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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

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ADU 0934: Can You Use the Mavic 2 Zoom for Drone Mapping?
12:58
Today's show is about the Mavic 2 Zoom. Can you create accurate maps and models using a zoom camera? Our caller, Joe from Nebraska is unsure if he can use the Mavic 2 Zoom for drone mapping. In order to answer his question, Paul shares his experience with the Mavic 2 Enterprise. Can you really use the Mavic 2 with its rolling shutter for drone mapping? If yes, are there any precautions that you need to take while using a zoom camera. We also discuss the zoom capabilities of the Z30 camera, and compare it to the Phantom 4 Pro and Mavic 2 Enterprise. You can access all our drone models by clicking HERE. Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options 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 our forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Paul shares his experience with the Mavic 2 Enterprise Become a Drone U Member and get access to all our awesome content Today's question is about using the Mavic 2 Zoom for mapping Can you use the Phantom 3 Pro for mapping? How to use the Mavic 2 Zoom for drone mapping Check out our UH 60 drone model Discussing the capabilities of the Z30 drone camera Is the zoom on the Mavic 2 Enterprise powerful enough to capture minute details? How does the M600 - Z30 combo compare to Phantom 4 and Mavic 2 Enterprise Which is the best drone for creating maps and models?
Jan 22, 2019
ADU 0933: Can I Take off and Land from a Stationary Vehicle?
16:28
Today's show is about taking off and landing from a stationary vehicle. Do Part 107 rules rules permit you to do so? And, is it really safe to take off from your own vehicle? Our caller, Mike from Maryland wants to avoid potential conflict with onlookers as he flies over public land. To address this problem, Mike is contemplating flying from a trailer attached to his vehicle. Is this a smart thing to do? Will Mike end up flouting Part 107 rules by doing so? We also discuss how Mike can avoid potential conflict by resorting to some common sense measures. As an added bonus, we have some great book recommendations that will help you sharpen your negotiation skills and resolve conflict. Tune in now! Book Recommendations by Paul: Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity and Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options 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 our forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Paul's Book Recommendations for sharpening your negotiation strategies and resolving conflict Today's question is about taking off from your own vehicle Can you take off from a stationary vehicle? Will a professional attire help you avoid and resolve conflict while you are out flying? Will you end up flouting any Part 107 rules if you fly from your car? Can you get into trouble with unruly onlookers? Should you carry any weapons to protect yourself? Paul recounts a drone shoot down in Texas Emphasizing the importance of looking legit Do not miss out on our awesome member content - Become a member now!
Jan 21, 2019
BONUS: Drone News – Flight over People, Night Ops, New Drone Laws in Canada and UK, Indemnis Parachute, Search & Rescue and More by Ask Drone U
18:05
Paul and Haye are back with the most interesting and exciting news from last week. We kickstart this show by talking about the long drawn Government shut down, and how it is affecting the drone industry. You will also learn how the UK has reacted to the Gatwick drone "incident" by introducing new drone laws. Canada is another country to announce new drone laws. Do these new laws place greater restrictions on drone pilots? And, is the FAA adopting a more scientific approach in comparison? In addition, we also discuss the big news from last week - FAA's proposed rules for flight over people and night operations. We discuss how these proposed rules will finally allow applications like drone deliveries to take flight. Other news include Indemnis's parachute safety systems and drones in Search and Rescue. Tune in now! Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Paul welcomes Haye to Ask Drone U How is the Government shutdown affecting the drone industry? Canada introduces new drone laws; do these new drone laws place greater restrictions on drone pilots? After Gatwick and Heathrow, UK announces new drone laws as well Does the FAA's scientific and risk based approach with regards to drone laws bode well for the drone industry? FAA proposes flight over people and night ops without waivers Indemnis meets safety standards for parachute safety systems A drone Search and Rescue effort saves the life of a 88 year old man in Texas A Mavic Pro being used to transport life vests in Australia Share, Review and Subscribe to the show. Your encouragement keeps us going
Jan 19, 2019
ADU 0932: Do RTK Drones on the Market Calculate Camera Sensor Position, and Is High Accuracy Possible Without RTK?
12:24
Today's question is about using RTK drones for generating greater accuracy. Can use create accurate survey grade maps with a non RTK drone as well? Our caller, Ken from NJ has come up with an interesting question as always. Ken is wondering if you are able to pinpoint accurate positions in real time using RTK drones. With the launch of the Phantom 4 RTK and then Yuneec RTK, drone pilots have access to this new technology which holds the promise of a shortened workflow and greater accuracy. But, does this mean that you cannot build accurate maps using non RTK drones? We also reveal if you can use non RTK drones for volumetric calculations - and whether the results are comparable to RTK drones. Tune in to discover some great insights. Fly Safe! Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina. Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Today's question is about using RTK for generating higher accuracy in drone mapping Do RTK drones calculate sensor position in real time? Does the new Yuneec RTK calculate the sensor position in real time? Does the use of RTK increase accuracy? Which drone will get you the most absolute accuracies while producing survey grade maps? Can you create survey grades maps without RTK drones? Is RTK the go to solution for creating survey grade maps? Will the use of a non RTK drone affect volume calculations? Do you need GCP's to calculate volumes? Do not miss out - Get your all new landing pad now!
Jan 18, 2019
ADU 0931: The FAA Releases Proposed Rules for Flight over People, Night Ops and Much More
38:25
In today's show we discuss FAA's NPRM which might make flight over people and night operations possible. FAA just released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) which can affect drone operations in a big way. These proposed rules reveal that FAA is planning on doing away with waivers for flying over people and at night. How can you comply with these new rules and qualify to fly at night or over people? In order make flight over people a possibility, the FAA has divided operations into 3 categories. Which category do you fall under? We reveal the answer. We also discuss if the new rules will result in greater enforcement by the FAA. Will non compliant pilots be dealt with more strictly on the passage of these proposed rules? For all this and much more, tune in this special show now! Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina. Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Takeaways from CES 2019 Why is the Mavic 2 Enterprise Paul's favorite drone? FAA releases a NPRM that might night time flying and flight over people possible? Is the FAA planning on replacing the recurrency exam? Will Part 61 pilots no longer be able to get their Part 107 certification by taking an online PowerPoint test? Should you get your Part 107 before the NPRM solidifies? Is the FAA doing away with night waivers? Drone U represents more than 50% of total night time waivers issued! What are the conditions for allowing night time flight? Will you require additional training for flying at night? How many accident reports have been received by the FAA Will you be able to fly over people? What are the requirements for allowing flight over people? Are there any additional requirements for flying a drone less than 0.55 pounds over people? Will you need to use prop guards for flying over people? Will a safety defect disallow night time flying? Is there an injury threshold for allowing flight over people? What is the distinction between the drones that you can fly in Category 2 and Category 3 operations? Can a drone qualify for category 2 as well as category 3 operations? Can you use your existing drones to fly over people? Can a modified drone be approved to fly over people? How will FAA deal with pilots who are unable to comply with the rules? Are non compliant pilots likely to be fined heavily by the FAA? Will the FAA be ramping up enforcements in light of the new rules? Is the FAA planning on doing away with the recency test?
Jan 17, 2019
BONUS: CES 2019 – Drone Insights, Yuneec H520 RTK, Autel Evo, Waterproof Spry Drone
5:59
Join us as we deep dive into the drone space at CES 2019. Yuneec showcases an RTK drone with a thermal dual camera, Autel showcases the Geo fence free Evo. Swell Pro shows off the waterproof Spry. Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina. Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses
Jan 14, 2019
ADU 0930: What Are the Rules for Flying Your Drone near a Train?
9:13
Today's question is about flying your drone near a train. Can you get into trouble for doing so? And can a flying drone distract the driver and cause a derailment? Our caller, Houston Brown, has come up up a unique question today. He wishes to fly near a train in order to grab some cool shots. Does the law permit him to do so? Can a drone pilot jeopardize the safety of train passengers? For all this, and more, tune in to the latest show of Ask Drone U. Thanks for the great question, Houston. Fly Safe! 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. Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, South Carolina. Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps A Special Thanks to our cool sponsor, GPC cases Today's question is about flying your drone around trains? Can you take off and land from property owned by a railroad company? Is there a railroad police responsible for the safety of railroad infrastructure? Have drone pilots gotten into trouble for flying close to trains? Can a drone cause a train to derail? Are railways designated as critical infrastructure?
Jan 10, 2019
ADU 0929: Is It Worth Buying the DJI Zenmuse Z30?
12:24
Today's question is about the DJI Zenmuse Z30. Is it worthwhile shelling out nearly 10 grand for the Zenmuse Z30? Our caller, Joe, is wondering if it is worth spending the extra moolah after the Z30? In order to answer Joe's question, we discuss the capabilities of the Z30. What are some suitable applications for this high-end DJI camera? Commercially, is the Mavic 2 Zoom a more viable proposition? Tune in to listen to Paul and Rob as they do a thorough cost-benefit analysis. Thanks for the great question, Joe. Fly Safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC. Make sure to get yourself the all new Drone U landing pad! The LUME CUBE AIR is the smallest, lightest and most compact lighting solution in the market. This awesome product is a must-have for professionals who want better photos and pictures. 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Learn about about cool sponsor, LumeCube and their awesome new product LumeCube Air Paul shares some interesting details about our forthcoming classses Today's question is about the DJI Zenmuse Z30 Find out how you can send in YOUR question to Ask Drone U How to select the right camera sensor for your application Why does the Z30 come with a small 2 MP lens? Check out our in depth review of the Z30 camera What are some suitable applications for the Z30?? Which other drones can fly the Z30? How much does the Z30 cost? Is the Mavic 2 Zoom a good alternative to the Zenmuse Z30? How does CaptureReality compare to Pix4D? Our new landing pad is selling out fast - get yours NOW!
Jan 08, 2019
BONUS: Drone News – Severn Bridge Drone Incident, Government Shutdown, Mavic 2 Improvements, CES 2019 and More by Ask Drone U
17:29
We kickstart this week's drone news by talking about yet another drone incident in UK. Learn how the Severn Bridge running between England and Wales was shut down due to a drone operator. We also share how the Government shutdown is affecting Part 107 registrations and other FAA services in a big way. In addition, industry insiders have been speculating that Samsung is gearing up to compete against DJI. We also reveal the latest improvements that DJI is making to the Mavic 2. Other news includes a customized Mavic thermal, Pennsylvania's new drone law, CES 2019 and, believe or not, a drone horror movie! Tune in now! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC. Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Paul welcomes Haye to the show A drone pilot arrested for flying from the Severn Bridge running between England and Wales How is the US Government shutdown affecting FAA services? Will the FAA Symposium take place as scheduled? Is Samsung gearing up to compete against DJI? What improvements is DJI making to the Mavic 2? Pennsylvania comes out with a new unmanned aircraft law Does a customized Mavic 2 with a FLIR camera greatly increase its applications? Be prepared for some exciting product launches at CES 2019
Jan 05, 2019
ADU 0928: Can You Fly Higher in a LAANC Area with Elevation Variance?
10:22
In today's show, we discuss some tips and tricks for getting around altitude limitations in a LAANC area. Our caller, Houston, is planning on flying in a LAANC area with lot of elevation variance. Can he fly higher if he is at a higher elevation? We address Houston's query and discuss if there is any advantage in flying higher. Thanks for the great question, Houston. Fly Safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC. Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Paul shares his experience of flying in a LAANC area Today's question is flying in a LAANC area with elevation variance What is navigable airspace? Can I fly higher in an area with elevation variance? Is it advisable for a drone pilot to fly higher?
Jan 03, 2019
ADU 0927: Am I Limited to 99 Waypoints on My Phantom 4 Pro?
11:34
Today's show is about the maximum number of waypoints on your Phantom 4 Pro. Are you really limited to 99 waypoints? Our caller, David, from Boston, is facing a rather unique issue with his Phantom 4 Pro. He is unable to go beyond 99 waypoints. Is David facing this issue because of his drone or mapping application? You will also learn why it is necessary to stick to a standard mapping application like Pix4D. Thanks for the great question, David. Fly Safe! Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC. Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Today's question is about the maximum number of waypoints that you can have on your Phantom 4 Why is David being limited to 99 waypoints on his Phantom 4? Which are some of the good mapping applications that drone pilots can consider using? Pros and Cons of different mapping applications How many waypoints are necessary? Is there a 99 waypoint limit on the Phantom 4? Why is Pix4D the gold standard of mapping applications? Share, Review and subscribe to Ask Drone U. Your encouragement keeps us going!
Jan 02, 2019
ADU 0926: Expert Tips for Achieving Survey Grade Accuracy in Drone Mapping
22:56
In today's show you will learn the correct workflow for achieving survey grade accuracy in drone mapping. Our caller, Josh from UK needs to map really large tracts of land ranging from 1 acres to 5 acres. What steps does Josh need to take in order to create a really accurate drone map/model? We kickstart this episode by discussing the importance of educating yourself before taking on complex mapping jobs. You will discover the nuances of different RTK and PPK GPS systems. What are the pros and cons of using systems like Emlid and Aeropoints? We also discuss why using the DJI Phantom 4 RTK over Leica and Trimble systems is a true value proposition. Thanks for the great question, Josh. Fly Safe! Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC. Make sure to get yourself the all new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Effective ways of sticking to your New Year Resolution Today's question is about achieving survey grade mapping in drone mapping How can Drone U help Josh learn more about the nuances of drone mapping? Paul cautions drone pilots against going after complex mapping jobs without proper education Watch for the upcoming Drone U mapping class How long will it take Josh to map an acre of land? Do you need a RTK or PPK GPS system for achieving survey grade accuracy in drone mapping? Is it a good idea to use the Emlid sytem? Can you achieve good vertical accuracies? Is it a good idea to rent a RTK system for a drone job? What about Aeropoints? How to set GCP's and checkpoints for achieving survey grade mapping in drone mapping Learn how using Drone U landing pads can help you immensely in drone mapping What is a re-projection error? How to correctly check the accuracy of your drone model Some important things to bear in mind for achieving survey grade accuracy How does the Phantom 4 RTK compare to total stations in terms of accuracy and cost? When are the new Drone mapping classes coming out?
Jan 01, 2019
Bonus: Drone News – Gatwick Airport Crane, Indonesia Drone SAR, New Matrice Series from DJI and More!
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Today we showcase that last weeks news of a drone spotted at Gatwick airport ended up being a crane. We also explore some of the findings from the Aeromexico flight and showcase new FCC filings that indicate a new Matrice M200 and M210 are in the works. Listen up for more information on how drones are saving lives in Indonesia. Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC. Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Paul welcomes Haye to the show What really happened at the Gatwick airport? Were drones made the scapegoat in the Aeromexico incident as well? Are the new Matrice drones being released anytime soon? Learn about the Project Wing tests that are being carried out in Australia Will quieter drones make drone deliveries a possibility? How drones are being used to bolster Search and Rescue efforts in Indonesia How is the government shutdown affecting Part 107 registrations?
Dec 28, 2018
ADU 0925: How Do I Correctly Install Anti-Collision Lights on My Drone?
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In today's show, you will learn some great Tips and Tricks for safely and correctly installing anti-collision lights on your drone. Our caller, Ken wishes to install anti-collision lights on his Phantom 4 V2. Is it okay to put anti-collision lights on the top of your drone? Will you end up hitting a prop or interfering with your GPS signal if you do so? Part 107 rules require that you maintain a visibility of 3 miles. But, do you need 360 degree visibility as well? For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show now. Thanks for the great question, Ken. Fly Safe! Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC. Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Today's question is about installing anti-collision lights on your drone Will my strobe lights interfere with my drone's GPS signal? Can your strobe lights hit a prop? How to correctly install a strobe light on your drone Can an anti collision light interfere with your camera sensor? Can you put anti collision lights on the side of your drone or on the back? Is it okay to turn off your anti collision lights?
Dec 27, 2018
ADU 0924: Christmas Special – How Drone Technology Will Change Our Lives in the Next 5 Years
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In today's Christmas Special, we share how drone technology can impact our lives in 5 years. You will learn how technological advancements will allow us to harness greater benefits from this amazing technology across varying walks of life. Paul and Rob speculate if drone deliveries will finally set flight. We reveal some little known facts about Amazon's drone delivery program, and how conducive drone regulations and better technology will make critical applications like medical deliveries a possibility. Will we see a great increase in flight time due to superior drone batteries? Will the emergence of AI result in more efficient data acquisition and data management? This show will give you some great insights into where drone technology is headed and how it will IMPACT our lives in the next 5 years. Fly Safe! The entire Drone U Family wishes you and your family a Happy and Joyous Christmas season. May this Christmas bring you joy, laughter, and closer to everyone whom you cherish so much. Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC. Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps What does Christmas mean to Paul? Christmas is about GIVING rather than receiving Will drone delivery finally set flight How will drones change Christmas 5 years from now? Will you be able to aggregate mapping data from different drones? Which are the ideal cities for Amazon to test out their drone delivery program? Will we start using drones for medical deliveries? Should drones be used for monitoring traffic on highways? Will better technology result in superior drone batteries with longer flight times? Will it become easier to fly BVLOS in future? How harnessing solar power and energy from prop wash will result in longer flight times How the ability to fly BVLOS result in wider drone applications Will enhanced AI capabilities allow for easier data acquisition and data management? Discussing the need for a more efficient system for granting Part 107 waivers
Dec 24, 2018
BONUS: Drone News – Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Thermal, Gatwick Airport Shutdown, T16 Agricultural Drone, Vaccine Delivery by Ask Drone U
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This weeks drone news showcases that the Haye and Paul were correct in the prediction of the Mavic 2 Thermal drone, but were unaware of its secret features that vastly increase the capability. In addition, drones have shut down airport operations at Gatwick airport causing chaos during the busiest travel week of the year.  Focusing on positive drone uses, Drones are providing air support to remote islands that need vaccines in the Pacific.  This news and so much more on this week's episode of Ask Drone U. Fly Safe! Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC. Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps DJI announces the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Why the FLIR sensor on the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual can give you more detailed information Will the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual disrupt the Matrice series? Does the Mavic 2 Enterprise come up with optical zoom? Drones flying near the Gatwick airport causes major disruption Was it a drone or a bird that crashed into the AeroMexico flight in Tijuana? Users face issues with DJI's Inspire 2 and Matrice series of drones; will firmware updates address this issue? Tips and Tricks to take care of your drone batteries when flying in cold weather Drones being used for vaccine delivery to remote islands in the Pacific ocean Learn about the Australian drone, Swoop, and why it is ideal for drone deliveries DJI launches its T-16 agricultural drone in China Mapping workflow for agricultural drones Discussing the capabilities of DJI's soon-to-be-launched mapping application, Terra Will DJI coming out with any major launches at the CES 2019? DJI is offering a 10% discount to students Share, Review and Subscribe to Ask Drone U. Your encouragement keeps us going
Dec 21, 2018
ADU 0923: How Do I Stand out and Differentiate My Drone Business in a Crowded Market Place?
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In today's show, we reveal how drone pilots can carve out a niche in a crowded market place. With competition constantly rising, what steps can drone pilots take to stay relevant and even expand their drone business? Our caller has come up with an interesting question today. Our caller is struggling to deal with the intense competition. We discuss how focusing on different aspects of your drone business can help you not only retain your existing clients, but add new ones. Tune in to learn the importance of client deliverables, relationship building and constantly improving your skill-set. Thanks to the caller for the great question. Fly Safe! Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC. Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Watch out for our upcoming mapping classes Today's question is about standing out in a competitive drone marketplace How the right client deliverables can help you retain existing clients and add new ones Improving your skill set is a must for continued success in the drone business How to offering an all-in-one solution can help you provide increased value to your clients Regular flying and continuous practice is critical for success in the drone business How to cultivate long last relationships with clients in the drone business Drone U classes that can help you improve your flying technique immensely Perseverance is key to overcoming the challenges of a saturated market How to deal with competitors who are prone to low-balling Discussing the importance of under-promising and over-delivering
Dec 21, 2018
ADU 0922: Do I Need to Get My Part 107 License and Insurance If I Am Offering Free Drone Services?
