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Ask Drone U

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

Episodes

ADU 01061: Is the Inspire 1 Still a Viable Drone?

Dec 12, 2019 17:53

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DJI Inspire 1 - Still a Good Option? Especially Considering the Difficulty with Getting Batteries Today's question is about the DJI Inspire 1. With smaller and more powerful drones available in the market, is the DJI Inspire 1 still a good option for commercial applications? Our caller for today, Chris owns the original "Ferrari of Drones", DJI Inspire 1. Chris loves this drone, and so do we. But, with newer and more powerful drones now available in the market, is the DJI Inspire 1 a commercially viable option? To answer Chri's question, Paul shares his own experience with the DJI Inspire 1. We share how the Inspire 1 compares to new drones in terms of specs and capabilities. Will DJI withdraw support for the Inspire 1 once it launches the Inspire 3 in 2020? And, is the Inspire 1 still a feasible option for critical applications like thermal inspections and drone mapping? For all this and much, much more, tune in to our latest show now. Thanks for the great question, Chris. Fly Safe! Do you wish to learn from world-class pilots with real world experience? This could be your chance. The Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held from April 4-5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These unique drone games are designed to test your flying ability as you will be asked to complete carefully designed flight missions that mimic real-world scenarios. Don't miss the chance to participate in the BIGGEST and BEST drone event of the year. Limited Spots Available! Book 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Today's show is brought to your by the Drone U Fly-In Today's question is about the long-term viability of the DJI Inspire 1 Paul shares why DJI Inspire 1 is his favorite drone to date Is the DJI Inspire 1 a good drone if you are working on a tight budget? With the DJI Inspire 3 set to launch in mid-2020, should you still buy the DJI Inspire 1? Will the Autel Evo 2 force DJI to revamp their Inspire series? Is the Zenmuse Z3 thermal camera a good option for you? What are some limitations of using a Inspire 1-Z3 combo? Is it worth buying the DJI Inspire 1?

ADU 01060: Why Can’t I Fly in My Own Backyard If I Stay Below the Tree Line?

Dec 11, 2019 15:28

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Flying Hobby Drones in Controlled Airspace Today's question is about recreational flying in controlled airspace. How can you increase your chances of LAANC approval so that you are not denied your ability to fly? Our caller for today, Stephen is a recreational pilot who is seeking permission to fly in controlled airspace with a 100 feet ceiling. The airport tower has no objection to him flying as long as he stays below tree top level. But, his LAANC authorization was rejected denying him his right to fly. What is the best resort for Stephen now? As per the recent changes made to hobby drone rules, recreational pilots must seek LAANC authorization to fly in controlled airspace. But, as is the case with Stephen, what should you do if you fail to get your LAANC authorization? And, does building a good working relationship with airport tower authorities help in such a scenario? For all this an much more, tune in to our latest show now. Thanks for the great question, Stephen. Fly Safe! Do you wish to learn from world-class pilots with real world experience? This could be your chance. The Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held from April 4-5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These unique drone games are designed to test your flying ability as you will be asked to complete carefully designed flight missions that mimic real-world scenarios. Don't miss the chance to participate in the BIGGEST and BEST drone event of the year. Limited Spots Available! Book 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. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Today's question is aboutgetting permission to fly recreationally in controlled airspace Should you resubmit a LAANC authorization if your application has been denied once? Are LAANC Apps prone to rejected an application due to technological issues? Will it help if you reach out to the Airport tower, and build a work relationship? How does the drone law define navigable airspace? Does the FAA have any jurisdiction over drones flying indoors? Will the micro-drone rule in countries like Canada endanger airspace safety?  

ADU 01059: What Should I Be Asking to Ensure That I Purchase the Best Drone for My Needs?

Dec 10, 2019 36:21

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How to purchase high-end drone systems and accessories In today's show, you will learn how to purchase a drone that best suits your requirements. How can you ascertain that you are making a good business decision that will generate expected ROI and propel your drone business forward? Our caller for today, Richard recently attended our Austin Mapping class. Richard wishes to map huge tracts of agricultural land with cm level accuracy. And he needs help purchasing the right equipment. What questions should Richard ask his retailer so that he does not end up making a wrong investment? This is an interesting question that is particularly relevant when you are spending thousands of dollars to purchase high-end drone systems or accessories. To help Richard out, we reveal how to estimates revenues, expenses, and ROI before making the purchase. Further, we provide some expert tips for drone pilots who are looking to purchase mapping equipment to further their business. Can you trust your retailer to provide you the correct information? And, what factors should you keep in mind while purchasing an enterprise drone? Tune in to find out. Thanks for the great question, Richard. Fly Safe! Do you wish to learn from world-class pilots with real world experience? This could be your chance. The Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held from April 4-5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These unique drone games are designed to test your flying ability as you will be asked to complete carefully designed flight missions that mimic real-world scenarios. Don't miss the chance to participate in the BIGGEST and BEST drone event of the year. Limited Spots Available! Book 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. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps A special thanks to our sponsor, GPC Professional cases Today's question is about figuring out the best drone for your needs Are you clear about your requirements and end use? Can you accurately estimate your revenues, expenses and ROI? What questions should you ask the retailer before purchasing your drone? Should you use an enterprise drone like M210 for drone mapping?

BONUS: Drone News – Skydio 2 as Police Drone, Modified Mavic 2 Pro with Thermal Camera, Helicopter Drone Crash in LA

Dec 7, 2019 25:34

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Skydio 2 Being Used as Police Drone by Chula Vista Police Department, Modified Mavic 2 Pro with FLIR Thermal Camera Enhances Thermal Capabilities, AIR7 HD Helicopter Hit By a Drone in LA?, Drone Delivery in the French Alps, DJI Mavic Mini Updates We are back with some of the latest and most exciting drone news from last week. Our biggest story this week is about the new Skydio drone, Skydio 2. The Chula Vista Police Department is the first to use the Skydio 2 drone for emergency response. Autonomous flying capabilities and the ability to easily avoid obstacles means that the Skydio 2 could prove to be a very capable police drone. Using drones will result in better assessment of an emergency situation and help save lives of our police officers. Our next story is about a modified Mavic 2 Pro outfitted with a FLIR Boson Thermal Camera. Manufactured by Revolve Drones, the Revolve Thermal, MK. III has impressive thermal capabilities. When compared to the Mavic 2 Dual, this modified Mavic 2 Pro comes double the sensor resolution and 5x heat signature detection range. Other stories covered in todays's show include a drone crashing with a AIR7 HD helicopter in downtown LA, the UAS Integration Pilot Program, Drone Delivery in the French Alps, and the latest DJI Mavic Mini updates. Do you wish to learn from world-class pilots with real world experience? This could be your chance. The Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held from April 4-5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These unique drone games are designed to test your flying ability as you will be asked to complete carefully designed flight missions that mimic real-world scenarios. Don't miss the chance to participate in the BIGGEST and BEST drone event of the year. Limited Spots Available! Book 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps AIR7 HD helicopter pilot speculated to be hit by a drone outside of LA DJI joins UAS Integration Pilot Program Chula Vista Police starts using Skydio 2 drones Modified Mavic 2 Pro with FLIR Boson camera provides enhanced thermal capabilities French postal service commences drone delivery in the Alps Haye shares his experience with the DJI Mavic Mini; does this mini drone fly better after the recent firmware update?

ADU 01058: What Are the Advantages (Or Disadvantages) to Having a Drone Under 250 Grams?

Dec 5, 2019 24:16

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Should You Buy the DJI Mavic Mini? | Drones Under 250 Grams Rules In today’s blog post, we reveal our experiences with the DJI Mavic Mavic Mini and highlight the benefits (if any) of owning a mini drone with a camera weighing less than 250 grams. Our caller for today, Pete has come up with an excellent question today about the DJI Mavic Mini. Having recently purchased this DJI drone, he is wondering about the advantages and disadvantages of flying this much-hyped drone. To answer Pete's question, we share our experiences with the DJI Mavic Mini. Paul has been extensively testing out the DJI Mavic Mini at the Drone U headquarters and has some interesting insights to share. First of all, in a bid to appeal to the mass market and keep prices low, has DJI cut any corners with their latest product? We share how the DJI Mavic Mini compares to its cousins like the Mavic Air and Mavic 2 Pro in terms of flying and cinematic capabilities. As is commonly believed, is the DJI Mavic Mini a good drone for flying in confined spaces? In the next segment of the show, we talk about the rules for flying drones under 250 grams. Is it true that drone pilots can fly the DJI Mavic Mini without registration? And, countries like Canada have a different set of laws for drones under 250 grams. Are there any significant advantages to flying these mini drones in such countries? Paul makes some important clarifications. For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show now! Do you wish to learn from world-class pilots with real world experience? This could be your chance. The Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held from April 4-5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These unique drone games are designed to test your flying ability as you will be asked to complete carefully designed flight missions that mimic real-world scenarios. Don't miss the chance to participate in the BIGGEST and BEST drone event of the year. Limited Spots Available! Book 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps A special thanks to our sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about the pros and cons of buying drones under 250 grams Drone under 250 grams - Rules that you should be aware of What are the rules for flying drones under 250 grams in countries like Canada? Is the DJI Mavic Mini a good drone to fly? Is it possible to hack the DJI Mavic Mini? Is the DJI Mavic Mini a good drone for flying in confined s...

BONUS: How can Part 107 Pilots Legally Fly a Drone in Canada with Transport Canada

Dec 2, 2019 21:34

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Canadian Drone Laws for Part 107 Drone Pilots In today's show, Paul is joined by Transport Canada's Justin Miller to discuss what Part 107 pilots can do to legally fly a drone in Canada. We start this show by sharing some of the most recent updates to Canadian drone laws. As per these recent updates, what are the rules for Part 107 pilots who wish to fly a drone in Canada? Do Part 107 pilots need any certification to fly a drone in Canada? If yes, what is the procedure for procuring this certification? And, are there a separate set of drone laws for commercial and hobby pilots? Further, you will learn a bit about Canadian airspace, and how to best determine where you can and cannot fly. Other topics discussed on this show include rules for flying drones less than 250 grams (DJI Mavic Mini), flying over people, drone insurance and flying a drone in Canadian National Parks. If you are thinking of flying down to Canada to capture the beautiful surroundings with your drone, this is a show that you must tune in to. Fly Safe! Resources: Transport Canada's Drone Safety Website Instructions for Flying a Drone in a Canadian National Park Get in Touch with Parks Canada Do you wish to learn from world-class pilots with real world experience? This could be your chance. The Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held from April 4-5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These unique drone games are designed to test your flying ability as you will be asked to complete carefully designed flight missions that mimic real-world scenarios. Don't miss the chance to participate in the BIGGEST and BEST drone event of the year. Limited Spots Available! Book 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Paul welcomes Justin from Transport Canada to the show When were the Canadian drone laws last updated? What are the drone laws for flying a DJI Mavic Mini in Canada? Restricted Airspace and TFR's in Canada How can US drone pilots fly in Canada? Do you need a SFOC if you already have a Part 107 certificate? Are there different set of drone laws for commercial and hobby pilots? Are there any drones that are pre-qualified to fly over people? Justin explains the difference between basic airspace and advanced airspace Are there different SFOC's for flying in basic and advanced airspace? Is it easier for Part 107 pilots to get a SFOC?

ADU 01057: What Sensor Set up Is Required to Fly High and Keep My GSD at an Acceptable Level?

Nov 29, 2019 15:43

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Drone Mapping Tips - How to Pick the Right Sensor Today's question is about the best sensors for drone mapping. We discuss the best sensors, drones, and mapping software that will allow you to fly high and still build accurate drone maps and models. Our caller, Gary is a licensed surveyor who recently attended our in-person mapping class. In our previous show, "How Marking Ground Control Points Affects Your Accuracy in Drone Mapping", we had talked about the three main factors that affect GSD or Ground Sampling Distance: camera sensor, altitude, and focal length. In today's show, Gary has come up with a great follow up question about camera sensors. Specifically, which sensor set up will allow you to fly high and still build accurate drone maps and models? To answer Gary's question, we discuss different high-end sensors like the Zenmuse X7 and Sony A7 RMarkIII. We also discuss how enterprise drones like the Matrice210 and Matrice600 compare to the old warhorse, DJI Phantom. Apart from this, we compare different drone mapping software like GSPro, Litchi, and Pix4D to reveal the best option for you. If you are looking to enhance your mapping accuracy, this is a show you do not want to miss. Thanks for the great question, Gary. Fly Safe! The Biggest Sale of The Year, the Drone U Black Friday Sale is LIVE. Do not miss out! Limited Time Offer! Do you wish to learn from world-class pilots with real world experience? This could be your chance. The Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held from April 4-5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These unique drone games are designed to test your flying ability as you will be asked to complete carefully designed flight missions that mimic real-world scenarios. Don't miss the chance to participate in the BIGGEST and BEST drone event of the year. Limited Spots Available! Book 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps The Drone U Black Friday sale is Live! Do not miss the biggest deals of this year! Today's question is about the best sensor set up for building accurate drone maps and models Paul recaps the last show What are the three variables that affect your GSD? Does your terrain affect your GSD? How does your sensor size co-relate to your GSD? Can you use the X7 camera with GSPro for drone mapping? Are you better off using the Litchi app with X7? Can you capture more details owing to the X7's higher dynamic ran...

