to make it this time, we hope to see you next year!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's podcast is about Drone U's First Annual fly-in Paul talks about the various exercises conducted at the Drone U Fly-in What did participants at the Drone U's Fly-in learn about the drone business? When is the second Drone U Fly-in planned? Who was the overall winner of the Drone U Fly-in?
Jul 26, 2017
ADU 0627: Is the DJI Spark a good drone?
15:26
On today’s episode, Randy from Eerie PA wants our review of the DJI Spark.  We talk about the pros and cons of DJI’s newest model.  Specifically, we look at the Spark's durability, flying capabilities, remote control and overall specs.  Additionally, we talk about how it compares to other consumer drones like the Mavic Pro.  Thanks for the question Randy!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today we review the DJI Spark. We discuss the commercial viability and durability of the Spark. Find out why flying the Spark via your phone is not a wise idea How do you link a remote to a DJI Spark? Can the Spark be used for commercial videos? Why is buying the Mavic Pro a better idea than buying the Spark Learn about the unique and tough build of the DJI Spark Can the DJI Spark can be used for real estate applications? What is a creative way of using the DJI Spark for commercial applications? For first time flyers, is the Syma a better choice than the Spark? Is the Mavic more fun to fly than the Spark?
Jul 24, 2017
ADU 0626: Can hobbyist drone pilots fly in National Forests Areas?
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Thanks to Phil for today’s question.  Phil is working toward his Part 107 and wants to know if, as a hobbyist, it is legal for him to fly in National Forest Areas.  While the National Park Service’s drone regulations have been made clear, the National Forest Service has a different set of rules.  We talk about the NFS drone policy and more.  Good luck on the test Phil!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Refer to Page 649 of the Drone Pilot Field Kit to access Thomas Tidwell's memo. Get your copy of the Drone Pilot Field Kit - https://www.dronepilotfieldkit.com/ Timestamps Paul references US Forest Chief, Thomas Tidwell's memo regarding the permissibly of flying drones in national forest areas. Today's topic revolves around the legalities of hobbyists flying in national forest areas Can you fly drones in national park areas? Paul reads out relevant excerpts from US Forest Chief, Thomas Tidwell's memo. What do you deduce from US Forest Chief, Thomas Tidwell's memo regarding the permisibility of flying drones in national forest areas? Can I fly my drone around a forest fire? What does Thomas Tidwell's memo say about filming in a forest area for the purpose of journalism? Learn how the disparity between governmental agencies with regards to regulations for drones is causing lot of confusion Learn about the importance of communicating respectfully with NFS officials
Jul 21, 2017
ADU 0625: INTERVIEW WITH ANDY LUTEN: The man who uncovered details around Casey Neistat’s FAA investigation
48:28
Andy Luten is the drone pilot and travel blogger who petitioned the FAA for information about their investigation of YouTuber Casey Neistat.  We were lucky enough to sit down and chat with him about his inquiry into the details of Neistat's case.  He talks with Paul about what he learned from the FAA's information and speaks about the importance of responsible drone pilots.  Thanks for the interview, Andy!  Fly safe everyone! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Get Access to Andy's travel blog - http://andystravelblog.com/ Timestamps Paul gives some background information regarding the FAA investigation about Casey Neistat Andy Luten logs on to Ask Drone U Andy Luten tells listeners about YouTuber Casey Neistat and his reputation of "pushing the boundaries" Andy talks about Casey Neistat's casual attitude towards Part 107 laws Did Casey Neistat know that he was flying in controlled airspace, and not flying as per FAA regulations? Why are you obligated to fly responsibly as a drone pilot? Did Casey Neistat call and get permission to fly in controlled airspace? What did Andy Luten find out from the freedom of information request? Can any individual file a freedom of information request? What information did Andy Luten receive from the complaints that were filed against Casey Neistat? How can you protect yourself against nefarious competitors? How did FAA react to complaints against Casey Neistat? Is there strong proof of Casey Neistat flying in controlled airspace? Discussing pros and cons of FAA's approach to regulating Part 107 laws from a macro and micro perspective Should you risk flying your drone in controlled airspace? What is the worst case scenario? What do you think about FAA's decision in the Casey Neistat case? How does this affect the drone industry, and what kind of an example does this set? How can the drone community can watch out for each other and result in a safer airspace? Will the FAA react strongly in case of a catastrophic drone incident? How can you build a strong following and a healthy business?
Jul 20, 2017
ADU 0624: What are the pros and cons of DJI’s Inspire 2?
28:05
On today’s episode, Corey from Indiana calls in to ask for an opinion on the DJI Inspire 2.  We talk about our experience flying the Inspire 2 and explain what we like and don’t like about the drone.  Additionally, we talk a bit about how it compares to Inspire 1.  Thanks for the question Corey!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's topic is about pros and cons for DJI's Inspire 2 Do software constraints on the Inspire 2 limit its aggressiveness and flying capability? What are some of the pros of the Inspire 2 camera? What are some of the pros and cons of the Inspire 2 motors? Learn why the propellers on the Inspire 2 are suited for high altitude What are the operational advantages of the Inspire 2 batteries? How do the flying capabilities of the Inspire 2 compare with the Inspire 1? Can you do a 360 degree camera motion on the Inspire 2? How does the Free or follow mode in Inspire 1 differ from that of Inspire 2? Why is the "Sport mode" in the Inspire 2 not up to the mark? Understand the science behind "Sport mode" in Inspire 2 Can you get more flight time in the Inspire 2 as compared to the Inspire 1? Does the Inspire 2 have overall better hardware than the Inspire 1? Would you recommend the X4 camera on the Inspire 2? Is it worth spending more for X5S RAW Footage? How much does it cost? Why is the Inspire 2 and X5S combo more suited for mapping missions compared to the Inspire 1? What are some of the reasons that you should choose the Inspire 2 over the Phantom 4 Pro? Does the 4k 60 footage generated from the Inspire 2 give it an edge over the Inspire 1? What are some of the applications for which the Inspire 1 is better suited than than the Inspire 2? Should you turn on "Obstacle avoidance" in the Inspire 2? How can turning on "Obstacle Avoidance" in the Inspire 2 cause problems when subject tracking? Should you consider going for a firmware upgrade on the Inspire 2?