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Today's question is about the steps that you need to take BEFORE venturing into the drone industry. Is it advisable to get your Part 107 certification and drone insurance before accepting your first job? Our caller, Lauren, is planning on taking up her first drone gig. And she is not going to get paid for it. So, she is wondering if she should get her Part 107 license and insurance before doing so. Also, is it advisable to form a LLC from the get-go? We discuss the recommended steps for kick-starting a new drone business. Tune in now! Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC. Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 forthcoming courses Do not miss out on the last chance to become a Drone U member for $1 Today's question is about getting your Part 107 license Should you form a LLC as soon as you venture into the drone business? Can you claim damages from an insurance company if you do not have a Part 107? When does a drone pilot need a Part 107 license? How does FAA define the term, "furtherance of business"? Is DJI's Aeroscope a good thing? Is there a need for greater enforcement in the drone industry? Do you need a Part 107 if you are flying for a non profit?
Dec 19, 2018
ADU 0921: Can I Build a Profitable Drone Business by Providing Services to the Agriculture Industry?
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Today's show is about drones in agriculture. Can agriculture prove to be a lucrative industry for drone pilots? Our caller, Ken from NJ has come up with a detailed and thoughtful question today. With industries like real estate getting intensely competitive, what are some other lucrative opportunities for drone pilots? We discuss if providing drone services to the agriculture industry can be a viable business proposition. How can a mapping application like Pix4Dfields help farmers save on resources? Do you need a multi-spectral camera for NDVI mapping? And, what should be your pricing strategy. We also share an advisory circular which describes the certification process for agricultural aircraft operators. This show is loaded with some great information that will certainly help you and your business. Tune in now! 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. Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 Check out Paul and Angad's show on agricultural mapping Paul shares some interesting details about our forthcoming class on agricultural mapping Learn about our cool sponsor, GPC cases Today's question is about drones in agriculture How can drone pilots make the best use of this winter period? Little known drone applications that you may not be aware of Can real estate still prove to be a lucrative market for drone pilots? Should farmers use drones for spraying their fields? How can a mapping application like Pix4Dfields help farmers save on resources? Check out this Advisory Circular which describes the certification process for agricultural aircraft operators Paul suggests a viable business model for Ken How can you find buy in with farmers Do you need a multi-spectral analysis for NDVI mapping? Pricing model for drone pilots offering services to agriculture industry Is an inability to get BVLOS waivers hampering the usage of drones in agriculture?
Dec 18, 2018
BONUS: Are Surveyors Using the Phantom 4 Pro RTK?
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Today we have Jason Daniello from NexGen Surveying to discuss the Phantom 4 Pro RTK accuracy and workflow. Are they replacing the existing surveying workflow system with the P4 RTK? Does the P4 RTK actually write RTK data to images? Do you really need the base station and internet dongle? All these questions and more answered on today's episode. Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 Jason from NexGen Surveying How are drones incorporated into the workflow at NexGen Jason shares the accuracy he managed to achieve on using the Phantom 4 RTK without GCP's Is there a huge learning curve when you transition to the Phantom 4 RTK? The Phantom 4 RTK comes with interchangeable batteries Jason shares how you can handle multiple drones with a single remote; Do you need a waiver to operate multiple drones with a single remote? Do you need to use a base station in order to get real time RTK corrections? Factors which affect your ability to get RTK corrections Can you get PPK corrections if you are unable to connect to the RTK network? Do you need a third party software to acquire and and process PPK data? Do you need a dongle to connect to the N trip network? Or, will a WiFi hotspot suffice? Are there any free network sources that you can connect to? Is it advisable to have a paid network subscription when using the Phantom 4 RTK? Given the high accuracy, should you use the Phantom 4 RTK without GCP's? Legally speaking, is data acquired by Phantom 4 RTK acceptable? When is RTK data being recorded to the EXIF data of the imagery? Is the image acquisition workflow for the Phantom 4 RTK different from a Phantom 4 Pro? Is Jason replacing his Phantom 4's with the Phantom 4 RTK? Will the Phantom 4 RTK result in considerable time savings? Can you get better accuracy? Is it easier to achieve same accuracy Is it easier to scale your operations with the Phantom 4 RTK? Can you fly orbits with the Phantom 4 RTK? Does the Phantom 4 RTK come with adjustable aperture control? Is Phantom 4 RTK the ultimate surveying tool?
Dec 17, 2018
BONUS: Drone News This Week – Mavic Thermal, BVLOS Waiver, Loc8 Search and Rescue Software, Xiaomi’s Fimi X8 SE with Drone DJ
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Paul and Haye are back with some more interesting drone news for this week. We kickstart this show by sharing an important DJI update. Will DJI come out with a thermal camera for the Mavic 2E on December 17th? We speculate on this important development. Our next story is about Drones for Public Safety. We share how police departments across the nation are setting up drones teams to beef up their public safety efforts. Will the ability to fly BVLOS finally allow drone deliveries to take flight? Does DJI finally have some worthy competition to contend with? Do new drone offerings from Skydio make it easier to fly over water? This show is loaded with some of the most interesting and exciting drone news from last week. Tune in now! Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 Haye to the show Will we see a new DJI product launch next week? Will we be able to use two accessories at the same time on the Mavic 2 Enterprise? Police departments across the nation start resorting to drones for public safety How to utilize "Locate" software for image analysis and object recognition in Search and Rescue Paul explains the image processing workflow in Search and Rescue How can you can access the "Locate" software? Haye shares some important Osmo Pocket updates Watch this space for some important updates from DOT Will it become easier to get BVLOS waivers? A new, bird-inspired drone launched by RMIT Skydio's refines its R1 drone Tips and Tricks for safely flying your drone over water Wil Xiaomi's Fimi X8 SE prove to be worthy competitor to the Mavic Air?
Dec 15, 2018
ADU 0920: Can You Harm a Drone Battery If Your Car Turns off While Charging?
Today's question is about charging your drone batteries. Is it a problem if your car shuts down while you are charging your drone batteries? Our caller, Phil has come up with an interesting and highly relevant question today. Should you be worried if your car shuts down as you are charging your drone batteries? We clarify whether you will lose your battery charge, and whether this will shorten your drone battery life. This is a show you do not want to miss. Tune in now! Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 Check out the new Drone U landing pads Today's question is about charging your drone batteries Does your drone battery continue charging if your car shuts down? Will you lose your battery charge if your  car shuts down? Is your drone battery life shortened if your car turns off multiple times while charging? Paul shares some information about our forthcoming Drone U courses
Dec 13, 2018
ADU 0919: How to Vet and Correctly Assess the Skill Level of a Drone Pilot
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In today's show, we share various ways you can correctly assess the skill level of a drone pilot. Is it wise to simply rely on flying hours? If not, which are the other important parameters that you should consider? Our caller is wondering if flying hours is an accurate indication of flying skills. Rather than the total quantum of flying hours, should you place more importance to the job type? Can monitoring drone flight via apps help you vet a drone pilot? This show is loaded with some great information that will help organizations and businesses build up drone teams that cater specifically to their requirements. Thanks for the great question. Fly Safe! Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC Make sure to get yourself the all new 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 our in person mapping classes - https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events/ Timestamps Does theoretical knowledge translate into good flying skill? Discussing if AUVSI's TOPS program does a good job of assessing a pilot's skills Are the rumors about Part 141 drone school regulations true? Today's show is brought to you by the new Drone U landing pads Today's question is about vetting a drone pilot Are organizations taking the wrong approach while vetting a drone pilot? What are some ways via which organizations can correctly assess a pilot's skills? Should organizations monitor if a pilot is flying "high and slow" rather than "low and fast"? Should you give more importance to context and job type rather than flying hours? How can KittyHawk help you assess the skill level of a drone pilot Are all your flight hours logged in the DJI Go App? Paul reads out a review for the recently concluded Accident Reconstruction Training at the NTSB center Is it important for a drone pilot to have and follow a checklist? Does knowing the flight mode and third party application help you assess the skill level of a drone pilot? Should you give more prominence to a pilot's ability to fly difficult and high pressure jobs? Discussing how the quality of the final deliverable rather than flying hours is the correct metric for vetting a drone pilot Does any pilot deserve 6 grand for flying a battery and a half? A BIG Thank You to everyone who everyone who made the NTSB training such a fun experience
Dec 12, 2018
ADU 0918: How to Get Speedy Airspace Approval Using LAANC
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In today's show we answer your LAANC questions. What factors should you watch out for while getting your LAANC approval? Is there any way to shorten the approval process? Paul and Josh team up yet again to answer some commonly asked questions pertaining to LAANC. Which is the best app to get your LAANC approval? How long will it take you? We also share how you can speed up the approval process for non-LAANC airports. While wrapping up this informative show, we discuss if the introduction of DJI's GEO V 2.0 will lead to greater restrictions for drone pilots. Tune in now, and Fly Safe! Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 airspace approval using LAANC Which is the best app to get your LAANC approval? What information does the KittyHawk app collate? Are there a lot of airports which are not available on the LAANC system? How can Drone U help you to learn about airspace? How long does it take to get authorization via LAANC? How long will it take you to avail authorization for non-LAANC aiports? Will going through the DroneZone portal speed up the entire process? How to unlock red zone on your drone DJI launches its new geofencing system, GEO V 2.0
Dec 05, 2018
ADU 0917: How to Implement Comprehensive Drone Mapping Workflow by Learning the Smallest Nuances of RTK and PPK GPS
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In today's show, Paul and Josh team up to discuss comprehensive drone mapping workflow. You will learn about the minutest nuances of RTK and PPK GPS which will help you implement the correct workflow for acquiring survey grade data. Drone pilots often come to us with questions pertaining to RTK and PPK GPS. Does a RTK drone mean that you will end up using RTK GPS? Do you need to connect to a network in order to remove ellipsoid error? We discuss if the newly launched Phantom 4 RTK will indeed shorten your mapping workflow. Can you really do away with GCPs when using Phantom 4 RTK? Paul and Josh dive down the rabbit hole and share the smallest nuances. You will also learn how to correctly use Propeller Aeropoints for setting GCPs in drone mapping. This short episode is loaded with value guaranteed to give you the competitive advantage. Tune in now! Fly Safe! Join us for our first intensive weekend of mapping instruction in the New Year from January 18-20, 2019 in Charleston, SC 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 Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Timestamps In today's show we learn about PPK and RTK GPS in order to implement correct drone mapping workflow Does a RTK drone mean that you will be able to use RTK GPS? What is terrestrial RTK GPS? Do you need internet connectivity when using RTK GPS in order to remove ellipsoid error? What is a geiod error? What is PPK GPS, and what is the workflow for using PPK GPS? Will you be able to connect to a network and provide corrections when using a RTK drone? Learn why elevation error or Z axis error is the most difficult to correct Should you use Propellor Aeropoints for setting GCP's in drone mapping? Can you conduct drone mapping without GCP's when using Phantom 4 RTK? Do you need checkpoints in drone mapping? Can you shorten your workflow with the Phantom 4 RTK? Does the Phantom 4 RTK provide excellent value for money? Paul sums up today's episode
Dec 04, 2018
ADU 0916: Drone News This Week – Airmap’s Geofencing for Drones, Phantom 4 V2 Shortage, Phantom 5 Launch, DJI’s Osmo Pocket and Drones for Public Safety with Drone DJ
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In today's show, Paul and Haye team up yet again to bring you some of the most interesting drone stories of last week. We kickstart this show by talking about Airmap's Geofencing alerts that aim to facilitate safer drone flights. According to Airmap, flying near buildings and structures is particularly hazardous. Is there any substance to this claim? Next, we talk about the current shortage for Phantom 4 V2. Does this mean that the Phantom 5 launch is on the anvil? Paul and Haye also share their experience of visiting the Good Morning America Studio for DJI's launch of the Osmo Pocket. We wrap up this informative show by discussing how Americans perceive the use of drones for public safety. Tune in for some great news. Fly Safe! Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 Haye to the show Airmap comes out with Geofencing alerts to facilitate safer drone flight Brendan Schulman from DJI clarifies that flying near building and other structures is not hazardous Citing a recent study which points out how Americans are getting more and more comfortable with flying drones Is the Phantom 4 Version 2 out of stock? Does this mean that the Phantom 5 launch is on the anvil? Is the Mavic 2 Pro a good replacement for the Phantom 4 Pro? Check out DJI Pro's YouTube channel where they provide some great tips and tricks for using the Ronin 2 Discussing the recent DJI launch event at Good Morning America Studio Learn about the soon-to-be launched Mavic remote Watch out DroneDJ's review on the DJI Osmo Pocket What is public perception pertaining to the use of drones for public safety? Do not miss out on a unique opportunity to learn about Accident Reconstruction Training at the NTSB center in Ashburn, VA. Limited Seats Available! Do not forget to Share, Review and Subscribe. Your encouragement keeps us going.
Dec 01, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: Osmo Pocket Challenges GoPro for Ultimate Compact Gimbaled Camera
Paul is filming from Good Morning America studio this morning as he attended the Osmo pocket launch. The Osmo pocket offers a variety of features and accessories that prove to make the little gimbaled camera  a serious competitor to any compact camera. How does the Osmo Pocket compare to the GoPro? Can you mount the Osmo Pocket on your car? And, can you grab underwater footage with the Osmo Pocket? Tune in to this comprehensive review to discover why this compact camera will place superior film-making capabilities at your disposal. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 joins us from Good Morning America studio for the Osmo Pocket Launch Learn about the many awesome features of the Osmo Pocket How does the GoPro compare to the Osmo Pocket? Learn how you have superior film-making capabilities at your disposal due to the mechanical gimbal on the Osmo Pocket The Osmo Pocket comes with intelligent camera features that are typically found in drones Learn how you can do horizon moves and tilts using FPV mode Can you mount the Osmo Pocket on your car? How much does the Osmo Pocket cost? We start broadcasting from inside the Good Morning studio A brief history of DJI's product development: the first three axis gimbal, the Ronin series and the Osmo series The three axis gimbal renders the Osmo perfect for professional filmmakers as well as hobby videographers How compact is the Osmo Pocket? Discussing the powerful sensor on the Osmo Pocket through which you can shoot 4k60fps How to navigate the 1 inch touchscreen on the Osmo Pocket Active track and Face track features renders the Osmo Pocket perfect for shooting selfies How to attach your smartphone to the Osmo Pocket, and use the MIMO app to generate a short story Learn about Osmo Pocket's impressive underwater capabilities You can shoot time-lapse and motion-lapse with the Osmo Pocket Learn about the built in microphone Can you replace a damaged product free of charge? Learn about their warranty, Osmo Shield How can you can buy the Osmo pocket? How much will it cost you?
Nov 30, 2018
ADU 0915: How to Set Ground Control Points for Greatest Accuracy in Construction Mapping
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Today's question is about using ground control points in construction. What is the correct workflow for laying out GCPs on a construction site? Can you lay GCPs on a construction site and use this information again and again? We have a great drone mapping question today. Our caller is wondering if he can get away with using Ground Control Points in the initial flight only. In order to answer his question, we discuss the entire workflow for laying out GCPs. How many GCPs should you use? How should you lay them out? Can you use Propeller Aeropoints for setting GCPs on a construction site. Towards the end of the show, Paul has a great TIP for correcting Z axis errors using Ground Control Points. This show is loaded with some great information. Tune in now! Recently crashed your drone? Unable to find trained technicians who can repair your drone quickly and at a reasonable rate? Don’t fret. The cool folks at Fortress UAV can help you get your drone back up in the air in as little as 7 days! Use Promo Code “DroneU” to get 10% off. Check them out now! Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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, Fortress UAV Today's question is about using GCP's in construction Please Share, Review and Subscribe. Your encouragement keeps us going. Can you lay GCP's on the site, and use this information again and again? Should you leave your GCP's on the site? How many GCP's should you use? How should you lay them out? What should you use for your GCP's? Importance of having good overlap in your GCP's When do you need GCP's? Can you use scale constraints instead? Benefits of using Propeller Aeropoints for setting GCP's on a construction site Do you need to leave your GCP's on the site?
Nov 29, 2018
ADU 0914: How to Select the Best Drone and Implement Optimum Mapping Workflow in Construction
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Today's question is about drone mapping in construction and agriculture. Which is the best mapping application and drone to acquire and process data accurately in each of these fields? Our caller, John has come up with a two-part mapping question today. The first part of this question is about mapping applications. Why should you AVOID using an all-in-one mapping application? How do cloud-based applications compare to desktop solutions? We discuss the pros and cons of different applications such as Pix4D, MapsMadeEasy and SkyCatch. In the second part of this question, we discuss the best drones for mapping. Can you use a single drone for construction and agricultural mapping? Can you use the Yuneec H520 with its CGOET sensor for agricultural mapping? Or, is the Phantom 4 Pro your best bet? In this show, we go down the rabbit hole to discuss the entire mapping workflow. Tune in for some great information. Thanks for the question, John. Fly Safe! Recently crashed your drone? Unable to find trained technicians who can repair your drone quickly and at a reasonable rate? Don’t fret. The cool folks at Fortress UAV can help you get your drone back up in the air in as little as 7 days! Use Promo Code “DroneU” to get 10% off. Check them out now! Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 the Women and Drones Group Please Share, Review and Subscribe. Your encouragement keeps us going. Legally, are there any restrictions on what drone mappers CAN do and CANNOT do? Do not miss out on being a part of our intensive Accident Reconstruction Training at the NTSB center. Limited seats available! Learn about our cool sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about drone mapping in agriculture and construction Can you conduct drone mapping for construction and agriculture with the same drone? Do you need a multi-spectral sensor for Agricultural mapping? The importance of a proper education before taking on complex mapping jobs Nuances of data acquisition in drone mapping Can you measure accurate volumes via drone mapping without using GCP's? Learn about our soon-to-be launched mapping class Should you use an all-in-one mapping solution? Desktop vs. Cloud Mapping Applications - Reasons why desktop based applications are preferable Should you use applications like SkyCatch which allow on-site processing? Which are the best mapping applications for data acquisition? Discussing the benefits of using MapsMadeEasy Why Pix4D Capture is the gold standard of mapping applications Can you create life like point clouds in drone mapping? Which are the best applications for processing mapping data?
Nov 28, 2018
ADU 0913: How Do I Effectively Communicate the Benefits of Drone Technology for Stockpile Volumetric Measurement?
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Today's show is about using drones for stockpile volumetric measurement. How can you convey the benefits of drone technology to your boss, and convince him to make a switch? Our caller, Phil is working for a company that uses airplane photography to take stockpile inventory. They are refusing to switch to drone technology - which is resulting in higher costs and poor accuracy. To answer Phil's question, we discuss the proper workflow for data acquisition and processing. Should you use GCPs to measure your stockpiles? And, should you opt for a drone with a global shutter? To wrap up the show, we state 4 SOLID reasons for using drone technology for stockpile volumetric measurement. Thanks for the great question, Phil. Fly Safe! Recently crashed your drone? Unable to find trained technicians who can repair your drone quickly and at a reasonable rate? Don’t fret. The cool folks at Fortress UAV can help you get your drone back up in the air in as little as 7 days! Use Promo Code “DroneU” to get 10% off. Check them out now! Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Our friends at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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, Fortress UAV Today's question is about convincing your employer about the benefits of drone technology Reasons why folks are close minded and afraid of stepping out of their comfort zone How to effectively communicate the benefits of drone technology Is it worthwhile using a service like Stockpile Reports? The Phantom 4 with a global shutter is a great alternative for volumetric measurement How to set ground control points for volumetric measurement Do you need GCP's for volumetric measurement? 4 solid reasons for using drone technology for volumetric measurements Paul's recommendation: "Never Split the Difference"
Nov 27, 2018
ADU 0912: Can You Get into Trouble If Someone Else Is Using Your Part 107 Certificate?
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Today's show is about Part 107 certification. What if another drone pilot hits someone while using your Part 107 certification? Are you liable for damages? Our caller, Geoff has come up with a question that many of you must be wondering about. Geoff is worried that an unlicensed pilot might be flying using his certificate. What should be Geoff's course of action? Should he call the FSDO on this person? We discuss various scenarios to answer if you can indeed get into trouble in such a scenario. Thanks for the great question, Geoff. Fly Safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access our 34 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 someone else using your Part 107 certificate Is it okay to share your certificate with clients? Are you liable for damages if someone uses your certificate? Is the RPIC responsible for the job? Will the law punish those found using another pilot's Part 107 certificate? If someone steals your Part 107 license and hits someone, are you liable for damages? How to report misuse of Part 107 certificate to FSDO Should you confront someone whom you suspect of misusing your Part 107 certificate?