BONUS: Drone News – Autel Evo 2 in 2020, Drone Pilot Fined $20,000 For Reckless Flying in Las Vegas, DJI Black Friday Deals

Nov 28, 2019 31:11

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Autel Robotics to Launch New Autel Evo 2 in 2020, Drone Pilot Fined $20,000 for Careless Flight, DJI Black Friday Deals, SQUIDS Drone, Drone Industry to Hit $100 Billion in 2020 Our biggest story today is about the Autel Evo 2. You heard that right. As per recent FCC filings, Autel Robotics is coming out with a new drone that will hit the markets as early as January 2020. This drone will come with 3 different gimbal modules that give users 6K, 8K, and dual sensor capabilities. In today's show, we reveal all the rumored specs of this new Autel Evo drone. Does DJI need to update its Mavic and Inspire series to compete with these new entrants in the drone market? Our next story is a particularly interesting one. This is a story about drone pilot, Reuben Burciaga who was fined a hefty $20,000 for a reckless flight which ultimately ended as his drone landed next active airstrip at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas. Reuben's initial fine of $14,000 has now ballooned to more than $20,000 due to late fees as he failed to respond back to the FAA. Time and again, we have discussed how FAA's lack of enforcement is endangering airspace safety. So, was the FAA right in slapping this huge $20,000 fine on Reuben? Hear this story, and let us know your thoughts. Other topics discussed on the show are the SQUID drone and hyper-growth projections for the drone industry. Tune in for some excellent insights! Drone U wishes all listeners a Happy Thanksgiving!!! May your Thanksgiving be filled with family, friends, rest and peace. The Biggest Sale of The Year, the Drone U Black Friday Sale is LIVE. Do not miss out! Limited Time Offer! Do you wish to learn from world-class pilots with real world experience? This could be your chance. The Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held from April 4-5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These unique drone games are designed to test your flying ability as you will be asked to complete carefully designed flight missions that mimic real-world scenarios. Don't miss the chance to participate in the BIGGEST and BEST drone event of the year. Limited Spots Available! Book 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Autel Robotics to launch Autel Evo 2 in January 2020 What will be the sensor size on the Autel Evo 2? Why the Autel Evo 2 could prove to be an excellent public safety drone What is the rumored launch date for the Autel Evo 2?

ADU 01056: What Tips Can You Share About Staying up on All of the Tasks We Have to Do?

Nov 28, 2019 34:13

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How to Enhance Work Productivity Today's question is about enhancing your work productivity. What are some recommended tools and systems for a more effective and compressed workflow? Our caller, Desi has come up with another great question today. Desi is a busy drone pilot who is looking for some effective ways to get more done in less time. Specifically, she has a long work commute and is wondering how she can utilize this time in the best possible manner. As a drone business owner, you will have to find time for business activities like sales & marketing and general admin tasks. With so much on your plate, it is important that you finish your daily tasks in the most efficient manner. So, should you go old school and jot down a daily to-do list in a book? Or, should you rely on the latest productivity tools to stay on top of things? We discuss the pros and cons of each approach. Other topics discussed include time blocking techniques, how to implement systems and processes, and the benefits of staying healthy. For all this and so much more, tune in to our latest show now. Thanks for the great question, Desi. Fly Safe! If you found this show interesting, you might want to check out our comprehensive Drone Business Course. The Biggest Sale of The Year, the Drone U Black Friday Sale is LIVE. Do not miss out! Limited Time Offer! Do you wish to learn from world-class pilots with real world experience? This could be your chance. The Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held from April 4-5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These unique drone games are designed to test your flying ability as you will be asked to complete carefully designed flight missions that mimic real-world scenarios. Don't miss the chance to participate in the BIGGEST and BEST drone event of the year. Limited Spots Available! Book 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps The Drone U Black Friday Sale Announced! Do not miss out! Today's question is about enhancing your work productivity Does your choice of productivity tool depend on your personality? Does staying healthy help you enhance your productivity? Which is the best tool for Desi? Why is it important to differentiate between Tasks and Projects? Does time-blocking work for Rob and Paul? How to use geofenced notifications for your day-to-day tasks Is GSuite a good productivity tool for your small business?

ADU 01055: Is there any Universal UAV language?

Nov 25, 2019 19:59

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Today we discuss the need for universal UAV language and training standards. Is this lack of uniformity endangering airspace safety? Our caller, Desi has come up with an excellent question that has not been asked on Ask Drone U before. Desi has noticed how different pilots have different jargon for flight maneuvers. Understandably, this can cause confusion and endanger safety. Desi has made a great observation. The absence of a universal language can  possibly cause a drone crash, especially when you are collaborating with a large team. Apart from a universal UAV language, we also discuss the pressing need to adopt uniform drone training standards. If you have encountered these issues while flying, you will find this show particularly interesting. Thanks for the great question, Desi. Fly Safe! If you found this show interesting, you might want to check out our course, "Common FAA & UAS Terms Defined and Explained". Do you wish to learn from world-class pilots with real world experience? This could be your chance. The Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held from April 4-5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These unique drone games are designed to test your flying ability as you will be asked to complete carefully designed flight missions that mimic real-world scenarios. Don't miss the chance to participate in the BIGGEST and BEST drone event of the year. Limited Spots Available! Book 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Today's question is about the need for a universal industry language for the UAV industry Is there a pressing need for a uniform UAV language? Does the industry have uniform standards for training drone pilots? Are improperly trained pilots the main cause of flyaways and drone crashes? Should the UAV industry adhere to the universal aviation language followed by manned pilots? Is the DJI Mavic Mini a safe drone to fly? How proper systems can help you gain the desired traction in your drone business

BONUS: Drone News – Autel Robotics to Launch New Drone, DJI Mavic Mini Updates, LiDAR Drones

Nov 25, 2019 21:22

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Autel Robotics to launch new drone with dual sensors, DJI Mavic Mini taken apart, FEMA and GEMA organize drone training for pilots, Search and Rescue Drones, Lidar drones used to discover Second World War concentration camps Our biggest news story this week is about Autel Robotics new dual drone with thermal and EO sensors. Following up on the success of the Autel Evo, Autel Robotics is all set to come out with a new dual drone that will compete directly with the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual. As per industry rumors, this bird will come with a large 20 MP global shutter and a 640p thermal sensor that opens up a host of new and exciting possibilities. To learn more details about this soon-to-be-launched drone, check out our blog post, "Autel Robotics About to Launch Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Competitor". Our next story is about the sub-250 gram drone, DJI Mavic Mini. We took apart this little drone and noted some interesting hardware additions for enhancing your drone footage. If you own a DJI Mavic Mini or are thinking of getting one shortly, this segment of the show shall be particularly interesting to you. Further, Paul also reveals his experience with flying the DJI Mavic Mini. Like the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, is it possible to hack this little drone to fly in Atti mode? Other topics discussed in this show are search and rescue drone missions, details about the recently concluded FEMA drone training, updates about the Drone Racing League, and LiDAR drones. Tune in for the latest and most exciting drone industry updates! Do you wish to learn from world-class pilots with real world experience? This could be your chance. The Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held from April 4-5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These unique drone games are designed to test your flying ability as you will be asked to complete carefully designed flight missions that mimic real-world scenarios. Don't miss the chance to participate in the BIGGEST and BEST drone event of the year. Limited Spots Available! Book 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Autel Robotics to launch a new drone with dual sensors that will compete with Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual DJI Mavic Mini taken apart - What is inside this little drone? Can you hack the DJI Mavic Mini for Atti Mode? Drones for Good - An Inspire 2 used to in a successful search and rescue mission of a 84-year old man

ADU 01054: How Can I Get More Bartering Based Jobs?

Nov 22, 2019 32:20

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Is Bartering a Good Strategy for Drone Pilots? Today's question is about bartering your drone services. Can you provide your drone services in exchange for hotel discounts or even a free stay? Our caller, Trent from Austin has come up an interesting question today. Trent, like many of us loves traveling, and is wondering if he can get a discount of a free night's stay in exchange for drone photos and videos. Great question, Trent. Bartering your drone services is a great idea but certainly not a new one. With many drone pilots, travel reviewers, bloggers and social media influencers approaching hotels and resorts with similar offers, how can you negotiate a good deal? Paul shares his own experience, and reveals how he managed to get a 50% discount on a AirBnB rental. If you are like Trent, and would love to get bartering based jobs, you will find this show particularly interesting. Thanks for the great question, Trent. Fly Safe! Do you wish to learn from world-class pilots with real world experience? This could be your chance. The Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held from April 4-5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These unique drone games are designed to test your flying ability as you will be asked to complete carefully designed flight missions that mimic real-world scenarios. Don't miss the chance to participate in the BIGGEST and BEST drone event of the year. Limited Spots Available! Book 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Come, be a part of the biggest drone games of the year; Book your spot at the 2020 Drone U Fly-in now! A special thanks to our sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about bartering drone services What are the tax implications if you barter your drone services? How to showcase your skills to a prospective client Paul shares how he managed to get a 50% discount on an AirBnB rental in exchange for drone footage How did Paul land his first big drone job? How can you compete with other social media influencers and bloggers who are seeking a discount from hotels and resorts in exchange for their services? Tips for building relationships with prospects with whom you wish to barter your services How to showcase your skills to hotels and resorts    

ADU 01053: What Do I Need to Know About Traveling with My Drone?

Nov 21, 2019 27:45

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Tips and Tricks for Traveling with a Drone Today's question is about traveling with your drone. What is the best and most cost-effective way of traveling with heavy drone gear? Our caller, Desi is a busy pilot who regularly flies across the country for different assignments. Desi flies a DJI Inspire 2. Now, as many of you might have experienced, baggage restrictions and space constraints make it extremely difficult to fly with a large bird like the Inspire 2. What is the best resort for Desi? Is it really possible to fly with all her gear without paying extra? To answer Desi's question, Paul shares some of his own experiences. Listeners will learn why he always prefers to fly with Southwest Airlines. Further, Paul reveals how a drone pilot can fly with 200 pounds of gear without paying an extra dime! If you found this show interesting, you might wish to check out Paul's article, "Traveling Tips and Little Known Facts for Drone Pilots - How to Get Free Luggage and Ensure a Successful Trip" for more insights on this topic. Thanks for the great question, Desi. Fly Safe! Do you wish to learn from world-class pilots with real world experience? This could be your chance. The Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held from April 4-5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These unique drone games are designed to test your flying ability as you will be asked to complete carefully designed flight missions that mimic real-world scenarios. Don't miss the chance to participate in the BIGGEST and BEST drone event of the year. Limited Spots Available! Book 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. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps A Special Thanks to our sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about traveling with your drone Which is the best and most convenient airline for a drone pilot traveling with heavy gear? How printing out a "Media Baggage Statement" and a "Media Pass" can allow you carry excess bagage without paying additional charges How to print out a Photographer's Association media pass Check out Paul's article where he shares his experiences of traveling with a drone How much baggage can a drone pilot with a media pass ...

ADU 01052: Can I Fly DJI Drones over Prisons Even Though DJI Says It’s a No-Fly Zone?