Jul 19, 2017
ADU 0623: What does the end of FAA registration mean for drone pilots?
On today’s episode of Ask Drone U, we discuss everything you need to know about flying your drone now that the old FAA regulations are invalid.   We talk about John Taylor, what his victory over the FAA means and how to fly safely and responsibly as the drone industry enters a new era.  We hope you enjoy the episode!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps What does the end of FAA registration imply for commercial pilots and hobbyists? What is the FAA announcement pertaining to the recent cancellation of FAA registration for small UAS? Does registration cancellation only apply to people under Section 336 or following the rules of Community Based Organization (CBO)? As a drone pilot with a Part 107 license, do I need to register a drone that I fly as a hobbyist? What was the penalty for not registering my drone under the old FAA laws? How do I get a refund of my drone registration fee?
Jul 18, 2017
ADU 0622: How can I shoot drone footage of a wedding or property without flying over people?
Thanks to Bruce for today's question!  Bruce wants to know how it is possible to shoot drone footage of a wedding or real estate property without flying over people.  We talk about coming up with creative solutions for drone jobs and give some input on safe and legal ways to work around FAA regulations.  Thanks again Bruce!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Access the Legal Flyer App here - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/legal-flyer/id917432598?mt=8 Timestamps Today's topic is about finding creative ways to shoot wedding videos and real estate without flying your drone over people What are the some creative solutions for shooting a wedding video so that you do not have to fly your drone over people? How do you film real estate without flying your drone over people? What are some ways via which drone pilots can manage to look professional? How is this advantageous? Learn how clear communication can help deal with any possible objections from house owners while capturing real estate drone footage How do I get permission to fly my drone over private property? Tips and tricks to shoot a great wedding video
Jul 17, 2017
ADU 0621: Is it legal to fly your drone over moving vehicles?
On today’s episode of Ask Drone U, we address a question that we often hear asked by members of the drone community:  is it legal to fly over moving traffic?  We use the Drone Pilot Field Kit to outline some of the FAA regulations around flying your drone over moving vehicles.  Thanks again for all of your questions!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/.<br> If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about the legalities surrounding flying your drone over moving vehicles Paul attempt to clarify FAA's stance on flying over moving vehicles by reading out page 270 of the Drone Pilot Field Kit Will the FAA enforce any regulations on drone pilots flying over moving vehicles?
Jul 14, 2017
ADU 0620: An Apology from Mr. Paul Aitken
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On today's episode, Paul Aitken apologizes for his sometimes insensitive approach toward answering your questions.  Here at Drone U, we appreciate your inquiries and thrive on the conversations we're able to have with all of you.  It is our goal to foster a welcoming community and facilitate discussions that benefit the drone industry as a whole.  We want to emphasize that we are grateful for your continued support as we strive to make a positive impact in the world of drones.  Thanks everyone!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul Aitken apologizes for his insensitive approach to the question asker of episode 599
Jul 13, 2017
ADU 0619: How do I prevent my Phantom 4 Pro from overheating when flying in hot climates?
15:33
On today's episode of Ask Drone U, we take a question from Brady, a drone pilot working in the hot city of Las Vegas who wants to know what kind of temperatures the Phantom 4 Pro is capable of flying in.  We talk about flying in hot weather and give some tips for keeping your drone cool.  We also refer to our Flying Over Water Course, which provides students everything they need to know about protecting their drone equipment during the hot summer months. Thanks Brady!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Get access to the Flight over water course: https://www.thedroneu.com/courses/ Timestamps Today's topic is about flying the Phantom 4 Pro in warm climate and the tips and tricks to protect your drone What are the temperatures at which the Inspire 1 and Phantom 4 Pro give out a battery warning? Why is the Inspire 2 prone to heating? What are some of the tips and tricks to keep your drone temperature down and get maximum flight time? Is it advisable to use icepacks to cool your iPad? Why is it not a good idea to use cooling systems to keep your battery temperature down? What is the current state of drone legislation in United States?
Jul 12, 2017
ADU 0618: How do I advertise my drone business?
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Listen up drone entrepreneurs!  Today we take a question from Mary Ann, a pilot working in Alberta, Canada.  She asks for some tips on advertising her company’s drone services.  We talk about using social media and optimizing your website to target the right customers and reach potential clients.  Thanks for the question Mary Ann!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Learn about online advertising by listening to Jim Cockrum in "The Silent Machine Sales Radio": https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/silent-sales-machine-radio/id1174519768?mt=2 "The Art of Paid Traffic": http://rickmulready.com/aopt-podcast-all/ Learn to monetize your parenting site by listening to the "Smart PassiveIncome Podcast", Episode #267: https://www.smartpassiveincome.com/askpat/monetize-my-parenting-site/ Research you keywords using "Spyfu" - https://www.spyfu.com/ "AppSumo", a social media analytics company - https://appsumo.com/amplifr/ Get content ideas from "Answerthepublic" - http://answerthepublic.com/#about-us Timestamps Today's topic is about effectively advertising and marketing your drone business What are the different ways to market your product effectively via online advertising? Tips and tricks to market your product effectively on Google What are some of the reasons that result in high cost per clicks and poor conversions? Learn how good content can help you lower your advertising costs How effective are videos compared to photos when marketing your product online? Learn how data can help you make correct marketing decisions Learn to formulate a strategy for your Google Adwords campaign to maximize impressions and conversions and minimize cost When should you consider moving your online advertising campaign from Google Adwords to Facebook? What is an impression? Is the "impression" stat accurately measured on Google or Facebook? How can Google help you to optimize your ads? Which are some of the great tools to research keywords? How are industry majors using data to launch and market products? What is pixel embedding and how is it used to target warm leads? What are some of the things that you can do to protect your data and privacy? Learn why paying for Facebook likes is a poor marketing strategy that results in poor conversions Is is advisable to learn about online marketing from Facebook and Google? Which are some of the podcasts and books that can provide an advertising novice some good insights into the world of online marketing?