Nov 26, 2018
BLACK FRIDAY 2018: Best Black Friday Deals That Drone Pilots Can Get Right Now
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In today's Black Friday Special, we suggest the BEST Black Friday Deals on drones and drone accessories that can help you save, and make more money from your drone business. Confused by the large number of Black Friday deals? Unsure of what to buy, and what not to buy? Don't worry. In this show, we have complied some the best and most genuine deals that can truly help you and your drone business. Check below for links. Fly Safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access our 34 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 Black Friday Sale!!! To Save 30% - Click HERE Black Friday Deal on Osmo Mobile 2 - Click HERE Save $100 on the Mavic Pro Platinum - Click HERE Timestamps Be analytical, and not impulsive while making a purchase DJI Black Friday Sale - DJI is offering a great deal on the Tello. Should you buy one? The Osmo Mobile 2 is a great value buy for drone videographers Can Osmo Mobile 2 be helpful in drone mapping? How? Will Pix4D come out with some good deals on Cyber Monday? Paul shares how you can get a great deal on the DJI Mavic Pro Platinum Some more drone accessories that are worth buying
Nov 23, 2018
THANKSGIVING SHOW: 5 Ways Drones Can Make Your Thanksgiving Better Than Ever
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Today, in our special Thanksgiving show, we discuss 5 creative drone uses can make your Thanksgiving better than ever in the coming years. From drone deliveries to helping out the homeless to flying home for Thanksgiving (yes, that's right), we discuss some of the coolest drone uses that can make Thanksgiving a even more special occasion for you. Paul and Rob express gratitude to everyone in the Drone U Family. A special thank you to all our listeners - your encouragement keeps us going. This is a show you do not want to miss. Fly Safe! Drone U wishes all listeners a Happy Thanksgiving!!! May your Thanksgiving be filled with family, friends, rest and peace. Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access our 34 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 Rob and Paul kick-start this Thanksgiving Show by expressing gratitude to the entire Drone U Family Way #1 - Will drone delivery finally set flight? The awesome weather in New Mexico allows us to fly more or less throughout the year Way #2 - Can drones help deice and clear up roads efficiently and quickly? Way #3 - Will drones be used to deice planes? A big thank you to all Drone U members and Drone U Elite for their rock solid support Way #4 - Can drones help out the homeless on Thanksgiving? A special shout out to our awesome Drone U team Our relationships with manufacturers and publishers helps us help you A special thanks to our listeners for their invaluable support and encouragement! Way #5 - We get really creative here; will you be able to fly to your house on Thanksgiving?
Nov 22, 2018
ADU 0911: Drone News This Week – Rules for Flying in National Parks, Drone Shoot Downs, Inspire 2 Firmware Update and Intel Light Show with Drone DJ
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In today's show, Paul and Haye team up to bring you some of the most interesting and most exciting drone stories of this week. We kickstart this show by talking about a photographer who got into trouble for flying his drone in the Yellowstone National Park. What are the rules for flying your drone in a National Park? You will also learn how drone mapping is helping in relief efforts in Paradise, California. We also talk about drone shoot downs. Are the FAA and the DOJ going after guys who commit these acts? Hearing Paul and Haye talk about current and past shoot downs is sure to interest you greatly. We also share the various benefits of the new Inspire 2 firmware update. Lastly, we talk about how Intel drone shows will be lighting up Christmas this year. Tune in to this informative show. Fly Safe! A Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from the entire Drone U Family! Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 A New York photographer gets into trouble for flying his drone into the Yellowstone National Park Can you fly over a national park? Discussing the need for a clear permit application process What concerns does the forest department have with regards to drones? Drones teams are helping in relief efforts in Paradise, California Challenges of processing large amounts of mapping data, and how to overcome them Another drone shoot down in Austin, TX Was there any action taken against the guy who shot the drone? Has the law booked guys who have shot down drones in the past? Haye recounts an Oregon incidence What are the benefits of the latest Inspire 2 firmware update? And lastly, we talk about Intel light shows Watch out for our next week's show from Manhattan, New York
Nov 21, 2018
ADU 0910: Can I Fly 400 Feet Above a Radio Tower If I Have Low Altitude Authorization?
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Today's show is about LAANC. Can you fly 400 feet over a radio tower if you have been authorized via LAANC? Will you get into trouble with the FAA for doing so? Our caller, Todd needs to fly a radio tower for a job. Can he fly 400 feet above a radio tower, and breach controlled airspace if he has been authorized via LAANC? You will also learn some Great Tips for filing your LAANC authorization. Thanks for the question, Todd. Fly Safe! Recently crashed your drone? Unable to find trained technicians who can repair your drone quickly and at a reasonable rate? Don’t fret. The cool folks at Fortress UAV can help you get your drone back up in the air in as little as 7 days! Use Promo Code “DroneU” to get 10% off. Check them out now! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access our 34 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 share details about our soon-to-be-launched mapping course The $1 trial is about to end soon; don't miss out on this last opportunity to check out our awesome content Learn about cool sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about LAANC Can you fly 400 feet above a radio tower in Class G airspace? Can you breach controlled airspace if you have low altitude authorization? Will you get into trouble for breaching controlled airspace? How to file for LAANC when flying a radio tower Do you need to fly 400 feet above a cellphone tower in order to conduct safety inspections?
Nov 20, 2018
ADU 0909: What Are the Rules for Flying Your Drone in a National Forest Area?
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In today's show we discuss the rules for flying your drone in a national forest area. Do you need a commercial permit to do so? Will forest service go after pilots who fly without a permit? Paul is joined by everyone's favorite, Vic Moss. Vic was recently contacted by a drone pilot from North Carolina who received a warning from the forest department. Why? Because he flew without a commercial permit over a wilderness area. How do forest service areas differ from wilderness areas? And, do you really need a commercial permit for flying your drone over a wilderness area? Does the US Forest Service still adhere to the Tidwell memo? Vic clears the confusion. You will learn some best practices for flying your drone in national forest areas - so that you can stay out of trouble. Fly Safe! Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 Vic on the show Can you fly over a national forest area? Vic shares details of the Tidwell memo Do journalists need a commercial permit to shoot in a national forest? Do you need a commercial permit if you fly your drone over a national forest? Will forest service go after commercial pilots who are flying over environmentally sensitive areas? Is it easy to get commercial permits for flying in national forest areas? Can you take off and land from a wilderness area? How high do you need to fly? Is it a good idea to inform a forest ranger before flying in a national forest? Paul recounts his interaction with a forest ranger Does the US forest service adhere to the Tidwell memo? Is it a good idea to record your flying in a national forest? Instructions for downloading the Tidwell memo
Nov 19, 2018
ADU 0908: Drones News This Week – Phantom 5, Tello EDU, and the Hover 2 with DroneDJ
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Today's show launches our new weekly segment with DroneDJ. Paul and Haye team up to bring you some of the most interesting and most exciting drone stories from last week. DroneDJ is a news and blog website that has consistently been the first to come out with the latest industry news. What is the premise of DroneDJ? And, how do they go about researching and finding the latest drone information? Haye gives us a "peek" into DroneDJ's painstaking approach which helps them come up with information-rich content, again and again. There is a lot of build up about a forthcoming DJI event on November 28th in Midtown Manhattan. Will DJI launch a new Osmo? Or, with the festive season kicking in, will DJI finally unveil the Phantom 5? With the Phantom 4 V2 disappearing from DJI stories, the likelihood of the latter is much greater. Will the Phantom 5 come with interchangeable lenses, and how much will it cost? Apart from Phantom 5, you will also learn about the new Tello drone and its added functionalities. Hearing Paul and Haye talk about the Hover 2 by Zero Zero Robotics will also interest you greatly. For the latest news and developments in the drone industry, tune in now. Fly Safe! Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 Haye to listeners What is the premise of DroneDJ? Does Haye have a history in article writing and online marketing? Drone U partners with DroneDJ to bring you the latest news and development every week What is the BIG hoopla about November 28th? Can we expect the Phantom 5 to be launched finally? How does the Mavic 2 Pro compare to the Phantom 4 Pro? Will the Phantom 5 come with interchangeable lenses? Similar to the Mavic 2, will the Phantom 5 come with a Hasselblad sensor also? Will DJI launch different models of the Phantom 5? The new Tello drone comes with added functionality and is great for students who wish to learn flying You can get your hands on the Hover 2 by Zero Zero for just $399! Will the Hover 2 have significant operational limitations? Are competitors catching up with DJI? How much is the Phantom 5 likely to cost you? Drone U and DroneDJ shall be in Manhattan on November 28th to cover the DJI event Black Friday Special! Learn how you can get a discount on DJI products DroneDJ is giving away a Parrot Mambo FPV! Tune in to find out how you can win one
Nov 17, 2018
ADU 0907: How Does Cloud Processing Software like Skycatch and DroneDeploy Compare to Pix4D?
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Today's show is about cloud processing software. What is the advantage of using Pix4D over cloud processing software services such as DroneDeploy? Can you rely on cloud processing software for mapping critical jobs? Our caller, Nick from Iowa is wondering why we refrain from talking about cloud processing software like Skycatch. Cloud Processing software is often used for simple cut and fill operations. But, can you use this software for complex and critical mapping jobs? You will learn how the use of cloud processing software can compromise data integrity - and why you are better off processing your own data. Thanks for the great question, Nick. Fly Safe! Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it out for $1. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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? It'll take a quick moment. 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 cloud processing software, Skycatch for processing drone imagery How the smallest variables can have the largest effect in drone mapping Poor or no internet will making mapping with cloud processing software difficult What are some other drawbacks of using cloud processing software compared to Pix4D? Discussing how data acquisition styles vary immensely for different mapping jobs What makes our mapping class a one-of-a-kind experience? Paul recounts his experience of training pilots who mapped the Oroville dam Can you verify data processed by DroneDeploy? What is the benefit of using Skycatch? How does Skycatch process images? Does Skycatch have greater capabilities compared to Pix4D? The importance of diving deep and getting to the root of the problem is critical for success Can you have accurate GPS data without network connectivity? Learn about our forthcoming, "Survey Grade Mapping" class
Nov 13, 2018
ADU 0906: Will the FAA Dig up past Records in Case of an Investigation?
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Today's show is about the FAA, and how they conduct their investigations. Will the FAA dig up your old records and pull you up for your past misdemeanors? Our caller, Michael has been asked to fly by his employer. The problem is that the company drone was flown without necessary authorization by the previous pilot. Will Michael be taken to task in case the FAA comes calling? Or, is Michael's company responsible for the actions of their employee? We suggest the safest course of action. Thanks for the question, Michael. Fly Safe! Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 makes the upcoming Accident reconstruction training at the NTSB center a unique experience? Is the upcoming training for intermediate and advanced users only? Today's question is about FAA and how they conduct their investigations What happened when a drone hit a Blackhawk helicopter? How did FAA go about with their investigation? What should Michael do? Should he get a new drone? Has the FAA enforced action against a company or organization?? With drone regulations becomes tighter, is it safe to use a refurbished drone?
Nov 12, 2018
ADU 0905: How DJI’s New Partnership with Microsoft Will Allow for Autonomous and Scalable Enterprise Solutions
In today's show, we are joined by Arnauld Thiercelin, Head of R&D at DJI to discuss the launch of Windows SDK in partnership with Microsoft. What is a SDK? And, how will access to the Microsoft ecosystem via a SDK greatly increase the scope of drone applications? Paul and Arnauld join us from DJI Airworks 2018 to discuss the launch of Windows SDK or Software Development Kit. Using SDK, drone pilots can offer autonomous and scalable drone solutions. You will learn about the different kinds of SDK and SDK compatibility. Which drones are compatible with SDK? How will DroneBlocks, a visual programming tool make development easier? Is your SDK  code transferable to other drones? For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show. Fly Safe! Are you ready to take your drone mapping skills to the next level? Join us for an intensive weekend of mapping instruction from November 9-11, 2018 in Austin, TX. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 Arnauld to listeners Learn about DJI's new partnership with Microsoft to launch Windows 10 SDK What is a SDK? Which are the different kinds of SDK? Is access to the Microsoft ecosystem a huge advantage? Can you offer autonomous and scalable solutions using SDK? How using Windows SDK will allow wider access and greater advantage DroneBlocks permits visual programming and makes development easier Will it cost you anything to get a SDK? Is your SDK codebase transferable to other drones? Which is the best drone for SDK platforms? Should you attempt to build an SDK platform for the soon to be launched Mavic 2 Enterprise? How can you become a developer with DJI?
Nov 08, 2018
ADU 0904: Latest and Most Exciting UAS Policy Developments, and How They Will Affect the Drone Industry at DJI Airworks 2018
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In today's show, drone industry majors at DJI Airworks 2018 join forces to discuss some of the most exciting UAS policy developments - and REVEAL how these will help the industry gain greater traction in the coming years. DJI, FAA, AUVSI, PrecisionHawk and other industry heavyweights analyze the latest UAS policies, and share how these will affect you and your business in the coming years. What are some of the most beneficial policy developments in the UAS world? Which are the hardest UAS policies to implement? Are state authorities working in tandem with the FAA to implement these policies? We also discuss the role counter UAS solutions, and debate whether they are pro industry (or not). Will these solutions bring greater accountability to the drone industry, and lead to safer skies? Are these solutions necessary to protect critical national infrastructure? You will also learn about the implementation of Remote ID, and how this might make flight over people a reality. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Brendan states the agenda for today's talk Brendan provides a brief introduction of panelists What are some of the most exciting upcoming UAS policy development? What is the most challenging UAS policy development? What are the most beneficial and upcoming UAS policy developments? Will the introduction of Remote Identification lead to safer skies and easing of regulations? Why is the FAA Reauthorization Bill so important for the drone industry? Does the repealing of section 366 and introduction of section 349 bode well for the drone industry? Discussing the change in provisions for emergency operations How the introduction of counter UAS solutions and measures is actually a pro-industry move How is the broader UAS community reacting to counter UAS regulations? Are state level authorities working in tandem with the FAA to implement new UAS regulations? Will flight over people become a reality in coming years? Will commercial flight operators have to put up with higher compliance costs? Why DJI Aeroscope is a good thing for the drone industry What is LAANC, and what is it's future? How will the implementation of UTM enhance the capabilities of drone pilots? How to increase the chances of getting your Part 107 waiver approved How the new UAS policy development will lead to wider applications and greater benefits Steps being take to protect critical facilities from harmful UAS operations What are the two main changes for hobby pilots in the new Reauthorization Bill? Has the Congress been heavy-handed in dealing with hobby pilots? Will the role of AMA change after the introduction of new hobby rules?
Nov 08, 2018
ADU 0903: How Drones Are Transforming Developing Nations Across the World
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In today's show we are again joined by Angad Singh to discuss how drone technology is transforming developing countries like India and Nepal. Do these countries have a chance to overtake United States as the largest adopter of drone technology? Angad Singh from Pix4D is gracious enough to join us for another show today. Angad just got back from India - where drone technology is on the verge of taking off. As the Indian government legalizes drone flying, this shall open up a huge opportunity for drone pilots in one of the largest economies of the world. But, how does the Indian market differ from the US market? Can India really overtake US to become the largest adopter of drone technology? We also discuss how drone technology is being put to good use in Africa and Nepal. Tune in to learn more. Fly Safe! Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Paul introduces Angad Singh to listeners How are drones being used in Africa? WeRobotics used drones for disaster relief in Nepal Discussing the fast evolving landscape of drone regulation in India What are some of the innovative uses of drone technology for countries like India? We discuss mapping of hilly, inaccessible terrains and railway inspections The nexus between Indian government and industries is driving the implementation of drone technology in India Would India overtake United to become the largest consumer of drone technology? Is there a market for using drones in accident reconstruction in India ?
Nov 06, 2018
ADU 0902: How to Capture Accurate Data and Get Actionable Insights from Agricultural Drone Mapping – Interview with Pix4D
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In today's show, we discuss the tremendous benefits of adopting drone technology in agriculture. Do you need high end drone equipment to capture and process accurate data? And, what are some popular misconceptions that farmers need to be aware of? Paul is joined by good friend Angad Singh, Technical Sales Engineer with Pix4D. Paul and Angad discuss the latest innovations in agricultural drone technology. You will learn about Pix4Dfields, and why it is a must-have tool for farmers using drone technology. Is it wise to use a cloud based application for your agricultural needs? Which is a recommended sensor and drone for carrying out NDVI mapping? Angad also dispels some popular misconceptions pertaining to drone mapping in agriculture - and cautions farmers against falling prey to marketing gimmicks. In this show, we SIMPLIFY and CLARIFY how you can use drone technology to accurately assess a plant's health. This show is jam-packed with some awesome information guaranteed to help out drone pilots as well as farmers. Tune in now! Fly Safe! Are you ready to take your drone mapping skills to the next level? Join us for an intensive weekend of mapping instruction from November 9-11, 2018 in Austin, TX. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Paul introduces Angad Singh to listeners What are some bottlenecks of using cloud computing for agricultural drone mapping? Does mapping software allow you to correct elevations if you upload to the cloud? PropellerAeropoints has come out with a new workflow for setting GCP's using Phantom4 RTK How can Pix4Dfields be useful to farmers? Do you need a powerful computer for using Pix4Dfields? Angad dispels some popular misconceptions with regards to drone mapping Understanding NDVI mapping; what are some recommended sensors for carrying out NDVI mapping in agriculture? Learn how cameras like MicaSense and Parrot Sequoia work and allow you to capture accurate mapping data Do you need a M600 or the M210 to carry a camera like MicaSense? Can you lay a reflectance map on a orthomosaic? Is it easy to read and make sense of a reflactance map? What sort of intelligence will you get by reading a reflectance map? Do most drone technology companies make truthful claims? Is a multi-spectral camera for agricultural applications a worthwhile investment? Our topic for a forthcoming podcast - "How drones are transforming developing nations across the world" Learn how our upcoming Accident Reconstruction Training at Ashburn, VA can help you
Nov 06, 2018
ADU 0901: How the FAA Reauthorization Bill Will Bring Greater Value to the Drone Industry with Brendan Schulman
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In today's show, Drone U Chief Pilot, Paul Aitken is joined by Brendan Schulman, VP of Policy and Legal Affairs at DJI to analyze how FAA's Reauthorization Bill will impact the drone industry in coming years. Paul and Brendan join us from AirWorks 2018 to discuss the FAA Reauthorizaton Bill. You will learn about the major changes that the drone industry is likely to witness over the next 5 years. We discuss Remote ID implementation and assuage privacy concerns. Will the introduction and implementation of Remote ID open up avenues for drone pilots? And, can Remote ID be implemented by the FAA without infringing on a drone pilot's privacy? We also analyze the impact on hobby pilots - and discuss why the new FAA rules are necessary for safer skies. This show will surely help you thoroughly understand the impact of the Reauthorization Bill on our industry. Tune in now! Fly Safe! Are you ready to take your drone mapping skills to the next level? Join us for an intensive weekend of mapping instruction from November 9-11, 2018 in Austin, TX. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Paul introduces Brendan Schulman to listeners What is the purpose of the FAA Reauthorization Bill? What are some of the major changes that we are likely to see over the next 5 years Discussing the implementation of Remote ID, and its benefits How have laws for hobby pilots changed after the last FAA Reauthorization Bill? Do solutions like DJI Aeroscope adequately protect privacy of drone pilots? Will the implementation of Remote ID make the granting of Part 107 waivers far easier? Addressing rogue drones that are causing security threats Will the introduction of new rules generate greater value for drone pilots? How did drone pilots manage to fly at the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta? How has the FAA Reauthorization Bill impacted hobby pilots? Will it lead to safer skies? Will the Bill change how you avail airspace authorization?
Nov 03, 2018
ADU 0900: My HOA Says I Cannot Fly My Drone. What Do I Do?
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Today's show is about dealing with condo associations that try to prevent drone pilots from setting flight. Can the HOA legally prevent you from setting flight? Our caller loves to fly from his home balcony and capture some cool aerial shots. Recently, he was in for a rude shock when his HOA ordered him to not set flight from his home anymore. Can the HOA dictate terms and prevent an occupant from setting flight? We discuss some Great Tips that will help you advocate your rights. Drone U members can access the Drone Advocacy Kit - a great resource designed to help you deal with such situations. Are you ready to take your drone mapping skills to the next level? Join us for an intensive weekend of mapping instruction from November 9-11, 2018 in Austin, TX. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Do not forget to share, review and subscribe. Your encouragement keeps us going Today's question is about dealing with condo associations that prevents you from flying your drone Can anyone other than that FAA tell you where to fly, and where not to fly? Can your condo association prohibit you from flying? Drone U Resource for advocating drone laws and protecting your right to fly Can you take off from private land? Overcoming fear with knowledge and education is key Starting from "No" and getting to "Yes" is the hallmark of a good negotiator
Nov 01, 2018
ADU 0899: Can I Use the Osmo with Zoom and Thermal Cameras?