Nov 19, 2019 17:35

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What are the rules for flying drones over prisons? Today's question is about flying drones over prisons. Can you get into legal trouble for flying your drone over or near prison facilities? Our caller, also named Paul is calling in today with an interesting question that has not been asked on ADU before. Paul wishes to use drones for conducting solar inspections. However, the solar farm is located right next to the state prison. While the prison authorities are willing to cooperate with Paul, are there any laws that prevent drone pilots from flying over and near prisons? To answer Paul's question, we first reveal the drone laws for flying over and near state and federal prisons. Are the drone laws for federal prisons any different? Can you fly DJI drones over prisons once you turn off DJI geofencing by unlocking the red zone? We also discuss how building relationships with local authorities can help in such situations. Thanks for the great question, Paul. Fly Safe! Want to learn how to unlock a DJI No-Fly Zone? Check out this instructional video for step-by-step instructions. Do you wish to learn from world-class pilots with real world experience? This could be your chance. The Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held from April 4-5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These unique drone games are designed to test your flying ability as you will be asked to complete carefully designed flight missions that mimic real-world scenarios. Don't miss the chance to participate in the BIGGEST and BEST drone event of the year. Limited Spots Available! Book 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. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps A special thanks to our sponsor, GPC cases Today's question is about flying drones over prisons Can you fly over federal prisons as well as state prisons? Can you fly a a DJI drone over a state prison if GEO 2.0 is turned off? How can you unlock a DJI red zone? Can you fly a drones over prisons and near prisons? What are the rules for flying drones for federal prisons? How building relationships with prison authorities can help you

ADU 01051: How Marking Ground Control Points Affects Your Accuracy in Drone Mapping

Nov 18, 2019 33:06

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Best Practices for Marking Ground Control Points Today's question is about ground control points. While processing data, how can you ensure that your GCP markers do not get pixelated on zooming in? Our caller, Chris has come up with a great question today about drone mapping and GCP's. Specifically, he is finding it difficult to precisely mark Ground Control Points as the markers are prone to pixelation on zooming in. Now, Chris is using a high-end X4S camera that is known to capture sharp images. What steps can Chris take to overcome this issue and properly mark GCP's so that mapping accuracy is not compromised? To help Chris out, we reveal the three most likely factors that could be causing this pixelation issue - camera sensor, altitude, and focal length. Further, we also reveal the importance of using big and easily discernible GCP's. So, what exactly is the ideal size of a GCP marker? And is there any particular reason why our landing pads (which can also be used as markers) are orange and blue? You will also learn some common mistakes that surveyors make when marking Ground Control Points. If you are a professional drone mapper looking for some nuanced drone mapping information, you will find this show particularly useful. Thanks for the great question, Chris! Fly Safe! Do you wish to learn from world-class pilots with real world experience? This could be your chance. The Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held from April 4-5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These unique drone games are designed to test your flying ability as you will be asked to complete carefully designed flight missions that mimic real-world scenarios. Don't miss the chance to participate in the BIGGEST and BEST drone event of the year. Limited Spots Available! Book 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps How geo-referencing helps generate more accurate drone maps and models How can you determine the quality of GPS points that you have marked? Should you, as a professional drone mapper permit the construction contractor to pull GPS points? How can attending the 2020 Drone U Fly-in help you? Paul shares some interesting details How is the 2020 Drone U Fly-in bigger and better? Fly-in Challenge Today's question is about Ground Control Point (GCP) markers pixelating as you zoom in What is the ideal size of a GCP marker? Understand Ground Sampling Distance

BONUS: Drone News – DJI Inspire 3, DJI launches Phone to Drone Remote ID, BVLOS

Nov 17, 2019 26:35

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DJI Inspire 3 Launch in 2020, DJI's new Drone to Phone Remote ID Technology, DJI Mavic Mini and how it affects airspace safety, Flying BVLOS in NY State, Drone Deliveries and much, much more... Our biggest drone news story this week is about DJI's new Drone to Phone Remote ID technology. To assuage escalating concerns over drone security, industry leader, DJI recently introduced this new technology which makes it possible to detect drones within a 1-km range using an app. While this technology may help locate rogue drones and ensure airspace safety, does it raise any privacy issues for drone pilots? And, how will the FAA enforce compliance once this app is formally launched next year? Next up, listeners will enjoy an animated discussion about the DJI Mavic Mini. Unless you have been living under a rock, you must have heard of this sub-250 gram drone whose biggest selling point is that there are no registration requirements. Does this ability to fly without registration endanger airspace safety? In our next segment, we have some great news that will particularly interest NY drone pilots. A testing corridor for BVLOS flights recently opened up in New York State. In a recent blog post, we discussed how the ability to fly BVLOS will provide a much-needed fillip to services like drone deliveries, and the economy as a whole. Other topics discussed on this show are the DJI Inspire 3 and some tips for finding the best Black Friday deals. Tune in for the latest and most exciting insights. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps DJI launches Drone to Phone Remote ID technology How the ability to fly DJI Mavic Mini without registration is endangering airspace safety MSX Support for Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual provides greater clarity to thermal images DJI Inspire 3 to launch next year? Exclusive updates and latest details Testing corridor for BVLOS flights opens up in NY State How the ability to fly BVLOS can prove to be the much needed catalyst for drone delivery operations Where can you find the best Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals? ??????????????????

BONUS: How DJI Fulfills Remote ID on Mobile and Why Pilot Privacy Is Pivotal with Brendan Schulman

Nov 16, 2019 37:42

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Analyzing DJI's new Drone Remote ID System Brendan Schulman, Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs, DJI joins the podcast to discuss the new Drone to Phone application that DJI launched for mobile drone detection. With drone pilots up in arms over privacy concerns, how does this system work and what information is shared? Surprisingly enough, pilots will learn that they have more power than they thought in controlling this distribution of pilot information. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps How remote ID will mitigate risk and result in greater adoption of drone technology How ASTM International is devising a strategy to implement drone remote id Brendan explains the two ways via which remote id data and drone location can be transmitted Are there any issues when a network is used to transmit drone remote id data? DJI's new drone to phone remote ID system uses WiFi to transmit data - Does this setup raise any privacy concerns? Are privacy concerns justified? Will remote id data be accessible to public? Is drone to phone remote id similar to DJI Aeroscope? What macro effect will drone to phone remote id have on the drone industry as a whole? Can restricted/tiered access can help address privacy concerns? Will DJI Mavic Mini be equipped with remote id capabilities? Brendan reiterates DJI's firm intention to ensure data security ??????????????????

BONUS: How Drone Training Pays Off In Dividends for Your Business

Nov 9, 2019 18:32

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In today's show, Paul is joined by Brandon Packman from Skywatch who shares how attending a Drone U Flight Mastery Training can help you avail a special educational discount on your drone insurance while enhancing safety at the same time. The FAA is heavily promoting Drone Safety Week through advertisements, articles, and podcasts. However, the dearth of actionable and practical information can seriously mislead a drone pilot. In today's show, we share some little-known facts about Skywatch's drone insurance and its unique discounting mechanism which rewards pilots for flying safely. You will learn how to use the Skywatch App and how to avail discounts through it. Listeners will also learn how factors such as your operating environment, flying technique, weather, and operating procedures can affect your drone insurance cost. Moreover, we also address some common drone insurance questions that pilots often ask us. For instance, is monthly drone insurance cheaper compared to annual drone insurance? Should you buy hull insurance? And, can you insure your ancillary equipment too? Towards the end, we share how attending our flagship Drone U Flight Mastery Training can help you fly safer AND execute more skilled jobs. If you are looking for some practical money-saving and drone safety tips, this is a show you do not want to miss. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Paul welcomes Brandon Packman from Skywatch to the show Factors that affect your Skywatch insurance premium Brandon explains how the Skywatch App works Learn how you can earn discounts through the Skywatch App Does Skywatch offer hourly, monthly as well as annual drone insurance? What are some disadvantages of buying an annual drone insurance? Can you buy hull insurance through Skywatch? How much does it cost? Can sharing your flight logs with Skywatch help you earn greater discounts? How can attending the Drone U Flight Mastery Training help you? Watch out for the new updates to the Skywatch App Paul explains how educational discounts can help you recover your investment in the Flight Mastery in 15 months Can you insure your ancillary drone equipment through Skywatch? Can you buy Skywatch insurance through your existing insurance broker?

BONUS: OFF THE RECORD – Ban on Chinese Drones, Remote ID in 2020?, Drone Deliveries

Nov 5, 2019 30:59

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The American Security Drone Act of 2019, How the delayed launch of Remote ID is preventing drone technology from taking off, Drone Deliveries, Fall-out of US-China Trade Wars and much, much more.... The first story for today is about the American Security Drone Act of 2019. This act will prevent government agencies from utilizing federal funds to buy Chinese-manufactured drones. With many government agencies like fire departments and first responders primarily relying on DJI drones like Phantom and Mavic, this proposed ban could have a huge effect. Is this proposed ban harsh and uncalled for? Next, we discuss how the delayed launch of Remote ID is preventing drone technology from truly taking off. Remote ID or Drone ID allows authorities to detect drones using systems like DJI Aeroscope. This will enhance drone safety, and eventually lead to wider adoption of drone technology. However, hindered by organizational constraints and resource limitations, the FAA is unlikely to implement this much-needed system anytime soon. In this segment of the show, we debate if we need a federal agency dedicated solely to the unmanned industry. This serves as a good segue to our next topic - Drone Deliveries. Many nations (including developing ones) have been quick to realize the immense benefits of drone deliveries. However, the US, the most powerful and technologically advanced nation in the world is lagging behind as far as this technology is concerned. In this segment of the show, we discuss some creative uses of drone deliveries. Listeners will learn how brick-and-mortar retail stories can use drones for making last-mile deliveries. We also reveal how businesses are finding innovative ways of bypassing laws to kick-start their drone delivery operations. Other topics discussed on this show include public safety drones, the fallout of US-China trade wars and drones with extended battery life. If you want to learn where drone technology is headed in 2020 and beyond, you must not miss out on this show. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps The American Security Drone Act of 2019 - is the proposed ban on Chinese-manufactured drones harsh and uncalled for? Will the ban on DJI drones have a significant effect public safety organizations? Can Remote ID lead to mass adoption of drones on a commercial scale? Will Remote ID be launched in 2020?

BONUS: Drone News – DJI Mavic Mini & Skydio 2 Comprehensive Review, US Interior Department Grounds DJI Drones, Uber Eats Testing Drone Delivery

Nov 2, 2019 33:37

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Mavic Mini and Skydio 2 Comprehensive Review, Mavic vs Skydio, US Department Grounds DJI Drones, Drone Search and Rescue, Uber Eats Starts Testing Drone Deliveries In the first segment of today's show, we share our experience with DJI's new drone, the Mavic Mini. Unless you have been living under a rock, you must have heard of this drone, whose biggest "selling point" is that it weighs less than 250 grams. But, as a commercial drone pilot, is there any significant advantage in flying this lightweight drone? Can you fly the DJI Mavic Mini for commercial purposes without proper registration? There is considerable confusion surrounding this topic due to false and half-baked information being circulated via forums and websites. Apart from making some important clarifications on this specific topic, we also discuss the Pros & cons of this new DJI drone in great depth. If you are thinking of buying this drone, you must listen to our comprehensive review before going ahead. Next, we discuss Skydio 2. We just flew the Skydio 2, and we were blown away by the drone's autonomous capabilities. Powered by 6 cameras, this drone is intelligent enough to "read" the surrounding environment and navigate through the most difficult of obstacles. This superior handling opens up a host of new possibilities. In today's show, we discuss how drone pilots can fly the Skydio 2 in GPS negative environments with ease. Further, this never-before-seen ability to avoid obstacles means that Skydio 2 can prove to be an excellent public safety drone as well. Is Skydio 2 truly a disruptive innovation that will change the drone market forever? This is what Paul has to say about the Skydio 2: "Skydio 2 is an industry changer. It is a code switch. This drone is going to fundamentally change how we think about flying". Apart from new drones, we also discuss the recent US Interior Department's decision to ground Chinese-made drones. This is certainly a big blow to DJI as the US Interior Department has one of the largest drone fleets in the country. What do you think about this government decision? Harsh or Necessary? Feel free to leave us your comments! For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show now. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Will Skydio 2 impact the drone industry in a big way? US Interior Department grounds Chinese made drones

ADU 01050: Can My School Be Held Liable for a Drone Crash on Their Premises?