Jul 11, 2017
ADU 0617: How does the DJI Phantom 4 Pro compare to the Inspire 1 and Inspire 2?
Thanks to Cameron for today's great question.  A drone business owner specializing in real estate and golf courses, he asks for our opinion about DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro, the Inspire 1 and the Inspire 2.  We talk about the pros and cons of each model, looking specifically at price, size, cameras, battery life, flight capability, software, flexibility and other specs.  Additionally, we touch on the drone industries in which each model would be most beneficial.  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's topic is about comparing DJI Phantom Pro, Inspire 1 and Inspire 2 from a drone business owner's perspective If you live in high elevations or cold temperatures, why would you like inspire 2? What kind of sensors are present in the Phantom 4 Pro and what are their specifications? Why is the Phantom 4 Pro so well suited for drone mapping? Does the Inspire 2 have a point of interest mode? Why is the Phantom 4 Pro better for shooting surfers compared to the Mavic? What are some of the cons of Phantom 4 Pro? What is Paul's final conclusion about the Phantom 4 Pro? What are the advantages of Inspire 2 compared to the Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire1? Learn why the Inspire 2 snaps back to "Level safe flight" mode faster than a Phantom 4 Learn the reasons behind the higher wind handling capability of Inspire 2 compared to the Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 1 Learn why Inspire 2 batteries compare favorably to both Phantom 4 Pro and Inspire 1 What are some of the disadvantages of using an Inspire 2? Do we have the option of zoom cameras for the Inspire 2? How does flight control in the Inspire 2 compare to the Inspire 1? What are the advantages of using the Inspire 1 App against the Inspire 2 App? What do you need the extra payload in the Inspire 2 for? Learn how prioritizing roll and pitch over elevation results in poor flight control in Inspire 2 compared to the Inspire 1. How does Inspire 1 handle wind compared to the Phantom 4 Pro? How does the flight time on the Inspire 1 compare to the Inspire 2? Why is the Inspire 1 a better drone if you are planning on filming a wedding? Is Inspire 1 a better live streaming platform than Inspire 2? Why does the Phantom 4 Pro have a slight edge over the Inspire 1 and Inspire 2? What is the advantage of dual operator control in Inspire 1 and Inspire 2?
Jul 10, 2017
ADU 0616: Do I need to re-register the used drone I bought if it is already FAA registered?
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On today’s episode, we take a question from Josh in Illinois.  Having recently purchased a used Phantom 34K from a friend, he wants to know if he needs to re-register it with the FAA, even though it’s already been registered.  While there is no clear answer provided by the FAA (we’re still waiting for them to get back to us), we give our recommendations on what to do in this situation.  Thanks for the question Josh!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about whether re-registration is required for a pre-owned drone Why should you consider re-registering a pre-owned drone if you are flying commercially? Do you need to re-register a pre-owned drone if you are flying as a hobbyist?
Jul 07, 2017
ADU 0615: How do I use meta tags and descriptions to optimize my drone photography?
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Thanks to Mike for today’s question.  As a drone entrepreneur, he wants to know the best way to utilize metadata when developing commercial content.  We give a short tutorial on using Adobe Lightroom to embed meta tags and explain the ways that doing so can help you to get jobs, find new clients and protect the copyright on your images.   Fly safe everyone! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Check out Vic's editing class and our Lightroom automation class on the Courses page- https://www.thedroneu.com/courses Check out Vic's Instagram feed,Moss Photography - https://www.instagram.com/vicmossphotography/ Timestamps Today's question is about using metatags to optimize drone photography What is metadata? How does embedding metadata optimize your Google search results? Paul shares his screen recording. Check out the YouTube video to view this recording. Tips and tricks to edit your drone footage in Lightroom How does "Capture one" compare with Photoshop and Lightroom? Step by Step process to embed metadata in Photoshop Why should you delete GPS data off drone footage? As a local player in the drone business, why should you retain your GPS data on your drone footage? What should you do if someone illegally shares your drone footage on social media? Learn about adding keywords to your drone photo to optimize search results SEO tips and tricks for drone pilots Learn how to add a copyright symbol to your drone footage
Jul 06, 2017
ADU 0614: Should I retain copyright over my commercial drone footage?
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Thanks to Robert, a drone pilot in Arkansas, for today’s question.  He asks if pilots should keep the copyright on their aerial photography and if they should charge when giving up ownership of the raw footage.  We discuss copyright law and retaining copyright in order to use the drone footage for your demo reel.  We also talk about uploading drone videos to stock footage websites and pricing for clients who want exclusive rights to the content.  Fly safe everyone! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's topic is about retaining copyrights over commercial drone footage What does copyright law say about drone footage? Top 3 reasons why you should retain copyrights over your drone footage Learn how to create passive recurring revenue by using your drone footage Why does retaining copyrights over drone footage makes great business sense? What is the penalty for violating copyrights and using drone footage without permission? Is it wise to give up copyrights to your drone footage if offered a right price? Master the art of negotiation and learn sales tactics to get the prices that you deserve as a drone pilot
Jul 05, 2017
ADU 0613: What is the best equipment for methane pipeline inspections?