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Today's question is about using handheld stabilizers to capture zoom and thermal shots. Can you use the Osmo to capture such shots? If not, what is your alternative? Our caller, Joe from Nebraska is wondering if he can use his Osmo to capture high zoom and thermal shots. We compare the Osmo to another DJI stabilizer, Ronin S. But, can you mount heavier cameras on the Ronin S? Can you use the Ronin S with your FLIR thermal camera? Tune in to find out.  You can also check out our in-depth Ronin-S review. Thanks for the question, Joe. Fly Safe! Are you ready to take your drone mapping skills to the next level? Join us for an intensive weekend of mapping instruction from November 9-11, 2018 in Austin, TX. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Do not forget to leave us a review; your encouragement keeps us going Learn about our forthcoming in-person mapping class in Austin, TX Today's question is about using the Osmo with zoom and thermal cameras If not the Osmo, can you mount zoom and thermal cameras on any other handheld stabilizers? We discuss the Ronin S Can you mount a FLIR on the Ronin S? How to capture zoom shots using the Ronin S
Oct 31, 2018
ADU 0898: Does FAA Have Any Legal Requirements or Age Criteria for Hiring a Visual Observer (VO)?
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Today's question is about hiring a VO. Does FAA have any legal requirements when it comes to hiring a Visual Observer (VO)? Is it okay to hire a young and inexperienced VO? Our caller, Joe has a question about hiring a Visual Observer (VO) for his drone operations. He has several kids of his own - all of them less than 16 years of age. Is it a good idea to have one his kids operate as a VO? And is he legally allowed by the FAA to do so? We discuss if you can really run the risk of hiring a young and inexperienced person as your VO. Tune in to learn more. Fly Safe! Are you ready to take your drone mapping skills to the next level? Join us for an intensive weekend of mapping instruction from November 9-11, 2018 in Austin, TX. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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. Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access our 34 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Is DJI ready to spring another big surprise at the upcoming 2018 AirWorks Conference? How can Drone U help you prepare for your recency exam? Today's Part 107 question How can you learn more about our forthcoming in-person mapping classes? Today's question is about hiring a Visual observer (VO) Does FAA have a minimum age criteria for a VO? Could you get in trouble with the FAA for hiring a VO who is below 16? Importance of hiring an experienced VO Do you need a remote pilot certificate to operate as a VO? Do you need a state issued driver's license in order to operate as a VO? Would a 15 year old have the mental capacity to operate as a VO? Paul sums up the episode
Oct 30, 2018
ADU 0897: How to Deal with Unlicensed Drone Operators with Zero Regard for the Law
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Today's question is about dealing with unlicensed drone operators. Should you report unlicensed pilots who can possibly cause damage to others because of their frivolous attitude? Our caller, Joe was recently in for a shock. He ran into an unlicensed operator who flew for disaster relief when the last hurricane hit Texas. How should Jill deal with such unlicensed operators who have no regard for the law? Should you call the FSDO to report these guys? Or, should you adopt a more restrained approach? Tune in to find out. Thanks for the question, Jill. Fly Safe! Are you ready to take your drone mapping skills to the next level? Join us for an intensive weekend of mapping instruction from November 9-11, 2018 in Austin, TX. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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. Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access our 34 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 U prepare you for your Part 107 recency exam? Today's Part 107 question Learn about our forthcoming Drone U in-person mapping classes Today's question is about dealing with unlicensed operators You will come across many folks with a cavalier attitude to their jobs How do we, at Drone U deal with unlicensed operators? Dealing with unlicensed operators in an emotionally intelligent way Do not forget to share, review and subscribe
Oct 29, 2018
ADU 0896: How to Discipline Employees Who Do Not Follow Business Procedures
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Today's show is about disciplining your employees and holding them accountable. Lazy and careless employees can stunt an organization's growth. What are some effective ways of preventing this ? Employee insubordination is a common problem that employers and managers have to deal with. And our caller, Michael is no different. Michael recently discovered that a careless employee left drone batteries to charge the entire night - totally unattended. Can this have serious repercussions? Are overheated drone batteries prone to blowing up? We share some valuable battery maintenance tips that will help you conduct your business, safely and with improved profitability. You will also learn some great ways to manage undisciplined employees who are failing to stick to critical business procedures. This is a problem that you want to nip in the bud. Or else there could be serious fallouts for you and your business. Thanks for the question, Michael. Fly Safe! Are you ready to take your drone mapping skills to the next level? Join us for an intensive weekend of mapping instruction from November 9-11, 2018 in Austin, TX. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Recently crashed your drone? Unable to find trained technicians who can repair your drone quickly and at a reasonable rate? Don’t fret. The cool folks at Fortress UAV can help you get your drone back up in the air in as little as 7 days! Use Promo Code “DroneU” to get 10% off. Check them out now! 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. Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access our 34 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Today's Part 107 question Learn about our cool sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about dealing with employee insubordination Can your DJI drone battery catch fire and blow up? Some great battery maintenance tips that will help you conduct your business, safely and profitably Are you liable for damages if your drone battery causes damage to property? How can Michael hold his employee accountable? Questions that Michael should ask his employee to make him realize the gravity of the situation Should you display empathy while dealing with undisciplined employees? The importance of having solid business procedures Should Michael fire his employee if he deals with the situation in a flippant manner? If the employee commits a serious mistake, whose fault is it - the employee's or the employer's? Paul sums up the entire episode Sign up for our next in-person mapping class - in Austin, TX
Oct 27, 2018
ADU 0895: How Do I Deal with Drone Pilots Who Are Attempting to Poach My Clients by Offering Free Services?
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Today's question is about dealing with the competition. How do you deal with drone pilots who offer free drone services in order to steal away your clients? Our caller, Ben from Maryland works in construction management. Along with this, Ben also takes up drone jobs. A new pilot has approached one of Ben's long term clients, and offered to do Ben's work for free. Sure, this is a ploy to steal Ben's client. But, what strategy can Ben employ to retain a valuable client? Should Ben offer to lower his price? What sales strategies can a drone pilot employ to fight back competition and retain existing clients? Tune in for some great advice that will surely help you and your drone business. Thanks for the question, Ben. Fly Safe! Are you ready to take your drone mapping skills to the next level? Join us for an intensive weekend of mapping instruction from November 9-11, 2018 in Austin, TX. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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. Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access our 34 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Today's Part 107 question The importance of investing in a good education - and not just expensive equipment in order to build up your drone business Learn how you can get access to 34 awesome courses for just $1! Today's question is about dealing with pilots who are trying to steal your clients What prompts pilots to offer free services? Concentrating on sales will help you maintain relations and stay relevant How can Ben convince his client to stay with him? The importance of gracious and smart follow up Become a life-long learner if you wish to find success in business A combative nature will only push your clients away Paul sums up the episode Share, subscribe and leave us a review - your encouragement keeps us going What makes the in-person Austin Mapping class such a special and unique experience? Learn about our soon-to-be-launched mapping course
Oct 25, 2018
ADU 0894: How to Conduct Volumetric Measurement of a Water Body Using Drone Mapping
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Today's show is about using drone mapping to estimate volume of a body of water. Is this even possible? If so, what steps do you need to follow in order to make an accurate volumetric assessment? There are a some little-known drone applications that can be hugely beneficial. One of them is making volumetric measurements of water bodies via drone mapping. Our caller, Ken from NJ is wondering if this is even possible. You will learn about the various prerequisites necessary to accurately assess volume of a water body using drone mapping. Tune in to hear Paul provide some great Tips to our caller. Thanks for the great question, Ken. Fly Safe! Are you ready to take your drone mapping skills to the next level? Join us for an intensive weekend of mapping instruction from November 9-11, 2018 in Austin, TX. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Recently crashed your drone? Unable to find trained technicians who can repair your drone quickly and at a reasonable rate? Don’t fret. The cool folks at Fortress UAV can help you get your drone back up in the air in as little as 7 days! Use Promo Code “DroneU” to get 10% off. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access our 34 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Learn about our cool sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about conducting volumetric measurement of a water body using drone mapping Does water have to be absolutely still and clear in order to measure volume? Observe these steps to accurately calculate volume of a water body using drone mapping What is a key point, and what is a tie point?
Oct 24, 2018
ADU 0893: Can You Get Authorization to Fly Your Drone over a Military Base?
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Today's show is about flying your drone over a military base. Is it really difficult to get authorization to fly over a military base? Our caller, Adam wishes to take up a mapping job that involves flying over a military base. Is this possible? Can you get authorization to fly over a military base via LAANC? Paul recounts his own experience and shares some great Tips and Tricks on how to do so. You will also learn how an organized approach will greatly improve your chances of getting an authorization. Thanks for the question, Adam. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access our 34 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. 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 makes our in-person mapping classes such a unique experience? How to create a great mapping deliverable Today's question is about getting permission to fly over a military base Paul recounts how he managed to get permission to fly over a military base What can you do if you are refused permission to fly over a military base? Learn how structured systems and processes can help you get authorization Can you get authorization to fly over a military base through LAANC?
Oct 23, 2018
ADU 0892: Can I Achieve Cinematic Excellence and Mapping Accuracy with an Entry Level Drone like the Mavic or Phantom?
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Today's question is about selecting a drone via which you can achieve cinematic excellence as well as mapping accuracy. Can you opt for the Mavic 2 Pro with its 1 inch Hasselblad sensor? Or, should you rather wait for the soon-to-be-launched Phantom 5? Our caller, Adam has recently passed his 107. Adam has extensive experience in the geo-spatial space courtesy his long military experience. He wishes to leverage this experience to do high-end, value added work. Which is the best drone that Adam can buy? Should he go all out and spend thousands of dollars to purchase a high end drone? Or, will the trusty Phantom do the job? We discuss selection criteria for purchasing the right drone. You will also learn the importance of having structured systems and processes for churning out quality deliverables - again and again. Thanks for the question, Adam, Fly Safe! Recently crashed your drone? Unable to find trained technicians who can repair your drone quickly and at a reasonable rate? Don’t fret. The cool folks at Fortress UAV can help you get your drone back up in the air in as little as 7 days! Use Promo Code “DroneU” to get 10% off. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access our 34 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. 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 Get Access to 34 awesome Drone U Courses for just $1 Learn about our cool sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about selecting a drone for high end work; can you do high end work with an entry level drone like the Phantom? Do you need an expensive drone to do high end work? Or, will an entry level drone like the Phantom do the job? Are you better off investing in education rather than a high end drone? What is the selection criteria for purchasing the right drone? Important to have structured systems and processes to draw maximum benefit from drone technology Which is the best drone for mapping and surveying? How to prep a good client deliverable that provides the end user actionable insights Learn how a construction team can build an expert in-house drone team Is the Mavic 2 Pro a good drone for mapping? Which is the best drone that an organization can use? Are you better off using a DJI drone? Do not forget to share, review and subscribe.Your encouragement keeps us going
Oct 22, 2018
ADU 0891: How Do I Unlock a Red Zone on My DJI Drone?
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Today, we talk about unlocking your DJI drone. Are you being stopped by DJI's geofencing system? How do you unlock your drone so that you can fly again? Our caller, Jon from Canada has a question about DJI's geofencing system. He is wondering how he can unlock a red zone on his DJI drone. DJI's geofencing system can be divided into three zones - green, yellow and red. Dealing with the red zone is particularly tricky. In this show, we reveal the correct way to unlock a red zone. Are there different protocols for unlocking a red zone in Canada? We also share a Drone U Resource that will give you step by step instructions for dealing with this issue. Tune in to learn more. Fly Safe! Recently crashed your drone? Unable to find trained technicians who can repair your drone quickly and at a reasonable rate? Don’t fret. The cool folks at Fortress UAV can help you get your drone back up in the air in as little as 7 days! Use Promo Code “DroneU” to get 10% off. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access our 34 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. 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 Just crashed your drone? Don't fret - Check out our cool sponsor, Fortress UAV Check out our 34 awesome courses for just $1 Today's question is about unlocking a red zone on your DJI drone What is a red zone, and how do you unlock it? What are protocols for unlocking a red zone in Canada? Is there a particular app you can use for unlocking a red zone on your DJI drone? Drone U Members can check out our instructional video that shows you how to unlock a red zone
Oct 19, 2018
ADU 0890: How Do I Find Clients for My Drone Software Business?
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Today's show is about marketing drone software to pilots. What are the current software trends in the drone industry? And how do you find clients for a drone software business? We have a different and interesting question lined up for you today. Our caller, Ryan is a drone pilot and a software developer. Ryan develops software solutions that helps drone pilots provide  a greater user experience. What marketing strategies can Ryan employ to build up a solid clientele? From VR to workflow management, you will also learn about the current software trends in different industry verticals within the drone industry. Thanks for the question, Ryan. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access our 34 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. 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 will you learn in our forthcoming in-person mapping class in Austin, TX? Will you be able to access recordings of the mapping class? Today's question is about the use of software in drone applications Which are some of the popular software's that are being used for different drone applications? We discuss tools for analytics and better workflow How can Ryan's company, Dronestable help drone pilots? How can the Drone U community help folks like Ryan find more clients? Can Ryan target end users instead of drone pilots?
Oct 18, 2018
ADU 0889: DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro RTK – the Ultimate Mapping and Surveying Drone?
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In today's show we talk about DJI's newest launch - the Phantom 4 RTK. Can the Phantom 4 RTK prove to be the ultimate surveying solution? How does this DJI product compare with existing alternatives as far as technical capabilities and cost is concerned? DJI recently launched the Phantom 4 Pro RTK. DJI is offering a drone, base station and the RTK unit at an unbelievable price. Is this too good to be true? You will learn if this RTK drone is equipped to handle highly precise mapping missions. We discuss how making network connections will allow you to eliminate errors and achieve close vertical accuracies. How does the Phantom 4 RTK compare with other surveying systems like Leica and Trimble? Tune in to find out. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Looking for simple, fast and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind? Look no more. The cool folks at Skywatch are offering affordable on-demand drone insurance that rewards YOU for flying safe. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access our 34 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Will you be able to generate survey grade accuracy with the Phantom 4 RTK? Will the new application allow autonomous geo-tagging? Is this a very big deal? Shall you be able to make network connections in order to make corrections and ensure sub cm accuracy? Understanding how connecting to a network helps us arrive at vertical accuracy - which is incredibly hard to achieve Learn about our forthcoming mapping class in Austin Why do we need corrections? What quantum of error will you witness without a network connection? How much will the drone, base station and RTK GPS cost you? Will drone jobbing companies venture into critical mapping with the launch of the Phantom 4 RTK? Do you have any good alternatives to the Phantom 4 RTK? Can you aim for cinematic excellence and surveying accuracy with just one drone now? Learn about Drone U's collaboration with Skywatch
Oct 17, 2018
ADU 0888: How to Make a Demo Reel That Helps You Effectively Market Your Drone Business
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Today's question is about making an impressive drone demo reel. How do you come up with a demo reel that resonates with your target audience? And, how do you use this demo reel to give your drone business greater visibility? Our caller, Jonny is planning on offering his drone services to the construction industry, and is wondering how he can come up with an effective demo reel. In order to do so, Jonny first needs a thorough understanding of the industry that he is targeting, and it's various pain points. Should he make multiple demo reels or single reel? And, what should be his messaging? We also discuss how you can leverage content marketing to give your drone business greater visibility. Thanks to Jonny for the great question. Fly Safe! Recently crashed your drone? Unable to find trained technicians who can repair your drone quickly and at a reasonable rate? Don’t fret. The cool folks at Fortress UAV can help you get your drone back up in the air in as little as 7 days! Use Promo Code “DroneU” to get 10% off. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access our 34 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Is drone delivery finally set to take flight? Learn about our cool sponsor, Fortress UAV and their comprehensive program, "Fortress UAV protect" Today's question is about making an impressive demo reel Creating a demo reel that manages to elevate the user's experience What makes Eagleview such a great tool for roofing inspections? How to make a drone demo reel that resonates with roofing inspectors Incorporating cinematic motion into your drone demo reel Which pain points should you address when prepping a demo reel for drone roof inspection? How to come up with a blog post that helps you market your drone business Discussing the need to research and highlight the benefits of using a drone in your marketing content Content marketing tips that will help your drone business Do you need to make multiple demo reels in order to market your drone business? The importance of sending out thoughtful and well curated emails
Oct 16, 2018
ADU 0887: Can I Educate Students by Live-streaming my Drone Footage to Classrooms?
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Today's question is about live-streaming your drone footage. Can you live-stream drone footage to conduct an interactive class room session? Do you need any additional equipment for doing so? Our caller, Ken from NJ has come up with a well-thought-of question today. He is planning on live-streaming drone footage to classrooms in order to heighten the teaching experience. Seems like a great idea but is it feasible? Does Ken need any additional equipment for facilitating seamless live-streaming? Tune in to find out. Thanks to Ken from NJ for the great question. Fly Safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access our 34 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Get access to awesome content guaranteed to give you the competitive advantage. Check out the Drone U Community now! Today's question is about live-streaming your drone footage Tips and Tricks for seamlessly live-streaming your drone footage Learn about Blackmagic Web Presenter which makes high quality live streaming possible Are there any prominent companies which are using live-streaming at scale?
Oct 15, 2018
ADU 0886: Are There Any Serious Repercussions for Hobby Pilots Who Fly Without FAA’s Permission?
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Today's question is about drone laws for hobby pilots. Can a hobby pilot fly without prior FAA permission in an area with "No Drone" signs? In the worst case scenario, can he simply get away by begging forgiveness? Our caller, Vikram has come up with a question that many of you must be wondering about. With the passage of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act, there are stricter Do's and Don'ts in place for hobby pilots. Vikram is wondering if these strict laws have any teeth to them. Is the FAA likely to take him to task for flying in areas like state fairs with "No Drone" signs? Tune in and listen to Paul and Rob discuss Vikram's quandary. This show is full of some real world insights that you are sure to appreciate greatly. We share Tips, Tricks and Resources that can help you skillfully deal with any confrontations while you are out flying. Thanks to Vikram for the great question. Fly Safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Recently crashed your drone? Unable to find trained technicians who can repair your drone quickly and at a reasonable rate? Don’t fret. The cool folks at Fortress UAV can help you get your drone back up in the air in as little as 7 days! Use Promo Code “DroneU” to get 10% off. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Drone U partners with Pix4D to offer an intensive Accident Scene Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Training Academy in Ashburn, VA from Dec 4-7. Click HERE to learn more! Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access our 34 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Will the passage of the FAA Reauthorization Act 2018 benefit hobby pilots and the drone industry? Learn about our cool sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about hobby pilots navigating drone laws Is it easier to ask for forgiveness instead of permission? Can trade fairs inhibit you from taking off from their property? Can a hobbyist continue to fly in areas with "No Drone" signs? Paul cites the example of the New Mexico State Fair which falls in Class C airspace; can a hobbyist fly here? Can a state fair get a TFR to prevent drone pilots from flying? Do you need to ask for permission if you are attempting to fly from a private property? Learn how the Legal Flyer App can help you get permission to take off and land from a private property Can an hobbyist fly in controlled airspace without prior FAA approval? Can you take off and land if you are not in controlled airspace? Will state fair authorities take you to task if you are flying in areas with"No Drone" signs? Drone U Resources that can help you deal with potential confrontations Ways via which drone pilots can display authority and squash opposition from the get go
Oct 12, 2018
ADU 0885: Drone U Partners with Pix4D for Accident Reconstruction Training hosted by the NTSB
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We have a special episode for you today. Paul is joined by Angad Singh from Pix4D and Bill English from NTSB to discuss the forthcoming Accident Reconstruction Training to be held at the NTSB training academy in Ashburn, VA from December 4-7. This show kickstarts with Paul quizzing Angad Singh about the various nuances of accident reconstruction. You will learn how the complimentary skill-sets of Paul and Angad will result in an awesome training experience. Why is accident reconstruction an excellent use case for drone technology? And, can drone data be validated in courts? We do a DEEP DIVE on these (and many more) important topics. Bill English from NTSB joins us in the latter half of the show. You will learn about the awesome facilities in Ashburn, VA where this intensive accident reconstruction training shall be taking place. Accident scene reconstruction is a different ball game compared to regular mapping. Our unique course is designed to train YOU to map complex scenes and subjects whilst receiving instructions from industry's best. Do not miss out on this super opportunity. Sign Up NOW! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access over 30 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Paul introduces Angad Singh from Pix4D Drone U and Pix4D are teaming up to offer a accident reconstruction class at NTSB training academy in Ashburn, VA Learn how complementary skill-sets offered by Drone U and Pix4D will result in a great training experience Why is accident reconstruction an excellent use case for drones? How to use reference measurement protocol to validate drone data How much do highway closures cost the taxpayer? What are the legal ramifications of using drones for accident scene reconstruction? Will drone data hold up in court? What makes the forthcoming accident reconstruction class a unique experience? Paul introduces Bill English from NTSB What makes accident reconstruction a greater challenge compared to regular UAV mapping? Should you focus on accuracy rather than creating pretty models when mapping an accident site? Learn about our awesome training facilities in Ashburn where you will get a chance to map a plane crash! Who is this training for? Location, Dates and Sign up information for the Accident Scene Reconstruction Training Paul shares some details about our forthcoming flight mastery course
Oct 11, 2018
ADU 0884: How Do I Fly My Drone in an Area with Heavy Interference?