Nov 1, 2019 16:56

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Drone Crash? Who is Liable? Today's show is about potential liabilities due to a drone crash. Can an organization be held liable for property damage and bodily harm due to a drone crash? Peter, our caller is a high school teacher is perturbed by a drone flying over his school premises. Particularly, Peter is worried that the drone might crash and damage property or even worse, hurt a student. In today's show, Peter is wondering if his school can be held liable should such an event occur. This is an interesting scenario that we have not previously discussed on Ask Drone U. We all know that the FAA is responsible for airspace safety. But, can a school be in legal trouble for a drone crashing and potentially hurting a student? And, can the school prevent the drone from flying over their premises? We share some important clarifications to help Peter out. Tune in for some excellent information. Fly Safe! If you found this post interesting, you might want to check out our comprehensive Drone Insurance Guide. Do you wish to learn from world-class pilots with real world experience? This could be your chance. The Drone U Fly-in Challenge will be held from April 4-5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These unique drone games are designed to test your flying ability as you will be asked to complete carefully designed flight missions that mimic real-world scenarios. Don't miss the chance to participate in the BIGGEST and BEST drone event of the year. Limited Spots Available! Book 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps This show is brought to you by the 2020 Drone U Fly-In Today's question is about liabilities How to report a drone pilot who is flouting Part 107 rules by flying over people? Are you allowed to legally film a school football game with your drone? Can the school be held liable if the drone crashes and hurts a student?

OFF THE RECORD: Skydio 2 or DJI Mavic 3 – Who Will Win the DRONE WARS In 2020?

Oct 31, 2019 19:35

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Skydio 2 vs DJI Mavic 3 ADU listeners are in for a treat as we bring to you the FIRST segment of our new show, Off The Record: Drone Wars. In this new show, we share some of the latest and most exciting updates and rumors from the drone industry. In today's show, we discuss how the drone industry is going through a state of flux. Unlike many other sectors that have multiple manufacturers jostling for market share, the US drone market has long been dominated by just 1 player - the Chinese manufacturer, DJI. However, the recent launch of the Skydio R2 could upset this status quo. David vs.Goliath Showdown in 2020? The launch of the Skydio R2 has set the stage for a classic "David vs Goliath" showdown. Skydio is hoping to lure away DJI customers with the R2 - an autonomous drone aggressively priced at $999. However, DJI, the Goliath that Skydio is up against is no slouch either. No sooner did Skydio come out with the R2, DJI announced two new drones - the DJI Mavic Mini and the DJI Mavic 3. Particularly, DJI Mavic 3, the drone that Skydio R2 is directly pitted against is rumored to be equipped with a bigger sensor and enhanced obstacle avoidance capabilities (in comparison to its predecessor, the DJI Mavic 2). But, will the DJI Mavic 3 manage to outshine the Skydio 2, a drone with cutting-edge autonomous capabilities? Or, like in the biblical tale, will we see David (Skydio) upstaging the Goliath (DJI) in 2020? Who will win the DRONE WARS in 2020? Don't miss this special show! 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Use discount code DUBO to get 10% off. Offer valid for limited time only! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps DJI has had a tough 2019 so far; will things finally start looking up for the Chinese manufacturer? The Skydio R2 has received an overwhelming response; should DJI be worried? Are Skydio's obstacle avoidance far superior in comparison to DJI? Why did Skydio use a smaller sensor on the new Skydio drone? Can we expect a new Skydio drone with a global shutter anytime soon? Can you use Skydio (with its small sensor and a rolling shutter) and DroneDeploy for drone mapping? Will we see a bigger and better Skydio drone in 2020? Mavic 3 vs. Skydio 2 Will the next-gen Mavic manage to outshine the Skydio 2? Are drone users desperately looking for good DJI alternatives? Are Parrot drones a good option to DJI and Skydio?

ADU 01049: Can I Build a Successful Drone Business with a DJI Phantom 3?

Oct 30, 2019 13:42

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Building a Drone Business with a DJI Phantom 3 Today's question is about the DJI Phantom 3. How can a Phantom 3 pilot compete with those flying latest and more powerful drones like the Phantom 4 and Mavic 2? Our caller for today, Michael is a call-center employee who wishes to segue into the drone business. Michael owns a DJI Phantom 3 and does not have the capital to acquire a newer drone like the Mavic 2 or Phantom 4. Can Michael build a successful drone business using such outdated equipment? And, is it possible to take up lucrative drone mapping jobs using a drone like a DJI Phantom 3? Like Michael, many aspiring and new pilots do not have enough capital to buy the latest drone equipment in the initial stages of a business. What is the best resort in such a scenario? Is it possible to build a steady revenue stream using outdated drone equipment? Tune in for some excellent money-saving tips. Thanks for the great question, Michael. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Our next in-person mapping class is coming up shortly in Austin, TX. Click on the above link to learn more Today's question is about the DJI Phantom 3 Can you build a profitable drone business using an outdated drone like the DJI Phantom 3? Tips for amateurs who wish to improve their flying skills Can you build a drone mapping business with the DJI Phantom 3?

ADU 01048: How to Most Effectively Add Interior 360 Models to Your 3D Maps

Oct 29, 2019 10:58

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Tips and Tricks for Creating Interior 360 Models Today's show is about creating interior 360 models. What is the best way of adding interior 360 models to your 3D maps? Ryan from Oklahoma is calling us after watching Paul's video that he did for Randy Travis's house. In this video, Paul did a great job of integrating the interior 360 model with the exterior model. Ryan is wondering about the software and workflow that Paul used to facilitate this smooth and seamless integration. Great question, Ryan. Certainly, many real estate agents would be interested in showcasing a property via a 360-degree interior model. One of the best ways of creating an interior model is by using the Matterport camera and app. What are some tips and tricks for creating an easy-to-use and navigable interior model? And, once you create a Matterport model, how do you integrate it with an exterior model? In today's show, we recommend the best workflow for adding interior 360 models to 3D maps. Moreover, towards the end, we also reveal some cost-effective and equally good options to Matterport. Thanks for the great question, Ryan. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Use discount code DUBO to get 10% off. Offer valid for limited time only! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Today's question is about adding interior models to your 3D drone maps Is Matterport prohibitively expensive? How do you integrate a Matterport interior model with a Sketchfab exterior model? Is it easy to embed a Sketchfab model onto your website? Are there any cost effective options to Matterport? Learn about our exciting Drone U classes

ADU 01047: Basics of Starting a Successful Drone Service Business

Oct 29, 2019 35:43

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Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Successful Drone Business Today's question is about starting a new drone business. What steps can aspiring and new drone entrepreneurs take to plan and set up a sustainable, long-term drone business? Our caller for today, Lucas is planning on starting a new drone service business after retiring from his current job. Lucas has already purchased a Phantom 4 RTK and lifetime license to the SimActive software to prepare for this eventual transition. Is Lucas on the correct path? And what other steps does he need to take to set up and manage his new drone business? This is a great question that merits a detailed response. To help Lucas out, we first talk about purchasing the right drone equipment that gives you maximum bang for the buck. To arrive at this decision, aspiring and new drone entrepreneurs like Lucas first need to thoroughly research the drone services market, and the different client types that they can provide their services to. Next, he will have to determine the industry segment that is most suited for him. But, how can Lucas conduct proper market research and arrive at an accurate assessment? We share how simple but effective tools like "Business Model Canvas" and "Client Quadrant" can help Lucas in his business planning. We also reveal some expert tips for purchasing the best drones and drone mapping software. Other topics discussed on this show include getting adequate drone training, managing cash flow in the early stages of a drone business, and some expert tips for building accurate drone maps and models. If you are in the same boat as Lucas and are looking for advice to start a successful drone business, you MUST tune in to this show. Fly Safe! If you found this show interesting, you might want to check out our comprehensive Drone Business Course. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Use discount code DUBO to get 10% off. Offer valid for limited time only! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Our all-new Drone U landing pads are out - Early birds get a special discount! Today's question is about starting a new drone service business Is SimActive a good option to popular drone mapping software like Pix4D and DroneDeploy? Can you use SimActive with Propeller Aeropoints? How to learn the nuances of drone mapping before starting your own drone business Tips and Tricks for building accurate drone maps and models

BONUS: Drone News – DJI Mavic Mini Exclusive Updates, NYC Drone Laws, LAFD Firefighting Drones, Drone Delivery

Oct 25, 2019 23:49

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DJI Mavic Mini Release Date and Price Confirmed, NYC Drone Laws Update, LAFD to expand their Firefighting Drone Program, Drone Delivery Business gains traction Our biggest drone news story this week is about the DJI Mavic Mini. As the rumored release date of October 30 draws closer, we have some more exclusive updates for ADU listeners. DJI officials have reached out to us and confirmed that the DJI Mavic Mini shall be released on October 30 at 9 am EST. Apart from speculating on the rumored specs, we also discuss whether flying a sub-250 gram weight has any major advantages in the United States. Next, we have some interesting news to share about the drone delivery business. Wing Aviation, in association with FedEx, has commenced drone deliveries for the retail giant, Walgreens in Christiansburg, Virginia. While this news is heartening, the US is far behind countries like Australia where drone delivery business has already taken off in a big way. Does the US have adequate infrastructure to make safe drone deliveries on a mass scale? Our next story is about NYC drone laws. If you are a regular ADU listener, you might be aware that flying a drone is illegal in NYC. An old avigation law does not permit the takeoff and landing of drones anywhere in NYC. However, an NY city council member, Justin Brannan has proposed new, city-specific drone laws that might legalize flying in NYC. While we are all for drone-friendly skies, are city-specific laws a practical and wise solution? For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show now. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps DJI Mavic Mini release date and price confirmed! Wing Aviation in association with Fedex commences drone delivery for the retail giant, Walgreens Not to be outdone, UPS and CVS launch drone delivery operations as well LAFD to significantly scale up their drone program NYC Drone Laws update - Will flying drones in NYC become legal again? ?????????????

ADU 01046: How Do I Deal with LAANC Requests that Time Out?

Oct 24, 2019 8:16

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How to expedite LAANC approval Today's show is about getting LAANC. With LAANC approval becoming increasingly difficult, how can you get the necessary permission to fly your drone, and complete your job? Our caller for today, Anthony has pointed out an issue that many ADU listeners are grappling with. Our caller, a Part 107 pilot is frustrated with his inability to get LAANC approval to fly in Class E airspace. And with his last 3 LAANC requests timing out, Anthony is unsure about what to do next. As per the recent changes to recreational drone laws, hobby pilots now need LAANC authorization to fly in controlled airspace. Has this led to longer approval times, and possibility request timeouts? Has LAANC approval become more difficult in zero grid airspace and other low-ceiling areas? To help Anthony out, we also discuss alternative courses of action like getting a Wide Area Authorization or using an Osmo. 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. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps With hobby pilots applying for LAANC as well, have it become more difficult for commercial pilots to get approval? A special thanks to our gracious sponsor, GPC Professional Cases Today's question is about the prolonged time to deal with LAANC requests Is applying for a Wide Area Authorization a better option compared to LAANC? Which is the best LAANC App for you? Can your airport manager help you with your LAANC authorization? What can do you do if you can't get the necessary permission to fly your drone? ?????????????

ADU 01045: How Do I Care for My Drone Remote Battery?

Oct 23, 2019 8:25

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Drone Remote Battery Maintenance Today's question is about your drone remote battery. What steps can you take to ensure maximum life for your remote battery? Our caller, Ron has come up with a great question that has not been asked on Ask Drone U before. Ron, a long-time ADU listener is looking for some advice to prolong the life of his drone remote battery. With drone remotes become prohibitively expensive, sound maintenance is a MUST to protect your investment. Tune in for some excellent tips. Thanks for the great question, Ron. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Sign up for our Austin Mapping Class – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/austin_mapping_2019 Timestamps Today's question is about drone remote batteries Is it worthwhile buying a dual remote for the Inspire? Is it okay to let your drone remote remain idle for a long time? Should you deep-cycle your drone remote batteries? Can you replace batteries in your drone remote? How can you benefit by attending the Drone U Enterprise Training program? ?????????????