Today’s question is from Kurt, who is looking to buy the best drone equipment for methane monitoring.  We talk about the skills necessary for inspecting pipes and discuss some recent developments in thermal, infrared and hyperspectral imaging technology.  Thanks for the question, Kurt!  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Learn about the Gas Leak study conducted in Abu Dhabi: http://www.flir.com/automation/display/?id=70372 Learn about Raven, the new GE drone: http://www.geglobalresearch.com/news/press-releases/ge-opens-new-oil-gas-rd-center-in-oklahoma-showcases-smart-sensing-drone-advanced-labs-and-emerging-digital-technology Access all DroneU Courses: https://www.thedroneu.com/courses/ Link to Podcast#608: https://www.thedroneu.com/adu-0608-can-i-fly-my-drone-over-people-if-i-have-their-consent/ Timestamps Today's topic is about detecting methane gas leaks using thermal imaging cameras Is it permissible to fly your drone over people? You can watch Podcast#608 again for details on this topic. Learn about the methane gas is generated, its uses, and why it is difficult to detect Can methane leaks be accurately detected using thermal cameras? Learn about the operation and accuracy of infrared cameras. Alternatively you can access our drone thermology course on the courses page for detailed information on this subject. Overview of a methane inspection study carried out in Abu Dhabi using the Flir G 300A camera on a Y6 Hexacopter. What will the cost of a camera that will detect methane? Learn about GE's new smart sensing drone, Raven How are the business prospects for methane inspections in New Mexico? Learn about the "optimal infrared hyperspectral imaging" camera developed in Sweden.
Jul 03, 2017
ADU 0612: What does a non-US citizen have to do in order to fly their drone in the United States?
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Thanks to Brandon, a drone entrepreneur working in Canada, for today’s question.  He wants to know if FAA regulations apply to drone pilots from outside of the United States.  We talk about how the FAA’s rules differ in regards to those flying for fun and those flying to make money.  Fly safe everybody! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about foreigners or non residents wanting to fly drones in the United States What are the requirements for foreigners wishing to fly commercially in the United States? Do immigrants or foreigners flying drones as hobbyists need a 107 license? Will a foreigner or immigrant face penalty if he flies commercially without a drone license in the United States? What are some of the rules that must be followed by a foreigner or a immigrant drone pilot? Does a foreigner need to come to the United States for his Part 107 test?
Jun 30, 2017
ADU 0611: How do I fly near the various designated areas in my region?
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On today’s episode, Paul from Montana asks how he can legally fly his drone near all of the beautiful designated areas his region has to offer.  We talk about getting permission to fly your drone, specifically near National Forests and State Parks.  Thanks Paul! Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about flying in designated places Learn about the laws pertaining to flying drones in State Parks and state wilderness areas Do you need a permit to fly your drone in a State Park? Which states have a ban against flying drones in State Parks? Is it okay to fly your drone in a designated place like a State Park if there is no related information listed on the State Park website ? Do I need a permit to fly my drone commercially in the Montana State Park?
Jun 29, 2017
ADU 0610: How do you price out travel expenses when taking your drone business on the road?
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On today’s episode, we take a question from John.  A drone entrepreneur working in New Mexico, John wants to know how to price out travel expenses when working with clients out of town.  We talk about pricing your drone services while staying competitive with local pilots.  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about charging travel expenses when flying your drone for out-of-town clients Learn about the different pricing strategies that you can employ as a drone pilot What are the factors that you need to consider when deciding on your pricing strategy as a drone pilot? Learn to negotiate travel expenses when flying your drone for out-of-town clients Always remember to use federal rate per mileage when charging travel expenses to out-of-town clients
Jun 28, 2017
ADU 0609: What are the legal ramifications of crashing your drone on private property?
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Thanks to Darren in New York for today’s question.  He asks about the legal outcome of crashing on private property, specifically when you've taken off in a public area.  We talk about the National Park Service’s regulations, loopholes and using the Drone Pilot Field Kit to familiarize yourself with drone laws.  Fly safe! Download your FREE copy of our Drone Pilot Field Kit by clicking here. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about crash landing in a national park and it's legal ramifications Paul answers today's question and states the regulations that will apply in case a drone pilot makes a crash landing in a national park What is a drone pilot supposed to do in an emergency as per Part 107? Can he or she ignore all FAA regulations? Is there a chance that your drone will be confiscated if you make an emergency landing in national park space? How should you ideally react if you made an emergency landing in national park space and are confronted by National Park Service? Why should the National Park Service consider a permitting process to allow people to fly drones inside national parks?
Jun 27, 2017
ADU 0608: Can I fly my drone over people if I have their consent?
Today's question comes from Jonathan, a drone pilot and aspiring advocate working in Yonkers.  He wants to know if it is legal to fly his drone over a group of people if he has their consent.  We talk about the FAA’s regulations around flying over crowds and discuss how obtaining a waiver can allow you to do so. Additionally, Paul reads a short passage from page 274 of our Drone Pilot Field Kit:<br>"The term 'directly participating' refers to specific personnel that the remote pilot in command has deemed to be involved with the flight operation of the small unmanned aircraft. These include the remote pilot in command, the person manipulating the controls of the small UAS (if other than the remote pilot in command), and the visual observer. These personnel also include any person who is necessary for the safety of the small UAS flight operation. For example, if a small UAS operation employs a person whose duties are to maintain a perimeter to ensure that other people do not enter the area of operation, that person would be considered a direct participant in the flight operation of the small UAS. Anyone else would not be considered a direct participant in the small UAS operation."  Fly safe everyone! Download your FREE copy of our Drone Pilot Field Kit by clicking here. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about whether it is legal to fly over people if you have their consent Discussing the legalities and FAA regulations around flying over crowds What do various organizations such as NBAA, State Farm Bureaus, American Insurance association, and FLIR systems feel about the regulations surrounding flying UAS over consenting crowds or people? Defining the term "directly participating" as laid out in the Drone Pilot Field kit Does the FAA consider consent as a mitigation of risk to allow drone operations over people? What does the FAA say about flying your drone over stationary cars? Can you fly your drone over your people if you have a waiver?