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Today's question is about flying in areas with heavy GPS interference. Flying your drone in GPS negative areas is a different ball game. What are some Tips and Tricks that can help you avoid a drone crash? Our caller, Ashley from London has a chance to take up a lucrative drone assignment. The only catch is that Ashley will be flying in an oil rig. What precautions should Ashley observe if he were to take up this job? We cover all important aspects from flying technique to drone settings to drone insurance which shall help Ashley successfully execute this risky job. Tune in for some expert tips. Thanks to the caller for the question. Fly Safe! If your found this show interesting, you might want to check out our Drills and Exercises course. If you need drone training from some of the best names in the industry, check out our Drone U Elite program. 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. Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access over 30 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 awesome Drone Business Course Today's question is about flying in areas with heavy interference Is it necessary to use spark proof drones for flying in oil rigs? The importance of flying in Atti mode in an interference heavy environment Should you turn off "Smart Go Home" on your drone? What should you set your signal loss to? RTH, Hover or Auto-land? Important to monitor battery voltage when flying a risky job Tips and Tricks for taking off safely We sum up the entire episode Discussing the necessity of availing the right drone insurance and sufficient coverage Should you use prop guards in an interference heavy environment?
Oct 09, 2018
ADU 0883: Can I Use the Phantom 4 Pro or the Mavic 2 for Optimizing Irrigation Systems?
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Today's question is about creating water delineation models via UAV mapping. What sort of actionable insights will you get from a water delineation model? And, which are the best drone systems for this job? Drone mapping is being used to acquire intelligence for little known applications. One such application is optimization of irrigation systems. Our caller is contemplating using the Phantom 4 Pro or the all new Mavic 2 to create a water delineation model. Is this a wise choice? Paul states important criteria that the caller should consider before buying a drone for this job. We also reveal and discuss the capabilities of the 3 in 1 drone camera, Altum. What are the benefits of using the Altum for UAV mapping? Tune in to this informative packed episode. Thanks to the caller for the great question. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Recently crashed your drone? Unable to find trained technicians who can repair your drone quickly and at a reasonable rate? Don’t fret. The cool folks at Fortress UAV can help you get your drone back up in the air in as little as 7 days! Use Promo Code “DroneU” to get 10% off. Check them out now! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access over 30 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. 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 newest sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about using drone mapping for water delineation models in order to optimize irrigation systems Can you use the Mavic 2 for UAV mapping? Learn what the initial reports suggest Does the global shutter on the Phantom 4 Pro V2 render it a better for drone mapping? 3 Factors that will make a drone ideal for UAV mapping Can you make water delineation models with the Phantom 4 Pro? What sort of actionable insights can you get from a water delineation model? Learn about the 3 in 1 drone camera, Altum by Micasense with thermal, multispectral and EO capabilities Can you use a DJI drone to fly the Altum?
Oct 09, 2018
ADU 0882: The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Passed by Senate. What Does It Mean for the Drone Industry?
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In today's episode we analyze the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018. How will this Act impact our drone industry? We do a DEEP DIVE to discuss all facets (both good and bad). It is a momentous day for drone industry - The FAA Reauthorization Act has been finally passed by Senate. So, how does this Act impact you? If you are a hobby pilot, there is a lot that you need to know about how this Act will affect you. We also discuss if drone deliveries will finally set flight. Other pertinent issues that we discuss are waivers and airspace authorizations, safety and security and UTM implementation. You will also learn about the soon to be launched DJI's LAANC system. Does this pose any security threats? Tune in to this information packed 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. Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access over 30 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 Interesting drone stories  from last week Check out our 34 awesome course for just $1 Senate passes the 2018 Reauthorization Bill Important facets of the 2018 Reauthorization Bill Will drone delivery and Amazon Prime Air be a reality now? What does the new Reauthorization Bill mean for hobbyists? Will hobby pilots have to take an online test now? Do things change for institutes for higher education? Will the approval of waivers and airspace authorizations become easier now? Analyzing how this new Act affects the airspace rights of tribal governments Discussing how the new Bill address privacy issues; how does it mean for counter drone systems? Will folks who use drones equipped with weapons be dealt with strictly? Will enforcement become stricter now? What about UTM implementation? How does this new Act address safety and security threats? Is the Department of Education's proposed 2 year program a good idea? Learn about DJI's soon to be launched LAANC system; Can this cause a  security threat?
Oct 05, 2018
ADU 0881: Expert Tips for Improving Drone Mapping Workflow and Profitability
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Today's show is about pricing strategies in drone mapping. What is the optimum workflow for driving efficiencies and profitability in drone mapping? Our caller, Mark is elated on the prospect of executing his first mapping project - a 2 acre commercial box store. But at the same time, Mark is unsure how much he should charge for his drone services. In order to help Mark achieve clarity, we touch upon all major aspects like workflow, equipment and expenses. How does Mark ensure that his client can easily interact with the map/model? And, how can he achieve survey grade accuracy? We discuss how Mark can accurately set GCP's. And we compare different GPS units to suggest the best option for Mark. In this show you will learn about the various factors that you need to consider while bidding for a complex mapping project. Whether you are a new to the drone business or an established player, this short episode is loaded with some great nuggets guaranteed to give you the competitive edge. Thanks to Mark for the question. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself a Drone U landing pad! Recently crashed your drone? Unable to find trained technicians who can repair your drone quickly and at a reasonable rate? Don't fret. The cool folks at Fortress UAV can help you get your drone back up in the air in as little as 7 days! Use Promo Code "DroneU" to get 10% off. Check them out now! 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. Become a Drone U Member. Try us out for 14 days and access over 30 courses, including Part 107 training, plus our amazing community for $1. Follow us: Site - http://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get 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 forthcoming Mapping Classes – http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Learn about our in-person mapping classes The Drone U Business Course is up on the site - Check it out now! Today's question is about drone mapping workflow and pricing strategies Paul shares quality his experience of working with a the RTK-GPS enabled Leica rover station Various factors to consider while making a client deliverable Learn how your client can interact with your maps and models using Pix4D cloud Can you expect clients to take measurements off your drone model? How to set GCP's to arrive at survey grade accuracy Is it a good idea to remotely connect to a mapping class? The importance of marking Manual Tie Points (MTP's) in the correct manner What are the various expenses that you need to consider while bidding for a complex mapping project? How do Aeropoints compare to Trimble with regards to ease of use and accuracy? Are there any issues with using EmLid's Reach RTK unit? Learn how net connectivity in Trimble's GPS unit helps eliminate errors How much will it cost you to rent a Leica RTK system? How much should Mark bid for the project? Worried about crashing your drone? Our newest sponsor, Fortress UAV can help you out Should Mark charge on an hourly basis or by line item? How long will it take you to acquire mapping data for a complex project? Discussing the need to factor in opportunity cost or sunk cost while bidding on a project Should you try and match the bid of drone jobbing companies like Dronebase and Uplift? How much should Mark charge? And can he justify this cost? How long will the point cloud clean up take Mark?
Oct 05, 2018
ADU 0880: How Can a Drone Pilot Achieve Work-Life Balance?
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Today's question is about achieving good work-life balance. Managing our personal and professional lives is a daily struggle for most of us. Is it possible to grow your drone business without compromising your family life? Our caller, Josh from UK has come up with an interesting and highly relevant question. Like most of you, Josh is willing to go the extra mile to build his drone business. However, he wishes to achieve success without compromising on his personal life. Is work-life balance possible for folks like Josh who are scaling up their drone business? Rob and Paul reveal how they manage their hectic work commitments without compromising on their family time. Thanks to Josh from UK for the 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 How can Drone U help you clear your Part 107 recency Today's Part 107 Practice Question Today's question is about better work-life balance Why is it critical that you love what you do? The importance of staying healthy while you develop your drone business Learning to draw boundaries between the personal and professional Cultivating flexibility can help you better manage your commitments Paul and Rob sum up the entire episode
Oct 01, 2018
ADU 0879: How Do You Fight Back Drone Jobbing Companies That Are Trying to Poach Your Clients?
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Today's question is about drone jobbing companies. How do you deal with companies like DroneBase and Uplift who are trying to lure away clients by offering dirt cheap services? Our caller, Kevin has been a drone pilot since the past 5 years. Kevin is worried that drone jobbing companies might poach his clients. What strategies can Kevin employ to retain his clients? Paul and Rob reveal how client relationships, flawless service and ironclad systems and processes can help you to not only retain your new clients - but also to find new ones. Thanks to Kevin for the 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 Check out our forthcoming Mapping Classes - http://bit.ly/DroneMappingClasses Timestamps Learn how you can get access to 33 comprehensive courses for just $1 Today's Part 107 practice question Today's question is about drone jobbing companies Strategies that can help you fight back jobbing companies and retain your clients Paul talks of his experience with Dronebase when they tried to poach his client Networking techniques that drone pilots can learn from jobbing companies; we discuss the importance of showing appreciation The importance of keep it real when marketing your services Should you spend your energies in educating your client? The need to increase your efficiency levels in order to stay ahead of the competition Lessons from drone jobbing companies which will help you stay ahead of the pack Understanding pricing strategies and client psyche Check out our forthcoming mapping classes
Sep 28, 2018
ADU 0878: Will My Private Pilot License Help Me Get More Drone Jobs? And, Should I Use Carbon Fiber Blades for My Phantom 4 Pro?
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Today we have a two part question. The first part is about the benefit (if any) of advertising a private pilot license. The second part is about carbon fiber blades. Our caller is a manned pilot who has just ventured into the drone business. He is wondering if using carbon fiber blades on his Phantom 4 Pro can help him in any way. Paul deep dives into this topic and we suggest all possible pros and cons that our caller needs to be aware of. The second part of this question is about using your private pilot license to market your drone business. Is this a good idea? Rob and Paul are in different camps on this one. Tune in to find out if they manage to arrive at a consensus. Thanks to the caller for the wonderful 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 How can Drone U help you clear your Part 107 recency exam Today's Part 107 Practice question Today we have a two part question - we discuss if you should advertise your private pilot license; the second part is about using carbon fiber props What are the pros and cons of using carbon fiber props? Should you use carbon fiber props for Inspires and hexacopters? Will using carbon fiber props make your drone quieter? What does Paul think about using a private pilot license to market your drone business? Does Rob agree with Paul on this topic?
Sep 27, 2018
ADU 0877: What Strategies Can I Employ to Scale up My Drone Business?
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Today's question is about scaling up your drone business. What steps do you need to take in order to transition from a one man show to a larger organization? Our caller, Josh is in a dilemma. Like many of his counterparts, Josh owns a flourishing drone business. However, because he is running his drone business as a one man show, he is unable to grow beyond a certain level. Should he hire folks to help him out so that he concentrate on developing more lucrative industry verticals? While this is the right thing to do, there is also a need to tread with caution. We discuss how prudent hiring practices, proper systems and thorough planning is critical if you are take your business to greater heights. Thanks to Josh from UK for the great 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 Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It...and Why the Rest Don't (Rockefeller Habits 2.0) - https://amzn.to/2NGaxlK Timestamps Today's Part 107 Practice Question Today's question is about scaling up your drone business Learn about our new Drone Business Course Steps to take into consideration when scaling up your drone business How to hire the right person for your drone business Should you hire a specialist in the initial years of your drone business? Important to maintain an unwavering focus on sales Should you plan out every aspect of your business before you set the ball rolling? Why is it critical to have ironclad systems before you scale up your drone business The need to move away from being a sole proprietor Documenting your systems is critical for proper implementation We share a great resource for documenting your plans and systems Paul and Rob sum up the entire episode
Sep 26, 2018
ADU 0876: Can I capture images of a private property for an investigative business?
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Today's episode is about using your drone for an investigative business. Are you abiding with the law if you use your drone for an investigation? Our caller, Chris from Miami has come up with a question that many you must be wondering about. Chris has received an offer to fly his drone over a private property in order to conduct some investigations. Does the law permit Chris to do so? We discuss the various Do's and Don'ts that you need to be aware of. Thanks to Chris for the 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 Learn about our upcoming in-person classes - https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events/ Timestamps Get access to 33 awesome Drone U courses for just $1 Today's Part 107 Practice question Today's Question is about flying your drone over a private property in order to conduct an investigation Learn about our upcoming in-person classes Can Chris take pictures of a private property for conducting an investigation? Can you take off from a private property? Is it morally correct to use your drone for an investigation?
Sep 25, 2018
ADU 0875: I Wish to Film a Golf Course. What Technical and Commercial Advice Do You Have for Me?
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Today's question is about filming a golf course. What pricing strategies and flying techniques should you use while flying a golf course? We have some great Tips and Tricks just for you. Our caller, Ivan from Las Vegas is working at a high end country club. Because Ivan is Part 107 certified, his employers have approached him to make a marketing video. What pricing strategies should Ivan employ? Does he need to set up a LLC before he starts working on his first job? We also discuss some flying techniques that will help Ivan do a great job. Thanks to Ivan 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 Should you delay renewing your Part 107 license till the last moment? Today's Part 107 Practice Question Today's question is about filming a golf course Expert Tips for filming a golf course How to successfully outsource editing of your drone footage Flying techniques that will help you grab some great footage Discussing pricing strategies; should you opt for package pricing? Is it a good idea to augment your aerials with ground shots How to register your drone business as a LLC
Sep 24, 2018
ADU 0874: What Are the Benefits of Using Applications like Litchi and Autopilot?
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Today's question is about the Litchi application. Should you use apps like Litchi and Autopilot to set waypoints? Are there any other applications that you can use? Our caller, Josh from UK has come up with a question that many of you must be wondering about. Does using applications like Litchi and Autopilot simplify your flying experience and allow you to capture better shots? We reveal the benefits of using these applications. We also discuss if other applications like UGCS and DJI GS Pro compare well with Litchi. We wrap up this show with some great Tips and Tricks that are sure to help you in your business. Thanks to Josh for the great 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. 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 Get your weBoost Drive (Cell Signal Booster) - https://amzn.to/2xBvvHr Timestamps Learn about our cool sponsor, Colorado Drone Chargers Today's question is about applications like Litchi and Autopilot Which apps are compatible with CrystalSky? Have drone pilots had a positive experience with Litchi so far? What are some benefits of using Litchi? Are there any comparable applications? How does UGCS compare to Litchi? Discussing the importance of backing up your data Are there any issues with with using DJI GS Pro? The importance of terrain awareness when experiencing extreme elevation gain How can you get cell service in undeveloped areas with poor signal? We share some cool resources How to set your MOCA on a mapping mission What is the benefit of using Litchi when doing orbits on a mapping mission? Learn how you can become a Drone U member for just $1
Sep 21, 2018
ADU 0873: Is Your Airspace Authorization Expiring Shortly? Should You Renew It?
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Today's episode is about renewing your airspace authorization. With LAANC in place, do you really need to renew your airspace authorization? We have some great Tips just for you. Airspace authorizations granted outside of Dronezone or LAANC are set to expire soon. So, if you are in this same boat, should you go for an airspace authorization renewal? With LAANC already launched nationwide, does renewing your airspace authorization really make sense? Have any airports been redacted from LAANC? We dive into the nitty gritty of this topic. Tune in now to learn all there is to know about renewing your airspace authorization. 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 Learn about our forthcoming Search & Rescue class Discussing Shane's awesome SAR software, "Locate" which was recently featured on CNN Is your airspace authorization expiring shortly? Steps for renewing airspace authorizations availed outside Dronezone portal or LAANC Can you avail a wide area or long term authorization on DroneZone? What is the current status of the LAANC system? Should you be extending your wide area authorization? How many cities are a part of the LAANC system? Are there any cities which have been redacted from the LAANC system? Get your Drone U membership for just $1! Do not miss out!
Sep 21, 2018
ADU 0872: Interview with Skywatch’s Brandon Packman – How Their Innovative Drone Insurance Can Empower Pilots to Fly Safely
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Today we have a very special show. Brandon Packman from Skywatch joins Paul to discuss their different drone insurance products which have been creating quite a buzz. In this episode, you will discover all pertinent details of Skywatch's revolutionary and well thought of drone insurance. Does Skywatch offer liability insurance as well as hull insurance? Who is the underwriting partner for Skywatch? Skywatch's insurance products reward drone pilots for safe flying by assigning them a score. But, do you need to use the Skywatch app in order to avail their discount? And does Skywatch integrate with other popular mapping applications? Tune in now to learn all about this innovation solution. 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 Brandon to listeners Brief background of Skywatch; learn what sets Skywatch apart from other drone insurance products How Skywatch is attempting to emulate safe driver discounts Does Skywatch offer a monthly plan? Does Skywatch offer liability and hull insurance? How does the Skywatch algorithm work? How to obtain certificate of insurance using Skywatch Brandon share details about their monthly plan Brandon shares his contact details What is the difference between liability and hull insurance? Who is the underwriting partner for Skywatch? Is Skywatch available in New York? We discuss usage based insurance How many claims have been made so far? Do you need to fly through the Skywatch app in case you need to avail their discount? Does Skywatch integrate with DroneDeploy? What about Mappilot? Does Skywatch offer integration? Brandon elaborates on how Skywatch calculates the safety score Brandon shares his contact details
Sep 18, 2018
ADU 0871: How Do You Fix a Drifting Horizon Line?
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Today's episode is about fixing a drifting horizon line. A drifting horizon line is an eyesore that can potentially lead to unhappy clients. So, what are some Tips and Tricks to deal with this problem? We have another great question lined up for you today. Our caller is unsure how she can fix a drifting horizon line. Can calibrating your IMU help you deal with this issue? If yes, what are some ways to correctly calibrate your IMU? We also discuss how knowing how addressing this common pain point can help you find new clients for your drone business. Thanks to the caller for the 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 fixing a drifting horizon line Can an IMU calibration help you deal with this issue? Can you easily correct a drifting horizon line? Discussing how correcting a drifting horizon line can help you with your client networking How do you shorten your IMU calibration time? Send you question to Ask Drone You now!
Sep 17, 2018
ADU 0870: Will the Introduction of New Hobbyist Rules via Section 344 Bring About Greater Compliance in the Drone Industry?
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Today's episode is about the proposal to introduce new hobbyist rules. Section 336 has led to an environment of non compliance. Are the new rules designed to correct this situation? Vic joins Paul and Rob to discuss the various aspects of Section 344. Section 344 is a proposed set of new hobbyist rules that might replace Section 336. AMA has been vehemently opposing these new rules. Is there any merit in their argument? We discuss why Section 344 is a win-win situation for both the AMA and the FAA. Will enforcements increase if Section 344 goes through? Will flying become more difficult for hobby pilots? Tune in to find out why the removal of section 336 might in fact do good to the drone industry. Fly Safe! If you enjoyed listening to this episode, you might want to check out our, "Legalities" playlist on YouTube. 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 episode is about hobbyist rules that have lead to an environment of non compliance in the drone industry Learn about the proposed Section 344 that might replace Section 336 What is the current status of Section 344? Is the removal of section 336 a good thing? Has section 336 taken away the rule-making power from FAA? Is there any truth to AMA's argument? We share some interesting details of Section 344 What will be the role of CBO's if Section 344 is passed? Reasons why the 344 is a win-win for the AMA and the FAA Would enforcements increase if 344 goes through? Vic's appeal to AMA Did AMA help with the drafting of Section 336? Will a hobbyist need LAANC for flight authorization? Paul sums up today's episode Do not forget to share and leave us a review Check out our 33 exhaustive and awesome courses
Sep 14, 2018
ADU 0869: How Can a Drone Pilot Help out with Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief?