BONUS: Drone News – Skydio 2 Dock, Drone Integration and Zoning Act, Ford Drone Patent, Drone Search and Rescue

Oct 22, 2019 24:28

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Skydio 2 Dock for enhanced automation, the regressive "Drone Integration and Zoning Act", Ford files a futuristic drone patent, drone search and rescue and much, much more... We are back with some of the biggest and most exciting drone news of this week with the DroneDJ himself, Haye Kesteloo. Our biggest drone news story this week is about Skydio 2. For folks who have not been following the news, Skydio released a new drone, Skydio 2 about two weeks back. Following up on this, Skydio recently announced the Skydio 2 Dock. The Skydio 2 Dock is a "self-contained weatherproof charging station" that might make it possible to conduct autonomous operations in the future. Particularly, this Skydio accessory will be really useful for enterprise customers who wish to automate their day-to-day operations. While the FAA does not permit autonomous operations at present, the Skydio 2 Dock certainly indicates what the future of drone technology might look like. In our next piece of drone news, we discuss the recent, "Drone Integration and Zoning Act" introduced by Senator Mike Lee. This Act aims to undermine the FAA's authority by putting states, cities and Native American tribes in charge. Tune in to discover how this act will place severe restrictions on a drone pilot's right to fly. Other topics covered in today's show include drone search and rescue, LiDAR-equipped mapping drones, and an innovative "vehicle-integrated drone" patent filed by Ford. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Sign up for our Austin Mapping Class – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/austin_mapping_2019 Timestamps Drone Integration and Zoning Act undermines FAA's authority and puts local governments in charge Drone search and Rescue - A Matrice M210 used to successfully locate a six-year old in Minnesota Skydio releases Skydio 2 Dock, a "self-contained weatherproof charging station" Ford files a new patent for a futuristic "Vehicle-Integrated Drone" Planes and drones equipped with LiDAR help discover and map Maya ruins in Mexico Farmers using drones to lure sheep in the right direction ?????????????

ADU 01044: How Can I Market My Drone Services to Industrial Level Businesses?

Oct 21, 2019 22:18

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Marketing Advice for Scaling up Your Drone Business Today's show is about marketing your drone services to industrial-level businesses. What are some effective strategies to expand your clientele and scale up your business? Our caller for today, Cameron wishes to transition from real estate to more value-add services like cell tower and roof inspections. Marketing your drone services to such industrial level-businesses requires a measured approach. In today's show, listeners will first learn how to analyze a new market and determine the biggest pain points. Next, we recommend some effective ways for pitching your drone services to a prospective client. Drawing from their extensive experience, business partners, Paul and Rob suggest the best approach for Cameron. This show will be particularly useful to those who have been struggling to market their drone services to sophisticated clients. Tune in for some excellent insights. Thanks for the great question, Cameron. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Sign up for our Austin Mapping Class – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/austin_mapping_2019 Timestamps Today's question is about marketing your drone services to industrial-level customers Do you have an efficient and scalable workflow? Are you really understanding your client's requirements? Can attending networking organizations help you figure out common pain points? How to pitch your drone services to prospective clients How did Paul win the U&M Entrepreneurial Challenge? How to prep yourself before pitching your services to a prospective client Can content marketing help you gain more visibility? Expert Tips for scaling up and growing your business How to conduct yourself at networking events

ADU 01043: How Can I Speed up the Process of the Mission Being Uploaded to the Drone Using the Pix4D Capture App?

Oct 18, 2019 14:13

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Pix4DCapture Tips and Tricks Today's question is about the Pix4D Capture App. Our caller, Bryan from Chicago is facing issues with the Pix4D Capture App. It is taking Bryan 20 minutes or longer to upload missions to his drone using the Pix4DCapture App. How can Bryan deal with this problem and make faster uploads to his drone? In today's show, listeners will learn that slow speed of mission uploads is a common issue for Pix4DCapture App users. Particularly, you are more likely to encounter this issue with older drones likes DJI Phantom 3 and DJI Phantom 4. Fortunately, Paul has a simple but effective way of dealing with this issue. If you are a professional drone mapper using Pix4D Capture, this show will be really useful for you. Thanks for the great question, Bryan! 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT/ Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Sign up for our Austin Mapping Class – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/austin_mapping_2019 Timestamps Our sponsor for today is our awesome Drone U Community Looking for lucrative drone jobs? Learn how joining the Drone U Community can help you Learn the nuances of drone mapping in our next in-person mapping class in Austin,Texas; Sign up today! Today's question is about the Pix4D Capture App Is it common to encounter problems while uploading a mission to your drone using the Pix4DCapture App? Do older drones like the DJI Phantom 3 take longer to start? Are you encountering problems while firing up Pix4D on your drone? What should you do when you encounter a camera setup error? How do you know that your drone is ready for flight? How can attending a Drone U in-person training help you out?  

BONUS: Drone News – DJI Mavic Mini, DJI Mavic 3, Police Drones, DJI News, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta

Oct 16, 2019 29:34

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DJI Mavic 3 announced, DJI Mavic Mini release date, Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Police Drones being used as first responders, Phantom 4 Pro Production Updates Our biggest news this week is about the DJI Mavic 3. You heard that right. DJI is all set to come out with a successor to their wildly successful flagship drone, Mavic 2 Pro. To be released in January 2020, the Mavic 3 will come with 4K60 and ADS-B receivers. It is certainly no small coincidence that DJI chose to "leak" the news of a new drone right after the launch of the Skydio R2. But, considering the R2's impressive autonomous capabilities, it remains to be seen if DJI can up the ante, yet again with the Mavic 3. Our second news story is about the DJI Mavic Mini. The big selling point for this soon-to-be-released drone is that it weighs just 245 grams. As we have discussed on this show before, drones weighing less than 245 grams need NOT be registered with the FAA. But, does this mean that you can fly these drones without following any drone laws? Can you fly drones weighing less than 250 grams without a commercial drone license? We reveal the answers to these commonly asked questions in this segment of the show. Other topics discussed on this show include the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Police drones, radar systems for detecting drones and Phantom 4 Pro production updates. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Haye witnesses the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta for the first-time ever; check out his reaction The DJI Mavic 3 announced right after the Skydio R2 launch; Will DJI manage to stave off competition with the launch of this new drone? What is the release date for the DJI Mavic 3? Unlike the Mavic 2 Pro, will the DJI Mavic 3 come with 4K60? Will the Mavic 3 come with a global shutter? When is the DJI Mavic Mini coming out? Are DJI's autonomous capabilities comparable to that of Skydio? Interested in the Skydio? With the first two batches completely sold out, when can you expect to get your hands on the Skydio R2? Police drones now being used as a first responders - Is this a wise move? Airplanes equipped with radar systems being used to detect drones Is DJI planning on resuming production for the Phantom 4 Pro? ????????????

BONUS: Pix4D User Conference – Highlights and Takeaways

Oct 15, 2019 23:27

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Pix4D User Conference 2019 Today's show is about the Pix4D User Conference. Paul and Angad join us today to discuss the essential highlights of Pix4D's first-ever user conference held from Oct 2-3 in Denver, Colorado. The Pix4D User Conference featured some of the most prominent Pix4D super-users from different industries. Chris Anderson, CEO, and Founder from 3DR, Gregory Crutsinger from Scholar Farms, and Bill English from NTSB were some of the speakers who gave talks at this event. Our hosts, Paul and Angad, were also a part of this impressive speaker line-up. In today's show, we discuss some of the most essential takeaways from this two-day conference. Listeners will learn about some creative and little-known drone mapping applications. We talk about bridge inspections, runway inspections, monitoring erosion, achieving mm level accuracy and much, much more in today's show. Whether you a professional drone mapper or an aspiring one, listening to this show will help you learn about the latest industry practices. Tune in for some great information! 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Paul welcomes Angad to the show What all participated at the Pix4D user conference? Who were some of the prominent speakers at the Pix4D User Conference? What did Paul talk about? Can bigger cameras help you map bigger areas with better accuracy? GSPro vs Pix4DCapture - Paul reveals which software he prefers, and why Learn about 3DR's innovation solution for conducting runway inspections Angad shares how a Pix4D super user is using drone mapping to attain mm level accuracy of historic buildings Can you use drone mapping for monitoring erosion? How Flyability drones are being used for infrastructure inspections Indigo Ag, an innovative Boston-based startup explains how drone technology and genetic finger typing is being used to enhance agricultural output Pix4D introduces Pix4DSurvey at the Pix4D user conference What was the ONE important thing that Paul learned at the conference? When is the next Pix4D user conference coming up? What was the most powerful takeaway for Angad? ????????????

BONUS: Drones in Agriculture – P4 Multispectral, Pix4DFields, and Optimum Workflow for Capturing Actionable Insights

Oct 12, 2019 27:53

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Latest practices for data acquisition and processing in agricultural drone mapping In today's show, we are joined by Dr. Greg Crutsinger, founder of Scholarfarms to discuss how to collect and assess data using agricultural drones. We discuss the P4 Multispectral, drone mapping software - Pix4DFields and Pix4DReact, and recommend the best workflow for agricultural drone mapping. We start this show by discussing DJI's latest agricultural drone, the P4 Multispectral in great detail. Aggressively priced at $7,000, will this new DJI drone prove to be a good alternative to proven multispectral drones like the Wingtra and eBEE X? In the next segment of the show, Greg explains in simple terms how multispectral cameras are used to determine the health of plants. Listeners will learn how multispectral drones equipped with light sensors are used to create a reflectance map to eventually provide actionable insights to farms. Greg then provides some expert tips for selecting the best possible agricultural drone. Do consumer drones like Mavic and Phantom have any useful agricultural applications? And, are you better off using a multirotor over an expensive fixed-wing? Next, we discuss drone mapping software. Will the use of Pix4DFields and Pix4D React result in a compressed and efficient workflow? Apart from agricultural drones, we also discuss how drones are gradually proving to be an indispensable tool for disaster relief. Specifically, Greg gives a first-hand account of how he used drone mapping to help out at the Paradise Campfire incident. Whether you are an established drone mapper or aspiring to be one, this is a show you cannot miss. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Paul welcomes Greg to the show Greg shares his background information, and reveals how he transitioned to agricultural drone mapping Drones in public safety Will Pix4D React results in a more compressed drone mapping workflow for disaster relief? Greg shares how he used drone mapping to aid in disaster relief during the Paradise campfire incident? Did the inability to fly BVLOS prove to be a big hindrance? Greg shares how different drone industry majors teamed up for disaster relief efforts during the Paradise campfire Will you face any issues on using third-party cameras with your drone? Will P4 Multispectral will disrupt the market and re...

BONUS: Drone News – Skydio 2, DJI Airworks 2019, Drone Delivery, Yuneec Typhoon H3, DJI News, Drones for Good

Oct 9, 2019 43:59

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P4 Multispectral and Agras T16 introduced at DJI Airworks 2019, Skydio 2 - the autonomous drone launched on October 1, UPS gets permission from the FAA for drone delivery business, Yuneec Typhoon H3, and Drones for Good We start this show by discussing the recently concluded drone conference, DJI Airworks. This year DJI introduced two agricultural drones- the P4 Multispectral and the Agras T16. Specifically, we give users a sneak-peek into the P4 Multispectral. The P4 Multispectral is a multispectral imaging drone pitted directly against the likes of Wingtra and eBeeX. So, how does the P4 Multispectral compare in terms of performance and pricing to these drones with proven multispectral imaging capabilities? Tune in to find out. Other topics discussed in this segment of the show are DJI's new gimbal, DJI X-Port, and DJI's new disaster relief program. Our next new story is about the Skydio R2, arguably the biggest drone news story of the moment. The California-based drone manufacturer, Skydio launched its new drone, the Skydio R2 on October 1. Armed with autonomous flying capabilities, this Skydio R1 successor is priced attractively at $999. Accessories like the Beacon and the Controller further enhance the flying capabilities of this drone. As the early reviews roll, we discuss the Pros and Cons of this new drone. Will Skydio finally taste commercial success with this new drone? Considering the small sensor size, is the Skydio R2 a good alternative to the Mavic 2 Pro? We discuss build quality, sensor quality, autonomous capabilities and pricing in our comprehensive Skydio review. Other topics discussed on this show are the Yuneec Typhoon H3 with Leica sensor, Go Pro Hero 8, UPS Drone Deliveries, and Drones for Good. Tune in for the latest and most exciting drone news. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps P4 Multispectral and Agras T16 agricultrual drones introduced at DJI Airworks Discussing P4 Multispectral specs and capabilities What is the average flight time for a P4 Multispectral? Can it cover an average size farm in the United States? Is the P4 multispectral priced competitively? Has SDK helped enterprise clients develop custom solution? DJI announces DJI X-Port, a new gimbal attachment for Matrice 200 Series DJI announces Disaster Relief Program at DJI Airworks Can you expect a seamless workflow for the P4 Multispectr...

ADU 01042: How can 3D Drone Mapping and Modeling Add More Value to Your Business?