Jun 23, 2017
ADU 0607: Can authorizations and waivers be shared with or transferred to someone else?
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Daniel in Rochester, NY calls in to ask if his FAA authorization is transferable to another pilot, as long as he’s on site.  We answer his question and talk about how a membership with DroneU can make sharing FAA authorizations easier.  For more info about obtaining airspace authorization, click here.  Thanks for the question, Daniel!  Fly safe!<br><br>Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's topic is about whether FAA authorizations and waivers can be shared or transferred to another pilot Paul answers today's question Caveats for sharing or transferring FAA authorizations and waivers What is a precondition to validate a FAA authorization and waiver? How can being a Drone U member help you share airspace authorizations?
Jun 22, 2017
ADU 0606: What type of iPad would you say is best for flying a Phantom 4 Pro?
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Today on Ask Drone U, Mike from Ohio asks if the iPad is the best tablet for drone pilots who have a DJI Phantom 4 Pro.  We talk about choosing the right iPad, DJI screens and optimizing your monitor for aerial photography.  Thanks for the question, Mike!  Fly safe!   Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about whether the iPad is the best tablet to fly your DJI Phantom 4 Pro Understanding the pros and cons of using the iPad to fly your done Why is the DJI large screen the best option for your drone? Is the iPad the best tablet for your drone? Maybe not. Find out what Paul has to say. Which are the best phones to fly your drone? Why should you always clear your phone and switch to airplane mode when flying your drone? Why should you avoid going for firmware upgrades offered by the DJI GoApp? How will a DJI GoApp affect your drone startup time and settings? Why should you avoid using the iPad to fly your drone? Tips for using your iPad to fly your drone In which instance would a drone pilot need the cellular version of the iPad? Why is it advisable for mappers to get the cellular version of the iPad to fly a drone?
Jun 21, 2017
ADU 0605: As a licensed pilot, do the Part 107 rules still apply to me when I’m flying for fun and not commercially?
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Today we have a question from Jeff, a recent part 107 recipient who wants to know if he’s required to follow part 107 rules when flying for fun.  We talk about flying drones near airports, MPTOMs and flying commercially versus flying as a hobbyist.  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's topic is about whether Part 107 rules apply to drone pilots when flying for fun Paul provides clarity regarding the permissibility of flying as a hobbyist for Part 107 license holders What does Part 107 say about flying under hobby rules? Is it wise to be flying your drone under MPTOM? As a hobbyist, can you fly your drone within five miles of an airport?
Jun 20, 2017
ADU 0604: Are racing drones good for helping aerial cinematographers learn to fly better?
Thanks to Kyle for today's question.  He asks if racing drones are worth the investment for drone entrepreneurs.  We talk about the value of FPV drone skills and whether or not they're the right equipment for drone businesses.  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about whether FPV drones are the right choice for aerial photography Paul explains why it is not a good idea to shoot cinematic videos using an FPV drone Can you hone your flying skills if you fly your FPV drone without your goggles? Does being a FAA certified airline pilot prepare you to fly a drone?
Jun 19, 2017
ADU 0603: Can I fly my drone at eye-level around people?
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Thanks to Bernabe, a DroneU member working in Iowa, for today’s question.  To promote his drone business, Bernabe wants to offer his drone services to a local parade.  He asks whether or not it is safe to fly alongside the parade to get drone footage.  While the short answer is “No,” we talk about FAA waivers, authorizations and creative alternatives to flying drones in unsafe conditions.  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about the legal permissibility of flying multiple drones alongside a parade to capture footage Rob answers today's question Can a person fly multiple drones at the same time? What does FAA say about flying over people in 14 CFR 107? How do FAA inspectors interpret regulations pertaining to flying drones over people? Is it wise to fly your drone alongside a parade to capture footage? What are some creative alternatives for shooting a parade with a drone?
Jun 16, 2017
ADU 0602: Can I fly my drone over stadiums and arenas?
Today on AskDronU, we answer a call from Joe, a drone pilot working in North Carolina.  Joe wants drone footage of a stadium for his demo reel and wants to know if flying over empty arenas is legal or ethical.  We talk about the FAA regulations around flying drones in public places, photographer’s rights and the Drone Pilot Field Kit. Thanks to Joe for the great question!  Fly safe everyone! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832 Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question is about the legal implications and ethical considerations of flying your drone over empty stadiums and arenas Paul answers today's question and attempts to provide clarity regarding regulations governing flying drones over empty stadiums and arenas What does the law say regarding filming people from your drone in a public place? Learn all about photographer's rights by accessing the Drone Pilot Field Kit at dronepilotfieldkit.com Why is the Drone Pilot Field Kit such an invaluable resource? What does the law say about taking off or landing a drone in a National Park regulated territory?
Jun 15, 2017
ADU 0601: How much should I charge for land-only drone jobs?