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With Hurricane Florence about to hit east coast, many drone pilots have been reaching out to us - and inquiring how they can help out. While we appreciate the noble intent, flying your drone in hurricane stricken areas is not permitted unless you have proper authorization. Rather than getting in touch with the FAA, you need to get authorization from FEMA. Passing the FEMA ICS-100 online test will render you eligible for flying. Click here for step by step instructions for passing your FEMA test. You can also get in touch with DroneBase and Uplift and check if they need your help with any jobs. Contacting Humanitarian Drones is another way of helping out. If you are flying for search & rescue or search & recovery, get in touch with Paul or PJ from TerraVigilis to access a search and rescue software which will help you immensely with your image processing. 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 Paul shares details of our new Search and Rescue class Today's Part 107 Practice Question Learn about our cool sponsor, Colorado Drone Chargers Today we discuss how drone pilots can help out with Hurricane Florence disaster relief Can you self deploy to help out in hurricane stricken areas? Should you call the FAA if you wish to help out in disaster relief? Whom can you contact if you wish to help out in disaster relief? How can drone pilots contact FEMA? Practical considerations for helping out in disaster relief How to pass the FEMA ICS-100 online test Necessary to get basic survival training before you help out in disaster relief Should you look for ways to help out via DroneBase and Uplift? Get in touch with Paul or PJ to access a search and rescue software that can help you with image processing Learn about our forthcoming mapping training with Pix4D and NTSB
Sep 13, 2018
ADU 0868: Can I Build My Drone Business by Processing Imagery for Other Mapping Companies?
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Today's episode is about drone business. Can you build a drone business by simply offering processing services to mapping companies? How do you find clients for such a business? Our caller, Tyler from Ontario is wondering if there is a market for processing mapping imagery. Would there be mapping companies doing the data acquisition in house, and outsourcing the processing? We touch upon various aspects of drone business such as mapping software and different outsourcing platforms in order to answer his question. You will discover if learning Pix4D alone with suffice for such a drone business. We also discuss some outsourcing platforms that are your best bets for finding clients. If you liked this video, you might want to check out our “Drone Mapping” playlist on YouTube. Thanks to Tyler 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 processing 3D maps for other mapping companies Can providing just image processing prove to be a viable drone business? Is Fiverr the right platform for finding clients for your drone business? What upsells can you provide? Learn about this cool tool through which you can create an interface using mapping images Will you require a really powerful computer to process maps? Which other software apart from Pix4D should you learn? Learn about our forthcoming course on interior and exterior mapping What is the one thing that DroneDeploy does better than everyone else? Challenges with using Pix4D for volumetric measurement Paul sums up today's episode
Sep 12, 2018
ADU 0867: Can I Use My Phantom 3 for Drone Mapping?
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Today's episode is about the Phantom 3. Can you produce accurate 3D maps and models with the Phantom 3? Can you really substitute the Phantom 4 Pro with the Phantom 3? Our caller, Remy used his Phantom 3 Professional for drone mapping. However, the results were not up to the mark. Can switching to Pix4D from DroneDeploy help Remy? We discuss if this is a software issue or a sensor issue. You will learn if it is possible to generate accurate survey grade maps using the small GoPro sensor on the Phantom 3. Tune in now. Fly Safe! If you liked this video, you might want to check out our "Drone Mapping" playlist on YouTube. 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 Learn how Drone U can help you clear your recency Today's Part 107 practice question Today's question is about the Phantom 3 Is Remy facing a software issue or a sensor issue? Do you need a Phantom 4 Pro to produce accurate drone maps? Is the Mavic 2 Pro sensor really a Hasselblad? Or is it a Sony? Learn about our forthcoming mapping class Will using Pix4D generate better results? Do you really need a better sensor for drone mapping? Is photogrammetry a science or art?
Sep 11, 2018
ADU 0866: Phantom 5 – Are the Rumors True?
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Today's episode is about the Phantom 5. After the Mavic 2 launch, the one question on everyone's mind is, "When is the Phantom 5 coming out?" Our caller, Kevin from Ohio already owns a Spark and Mavic Pro, and is eagerly waiting for the Phantom 5. DJI has upped the ante significantly with the Mavic 2, and there are various rumors doing the rounds about the soon to be launched Phantom 5. Has DJI really stopped manufacturing the Phantom 4? Will the Phantom 5 render the Mavic 2 obselete? And, will the this much awaited drone be waterproof? Tune in to find out if this is indeed true. 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 Learn how you can access 33 exhaustive Drone U courses for just $1 Today's question is about the Phantom 5 Is there a definite launch date for the Phantom 5? Has DJI stopped manufacturing the Phantom 4 Pro? What are the rumors pertaining to Phantom 5? Which is the best selling DJI drone? Will the Phantom 5 be waterproof? Will the Phantom 5 be a great drone for mapping? Paul shares how he built his drone business with Phantoms Learn about our forthcoming search and rescue course Factors that can help you get sub 2 inch survey grade accuracy in UAV mapping
Sep 10, 2018
ADU 0865: How Do I Rent Airspace Authorizations from Another Drone Pilot?
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Today's question is about renting airspace authorizations. Are there any issues with renting airspace authorization from a fellow drone pilot? How can you expedite this process? Our caller, John from Oklahoma tried to get his airspace authorization via LAANC. But was unable to do so. Can he rent an airspace authorization from a fellow drone pilot? Does FAA allow this "give and take" of airspace authorizations? We discuss the various issues surrounding airspace authorizations, and discuss the steps you can take to overcome them. You will also learn how Drone U can help you expedite the whole process. Watch out for some interesting information about our forthcoming courses.  Thanks to John for the great question. Fly Safe! If you liked this video, you might want to check out our "Flight Approval" playlist on YouTube. 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 Learn about our exhaustive Part 107 training which can help you clear your recency test Today's Part 107 Practice Question Discussing FAA's new statement at Interdrone Learn about our cool sponsor, Colorado Drone Chargers Today's question is about renting airspace authorizations Discussing the growing popularity of renting airspace authorizations How can Drone U help you rent authorizations? Does FAA allow you you to rent airspace authorizations from another drone pilot? Recounting the David Boggs episode Does experience count when applying for airspace authorization? What is FAA's take on this? What is the biggest issue with renting out authorizations? Learn how you can overcome it Does it make sense to file for authorizations at all airports close to you? How can you use airspace authorization on a recurrent basis? Should you make a contractual arrangement while renting airspace authorization? Will a verbal arrangement suffice? How can you expedite the process of availing airspace authorizations? Discussing the importance of cultivating good relationships with ATC officials If you liked what you heard, please leave us a review Learn about our forthcoming courses
Sep 08, 2018
ADU 0864: How Can a Drone Pilot Share Live Feed with a Client
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Today's episode is about sharing a drone's live feed with a client. How do you deal with curious clients who wish to monitor your work? We discuss the various alternatives. Our caller, Greg is at a loss on how to deal with an intrusive client. Clients are prone to curiosity, and often they like to keep tabs on what is going on. How do you deal with such clients? We suggests ways via which the client can view the live feed without being intrusive. Tune in for some great HACKS which are sure to increase your productivity. 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 Part 107 Practice Question Today's we discuss the various alternatives for sharing your live feed with your client How does Paul deal with curious clients? Tips for preparing yourself to work in high pressure situations Discussing the various options to share your live feed Is it a good idea for a drone pilot to use DJI Goggles?
Sep 04, 2018
ADU 0863: How to Create a Hyperlapse of a Construction Site
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Today's episode is about creating a hyperlapse of a construction site. What camera settings and applications should you use for creating a hyperlapse? Our today's caller, Matt from Australia needs some tips in order to create a hyperlapse of a construction site. What are the commercial and technical considerations for creating a seamless hyperlapse? We discuss intelligent flight modes and applications. We also discuss how long it will take you and what you can potentially charge. This episode is loaded with Tips and Tricks that will help you create a hyperlapse in the most efficient way possible. Thanks to Matt from Australia 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 Part 107 Practice Question Today's question is about creating a hyperlapse of a construction site Should you use the Mavic 2 Pro for creating a hyperlapse of a construction site? How to create a seamless hyperlapse How to fly in intelligent flight mode by defining point of interest Should you use photos or videos for creating a hyperlapse? What should be your time interval while creating a hyperlapse? Can you have the same camera tilt for all you hyperlapse shots? Should you use photos or videos for creating a hyperlapse? Which application can you use for creating a hyperlapse? Tips and Tricks for editing a Hyperlapse How to achieve smooth transition in post processing Which safety gear do you need while working on a construction site? What should be the length and duration of a hyperlapse? How to smoothen a hyperlapse Should you edit footage as you shoot? Discussing cost and a drone pilot's hourly rate for shooting a hyperlapse
Sep 03, 2018
ADU 0862: What Are the Alternatives for Interior 3D Drone Mapping and Modeling?
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Today's question is about interior drone mapping. Is interior drone mapping and modeling possible? Which tools can you use to create an interior 3D drone model? Our caller, Dave. all the way from Sydney has come up with a great question. Dave has a lucrative opportunity which requires him to create a 3D drone model. He is wondering if he can do so without GPS. You will learn about the different software which you can possibly use for interior drone mapping. We also discuss a Pix4D case study where they have documented their data acquisition methodology and findings in great details. Please click here to access the full study. You will learn how you can achieve accuracy in interior drone mapping that is comparable to that achieved with a total station.Tune in to learn more. Fly Safe! 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 Learn about our cool sponsor, Colorado Drone U chargers How to renew your Part 107 certificate Today's Part 107 Quiz Question Today's question is about interior drone mapping and modeling Paul answers today's Part 107 Quiz Question Is interior mapping possible? Learn how Drone U can help you Which is the best solution for interior drone mapping and modeling? We discuss Matterport Discussing the Pix4D report that details data acquisition and results for interior mapping and modeling Is interior drone mapping comparable to total station as far as accuracy is concerned? Is Matterport the best solution for interior drone mapping and modeling? Are there any other alternatives? Is Unity 3D a good alternative for interior drone mapping and modeling?
Aug 31, 2018
ADU 0861: What Happens If I Do Not Renew My Part 107?
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Today we discuss the repercussions of NOT renewing your Part 107 license. Can you get into trouble for flying without your Part 107 license? Our today's caller is contemplating not renewing his Part 107. We discuss the various reasons why this is NOT a good idea. What happens if an unlicensed operator crashes his drone? Can he claim damages from the insurance company? We discuss how one freak incident can have far reaching implications. Tune in to this informative episode. Fly Safe! Get your questions answered: http://askdroneu.com/. 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! 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 your Mavic 2 - bit.ly/djidrones Timestamps Learn about our cool sponsor, Colorado Drone Chargers How can you buy the Mavic Pro 2? Paul shares a link to the DJI store Today's question is about renewing your Part 107 How many Part 107 enforcement's have been made as per the Freedom of Information Act? Discussing how low cost is added incentive to renew your Part 107 What are the repercussions for an unlicensed operator who crashes his drone? Can he claim insurance? Can you be sued for negligence if you crash your drone? Some of the factors that can cause a drone crash Can you be investigated by federal investigators if you crash your drone? We discuss how unlicensed operators can be slapped with a lawsuit
Aug 30, 2018
ADU 0860: Mavic 2 Pro vs. Mavic 2 Zoom – Which Is a Better Buy?
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Today's episode is about the new Mavic 2. Which drone should you buy - the Mavic 2 Pro or the Mavic 2 Zoom? By popular demand, today's episode is again about the Mavic 2. Drone pilots have asking us a ton of questions pertaining to the new Mavic. Is the Mavic 2 Pro a better buy compared to the Mavic 2 Zoom? Or, does the Dolly Zoom feature on the Mavic 2 Zoom make it a must buy? Among other things, we also discuss low light capability and mapping performance. Tune in to discover the answers to these important questions before you make your purchase. 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 your Mavic 2 - bit.ly/djidrones Timestamps Which drone would you call the "jack of all trades"? Why is it always better to wait for a while before forming your opinion about a new drone? Reviewing the capabilities of the Mavic 2 Pro Should you get the Mavic 2 Pro or Mavic 2 Zoom? Learn about Mavic 2 Zoom's Dolly Zoom shot Which drone is better for mapping - the Mavic 2 Pro or Mavic 2 Zoom? Can you use the Mavic 2 Zoom for mapping cellphone towers? Does the Mavic 2 Pro use a Sony sensor? Will the new Mavic have better low light capability? Watch out for our forthcoming mapping comparison between the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom How can you buy the new Mavic? We share details about our forthcoming Don't Crash Course
Aug 29, 2018
ADU 0859: Reviewing the All New Mavic 2 – Specifications, Capabilities and Applications
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In today's episode, we review the all new Mavic 2. We review specifications, capabilities and applications of this much awaited DJI drone. Drone U Chief Pilot, Paul Aitken joins us from New York City to review the all new Mavic 2. The Mavic 2 is available in two variants - Pro and Zoom. Michael Oldenburg from DJI shares some of the Mavic 2's coolest features. You will learn about the beautiful visual imagery you can create using the new Hasselblad sensor. Later on, we are joined by Angad Singh from Pix4D. Can you use the Mavic 2 for UAV mapping in spite of its rolling shutter? And, are photogrammetry results comparable to drones with a global shutter? Angad also shares some precautions that you need to take while shooting with a rolling shutter. So, should you buy the new Mavic? Tuning in to this comprehensive review will give you all the information that you need to make your decision. 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 Top 3 things that make the Mavic Pro 2 and the Mavic Pro 2 zoom so special Discussing the cool new feature on the Mavic 2 - dolly zoom How much will the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom cost? Will the 1 inch CMOS sensor on the Mavic 2 allow you to shoot in 4K 60 fps? How fast can the new Mavic go? Is Attitude mode on the new Mavic? Learn about Mavic's solid obstacle avoidance Discussing the capabilities of the Hasselblad sensor on the new Mavic Are buyers more likely to buy the Mavic 2 Pro or Mavic 2 zoom? Angad Singh from Pix4D discusses if you can get good photogrammetry results in spite of the linear rolling shutter Precautions to observer while shooting with a rolling shutter Learn about Pix4D Capture's function which allows you to compensate for linear rolling shutter Will UAV mapping take more time with the Mavic 2? Learn about the color and dynamic range offered by the Mavic 2 Will images require pre-processing? Photogrammery - a art and science Can you map with the Mavic 2 zoom? Can the Mavic 2 prove to be a good replacement for the Phantom 4 Pro? Paul shares how the 1 inch Hasselblad sensor on the new Mavic results in extraordinary images Paul sums up the Mavic 2 review
Aug 28, 2018
ADU 0858: How Do You Upload Your Real Estate Videos to MLS and YouTube?
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Today's episode is about uploading your real estate videos to MLS and YouTube. Are there any other platforms to which you should upload your drone videos? Our caller, AJ needs some help with uploading real estate videos to MLS and YouTube. We provide instructions on how to do just that. We also discuss some little known facts about MLS that are sure to interest you. We also discuss other platforms such as Vimeo and Zillow. Why do realtors prefer Vimeo? And, should you focus your energies on Zillow? Tune in to discover these answers. We thank AJ for the 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 How can you access some of the best Drone U podcasts? Today's question is about uploading your real estate videos to MLS and YouTube Can you directly upload your real estate video to MLS? Should you build a YouTube Channel or Account? Why do realtors prefer Vimeo over YouTube? We discuss how concentrating on Zillow rather than MLS can yield rich dividends
Aug 24, 2018
ADU 0857: How Do You Gauge the Skill Level of a Drone Pilot?
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Today's episode is about gauging piloting skills. Is the FAA successful in accurately gauging the skill level of a drone pilot? What are some tricks for determining that a drone pilot knows his stuff? Our caller has come up with a great question today. How do you determine if a drone pilot is really good at what he does? Does getting a Part 107 certification validate a pilot's skills? We discuss some Tips and Tricks which can help you answer this question. You will also learn how Drone U can help you improve your piloting skills. 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 ascertaining the piloting skills How successful is FAA in accurately gauging piloting skills? Discussing the proposed Reauthorization Bill which could render Part 107 obsolete What could be FAA's motive behind removing Part 107? Rules for takeoff and landing that every drone pilot should follow Should you go for an IMU calibration every time? Some more important things that every drone pilots should know How can Drone U help you improve your piloting skills? How to gauge piloting skills by looking at drone footage If you liked what you heard, please leave us a good review
Aug 24, 2018
ADU 0856: How Do You Pitch Your Drone Services to a Construction Company?
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Today's question is about getting drone business from a construction company. What is the right way to make your sales pitch? And, what are the different drone applications in construction? Our caller, Shane is confused on how he can get drone business from construction companies. There are many stakeholders in a construction company - project managers, general contractor, sub contractors, architects and designers. How do you figure out the right person to champion your cause? And once you do so, how do you make your sales pitch? We also discuss the different applications of drones in construction. You will also learn the importance of understanding customer requirements for making a successful sales pitch. Thanks to Shane 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 getting drone business from a construction company What are the different deliverables that you can make to a construction company? Paul shares how he made his last pitch to a construction company Learn how the trend of using drone services in construction has really caught on in recent times Can radiometric maps generated with drones help in getting LEED certification? What are some of the innovative uses of drones in construction? Highlighting the importance of follow up in sales and marketing Importance of understanding customer requirements How to figure out the right person who can champion your sales campaign within a construction company Paul's shares his favorite quote
Aug 22, 2018
ADU 0855: Do You Need a Property Release in Order to Sell Drone Footage of Private Property?
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Today's episode is about selling drone footage of private property. Do you need a property release in order to do so? And, when do you need a model release? Our caller, Dan has come up with a great question today. He is wondering if he needs permission to grab drone footage of private property. Can you get into legal trouble for flying over private property? In which instances will you need a property release? And, what about a model release? Dan also expressed interest in doing wheat inspections. Is this a good idea? Tune in to find out. Thanks to Dan 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 selling drone footage of private property Can you detect the presence of glyphosate using a hyper spectral sensor? In what situation would you need a model release? What about property release? Do you need one? Discussing ULC's foiled attempt to introduce an aerial trespass law Do you need permission to take off an land from private property? How to react when a drone jobbing company tries to poach your client Is there value in doing wheat inspections?
Aug 21, 2018
ADU 0854: DroneDeploy Is Easier to Use. Why Should I Go for Pix4D?
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Today's question is about drone mapping software. When and why should you choose Pix4D over DroneDeploy? Are there any other good alternatives? Our caller, Joe is using DroneDeploy for his construction management needs. He is really happy with the results, and is wondering why we keep on recommending Pix4D. What are the pros and cons of each mapping software? It is true that DroneDeploy has better client delivery. But, can you map complex mapping jobs using DroneDeploy? We do a DEEP DIVE into this topic and and list the pros and cons of Pix4D and DroneDeploy. We also discuss if there are any other good alternatives. Towards the end, Paul suggests a great HACK for Pix4D users. Thanks to Joe for the 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 Intel at AUVSI 2018 - https://www.thedroneu.com/courses/faa-uas-symposium Timestamps Discussing the need to make mapping deliverables easier Why Drone U teaches multiple processing software unlike others Today's question is about DroneDeploy and Pix4D Is DroneDeploy easier to use compared to Pix4D? Discussing why it is critical for a drone mapping software to have the ability to pre-load plans without internet Comparing the strengths and weaknesses of different drone mapping software Which mapping software is the best choice if you wish to generate prettier looking images? Which is the best mapping software as far as output deliverables are concerned? A little known hack for folks who wish to use Pix4D but are not familiar with it's processing What are some of the limitations that you will encounter when you use DroneDeploy? Which applications are ideal for DroneDeploy? Can you do accident reconstruction using DroneDeploy? Learn about our forthcoming mapping class Want to learn about the future of drone mapping software? Drone U Members can hear Intel talk about Intel Insight at AUVSI 2018 Why did the Department of Interior opt for 3DR's Solo over DJI?