Oct 5, 2019 20:13

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Lucrative 3D Drone Mapping & Modeling Applications Today's question is about 3D drone mapping and modeling. What are some little-known and creative drone applications which can add significant value to different businesses? Our caller for today, Juan attended our recent Accident Reconstruction Training in Virginia. Fired up by the in-depth learning's, Juan is come up with a great follow-up question about the commercial aspects of 3D drone modeling and mapping. In today's show, we reveal how 3D drone modeling & mapping and be immensely useful in project management, marketing, employee training as well as emergency response. Towards the end of the show, drone pilots will also learn how to assign a dollarized value to each of these end-uses so that they can convince new clients to come on board. Thanks for the great question, Juan. Fly Safe! If you’re looking for a quad charger to keep you flying all day, make sure to check out Colorado Drone Chargers. Enter promo code DRONEU8 upon checkout for a special discount! 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps A special thanks to our gracious sponsor, Colorado Drone Chargers Today's question is about the different ways of using 3D drone mapping and modeling in your business Important commercial considerations for professional drone mappers How interactive mapping can help visitors pre-visualize and understand the layout of a building Can you use interactive mapping for employee on-boarding and training? How to use drone mapping for emergency response Using drone maps and models to market live events Can you use drone maps to determine the extent of magnetic interference? Learn how drone mapping and modeling can help streamline construction management How can you use drone maps to enhance the security of a construction site? How to use remote data analytics to better manage construction projects Can hotels use drone mapping to market their properties? How to effectively convey the value-add of 3D drone modeling to clients, and convince them to come onboard

ADU 01041: Is Flying Drones over Private Property Legally Permissible?

Oct 3, 2019 11:24

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Flying Drones Over Private Property - Do's and Don'ts Today's question is about flying drones over private property. Do private property owners have any right over airspace? And, can they prevent a drone from flying over their property? Our caller for today, Alan is in a bit of a quandary. Alan's local church has a strict no-drone policy. Security officials at the church are even trying to prevent him from flying over the church. Can local organizations like these prevent drone pilots from flying over their private property? In today's show, we reveal if Alan's church has the right to prevent him from flying, and then recommend a suitable course of action. If your local organizations are harassing you as well, listening to this show will certainly help you out. Thanks for the great question, Alan. Fly Safe! Towards the end, Paul shares some interesting details about the 2020 Drone U Fly in Challenge. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Do not miss your chance to train at the all new Drone U training center Today's question is about local organizations preventing drones flying over private property Do organizations have the right to prevent drone flight? Should Alan attempt to build a relationship with his local church? When and where are the forthcoming Drone U trainings being held? Learn about the 2020 Drone U Fly-in being held from April 4-5 in Santa Fe, New Mexico ???????????

ADU 01040: Can Drone U Training Be Useful for Canadian Drone Pilots?

Oct 3, 2019 23:55

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Drone Training for Canadian Drone Pilots Today's question is about drone training for Canadian drone pilots. Is Drone U training relevant for Canadian drone pilots? Martin, our caller for today is based in Canada. A new drone pilot, Martin is eager to learn the nuances of drone flying. He has a bunch of questions for us today. Firstly, Martin is wondering if Drone U training is relevant for drone pilots like him who are based in Canada. Will learning Part 107 and US airspace fundamentals help him in any way? Moreover, Martin is specifically looking for Mavic 2 Pro training. Can we help Martin in this regard? Thanks for the detailed question, Martin. We, at Drone U certainly have a lot to offer to Canadian drone pilots as well. In today's show, we share some interesting details about our different drone training. Broadly, Drone U provides two kinds of training: Online and In-Person. Our online drone training consists of 34 different courses focusing on all the crucial aspects of a drone business. Whereas, our in-person training, taught by experienced instructors with real-world experience are offered all over the United States. In today's show, listeners will learn about our training ideology which results in unmatched learning and retention. Further, we reveal why we prefer to use DJI Phantom 4 over the Mavic 2 Pro for our in-person training. But this does not mean that we do not train Mavic pilots. We encourage Martin to check out our comprehensive Mavic Don't Crash Course. So, does Drone U plan on offering drone training in Canada? Tune in to learn about our plans. Thanks for the great question, Martin. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Will the new Skydio drone give DJI a run for its money? Drone U is looking for new sponsors - Get in touch now! Is quality drone training a must for commercial drone pilots? Today's question is about Canadian drone pilots who wish to get drone training in the United States Is Drone U training useful and relevant for Canadian drone pilots? What are the credentials of Drone U instructors? Is it useful for Canadian drone pilots to learn the nuances of American airspace? What don't we use DJI Mavic for our Flight Mastery course? Is Phantom the best training drone? How does it compare to Mavic as far in terms of build? Is our online training focused primarily on DJI drones? Paul clarifies Do we provide training for the Autel Evo? Which are some of the non-DJI drones that we provide training for? Can Canadians and other foreign nationals come to the US for drone training? Do we provide drone training in Canada? ???????????

ADU 01039: How Do I Film Sporting Events During TFR’s?

Sep 30, 2019 18:05

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How to film sporting events during TFR's without breaking any drone laws Today's question is about filming sporting events during existing TFR's. How can drone pilots navigate legal complexities and get the necessary permission to fly? Our caller, Phil has come with a great question that many of you must be wondering about. Phil was recently contacted by a client to film a football stadium during an active NFL game. The opportunity to capture the skyline and a fully-lit NFL stadium is certainly an exciting opportunity. But, with a TFR in place, how can Phil get the necessary permission to fly? To answer Phil's question, we reference Vic's article, "How Being Prepared Allowed Me to Photograph a NFL Stadium". In this must-read article, Vic shares how he managed to photograph the magnificent Bronco Stadium during an active NFL game. Vic shares how being organized allowed him to deal with the stadium security as well as the FBI. If you are planning on shooting a sporting event, this is a show that you MUST tune in to. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Today's question is about filming sporting events during TFR's Is it very difficult to get permission to shoot during a TFR? Should you wait till a TFR has been lifted? Can a drone pilot film a live event without the organizers permission? Do we need a system to allow drone pilots to fly within a TFR? How did Vic manage to photograph a NFL stadium when a game was in progress? Check out Vic's article to learn how How being organized help Vic deal with the FBI Do you need permission from the NFL AND the FAA to film a game? What is the FAA's ideology for dealing with Part 107 pilots seeking permission to film during a TFR? What information should drone pilots provide to event organizers to get the necessary permission to film?

ADU 01038: Worried About Dronebase Crushing Your Drone Business? Here’s How You Can Compete…

Sep 28, 2019 19:27

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Expert Tips for Competing with Drone Job Websites Like Dronebase Today's question is about Dronebase. Should drone pilots be worried about drone job companies undercutting prices and cornering the market? Our caller, Chucky has come up with an interesting question today. Chucky is a professional drone mapper who has even attended our mapping class. Our caller is worried because Dronebase has started offering drone mapping services at dirt cheap rates. Will this aggressive pricing affect Chucky's drone business in any way? Valid question. To answer, we first explain how drone job websites like Dronebase operate. Often, complex jobs with stringent technical requirements are awarded to unqualified pilots with little to no experience. Given this low caliber of pilots, will client requirements be adequately met? Further, we also reveal that achieving competency in drone mapping requires hard work and continuous skill up-gradation via quality education. Given these factors, should Chucky view Dronebase as a potential threat to his drone mapping business? Tune in to find out. Thanks for the great question, Chucky. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Are drone job websites knowingly or unknowingly asking drone pilots to break drone laws? Today's question is about Dronebase Is Dronebase asking unqualified pilots to execute highly complex jobs? Are Dronebase jobs a good way to get started? Should drone pilots undercut their prices to compete with Dronebase? What are challenges of becoming a professional drone mapper? Critical attributes for finding success with Dronebase jobs It is worthwhile getting your ASPRS certification? What sort of clients can you expect to get via Dronebase?

ADU 01037: Why Aren’t We Using the Phantom 4 RTK For Our Mapping Classes?

Sep 26, 2019 14:31

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Phantom 4 RTK - Should you use it for drone mapping? Today's question is about using the Phantom 4 RTK. Why do we still prefer the Phantom 4 Pro over the Phantom 4 RTK for our mapping classes? If you are tuning in for the first time, you might be unaware of our drone mapping classes. We offer some of the most in-depth and comprehensive drone mapping training today. And we train our students using the Phantom 4 Pro. Our caller for today, Johnny from San Diego has recently switched over from the Phantom 4 V2.0 to the Phantom 4 RTK. And he loves it. Johnny is using the Phantom 4 RTK to create ortho-mosaics. So, Johnny is wondering why we at Drone U are not using this new DJI drone for our mapping classes. Is Drone U planning on offering Phantom 4 RTK training in the near future? Great question, Johnny. In today's show, listeners will learn about the different issues that professionals mappers face with the Phantom 4 RTK. Paul reveals that establishing a connection to the Ntrip network to facilitate RTK corrections is still difficult. So, what is the best and most accurate workflow for drone mapping? And, is it advisable for Johnny use the Phantom 4 RTK for creating 2D ortho-mosaics? We also reveal how some future Pix4D updates which might significantly ease up the Phantom 4 RTK workflow. If you are interested in drone mapping, this is a show you do not want to miss. Tune in for some excellent insights! 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Today's question is about the Phantom 4 RTK Is Drone U planning on offering training with the Phantom 4 RTK? What is one prominent issue that drone mappers are facing with the Phantom 4 RTK? Why do we recommend using Propeller Aeropoints with Phantom 4 RTK? Can drone mappers establish connection to the Ntrip network using Phantom 4 RTK's SDK remote? Are drone mappers facing issues connecting to the Ntrip network? Do you need to mark Ground Control Points when mapping with the Phantom 4 RTK? Paul shares how Drone U members can rent GNSS GPS receivers at extremely affordable rates When compared to Phantom 4 RTK, are Propeller Aeropoints far easier to use? Learn about upcoming Pix4D updates that will ease up Phantom 4 RTK workflow Can you use Phantom 4 RTK for creating ortho-mosaics? Has DJI Terra found acceptance within the drone mapping community?

ADU 01036: How to Stop Clients from Taking Advantage of You

Sep 24, 2019 18:44

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Drone Business Tips - How to Deal with Challenging Clients Today's question is about drone business. How do you deal with challenging and tricky clients in the initial stages of your business? Our caller, Ricky recently cleared his Part 107 with a respectable score of 83%. Congratulations, Ricky! As he attempts to grow his drone business, Ricky is looking for some tips to deal with tricky clients who wish to take advantage of him. This is a great question that we have not discussed previously on Ask Drone U. Eager to build up a clientele, new drone business owners often end up granting extra concessions to clients. From providing freebies to breaking the law on the client's insistence, there are many mistakes that new drone pilots routinely make. Drawing from their considerable business experience, Rob and Paul share some ways via which you can avoid these common pitfalls. Topics discussed in today's show include contractual agreements, copyrights, charging for upsells and much, much more. Thanks for the great question, Ricky. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Today's question is about dealing with challenging clients who wish to take advantage of you Importance of building long-term relationships with the "right" clients How to avoid providing extra services for free Mitigating risk by inking iron-clad contractual agreements Should you store all your business conversations? Should you charge extra for copyrighted drone footage that is being used by multiple clients? How to deal with difficult clients who prod you to fly in controlled airspace without proper authorization What are some of the biggest challenges of starting a new business? How can you overcome them? Should you cultivate a healthy dose of skepticism? Paul sums up today's show

ADU 01035: What Are the Drone Laws for FPV Flying? Do You Need a Part 107?

Sep 24, 2019 20:19

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What are Consequences of Illegal FPV Flying? Today's question is about FPV flying. Are there any serious consequences for illegal FPV pilots who break the law? Our caller for today, Bryan has a question about FPV flying. Many FPV pilots are flying without proper registration and with little regard for the law. Specifically, prominent YouTubers are recklessly flying FPV drones to rack up more views. Is the FAA or FSDO likely to enforce action against such illegal drone pilots? We all know that a Part 107 license is necessary for flying commercially in normal mode. In this show, listeners will learn if Part 107 rules apply to FPV flying as well. Does FPV flying endanger airspace safety? And, will FPV pilots face any serious repercussions if they do not follow Part 107 rules? We discuss all this and much more in today's show. Tune in to learn more! Thanks for the great question, Bryan. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Today's question is about FPV flying Are recreational drone laws applicable to FPV pilots? How many FPV racers get their Part 107 license? Are Cinewhoop drones being used for commercial purposes? Are FPV racers being singled out by the FAA and FSDO? Does the absence of geo-fencing on FPV drones endanger airspace safety? Will FPV racers face any serious repercussions if they do not get their Part 107?