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Thanks to Mikela for today's question. She wants to know about how to price drone services if the client only wants landing footage.  We talk about assessing your own value, pricing your services and making the money you deserve as a professional drone pilot.  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Get access to all the DroneU Courses - https://www.thedroneu.com/courses/ Timestamps Today's question about assessing your value as a drone pilot and getting the charges that you rightly deserve Understand the various business costs associated with the drone business and getting the prices that you deserve as a drone pilot How can you compete with drone pilots who undercharge and quote rock bottom prices? How can you provide more value and subsequently charge the right prices as a drone pilot? Learn to capture the best drone footage by taking up DroneU's "Still Photography" with Vic Moss. Vic Moss also teaches you to edit like a pro and create amazing pictures with DroneU's "Photo Editing" course. Get access to Vic Moss's photography courses by going to DroneU's Course Page: https://www.thedroneu.com/courses/ Learn to organize, edit and share your photos by taking up DroneU's "Lightroom Automation" class with Paul. Get access to DroneU's "Lightroom automation" course by going to DroneU's course page: https://www.thedroneu.com/courses/ Mastering the art of negotiation and providing more value-added services to help you procure the right prices for your drone jobs How much are drone pilots charging for providing complete packages for land only jobs?
Jun 14, 2017
ADU 0600: Can I fly 400 feet over a 1,000 foot radio tower?
10:34
Nick, a professional aerial photographer in South Carolina, asks us about legality and ethics of flying drones close to and over radio towers.  We discuss FAA regulations and offer advice flying responsibly when operating a drone photography business.  As always, we appreciate your questions. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question regarding the 400 feet rule in 14 CFR 107 Understanding the 400 feet rule in 14 CFR 107 Does "14 CFR Part 91, Subpart C, Section A" apply to drones? Does the Echo airspace clause override the 400 feet rule in 14 CFR 107?
Jun 13, 2017
ADU 0599: Can you fly a drone over moving traffic?
Today we talk to Bruce, a recent recipient of his Part 107 license looking to get into the drone business full-time.  Bruce asks about legality and safety of flying drones over streets, houses and events.  We outline the FAA regulations on flying over traffic and people along with some tips on how to fly safely as a professional drone pilot. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question about flying over people and houses Is it legal to fly over real estate while shooting drone footage? Can a drone pilot shoot weddings and real estate without flying over people? Accessing the FAA drone pilot field kit that contains information about flying over people Paul reads out an excerpt from the drone field kit which clarifies FAA stance about flying over people Clarifications about FAA Flight-Over-People Rule Is it legal to fly within 500 feet of a structure using a MPTOM (Motion Picture and Television Flight Operation Manual) and under FAA section 333? State Farm Bureaus and American Farm Bureau voice their opinion about flying UAS over people An overview of the new FAA rule about flying over people What were the results of the drone safety test at Virginia Tech? Why is attaching a GoPro to your drone in the corner of your operating sight a good idea?
Jun 12, 2017
ADU 0598: What are some ways I can stand out in this incredibly competitive drone market?
9:06
Another great question today coming to us from Jonathan, a fellow pilot frustrated with the competitive nature of the drone photography market.  We offer some advice on understanding the value of your skills and building your drone business around services that customers can't get anywhere else. We'll do our best to help you stand out and grow. Let us know how else we can help you. Fly safe, and good luck! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question about being successful in an intensely competitive drone market Is it wise to offer cheap and low-end services in the drone market Which market segment should you target as a drone pilot Tips and Tricks to be successful in the drone market Dealing with stress and competition as a drone operator Strategies to provide more value added services in the drone market
Jun 09, 2017
ADU 0597: What do I need to know about using a spotter or visual observer?
12:17
Great question today from Christopher, a drone entrepreneur working in Connecticut.  He wants to know how he can utilize spotters and visual observers in a manner most efficient to running his drone business.  In this podcast, we talk about training, paying and working with visual observers when working as a professional drone pilot.  We don't think we've had this one before, so we're excited to help you out. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question about the benefits of using a spotter or visual observer Paul gives a real life example showing the importance of a spotter for drone pilots How much should you pay your visual observer (VO) or spotter Is it a good idea for a spotter to carry binoculars Tips and Tricks for drone pilots to train a spotter or visual observer
Jun 08, 2017
ADU 0596: Should I join a union to get work from production companies?
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Thank you, Chris in Georgia, for the question today. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question revolves around unions; do you need to be a union member in order to work on a film set? Paul shares his experience about working on a film set How should you go about getting work on film set? Does a drone operator need to be a union member to work on a film set? What is the ideal insurance liability limit that you should have in order to work on a film set? Paul talks about the rampant problem of nepotism in the film industry Is it advisable to call up the production office directly in order to get work?
Jun 05, 2017
ADU 0595:Can you tell us about different trainings Drone U offers?
Danno is Louisiana submitted this question today. This isn't something we often do here where we answer a question about Drone U. We very much work to keep questions centric to helping you all. But we'll talk about trainings we do because we'd love the opportunity to help you get better at whatever it is you need help with. Thanks for the question, Danno. Thanks for listening, folks. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today’s question on coaching offered by DroneU Paul answers today’s questions Drone U coaching plan for drone pilots What Drone U training is all about What are the important things people learn at DroneU in-person coaching Drone trainings that are covered in Drone U training How can you register for a Drone U in-person training
Jun 02, 2017
ADU 0594: SPECIAL REPORT – Details about the proposed bill by Senator Dianne Feinstein of CA giving drone law authority to the states
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Today we're going to talk about the proposed bill by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of CA, which would give drone law authority to each individual state. We'll just tell you up front that we hate this bill. But tune in to find out why as we go through it. Thanks for joining us and fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Paul provides details regarding the proposed drone law bill by Senator Feinstein Reach out to people and your senator for the new proposed drone law bill Four things that the proposed bill by Senator Feinstein is trying to do The intent of Senator Feinstein's drone law bill Difficulties in enforcing Senator Feinstein's proposed law bill
Jun 01, 2017
ADU 0593: Do I really need to spend the time developing a full operations manual? How would it help me?