Aug 20, 2018
ADU 0853: How to Resolve Poor Video Transmission on Your DJI Phantom 4
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Today's question is about fixing poor video transmission on your drone. Does the problem lie with your drone? Or, is it your Android phone? Our caller, Tom just purchased a Phantom 4 Pro V2. However he is experiencing choppy footage and lag. Is this because of his cheap android phone? Will switching to an iPhone resolve his issue? Is it really necessary to use a powerful phone with greater processing power? We also discuss if the issue lies with the Phantom sensor. Tune in to discover the answers that will address these common pain points. Thanks to Tom 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 fixing poor video transmission issues on your drone Reasons for poor video transmission on your drone Will using an iPhone fix video transmission issues? Learn why drone pilots need a powerful phone with fast processing Discussing how folks are facing transmission issues due to overheating of Phantom sensor Is purchasing a black Phantom 4 Obsidian a good idea? Do iPad's have a tendency to overheat?
Aug 17, 2018
ADU 0852: Can I Buy a Used Osmo or Ronin-S?
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Today's question is about buying used drone ancillaries. Can you buy a used Osmo or Ronin S? What are the things to watch out for while buying used drone ancillaries? Our caller, Jeryl is a police offer who has just started his drone business. He is wondering if it is a smart move to buy used drone ancillaries. Is the battery on a used Osmo or Ronin likely to go bad soon? Paul shares some great Tips and Tricks which will help you buy used car ancillaries.  We thank Jeryl for the great question. Fly Safe! 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! 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 Get some really affordable financing options from our sponsor, Dynnex Drones Today's question is about buying a used Ronin S or Osmo Would you buy used drone ancillaries? What is the biggest caveat for folks planning on buying used ancillaries? Tips for getting smooth and stable shots with the Osmo Can you mount a Ronin S on a vehicle? Factors to consider when buying a used Ronin S or Osmo
Aug 16, 2018
ADU 0851: What Is the Importance of an IMU Calibration?
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In today's episode we discuss the importance of IMU calibration. Does IMU calibration have a huge effect on your drone footage? And, what are some tips and tricks for doing an accurate IMU calibration? Our today's caller is wondering if she can fix a drifting horizon line by doing an accurate IMU calibration. An IMU calibration is quick and easy - yet drone pilots do not do it. Learn how this can affect your footage quality. Paul also shares some ways via which you can do an accurate IMU calibration. 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 Need to streamline your drone business? Watch out for our forthcoming business course Learn about our soon to be launched mapping course Rob gives away a free Drone U membership Today's question is about IMU calibration We share some examples of drone footage aired on TV which has drifting horizon lines Tips for doing an accurate IMU calibration Is there a margin of error as far as UAV mapping is concerned? Paul suggests a great hack which help you get more business What are some benefits of using an ND filter? Paul sums up the entire episode Do not forget to share our podcast; if you liked our content, please leave a review
Aug 15, 2018
ADU 0850: Can You Fly over All Participants in a Drone Operation? How Does FAA Define “Participants”?
9:37
Today's episode is about flying over people. Flying over participants of a drone operation is allowed by the FAA. But, who exactly are these "participants"? Our caller, Rick has come up with an interesting question today. He is wondering how FAA defines "participants" in a drone operation. Can you fly over people if you get permission from them? We also discuss a proposed change that will have a huge impact on drone operations. Is there a possibility that Part 107 will become obsolete in future. Tune in to find out. Thanks to Rick 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 Learn about the immense value that Drone U members can get for a low monthly fee Today's question is about flying over people How does FAA define participants in a drone operation with regards to flying over people? According to Part 107, can you fly over people if you get permission from them? Is a change in Part 107 rules in the offing? Learn about the proposed micro system unmanned aircraft operational rules How will these proposed rules affect drone operations? Is there a chance that Part 107 will become obsolete? What is the current status of this proposed rule?
Aug 14, 2018
ADU 0849: Systems, Equipment and Applications Necessary for Producing Survey Grade Accuracy in UAV Mapping
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Today's episode is about generating accuracy in UAV mapping. What systems should you follow? And, which equipment and applications should you ideally use? Our caller Ted from Germany is wondering how he can generate drone maps with cm grade accuracy. We kick off this informative episode by talking about process systems and ideal workflow. Which is the best drone for UAV mapping, and why? What are the different GPS options? And, how can you set accurate ground control points? We also talk about the drone cameras and provide some little known editing tricks to wrap up this information filled episode. Do not forget to check out our intermediate mapping course. This course is just one of the 32 online courses that are guaranteed to give you a competitive edge. Thanks to Ted from Germany for the question. Fly Safe! 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! 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 Check out Officer Dan's cool video from the 2018 Fly-in - https://youtu.be/Zhds5EwJUi0 Timestamps Paul states the agenda for today's episode How can Drone U help you improve your UAV mapping skills Learn how you can get some really affordable financing options from our sponsor, Dynnex drones Today's question is about the systems and equipment necessary for increased accuracy in UAV mapping Workflow for producing accurate UAV maps - we talk about different options with regards to GPS and setting your Ground Control Points Which are the different mapping software that you can choose from? What are scale constraints, and what are their benefits? Learn how Angad and Josh carried out a cool mapping expedition at the Fly-in Why should you opt for a global shutter over a rolling shutter? Which is the best drone for UAV mapping right now? Can you use the Intel Falcon Plus for UAV mapping? Discussing if the M600 drone system is right for UAV mapping; should you opt for a Sony A73 or a Sony A7R Mark3? Should you shoot in RAW or JPEG? We share some little known editing hacks that are sure to help you in your business Paul shares some details about the prestigious Drone U training coming up in DC Paul sums up the entire episode Watch out for our newly designed Drone U landing pads Learn how becoming a Drone U member is an incredible opportunity to beef up your mapping skills
Aug 13, 2018
ADU 0848: Why You Should Refrain from Flying Your Drone near a Wildfire
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Today's episodes is about drone and wildfires. Why should drone pilots absolutely refrain from flying near a wildfire? What are the various hazards of doing so? Our today's caller, Mark has an important public service announcement to make. Mark cautions all drone pilots against flying their drone in case of a wildfire. What are the dangers of flying near a wildfire? We also discuss the criticality of following a proper chain of command in case of such emergencies. Thanks to Mark for taking up this cause. 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 episode is about National Forest Service and wildfires Learn how a counter UAS system can come in handy for airspace management during search and rescue operations The importance of getting permissions from the right authorities Mark makes a public service announcement requesting drone pilots to refrain flying over wildfires Rob and Paul discuss the hazards of flying your drone near a wildfire Are drones typically used in fire service? Discussing the importance of following the chain of command in case of a wildfire
Aug 10, 2018
ADU 0847: The 2018 Drone U Fly-In
15:27
Today's episode is about the 2018 Drone U Fly-in. How was our experience at the 2018 Fly-in? Will we have a Drone U Fly-in in 2019? This episode is for folks who could not make it to Albuquerque last weekend. Held from Aug 3-5, the 2018 Drone U Fly-in was a resounding success. We share some great anecdotes - some heartwarming and some funny that will give you a "peek" into all the fun we had over the weekend. Paul and Rob thank all the cool folks who helped make the 2018 Fly-in a spectacular event. We also deliberate whether we should organize another Fly-in 2019. Tune in to learn about our plans for next year. 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 Check out Officer Dan's cool video from the 2018 Fly-in - https://youtu.be/Zhds5EwJUi0 Timestamps Paul talks about his experience at the 2018 Drone U Fly-in Who was the overall winner of the Drone U Fly-in? Will we have a 2019 Drone U Fly-in? Paul and Rob bounce off some ideas for the 2019 Drone U Fly-in Thanking all the great folks who helped out with the Fly-in Do not forget to check out Officer Dan's cool thermal imaging video where he films a drifting car We share how a storm broke our sets, but not our spirits on the first day Announcing the Winners of the 2018 Drone U Fly-in Paul shares a funny Fly-in story Who had a better timing in the obstacle course? Paul or Jon McBride?
Aug 09, 2018
ADU 0846: Should You Start a Drone Business with Your Best Friend?
20:53
Today's question is about starting a drone business with a friend. What are the risks and benefits of working with a friend? Rob and Paul have some great practical advice just for YOU. Our caller, Cam has come up with a thought provoking question today. Cam has some great opportunities lined up for him. But there is a catch. His prospective clients are also his friends. Should Cam risk his friendship going sour, and take up these projects? A difficult question that will surely elicit an emotional response from a lot of folks. Tune in as Rob and Paul share their personal experiences. This episode is dotted with personal anecdotes that will surely help you weigh in the pros and cons of starting a drone business with your friend. Thanks to Cam for the great question. Fly Safe! 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 Learn about the immense VALUE that YOU can get on becoming a Drone U member - at just $47 per month! Check out Dynnex Drones for some really affordable drone financing options Today's question is about the risks and benefits of starting a drone business with a friend Rob provides his take on the question Paul shares his own personal experience of working with friends; we discuss the importance of setting expectations right from the get go The various challenges of working with friends What are the benefits and opportunities of working with friends? Are you likely to encounter nepotism in corporations? Rob shares his experience of running a business (for 16 years and counting!) with his closest friend
Aug 07, 2018
ADU 0845: How Can Becoming a Drone U Member Help You Kickstart Your Business
15:04
Today's question is about the many benefits of becoming a Drone U member. We discuss the various Drone U resources that can help you master your craft, and start your drone business. And we provide some great Tips and Tricks for navigating through our expansive site. Our caller, Tim just ordered his Phantom 4 V2. And understandably, he is excited and nervous at the same time. What are some of the first steps that will help ease Tim into the drone business? We discuss how practicing with the Syma can help Tim immensely. You will also learn about our varied and in-depth online courses (32 at last count). Paul also suggests the chronological order through which you should go through these courses. We wrap up this podcast by suggesting some Great Books and inspirational podcasts that are sure to be of immense help to you. This is an episode you do not want to miss. Thanks to Tim 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 App that will take care of your invoicing, contracts and pricing so that you can 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 Today's question is about how Drone U can help YOU Discussing the need to stop worrying incessantly about crashing your drone How to practice with Syma before flying commercially - we discuss the importance of avoiding obstacles and understanding orientation Which clients should amateur pilots like Tim approach in the initial phases of their career? Drone U exercises that can help you master flight Learn about our different Don't Crash Courses, and how they can help you Discussing the contents of the Drills and Exercise course and Flying over water course Learn about our more advanced courses - Videography and Mapping courses Paul shares the chronological order in which you should take up Drone U courses How can the various photography courses taught by Vic help you and your drone business? Do not forget to check out Paul's Book List Paul mentions some of his favorite podcasts
Aug 03, 2018
ADU 0844: Is Raptor Maps a Good Solution for Solar Site Inspections? Are There Any Other Comparable Software?
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Today's question is about Raptor Maps. Should you use Raptor Maps for thermographic mapping of solar sites? And, can you Pix4D instead of Raptor Maps for thermographic mapping? Our caller is wondering if he should use Raptor maps for mapping a solar site. We share with you our experience with Raptor Maps. What sort of insights can you draw from a deliverable generated by using Raptor Maps? We also discuss if you can use Pix4D instead of Raptor Maps for thermographic mapping. 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 How thermographic mapping is being used in solar cell inspection Discussing our increasing reliance on solar and hydroelectric generation Learn about the various ways via which we can increase the efficiency of solar plants Learn about our cool sponsor, Dynnex Drones Today's question is about Raptor Maps Some background information about Raptor Maps Learn about a solar facility that was inspected using Raptor Maps Do you need a radiometric thermal camera for thermographic mapping? Learn about the insights that you can achieve by using Raptor Maps for solar cell inspection Paul shares his experience with Raptor maps Is radiometric thermographic mapping possible in Pix4D? Can you compare deliverables of Raptor Maps to Pix4D? How to compare deliverables of Raptor Maps to Pix4D We share some great reviews left for us by Drone U members
Aug 02, 2018
ADU 0843: How to Deal with Unlicensed Pilots and Convince Them to Take Their Part 107 Certification
18:27
Today's episode is about dealing with unlicensed pilots. How do you convince these illegal pilots to get their Part 107 certification? And, will you run into serious trouble if you fly unlicensed? Our caller, Michael is prospecting new customers. And he is running into folks who are flying without Part 107 certification. What is a smooth but effective way of convincing these people to get their Part 107 certification? We discuss the repercussions of operating as an unlicensed pilot. Learn how FAA is becoming stricter with enforcement's. And, how you are foolishly running a huge risk by operating without a Part 107 license. Thanks to Michael 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 App that will take care of your invoicing, contracts and pricing so that you can 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 Discussing the tendency of realtors to hire unlicensed pilots We share details about our cool sponsor, Schedudrone Today's question is about dealing with unlicensed operators Discussing the importance of educating clients Learn how FAA is becoming stricter with enforcement's Will your insurance policy cover you if you do not possess a license? How to convince unlicensed pilots to take their Part 107 certification without actually threatening them Should you consider reporting unlicensed operators to authorities? We sum up today's episode
Aug 01, 2018
ADU 0842: Why Do We Recommend the DJI Phantom 4 Pro Instead of the Mavic Pro for Drone Business?
17:06
Today's episode is about the DJI Mavic Pro. Can you establish a solid drone business with the Mavic Pro? Does the Mavic Pro have considerable operational limitations as compared to the Phantom 4 Pro? Our caller, Carlos from Florida is in the market for a new drone. He is wondering if he can make do with the Mavic Pro instead of the Phantom 4 Pro. In order to answer his question, we do a deep dive, and delve into the various differences between these two drones. We also speculate if you will be able to use the soon to be launched Mavic Pro 2 for UAV mapping. Tune in for some great insights which will help you to determine if the Mavic Pro is right for you and your drone business. Thanks to Carlos from Florida for the question. Fly Safe! Click here to check out this awesome Pano that Paul shot with a Mavic Pro. 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 Why is the Phantom 4 Pro more suited for drone businesses compared to the Mavic Pro? We speculate if the Mavic Pro 2 will be a potential game changer Learn about our cool sponsor, Dynnex Drones Today's question is about the Mavic Pro Discussing flight dynamics of different DJI drones Learn how Paul discovered some serious operational limitations on the Mavic Pro while shooting a surfing video Is it a good idea to carry the Mavic Air and Mavic Pro with you on family vacations? Paul rattles off the various advantages of the Mavic Pro Learn why Go Professional Cases is Paul's favorite company Do we recommend the new Mavic Pro 2 for UAV mapping? Paul clarifies an important point pertaining to Global shutters Learn how Paul shot and edited an awesome Pano with the Mavic Pro Discussing how using the Mavic Pro will bring your creativity to the fore Reasons why the Phantom 5 would be perfect for UAV mapping Learn about our forthcoming episode where we will share how you can easily navigate and make the most of Drone U Resources Factors which help ensure lifelong success in drone business How can Drone U help you set up and sustain your drone business
Jul 31, 2018
ADU 0841: How to Renew Your Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate, and How the FAA Test Has Changed
17:55
Today we discuss the upcoming FAA Part 107 Recency exam that most drone pilots will have to face after August 31st of this year. Vic is joining us on the show, because he just took the new FAA Part 107 Recency exam and is here to tell us all about it. On today’s episode we will discuss how to renew your part 107 remote pilot certificate, how the test questions have changed and what to expect. In addition we will read the rationale of the FAA on the Recency test. With only 40 questions and 90 minutes of time, things have changed. In addition, there are certain sections missing from the whole test!!! Listen in to find out which sections! Click here to read what the FAA has to say on the Recency test. 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 How many questions were asked in the recency test? Were there any missing sections? How much time do you have to complete your recency test? What is the process for scheduling your test? Do you get a new card once you clear the recency test? Are there any questions on METAR's in the new test? Is the new test heavily focused on airspace and sectionals? Can you carry your cellphone inside the testing center? Are you being monitored constantly? Learn what the FAA has to say about the recency test; Paul reads out some interesting excerpts Do you need Part 107 training for the recency test? Drone U resources that can help you clear the recency test with ease Do Part 61 pilots need to take the recency test? Or, will an online test suffice?
Jul 27, 2018
ADU 840: Can I Use Maps Made Easy Instead of Pix4D for Acquiring and Processing Data?
14:03
Today's question is about mapping applications. How does Maps Made Easy compare to Pix4D? Is it worth spending so much after Pix4D? Our caller, Tim from Vancouver is an enterprising drone pilot. Because Pix4D is offering just a short 2 week trial, Tim is wondering if he can use Maps Made Easy instead. Is this a good idea? Or should he stick to Pix4D - the gold standard of mapping applications? We suggest some great hacks via which Tim can make the most of his Pix4D trial. Tune in for some Tips and Tricks which are sure to be of great help to you. Thanks to Tim from Vancouver 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 Do not miss out on the chance to be a part of the Drone U Fly-in Learn about our cool sponsor, Dynnex Drones Today's question is about mapping applications; can you use Maps Made Easy instead of Pix4D? Discussing the flawed teaching approach of other drone schools Denver Drone U is opening shortly - now you shall be able to take the Intermediate mapping class in Denver 24x7 Paul shares how we, at Drone U prepare folks for the mapping class How to make the most of Pix4D's 2 week trial; learn about the distinction between Pix4D Capture and Pix4D Desktop Which are the different mapping acquisition styles that you should practice? Discussing how the choice of your mapping application is dependent on your deliverable Can you use MapPilot or Ground Station Pro for data acquisition? What are the various advantages of using MapPilot?
Jul 25, 2018
ADU 0839: Drones in Real Estate – Tips and Tricks That Will Help You Sell Houses Faster
13:09
Today's episode is about real estate photography and videography. What are some Tips and Tricks that will help drone pilots sell houses faster? Real estate is a tough market. And you have no alternative but to be resourceful and ingenious if you wish to cater to this industry. In today's episode, Paul and Rob suggest the BEST 5 places within a house that you should shoot with your drone. This episode is peppered with some great nuggets - resources and hacks which can help you sustain your drone business. 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 App that will take care of your invoicing, contracts and pricing so that you can 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 Come and compete with other pilots at the Drone U Fly-in; do not miss out on this last chance Learn about our cool sponsor, Schedudrone Today's question is about real estate photography and videography Drone U Resources for UAV pilots targeting the real estate sector Statistically, which is the BEST angle to shoot a house? Expert tips for shooting great real estate videos Is it a good idea to shoot at sunset? Which are the BEST 5 places within a house for shooting your drone footage? Paul suggests a great hack for shooting real estate interiors
Jul 24, 2018
ADU 0838: How Can a Drone Pilot Get Work from a Big Production House like Netflix?
19:06
Today's episode is about getting work from big production houses. Which business strategies can help a drone pilot make inroads into this tough and lucrative industry? Our caller, Aldrich has come up with a great question today. Having heard Paul talk about his experience in the film industry, Aldrich is wondering how he can get work from this lucrative industry. Watch and learn as Paul suggests 4 steps to help you do just that. In this informative episode, we talk about work culture, pricing and much more. You will also learn why Paul is dead against working for production houses. And, do unions still have a big say in the movie industry? Tune in to find out. Thanks to Aldrich 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 Paul shares details about the presentations that NTSB and Pix4D shall be making at the Drone U Fly-in Learn about our cool sponsor, Dynnex Drones Today's question is about getting drone jobs at big production houses Paul shares his experience working in the film industry How is the work culture at these big production houses? 4 steps for getting drone work from big production houses What is the pricing mechanism for film jobs? Does Atlanta have many opportunities for UAV pilots? We talk about the different production houses stationed here Networking strategies for getting work from big production houses Reasons why Paul is averse to working for production houses The fourth step for getting work - approach the local permit office Do unions have a big say in the film industry?
Jul 23, 2018
ADU 0837: Is DJI’s Ronin S the Best Solution for Shooting Real Estate Interiors?
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Today's episode is about shooting real estate interiors. Is the DJI's Ronin your best bet for shooting real estate interiors? What about DJI's Osmo and Movi? Our caller from Atlanta is planning on venturing into the real estate market. However, he feels that the market for UAV pilots is limited. And hence, he has serious reservations about investing in tools like the Osmo Plus. What is Paul and Rob's take on this? We also discuss whether you should use the Ronin for shooting real estate interiors. Is Ronin a cost effective and elegant solution for shooting real estate interiors? Tune in to learn more. Thanks to our caller from Atlanta 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 Some solid reasons you WANT to be at the Drone U Fly-in Today's question is about real estate interior videography Can you get enough business as a drone pilot to afford tools like the Osmo Plus? Do the DJI Osmo and Movi give good results in low light? What about the Ronin? Benefits of using DJI's Ronin S compared to DJI's Osmo Has the Ronin made other solutions obsolete? Should you still buy the DJI Osmo for shooting real estate interiors?
Jul 20, 2018
ADU 0836: Which App Should I Use to Organize My Drone’s Flight Data?