BONUS: Drone News – New Skydio Drone, TFR in Area 51, Ban on Chinese Drones, Phantom 4 RTK Updates

Sep 21, 2019 40:50

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New Skydio Drone Teaser, Ban on Chinese Manufactured Drones, Phantom 4 RTK Updates and New Mapping Workflow Proposed Law Seeks Ban on DJI Drones, DJI Airworks 2019 & Other DJI News We start our drone news for today by discussing the American Securities Drone Act of 2019, a new bill which seeks to ban federal departments and state agencies from using Chinese-manufactured drones. Needless to say, this bill, if passed will have a huge impact on DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer. But apart from DJI, this move will also impact the end-user – in this case, government agencies. Now, considering performance and price, DJI drones are often the sole choice for many government applications. So, will this proposed ban end up hurting the American consumer much more than the Chinese manufacturer? Is this a knee-jerk reaction fueled by fear rather than rationale? In yet more DJI news, we reveal some interesting details about DJI Airworks 2019, the annual drone conference being held in Los Angeles, CA from Sep 24th-Sep 26th. According to industry rumors, DJI has some interesting launches lined up for this event. From farming equipment to hardware for the Matrice series, listeners will get a sneak peek into this event. New Skydio Drone Footage Our next big drone story is about the soon-to-be-launched, Skydio R2. Skydio just released some Skydio R2 images which highlight the drone camera’s impressive dynamic range. From previous teasers, we had learned about the drone’s build and its flying capabilities. In today’s show, we speculate on the Skydio R2 release date and pricing. With DJI facing huge challenges on multiple fronts, will an American-manufactured, Skydio R2 provide drone pilots with a much-needed alternative? Phantom 4 RTK Updates and New Mapping Workflow Our last story is about the Phantom 4 RTK. DJI has released a new SDK remote which allows third-party developers to use the Phantom 4 RTK for complex mapping missions. Further, professional drone mappers now have the option of utilizing the base station as a rover. This shall be particularly helpful as a high-grade GNSS rover is prohibitively expensive. To utilize the base station as a rover, mappers will have to connect the remote control to the rover, and then utilize the remote control to control the rover. As we have discussed in previous ADU shows, to facilitate RTK corrections, a connection to an Ntrip network needs to be established via a cellular or WiFi network. Now, with the new workflow, connection to an Ntrip network needs to be established from the copter to the remote. After talking to multiple drone mappers and researchers, we reveal that many mappers are facing issues establishing this connection. So, can you overcome this issue to and seamlessly use this new mapping workflow? Other topics discussed in today’s show include the “Storm Area 51” event, the “Heathrow Pause” and Phantom 4 Pro availability. Tune in for the latest and most exciting drone news! 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Looking for simple, fast, and transparent coverage that gives you peace of mind?

BONUS: How Pix4D React Will Revolutionize Public Safety Operations and Disaster Response

Sep 11, 2019 40:03

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Pix4D React Sneak Peek Today's podcast episode explores Pix4D's newest mapping product, REACT which allows users to create orthomosiacs of large areas in minutes not hours. While most photogrammetry processing creates point clouds then other data products from that, React creates only an orthomosaic. This orthomosiac gives users a live visualization of a large area to make navigational decisions, logistical decisions, and material decisions. When companies need environmental information fast, drone mapping and react have become that answer. When disaster strikes and response teams need to know which streets are blocked, which houses need resources and which civilians need evacuation...React provides the information seamlessly and quickly. Working in environments without cellular data isn't a problem with React, simply insert the drone SD card into your computer and start processing anywhere. In a few minutes, your completed orthomosiac will display on the screen. Users can take measurements, area measurements, mark locations and showcase GPS coordinates of specific areas. Easily export your situational awareness data via PDF or GeoTIFF. Quickly measure burn areas and strategize response planning. Pix4D React will change disaster planning, tactical implementation and decision making as a whole. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In-Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019 Drone Mapping Bootcamp with Crash Reconstruction Training - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-pix4d Timestamps Paul welcomes Angad to listeners The many benefits of using Pix4D React Is Pix4D React powered with the fastest algorithm among all mapping software? Can you run Pix4D React on an entry level computer? Can you use Pix4D React without internet connectivity? Angad shares how Pix4D React has been built by taking user feedback into consideration PC or MAC - Which is the best drone mapping software? Which acquisition strategy will work the best for Pix4D React? How fast processing makes Pix4D React the ideal software for disaster areas What is the processing speed for Pix4D React? Navigating Pix4D React Can you process oblique imagery in Pix4D React? How can Pix4D React help you prepare for an upcoming disaster? How Pix4D React can help you with law enforcement and tactical pre-pl...

ADU 01034: How Can Foreign Nationals Fly Drones in the United States?

Sep 10, 2019 19:25

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Step-by-step instructions for foreign nationals who wish to fly their drone in the United States Today's question is about foreign nationals who wish to fly their drone in the United States. As a foreign national, what is the best and easiest way to get permission to fly your drone in the United States? Our caller, Paul from Canada has a great question about drone laws for foreign nationals. Because of recent changes to Canadian drone laws, foreign nationals can now fly their drone in Canada after clearing a simple online exam. Paul is wondering if it is as easy for foreign nationals to fly a drone in the United States. As drone technology becomes more mainstream, more and more foreign nationals are flying their drones in the United States. However, to avoid getting into serious legal trouble, all foreign nationals MUST follow the law of the land. To answer Paul's question, we first state Part 107 laws and recreational drone laws for foreign nationals. Will flying as a commercial drone pilot give you greater access to airspace? Is a drone license from another country valid in the United States? And, are there any special provisions for Canadian and Mexican drone pilots who wish to fly in the United States? In this show, we reveal step-by-step instructions for foreign nationals who wish to gain permission to fly as a commercial drone pilot in the United States. From registering your drone to getting your foreign aircraft permit, you will learn a lot in a short time by listening to this show. Thanks for the great question, Paul. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In-Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019 Drone Mapping Bootcamp with Crash Reconstruction Training - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-pix4d Timestamps A special thanks to our sponsors, Fortress UAV and Skywatch Today's question is about foreign nationals flying drones in the United States What are the Canadian drone laws for foreign nationals? Can you fly in the US as a foreign national? How can foreign nationals get their Part 107? As a foreign national, what are the recreational drone laws for United States? Part 107 or Hobby Flying - which is the easier option for foreign nationals? Do foreigners need to register their drones in the United States?

BONUS: Drone News – Prairie Village Drone Ordinance, Drone Fishing, New Skydio R2 Drone, DJI Price Increases, DJI News

Sep 7, 2019 23:56

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Prairie Village passes new city ordinance that affects hobby drones, funny drone fishing story, new Skydio R2 drone updates, DJI increases prices by 15%, Phantom 4 Pro availability and much, much more.... Our first story this week about Prairie village, Kansas. A new city ordinance has introduced regulations which places stringent restrictions on hobby drones. And, any non-compliance shall be treated as a Class C demeanor. This is not the first time that towns and cities have attempted to set up their own rules (think the Michael Singer case). As we have repeatedly discussed on Ask Drone U, cities and towns can place restrictions on takeoff and landing. But, no one but the FAA has the right to regulate navigable airspace. So, how can drone pilots advocate against this unjust ordinance? Watch this video to learn how. Downloading our Drone Advocacy Field Kit will also help you greatly in this regard. Our next story is a light-hearted one about drone fishing (with a twist) in Australia. An Aussie man, Sam Foreman decided to have some fun with his large custom-built drone. In this video that went viral last week, you can see Sam (who is sitting in a chair) being lifted by his drone over the Upper Coliban Reservoir in Central Victoria state. With a beer in one hand and a fishing rod in another, Sam certainly seems to be enjoying his ride. As far as we can tell, no laws were broken. But it seems that Sam might get into trouble with CASA, the Australian regulatory authority for his little joyride. Next, we move on to some interesting DJI news. The long-drawn US-China trade wars and the ensuing rise in tariffs have forced market leader, DJI to increase drone prices by 15%. Along with drones, prices of drone accessories and DJI Care Refresh have also been affected. While many manufacturers have absorbed this increased cost, DJI has decided to pass this increased cost to the consumer. Was it possible for DJI to absorb this increased cost? Or, are they taking undue advantage of its market dominance? Other topics discussed on this show include the new Skydio R2 drone, drones for search and rescue and Phantom 4 Pro updates. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In-Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019 Drone Mapping Bootcamp with Crash Reconstruction Training - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-pix4d

ADU 01033: What Is the Largest Area That I Can Map with My Drone?

Sep 6, 2019 18:41

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Considering FAA's visual line of sight rule, what is the maximum area that you can map with your drone? Today's question is about drone mapping. As per Part 107 regulations, what is the largest area that you can map with a drone? Our caller for today works as an IT manager on a farm. Because he is an amateur drone pilot, he was asked to research the feasibility of drone technology in farming by his employer. Our caller wishes to use the eBee Sensefly for mapping. For those who are unaware, the eBee Sensefly is an autonomous drone capable of extremely long flight times. So, do Part 107 rules apply to autonomous drones like the eBee? And,  is it mandatory to have a pilot in command for autonomous drones like the eBee? If yes, as per the Visual Line of Sight Rule, what is the maximum area that you can map with the eBee? Additionally, we also clarify some common misconceptions and discuss how the ability to fly BVLOS will allow for wider applications and faster adoption of drone technology. Thanks 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In-Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019 Drone Mapping Bootcamp with Crash Reconstruction Training - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-pix4d Timestamps Today we reveal that largest area that Part 107 pilots can legally map Is it mandatory to have a pilot in command for an autonomous drone like the eBee? Are drone manufacturers doing a poor job of explaining workflow? So, what is the largest area that Part 107 pilots are legally allowed to map? If you are flying a larger drone, can you fly farther away? Can you fly BVLOS if you are using multiple VO's? Will the ability to fly BVLOS give impetus to the drone industry?

ADU 01032: Can I Fly My Drone Over Roads and Moving Vehicles?

Sep 5, 2019 21:45

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Commercial Drone Laws for Flying a Drone over Roads and Moving Vehicles Today's question is about drone laws. As a part 107 pilot, can you fly over roads and moving vehicles? Our caller for today, Paul from Arizona is a hobby pilot thinking of getting his Part 107. Not familiar with commercial drone laws, Paul is wondering if he can fly his drone over state highways and moving vehicles. To help Paul out, we explain the Part 107 rule for flying your drone over roads and moving vehicles. First of all, is flying drones over roads permissible? If yes, does this give rise to safety concerns? In this show, we explain the fine distinction in Part 107 rules for flying your drone over moving and stationary vehicles. Listeners will also learn how getting a Public COA might aid you in such a situation. We wrap up this informative show by sharing how FAA's NPRM might make flight over people operations a possibility in the near future. Thanks for the great question, Paul. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In-Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019 Drone Mapping Bootcamp with Crash Reconstruction Training - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-pix4d Timestamps A special thanks to our sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about flying over roads and moving vehicles Want the latest updates on drone laws? Download out Drone Pilot Field Kit now Is flying over roads permitted under Part 107? Can you fly your drone over vehicles? Can you fly over people if you get a Public COA? What about stationary vehicles? Does Part 107 permit flying over stationary vehicles? Is flying over roads for making drone deliveries a safe option? Can a drone distract a driver and cause an accident? What is the FAA rule for flyiing your drone over roads and moving vehicles? Will FAA's NPRM permit flight over moving vehicles? How can attending a Drone U mapping class help you?

ADU 01031: How Do I Vet a Drone School?