Appreciate Todd from California sending us the question that we're answering today. Glad to give you our thoughts on this, Todd. Hope it's helpful. Let us know how we can help all you out there. Submit your questions. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today’s question on using policies and procedures in your drone business and how it helps Implications of using policies and procedures in your business How policies and procedures could possibly help in insurance deals Having paperwork ready to protect pilots Putting together pieces of procedures and process as part of operations system Why it isn’t a great idea to spend great deal of time and effort on an operations manual
May 31, 2017
ADU 0592: What drone should I buy to be able to easily switch out sensor packages?
16:37
Christopher from Connecticut submitted the question today. Thanks for sending it in! Hope you all have a great Memorial Day. Thanks for joining us today. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today’s question on buying a secondary drone to the Phantom 4 Pro drone Is the Phantom 4 Pro a must to buy if you are a drone pilot? Getting a Matrice 100 drone as a supplementary drone for Phantom 4 Pro Can you use the FLIR Duo lenses for your business? Application of the FLIR Duo lenses What are the drone options for doing thermal inspections The importance of doing thermal roof implications and why it affects people Carrying out Wetland assessments using a drone Which drone should one buy for carrying out wetland assessments Summarizing today’s response Using a fixed wing for assessments and the models available
May 30, 2017
ADU 0591: What is the best drone for doing power line inspections? What about fixed wing?
21:37
Thanks to Nick for the question today. Hope this is helpful to you and all our listeners. Fly safe, everyone! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question Likely problems while doing power line inspections Best drones for power-line inspections Thing to bear in mind while flying a drone for power-line inspections Why are power-line inspections a complex issue? Power-line inspections and thermal imaging Understanding contractual arrangements for power-line inspections
May 26, 2017
ADU 0590: What are the pros and cons to merging my business with another?
20:14
Today we're tackling a really good, heavy question from Jon. This is a tough question with lots of possible angles. So we'll stay a little "in the clouds" here to try and touch on as many aspects that we can. Thanks for the question, Jon. Good luck in your decision and business. We're here to help if you need more. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question Rob answers today's question Why is it a bad idea to merge two business entities? How does a joint venture work? Reasons for combining businesses
May 21, 2017
ADU 0589: As it relates to AGL (Above Ground Level) measurement, how does it work when you’re launching from a high point? Is it based on your launch position regardless?
8:44
Today we're answering a good question submitted by someone who didn't give a name. But thanks for sending it in. Keep them coming in, everyone. Be sure and check out our new site that just launched. There's a ton of helpful info on there for you, and even more if you're part of the Drone U community. Thanks for joining us today. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question on AGL height for flying drones Advantage of taking off your drone from a high point How AGL limits are calculated in drones Caveats of the 400 feet rule while flying your drone Flying your drone 400 feet above the highest point of a building
May 21, 2017
BONUS EPISODE: Interview with John Taylor regarding the FAA’s Part 48 drone registration for hobbyists being thrown out in court
25:21
Today we break from answering a question to having the pleasure of interviewing John Taylor about the courts recently throwing out the FAA's Part 48 drone registration requirements for hobbyist pilots. Stay tuned and join us; we think you'll find it quite interesting. Thanks for listening in, and we appreciate your time with us again, John. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Will commercial drone pilots still need registration now that Part 48 has been thrown out of court? John Taylor answers Paul question regarding commercial drone registration Do hobbyists still need to follow CBO guidelines after the Part 48 ruling? Future effects of the Part 48 ruling on the drone industry Does registration help in increasing the safety of hobbyist drone operators or flyers? Safely flying drones in the national airspace system Do you think that the FAA will appeal the Part 48 decision?
May 21, 2017
ADU 0588: Do we only have to register one drone and then use that number for all our other drones?
6:32
Thanks to Erik in California.  Stay tuned for your answer.  Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question What you need to know about Part 47 and Part 48 drone registration Registering for hobby and commercial drone flight The difference between Part 47 and Part 48 registration
May 21, 2017
ADU 0587: What are COAs and why would I need one?
10:03
Thank you, Roger in Ohio, for submitting a good question that everyone needs to know about.  We'll give you all the details.  Appreciate you staying with us.  Fly safe! <br><br> Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/.<br><br> If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832.<br> Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question What are COA's and COW's, and how do you apply for one? Paul answers today's question When do you need a COA or a COW?
May 21, 2017
ADU 0586: What is a realistic salary to expect from companies who are hiring drone pilots?
18:46
Another great question today. This one coming from Chris in Washington D.C. Stand by and thanks for joining us. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question Paul answers today's question Tips to get better salaries in the drone industry Tricks to add more value as an employee in the drone industry
May 20, 2017
ADU 0585: How can drone pilots make money on YouTube?
14:45
Thank you Ken in New Jersey. You get back to back questions answered. Thanks for submitting two great questions. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps How can drone pilots get more business? Today's question Can a drone pilot make money off YouTube? Tips for drone pilots to make more money Tricks to sell products on Amazon
May 19, 2017
ADU 0584: How should I handle flying near local airports that are Class G airspace? What do I need to know and do?
11:26
Happy to answer a question from Ken in New Jersey. As always, thanks for sending it in, for the patience as we try to get through all the questions, and for checking in on our show everyday. Fly safe, everyone! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu<br><br> Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT<br> Timestamps Today's question revolves around flying near local airports that are in Class G airspace Do you need a Part 107 license? We clarify how FAA interprets the term, "furtherance of business" Do you need a Part 107 license if you are a YouTuber and your channel is monetized? Is is hard to get a Part 107 license? What are some of the reasons to strongly consider getting a Part 107 license? We compare drone laws in Canada and the US, and explain why the US system is so much better How can Drone U help you to get your Part 107 license?
May 19, 2017
ADU 0583: Do I need a Part 107 Drone License if I post videos (monetized and not) on my YouTube channel?