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Today's episode is about the right app to organize your flight data. How can you access your flight data? And, is it mandatory under Part 107 to organize your flight data? Our caller, Jack is not sure how he can access his flight data. Paul shares how he can do just that. Further, we discuss if it is mandatory for Jack to keep records. And, is there any app which can help him organize his flight data in a systematic manner? Tune in to find out. Also, do not forget to check out Paul's Favorite Books. Whether you are looking for some career guidance, or just some life advice, Paul has curated some awesome options just for you. 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 App that will take care of your invoicing, contracts and pricing so that you can 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 Can you hack your Mavic Pro? Learn about our cool sponsor, Schedudrone Today's question is about organizing your flight data How to access your flight data on your DJI drone Does Part 107 require you to keep logs? Drone U recommended App for storing and organizing your flight data Paul recommends some great books which can help you better manage your business and life
Jul 19, 2018
ADU 0835: Are “FAA Certified Drone Instructors” a Myth or Reality?
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Today's question is about FAA certified drone instructors. Does FAA certify instructors for unmanned systems? Fact or Fiction? Our caller from Detroit is looking for clarification. The local police department in Detroit recently purchased some DJI Mavics for search and rescue and accident investigation. And, they received their training from a "FAA certified drone instructor". Is there such a thing? Or, is someone trying to con them? We clear the air. Tune in to this informative episode 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 Learn about our sponsors, Dynnex drones Today's question is about FAA certified drone instructors Paul answers today's question; watch, learn and do not be conned How can Drone U help you prepare for your Part 107 recency test? Learn how Ted Wilson, a FAA certified flight instructor will help you learn about airspace, and prepare for your recency Reasons why Drone U is heads and shoulders above the rest
Jul 18, 2018
ADU 0834: Can I Get Accurate UAV Mapping Data by Using Plywood Ground Control Points (GCP’s)?
8:33
Today's question is about using ground control points in UAV mapping. Can you use plywood GCP's instead of smart GCP's such as Aeropoints? Our caller, Kyle was going through our construction mapping course. And, he is wondering if he needs to invest in expensive Ground Control Points such as Aeropoints in order to build an accurate UAV mapping model. In order to answer Kyle's question, we discuss the different GPS options and their varying capabilities. Is your GPS data prone to error? How does earth's topography make it challenging to acquire accurate GPS data? Why is it important to have a proper ground control point system to get accurate UAV mapping data? Tune in to find out. Thanks to Kyle from Vancouver 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 App that will take care of your invoicing, contracts and pricing so that you can 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 Paul shares an important update pertaining to the "Tort Law Relating to Drones Act" proposed by Uniform Law Commission (ULC) We share details about our sponsor, Schedudrone Today's question is about using Ground Control Points (GCP's) for UAV mapping Discussing different GPS options and their varying accuracy levels Learn why earth's topography makes it challenging to get accurate GPS data Is GPS data prone to error? Will you get more accurate UAV mapping data if your GPS unit is higher off the ground? Is it worth buying a M600 Pro or M210 RTK?
Jul 17, 2018
ADU 0833: Can You Use DJI’s M600 with DSLR for UAV Mapping?
13:29
Today's question is about using DJI's M600 for UAV mapping. Is it worth spending thousands of dollars for a M600 plus DSLR? Can you get survey grade data using a high end drone system such as this? Our caller, Ken from NJ is wondering if the M600 with a DSLR is ideal for UAV mapping. Are there any challenges with using high end drones like the M600? Which are some good drone cameras that you can consider? We discuss costs and data quality. Does the data quality justify the high cost? 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 Some solid reasons you do NOT want to miss the Drone U Fly-in Today's question is about using the M600 for UAV mapping Can you deploy your DSLR on the M600? What are some of the challenges with using bigger drones? What are some of the high end cameras that work with the Ronin MX and the M600? How much will a M600 drone system end up costing you? How does the Sony a73 compare to the Sony a7R Mark III? Will you get survey grade data using a high end drone like the M600? Paul concludes the episode
Jul 16, 2018
ADU 0832: Should You Use NDVI Mapping for Golf Course Maintenance?
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Today's episode is about NDVI mapping. Should you use NDVI mapping for golf course maintenance? Or, are you better off relying on traditional practices and tools? Our caller, Ken from NJ has again come up with a great question. Ken is questioning if it is feasible to use NDVI mapping for golf course maintenance. Why do golf courses still rely on traditional tools like probes to measure moisture? We discuss if there any practical benefits to replacing these traditional tools with drones. We also discuss the immense potential of drones in sports analytics. Tune in to this extremely informative episode now. 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 Learn about our sponsor, Dynnex Drones Today's question is about using NDVI mapping for golf course maintenance Can you get better data by using a multi spectral camera? How NDVI can help you determine unhealthy plants Discussing the benefits of using multi spectral cameras over NDVI mapping Will using simulated or false NDVI result in inferior data? Do you really need NDVI mapping to determine bad grass in a golf course? Why are age old practices and tools still being used for golf course maintenance? Can NDVI mapping help farmers? Is it economically feasible to use drones for golf course maintenance? Learn about two drone applications for golf course marketing and maintenance - Videography and Mapping Discussing the immense potential of drones in sports analytics How can Drone U help you clear your Part 107 recency test
Jul 13, 2018
ADU 0831: Should Drone Pilots Use a VPN to Protect Their Data?
22:42
Today's episode is about using a VPN for running flight applications on your drone. Can you protect your data by using a VPN? Are there any alternatives to using a VPN? Our caller, Kevin is wondering if he should use a VPN to protect his data. Is your data safe when you are using a VPN? How do you set up a VPN? We also discuss if alternative measures such as using a Faraday cage and a DJI CrystalSky monitor will help ensure data security. And, we wrap up this episode by speculating if drone pilots will increasingly resort to using VPN's in the coming years.Thanks to Kevin 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 App that will take care of your invoicing, contracts and pricing so that you can 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 We share information about the forthcoming Drone U Fly-in; Paul shares details about the search and rescue presentation Learn about the Pix4D's demonstration at the forthcoming Fly-in You will also learn about thermography with RMUS's Jon McBryde at the Fly-in Learn about the awesome Counter UAS technology presentation that will be made at the Drone U Fly-in We share details about our sponsor, Schedudrone Today's question is about using VPN's for flight applications in your drone What is a VPN? Is your data safe when you are using a VPN? Can you access your computer remotely with a VPN? Which are the different applications that you can use for setting up a VPN? Are VPN's important for the drone industry? Discussing how encrypted data transferred via VPN's is critical for data security Learn why Paul uses a DJI CrystalSky monitor Can you hack the Phantom 4 V2? Is Paul using a VPN to run flight applications on his drones? Should you encapsulate your phone in a Faraday cage to assuage privacy concerns? Benefits of using the DJI CrystalSky monitor Will the usage of VPN's increase due to data security concerns? Is it safe to use Public WiFi? How can Drone U help you build your business?
Jul 12, 2018
ADU 0830: Do You Need Part 107 Certification for Flying a Tethered Drone? And, What Are Some Its Applications?
19:54
Today's episode is about tethered drones. Do you need a Part 107 license to fly a tethered drone? And, can tethered drones be used for surveillance? Our today's caller is wondering if he needs a Part 107 certification to fly a tethered drone. Watch and learn as we share what the FAA has to say about this. We also discuss how tethered drones can be used for security surveillance. Can such sophisticated surveillance technologies be misused? And, can regulations ensure responsible use? Tune in now as  we discuss all this and much 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 Do Part 107 rules apply to tethered drones? Be a part of the Drone U Fly in - Do not miss out on this last opportunity! Learn about all the eminent speakers at the Drone U Fly-in Learn about our sponsor, Dynnex drones Today's question is about tethered drones Do Part 107 rules apply to tethered drones?; learn what the FAA has to say about this According to FAA, what is the definition of a balloon? Can a tethered drone be classified as a balloon? Why would you tether your drone? Learn how tethered drones are critical for security surveillance Are tethered drones being currently used for surveillance? Learn about sophisticated facial recognition technology that can be used for surveillance The importance of regulating surveillance technology Discussing the need of corporations to responsibly use sophisticated surveillance technologies
Jul 11, 2018
BONUS EPISODE: How to Conduct Search and Rescue Missions with Drones
23:41
In today's episode, we discuss systems and processes that can help make search and rescue missions with drones more efficient. PJ KirkPatrick from Terra Vigilis joins Paul on this extremely informative episode. PJ recently undertook a search and recovery mission. But unfortunately, he was unable to find the missing person. What did PJ learn from this mission? What are the various things that can go wrong on a SAR mission? Is there a better way to conduct search and rescue? PJ shares some great information and some new ideas that will help increase the success rate of a search and rescue mission. We discuss a new scanning software that can potentially reduce the total time for a search and rescue operation from hours to minutes. 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 from Terra Vigilis Discussing how a Search and Rescue mission going wrong highlighted the need for proper protocols PJ shares information about his Search and Rescue (SAR) mission Learn why PJ could not use thermal cameras on his SAR mission Learn how PJ zeroed in on the search area for his SAR mission At what elevation did PJ fly for this Search and Rescue mission? PJ rolls out various statistics pertaining to his SAR mission; learn about area covered, images captured and total time in the air PJ shares a simulation of his mission images What challenge did PJ face while manually reviewing images? PJ highlights the importance of collaborating with local law enforcement officials Did PJ end up finding the person? Where was the individual finally located? Key takeaways from PJ's Search and Rescue mission Highlighting the huge responsibility that comes with taking on a Search and Rescue mission We speculate if there are better ways to conduct a Search and Rescue mission Learn how PJ managed to locate a software capable of scanning and recognizing individual color profiles; can PJ's find significantly bring down the total search and rescue time? PJ shares how he has been testing the capabilities of this new software Which drone is ideal for Search and Rescue missions? PJ shares his contact information
Jul 05, 2018
ADU 0829: Can You Sell Drone Footage That You Captured Before Getting Your Part 107 License?
6:41
Today's episode is about your Part 107 license or certification. Is it okay to sell drone footage that you captured before getting your Part 107 license? Our caller, Brian is yet to get his Part 107 certificate. If he shoots some drone footage as a hobbyist, can he sell it after receiving his Part 107 certification? We discuss some little known facts about flying as a hobbyist and as a commercial pilot. Watch out for today's Part 107 Test question. Thanks to Brian for the interesting 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 App that will take care of your invoicing, contracts and pricing so that you can 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 We share details about our sponsor, Schedudrone Today's question is about selling drone footage captured before getting your Part 107 license Can you fly under Part 101 even though you have a Part 107 license? Paul answers today's question Today's Part 107 Test Question Learn how Drone U can help you with your Part 107 Recency Test?
Jul 03, 2018
ADU 0828: Key Steps to Survey Grade Maps and Getting Surveyors to Partner with You and Sign off on Your Work
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Today's episode is about survey grade maps. Can you get survey grade data with your drone? And, how can you get surveyors to sign off on your drone maps? Our caller, Kyle from Vancouver has a chance to work with an excavation company. He is wondering how he can have a surveyor sign off on his drone maps. In order to do this, Kyle has to create highly accurate survey grade drone maps. We discuss a step by step approach that will help him do just that. How do you set your Ground Control Points (GCP's) for producing accurate drone maps? Do you need RTK GPS? And, how do you measure the accuracy of your drone maps? Tune in and learn as we provide various TIPS and TRICKS that will help you partner with a surveyor. Thanks to Kyle from Vancouver 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 Do not miss out on the chance of being a part of the Drone U Fly-in Today's question is about getting surveyors to sign off on your drone maps Are laws in Canada and US likely to be different with regards to surveying? Discussing the different kind of maps that can be generated for surveying How to set GCP's for producing highly accurate maps Do you need RTK GPS in order to get good data? Do you need a M210 or M600 with RTK GPS in order to get survey grade maps? Paul shares details about our forthcoming course, "Surveying with Drones" Do you need to use different acquisition styles for creating an accurate 3D map? What is the best weather for UAV mapping? How to scale your map in order to get the highest accuracy Ways to measure the accuracy of your drone maps Negotiation strategies that will help a drone pilot convince a surveyor to sign off on a drone map Things that drone pilots can't do when it comes to surveying
Jul 02, 2018
ADU 0827: Do I Still Need a Waiver to Fly in Controlled Airspace?
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Today's question is about waivers. Do you need a waiver to fly in controlled airspace? Is it okay to rely on applications such as Airmap and Kittyhawk in order to determine controlled airspace? Our caller, Jonny from San Diego has just gotten his Part 107 certification. He wishes to procure a waiver in order to fly near an airport in controlled airspace. Does he need to file an airspace authorization in order to do so? Which regions are currently able to use the instantaneous authorization system? We also discuss if it wise to rely on applications such as Airmap and Kittyhawk. And, finally Paul has a great tip which will help you further your drone business. Thanks to Jonny from San Diego 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 Do not miss out on the last chance to be a part of the Drone U Fly-in Today's question is about procuring a waiver to fly in controlled airspace Learn about our sponsor, Dynnex Drones How can you access the LAANC program? Paul clarifies if you still need to file an airspace authorization Which regions are able to utilize the instantaneous authorization system? How to determine if your area is eligible for instantaneous authorization using UASFM maps Are applications such as Airmap and Kittyhawk prone to errors? Learn how reading airspace sectionals can help your further your drone business If you want sharpen your sales and negotiation skills, do not forget to check out episode 816
Jun 29, 2018
ADU 0826: Will DJI Replace a Faulty LiPo Drone Battery?
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Today's episode is about LiPo drone batteries. Will DJI replace a defective drone battery? What is the length of the warranty period? Our caller, Marianne recently bought a DJI Phantom 4 Pro. Unfortunately, her drone batteries went bad. She tried deep cycling the drone battery without any success. What should she do now? Can she get a new replacement for her drone batteries? And, is there any advantage in buying drone batteries from Amazon? Tune in to find out. Thanks to Marianne from Canada 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 Do not miss out on your Last Chance to be a part of the Drone U Fly-in Today's question is about defective DJI Phantom 4 batteries How to tell apart a bad cell Learn why a new drone battery tends to go bad What is the warranty period offered by DJI on drone batteries? Is there any advantage in buying your drone batteries from Amazon?
Jun 28, 2018
ADU 0825: Will You Run into Any Problems If You Fly Your Drone at Low Altitudes?
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Today's episode is about flying your drone at low altitudes. Is it problematic to fly your drone at low altitudes? What are some precautions that you need to take when flying your drone at low altitudes? Today's caller, John from Alaska wishes to fly his Mavic Pro in a valley in order to get some cool glacier shots. Will flying at a low altitude cause GPS interference? What about loss of signal? We also discuss some precautionary measure which shall enable you to fly at low altitudes. Thanks to John 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. Limited spots available. Reserve now! 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 newly launched classes; Drone U members can now access 32 awesome classes for a low monthly cost of $47 We share details about our newest sponsor, Schedudrone Today's question is about flying your drone at low altitudes Today's Part 107 question - What speed limit applies to sUAS operations? What problems are you likely to encounter while flying your drone at low altitudes? We discuss GPS interference Discussing how drone pilots can fly in national parks Paul shares some interesting information about future podcast topics
Jun 28, 2018
ADU 0824: Networking Strategies for Building a Sustainable Drone Business
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Today's episode is about networking strategies for building your drone business. What is the best way to build a solid client base? Will relying on digital marketing alone suffice? Our caller, Michael has come up with a great question today. Michael wishes to build his drone business. How can he network with prospective clients who can give him a steady stream of work? Rob and Paul share some nuggets which are sure to be of great help to you. Is inter personal marketing still extremely important? Can you rely completely on digital marketing? Tune in to find out. Thanks to Michael 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. Use Promo Code “LASTCHANCE” to get $100 off on EACH course. Limited spots available. Reserve now! 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! 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 Drone U Recommended Book on Negotiation Strategies - https://amzn.to/2tiN4dU Timestamps Do not miss out! Be a part of the forthcoming Drone U Fly-in Learn how you can get ample training under your belt at the Fly-in Learn about our sponsor, Dynnex drones Today's question is about networking in order to build your drone business Discussing the ultimate goal of networking Is it helpful to be a part of a networking group? How can you build credibility with your networking group? Can digital marketing completely displace traditional marketing? Learn how Drone U can help you network with like minded individuals Discussing how a combination of digital and traditional marketing ultimately leads to success Looking for some networking tips? Check out these great books
Jun 26, 2018
ADU 0823: Will a Professional Attire Help You Market Your Drone Business?
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Today's episode is about a proper attire for drone pilots. Is it important for a drone pilot to look professional? Will a proper attire help a drone pilot market his drone business? Our caller, Orlando just received his Part 107 certification. He has started taking up real estate photography jobs and is wondering about the proper attire for drone pilots. Will a formal attire help you market your drone business? Can you stave off pesky intruders if you are appropriately dressed? Tune in to find out. Thanks to Orlando 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. Use Promo Code "LASTCHANCE" to get $100 off on EACH course. 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 Do not miss out on your chance to be a part of the Drone U Fly-in; Use promo code "LASTCHANCE" to receive $100 off on each course Today's question is about appropriate attire for drone pilots Can you market your drone business through your attire? Should drone pilots wear high visibility vests? Will a formal attire result in less intruders? It is mandatory to wear a hard hat and vest on a construction site? What is an appropriate attire for a real estate job? Is it okay to wear a T-shirt? Will it come across as too casual?
Jun 25, 2018
ADU 0822: How a Friday Flyday Can Help You Market Your Drone Business
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Today's episode is about marketing your drone business. How can Friday Flyday help you build client relationships, and further your drone business? Our caller, Kyle is wondering how he should spend his Friday Flyday. Is the purpose of a Friday Flyday just to have fun? Not quite. We discuss how to make opportune use of Friday Flyday to market your drone business. You might also run into some pesky intruders while you are out flying your drone. Tune in for some expert tips for dealing with such folks. We thank Kyle for the question. And we hope you have a fantastic Friday Flyday! Paul Roldan, a former EMT/firefighter, 911 dispatcher and Drone U Community member is battling cancer. Click on this link and help Paul deal with his expensive medical bills. 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 Requesting help for Drone U Community member, Paul Roldan who is bravely battling cancer; click on the link in the podcast summary to donate for a good cause Today's question is about Friday Flyday How does Paul spend his Friday Flyday? How a Friday Flyday can build client relationships, and hence, help you market your drone business Discussing why it is not difficult to get prospects and clients excited about flying How to handle pesky intruders while flying your drone
Jun 22, 2018
ADU 0821: How to Determine Military Operating Areas and Restricted Airspace by Reading Sectional Charts
11:19
Today's episode is about flying your drone near military operations. What is the difference between MOA's and restricted airspace? How can you determine restricted airspace with a sectional chart? Can you fly your drone if military operations are being conducted in close vicinity? Our caller is unsure if his house falls in restricted airspace. We discuss how you can read sectional charts in order to determine restricted airspace. You will also learn how to differentiate between MOA's and restricted airspace. Are all MOA's classified as restricted airspace? And, what are the repercussions of flying in restricted airspace? Tune in to find out. 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! 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 We share information about our sponsor, Schedudrone Today's question is about Military Operating Areas; are all MOA's treated as restricted airspace? Are all MOA's (Military Operating Areas) classified as restricted airspace? Recommended sources for checking out sectional charts How are MOA's depicted in sectional charts? Can a drone pilot fly in a MOA? What is the significance of MOA's? Should a drone pilot yield to manned aircraft? Who has the ultimate responsibility for a drone flight? How can Drone U help you prepare for your Part 107 test? We speculate whether our caller can fly his drone outside his home Can a drone pilot get into trouble for flying in restricted airspace?
Jun 21, 2018
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?
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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
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Today's episode 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 not forget to check out the new courses on Drone U
Jun 19, 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 of 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 worse than a no 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?
11:31
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?
4:52
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?
14:06
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?
10:34
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
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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
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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
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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?
20:05
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?
12:01
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?
41:40
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?
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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?
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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?
6:11
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?
19:15
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?
9:49
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?
7:24
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?
17:09
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?
10:53
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…
15:36
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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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
11:19
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
13:04
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
19:31
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?
12:48
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?
24:08
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?
9:20
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
19:47
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?
13:17
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?
10:05
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?
19:00
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?
17:33
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?
23:13
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?
7:00
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?
7:48
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?
14:38
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
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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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?
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Today, we talk about preparing for a system failure.  After all, yo