Jason in North Carolina is supplying the question we're answering today. Thanks for sending it in, Jason. Stay tuned as we go through everything related to this. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT
May 19, 2017
ADU 0582: What apps are available that can tell me where I can and can’t fly my drone?
15:24
Happy to help David out with his question today. Stand by for the answer, everyone. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps: How to get a drone pilot field kit for free Today's question Paul answers today's question Resources for aeronautical charts and maps Learning airspace Resources If you're a part of the Drone U community, you can download your "Drone Pilot Field Kit" here.
May 12, 2017
ADU 0581: What are some ways to try and get work from the government sector, like infrastructure projects?
19:05
Good question is coming to you today from Nick. We'll do our best to give you as much as we can on this, Nick. Good luck to you. Thanks for checking in, everyone. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question Rob answers today's question How to create a good business plan? Top things to consider for every good business plan Becoming a Government contractor Setting up NAICS codes for a company Past Performance evaluation in government contracting Tips for finding Government contracting opportunities Tips for contractors supplying drones to the government Data transmission and security in drones DJI drone Opportunities for women owned, minority owned and veteran owned businesses in government contracting What is drone law?
May 12, 2017
ADU 0580: What is the best drone for flying in the wind and still getting great quality shots?
19:27
Arden in Kansas submitted the question we're answering today. Thanks for sending it in. Fly safe (and steady)! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question Rob answers today's question Selecting the best drone for windy conditions Are Coaxial setups best suited for flying in the wind? How does Phantom 4 Pro handle windy conditions? Tips to fly drones in windy conditions Comparing Inspire2 and Inspire1 Top Drones for windy conditions Pros and Cons of M600
May 11, 2017
ADU 0579: What are some key indicators that may mean it’s time for me to invest in new technology and/or equipment?
9:23
Very interesting question today from Joshua. We're happy to try and help you out. Stay tuned and fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832 Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question Rob answers today's question Top things to consider when investing in multispectral and hyperspectral sensors Tips on wisely using money in business Using data to make important business decisions
May 09, 2017
ADU 0578: What things can I do to try and get Realtors more interested in my drone services?
17:47
Thanks to German in Florida for the question. We'll go through some strategies for you here and hope they help you out. Let us know either way. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question How to best use Google for marketing? Tips to maintain sales momentum Tricks for marketing drone photography to realtors Market Potential of drone photography in the real estate business Tricks for setting up real estate virtual tours
May 08, 2017
ADU 0577: What are your best practices for creating an editing and storage system for your files?
Glad to help out by answering this question today. We go through all we do to help manage all that storage. Appreciate the question, Daryl. We've also actually put together a bunch of links to products for you. Check them all out here: Option #1: 27" Refurbished iMac - http://amzn.to/2p0RndD RAM - http://amzn.to/2pdajme Drobo - http://amzn.to/2nJl8zc Hard Drives - http://amzn.to/2orwnK1 SSD - http://amzn.to/2paQQ8y Option #2: Mac Mini - http://amzn.to/2ovG8IG OR http://amzn.to/2p0MrVS Monitor - http://amzn.to/2pdfe6N Hard Drive - http://amzn.to/2nJ955f Have a great day, folks. Fly safe Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832 Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question Rob answers today's question Factors to consider when creating an editing and storage system Refurbished Mac Mini a good option when working within a limited budget Selecting the right IPS monitor Why you should always backup Editing and Storage system options for higher budgets Drobos 4x4TB is a great storage option Recommended Solid State Drive for editing Best OS for Editing Ways to secure your stored data  Selecting the right laptop for editing How to upgrade RAM
May 06, 2017
ADU 0576: Do you need to take the full Part 107 license test if you already have a Part 61 license?
11:03
Great question today from Jerry in Texas. For those of you who may be in the same boat, this answer will get you on your way. Thanks for the question, Jerry. Fly safe to all of you out there! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/ If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Drone laws and regulations in Canada Canadian UVA fines and enforcement Today's question Rob answers today's question Getting RPIC certification through IACRA and FAA  Requirements for FAA certification
May 06, 2017
ADU 0575: Can a licensed Part 107 pilot supervise a non-licensed pilot and still fly at the same time?
9:21
A unique question from Ben in Florida today. Hope this helps you out, Ben. Be sure and fly safe, regardless! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/ If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832 Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question Rob answers today's question  What Drone pilots need to know about Part 107
May 06, 2017
ADU 0574: Why does it seem to be so difficult to fly in a straight line when in GPS mode?
8:25
Thanks to Joe for the question we're answering today. Happy to help you out on this. Stay tuned and fly safe, everyone! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/ If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832 Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question Paul answers today question GPS accuracy in Phantom 4 Pro GPS accuracy in DJI Phantom3 Becoming a skilled operator and learning to fly straight Hovering and straight line flying in attitude mode Benefits of calibrating your compass Compasses in Inspire 1 and Inspire 2
May 06, 2017
ADU 0573: What drones can I attach the FLIR Duo to?
17:18
Ken in New Jersey sent in today's questions. Here's a rundown of our thoughts on this, Ken. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/ If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832 Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question Flir Duo specifications Thermal measurement accuracy in Flir Duo Advantages and Ideal applications of Flir Duo Can the Flir duo be mounted on a Inspire? Tau 2 with raptor gimbal Limitations of Flir Duo Capabilities of Flir Duo R Is the Flir Duo right for you?
May 01, 2017
ADU 0572: What all do I need to know about licensing footage to my clients?
13:14
Another great question today, this one from Mark. So happy to help you out, Mark. Thanks for joining us today, everyone. Fly safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/ If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832 Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - http://amzn.to/2omQatT Timestamps Today's question Paul talks about licensing and pricing When do you need an exclusive license?
May 01, 2017
ADU 0571: As a student, can I fly for school projects if I don’t have a Part 107 drone license?
7:49