Sep 3, 2019 27:49

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How do I ascertain if a drone school is the right fit for me? Today's question is about drone training instructors & drone schools. How do you vet a drone training instructor, and ascertain that he is qualified enough to teach you the nuances of drone flying? Our caller, Sebastian from Charlotte, North Carolina, has come up with a great question today. Recently, a drone community that Sebastian was a part of started offering drone training programs. As far as he is aware, the "drone instructors" teaching the program have little to no flying experience and are just looking to cash in on an excellent business opportunity. So, how can Sebastian determine with certainty that a drone training school is qualified to teach and that his money does not go down the drain? Sebastian has highlighted a growing problem that is plaguing the drone industry today. As drone usage grows by leaps by bounds, a large number of dubious training schools and instructors have jumped into the fray. But, with no governing body authorized to qualify drone schools and instructors, how can you, as a pilot, determine if a particular school is a right fit for you? We also talk a bit about our training approach at Drone U and reveal our rigorous procedure for onboarding new instructors. Tune in if you wish to get a detailed insight into the drone training industry. Thanks for the great question, Sebastian. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In-Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019 Drone Mapping Bootcamp with Crash Reconstruction Training - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-pix4d Timestamps Today's question is about drone training schools and instructors Are there any "Qualified Drone instructors"? How do you vet a drone instructor? What information can you get from a pilot's flight logs? Should all qualified drone instructors have real-world experience? Learn how our Flight Mastery course has been designed, and how it can help you What is the process of onboarding a Drone U instructor? Paul espouses on the Drone U philosophy Why do we at Drone U insist of hiring drone instructors who are running their own drone business? Paul reveals his training approach and the expectations he has from a student Drills and exercise that can help you improve your flying skills

ADU 01030: How Do I Get Airspace Authorization to Fly in Zero Grid Airspace?

Sep 2, 2019 19:41

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Step by Step instructions for getting airspace authorization to fly in zero grid airspace Today's question is about flying in zero grid airspace. What is the best and fastest way of getting airspace authorization to operate in this airspace? Our caller, Chris from North Carolina has come up with a great question about flying in zero grid airspace. For those who are unaware, UASFM maps are divided into red and green grids. Each grid shows a number ranging from 0 to 400. This number depicts your flying ceiling. In this show, we reveal how you can get airspace authorization to fly in this "Zero Grid" airspace. We also make nuanced recommendations that will significantly increase your chances of getting airspace authorization. Should you use one of the LAANC Apps for your airspace authorization? And, how do you expedite the airspace authorization process? Tune in to discover the answers to these and many more commonly asked questions. Thanks for the great question, Chris. Fly Safe! Check out our past video for step by step instructions on how to unlock a red zone on your DJI drone. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019 Drone Mapping Bootcamp with Crash Reconstruction Training - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-pix4d Timestamps How can taking the Drone U Flight Mastery course help you lower your drone insurance cost? Learn about our forthcoming Drone Mapping Classes Today's question is about flying in "0 feet" airspace FAADroneZone vs. LAANC Apps - which is the better option for getting airspace authorization? Drone U Recommend LAANC App How do you increase your chances of getting authorization? Should you hire a VO to fly in a 0 grid area How do I unlock a red zone on a DJI drone? Typically, how long does it take to get your airspace authorization? What is the likelihood of being denied airspace authorization?

ADU 01029: Expert Photogrammetry Tips for Improving Drone Mapping Deliverables

Aug 30, 2019 19:55

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Understanding Photogrammetry Concepts for Professional Drone mapping In today's show, you will learn some important photogrammetry concepts that will help you build good-looking and lifelike drone maps and models. Our caller, Jerry from Seattle has a question about UAV photogrammetry for mapping and modeling. Can a poor understanding of photogrammetry affect your ability to build professional looking drone maps and models? If yes, what are the recommended camera settings for professional drone mappers? To answer this two-part question put forth by Jerry, we first reveal that you cannot control the exposure triangle in certain drone mapping software. In this segment of the show, we discuss Maps Made Easy, Pix4D Capture, and Litchi App. Next, we share some effective ways of overcoming these limitations. Why should you avoid shooting in auto-exposure? What is the best weather for drone mapping? And, why should you AVOID using linear rolling shutters, ND filter and UV filters in drone mapping? For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show now. Thanks for the great question, Jerry. Fly Safe! If you are unclear about the basics of the exposure triangle, you must check out Vic's course where we discuss the three pillars of photography - ISO, aperture and shutter speed in great detail. Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019 Drone Mapping Bootcamp with Crash Reconstruction Training - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-pix4d Timestamps Today's question is about photogrammetry concepts that can help you improve your drone mapping deliverable Which are the three different kind of drone mapping software? Can you control your exposure triangle with Maps Made Easy and Pix4D Capture? Why are the Drone U landing pads orange & blue and not black and white? Important Considerations for building accurate drone maps Which is the only application which allows you to control ISO, aperture and shutter speed? Should you change the exposure value while drone mapping? Will shooting in auto-exposure degrade the quality of your drone maps? What is the ideal weather for drone mapping? Revisiting the disadvantages of using a linear rolling shutter for drone mapping Learning the nuances of image capture optimization Understanding the Exposure Triangle Why should you avoid using ND filters for drone mapping? What about UV filters? Interested in attending a Drone U mapping class? We share some interesting details about our forthcoming classes

ADU 1028: NTSB Investigator Illustrates Drone Mapping & Modeling Benefits, Workflow Efficiencies and Where They Will Use Drones Next

Aug 28, 2019 20:51

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Interview with NTSB's Bill English Bill English has been on the forefront of drone technology utilization for years.  As the lead investigator of the NTSB he has had to find creative solutions to document and investigate aviation accidents.  Bill helps us understand how drones are saving his investigators time and money, and he helps the industry understand that drone mapping isn't just for accident investigators.  This show will help drone pilots further understand where drone mapping is helping, where it is going and how advanced waivers like BVLOS can aid in those operations further. Don't miss today's show. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019 Drone Mapping Bootcamp with Crash Reconstruction Training - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-pix4d  

ADU 01027: How to Be an Asset to Local Governments as a Drone Pilot for Emergency and Natural Disaster Situation

Aug 27, 2019 16:16

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Drones for Emergency Response Today's show is about using drones for emergency and natural disaster situations. How can you, as a drone pilot ensure that maximum people can benefit from your services? Our caller, Brad from Florida wishes to volunteer his drone services for emergency and natural disaster situations. However, he is not sure how exactly he can go about doing this. How can Brad connect with the right authorities and ensure that maximum people benefit from his drone services? We are glad that Brad is making efforts to go through the correct chain of command. Inexperienced drone pilots who show up uninvited often end up hindering relief efforts and doing more harm than good. In this show, we reveal how Brad can resort to content marketing and investigative work to meet his end goal. Thanks for the great question, Brad. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019 Timestamps Today's question is about using drones in emergency and natural disaster situations Will you end up doing more harm then good if you have do not go through a proper chain of command? How to use content marketing to connect with the right authorities Some more tips for establishing contact with authorities in charge of emergency response Is it more beneficial to use local drone pilots for search and rescue and disaster response? Importance of factoring in the long term consequences of your actions thinking through your actions ?????

BONUS: How to Legally Fly Drones in Agriculture and Why They’re Useful

Aug 26, 2019 26:43

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Today, Philip Shaner joins the show to discuss how his company, PnC Max Enterprises is serving small ranches and farms with their agricultural drones. The process to spray crops with agricultural drones is quite intensive. Companies must acquire a Part 137 certificate to use drones to spray any type of fluid. How hard was it for Phillip to acquire the 137 certificate? Why do you need a Part 107 certificate even after getting a Part 137 certificate? Philip walks us through the entire certification process. Next, Philip reveals the best agricultural drones. Is DJI dominating the agricultural drone market as well? Are there any good non-DJI options? Apart from hardware, listeners will also learn how using DJI Terra has made Philip's workflow easier. So, what benefits are farmers getting by using this service? And, how can drone pilots effectively market their services to a tough and cost-sensitive market like farming? This and so much more on this week's episode of Ask Drone U. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019 Timestamps Paul introduces Philip Shaner from PnC Max Enterprises to listeners Is the agricultural drone business lucrative? Which agricultural drones is Philip currently using? How to create hyper accurate drone maps of agricultural fields Philip explains why mapping with a Phantom 4 Pro is significantly cheaper End uses of drones in agriculture Are spraying drones being used for residential properties? Using drones to get rid of mesquites Philip shares how using DJI Terra has made his mapping workflow easier How to get a Part 137 certification for spraying crops with drones Do need a Part 107 certificate even though you have a Part 137 certification? Should you hire an aviation lawyer for getting a Part 107 waiver? Important documents for getting your Part 137 certification Do you need to procure a state license for using drones in agriculture? Why is it necessary to prepare a thorough maintenance guide for an agricultural drone? Who is the responsible entity for crop spraying operations? What sort of training do pilots of PnC Max Enterprises go through? Understanding the document compliance phase for Part 137 certification Are there any good alternatives to DJI as far as crop-dusting dron...

BONUS: Drone News – New Skydio R2 Drone, Impossible US-1 Drone, DJI News, Drone Insurance, Drone Delivery

Aug 24, 2019 30:06

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New Skydio R2 drone to challenge DJI's prominence in the market, San Pablo Police Department buys US-1 drones by Impossible Aerospace, Drone U partners with Skywatch Insurance, Drone Delivery business takes off in North Carolina Our biggest drone news story this week is about the new Skydio drone. After the success of Skydio R1, the American manufacturer is going all out to manufacture the new Skydio drone A.K.A. Skydio R2. Expectations for this new drone are quite high and some industry analysts believe that this new drone could challenge DJI's flagship brands like Mavic and Phantom. So far, market leader DJI has successfully managed to outmaneuver all possible competition (think GoPro's Karma and 3DR Solo). But the ongoing US-China trade wars and the $150 million corporate fraud at DJI has certainly leveled the playing field. So, will the new Skydio drone live up it to the hype and alter the industry status quo? We reveal the rumored Skydio R2 release date in this segment of the show. Our second story for today is about the current lack of availability for DJI drones. We have already discussed DJI's intention to discontinue the Phantom brand on past shows. As of now, popular drones like the Spark, Mavic Air, and even the Mavic 2 Pro are unavailable on the DJI online store. If you wish to purchase these drones from the online store, you can do so by purchasing a drone + controller combo. What is the reason behind this lack of availability? Is DJI ramping up its production lines for a new model? Our next drone news story is about the Impossible US-1 drone. The San Pablo Police Department has purchased three US-1 drones to help them out in surveillance and other police work. The US-1 drone, designed by a former Tesla engineer comes with a battery-centric design. Because a whole set of batteries are bundled together, this drone can stay up in the air for as long as two hours. But, are there any potential downsides to this US-1 drone? And, does Impossible Aerospace have any plans for the mainstream consumer drone market? Next, we have some exciting news to share. Drone U has partnered with Skywatch Insurance, the on-demand drone insurance provider. Under this new arrangement, anyone who takes the Drone U Flight Mastery course can avail an instant discount on their Skywatch Drone Insurance policy. Clearly, the risk of a drone crash will significantly decrease as you acquire more skills and become a safer pilot. This new partnership is great news for drone pilots as they can recoup some portion of their training investment instantly. Other topics covered in this show include drone deliveries in North Carolina and a proposed city ordinance to restrict hobby drones in Prairie Village, Kansas. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu

ADU 01026: How to Detect 5G Interference and Ensure Safe Drone Flight

Aug 22, 2019 14:28

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How to Fly a Drone in Areas of Interference (5G Interference Included) Today's question is about flying drones in areas of heavy interference. Is it possible to accurately detect 5G interference and ensure safe drone flight? 5G networks are already here. And more are coming. Our caller for today, Tristan, wishes to scan his sites for any 5G interference before setting flight. What is the best and most accurate way to do so? To answer today's question, we share our own experiences of flying in areas with heavy interference. Listeners will learn about the various visible (and invisible) source of interference that can completely saturate frequency and possibly result in a drone crash. What are some tips and tricks for safely flying your drone in areas of heavy interference? Is it possible to detect interference before you set flight? And, how can you mitigate this risk of financial loss? For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show now. Thanks for the great question, Tristan. Fly Safe! Drone U Recommend Spectrometer for detecting 5G interference: RF Explorer G6 combo. This spectrometer works in all popular frequency bands - 15MHz-2.7GHz and 4.85GHz-6.1GHz 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019 Timestamps Our sponsor for today is the Drone U Flight Mastery course Today's question is about flying in areas of heavy interference Should drone pilots use a spectrometer for detecting interference? Can you crash your drone due to heavy interference? Is there any way to mitigate this risk of financial loss? What are some causes of interference? Which spectrometer can you use to detect 5G interference? Can you use your DJI remote to detect interference? Will switching to Atti mode in areas of heavy interference help you? Can you fly the M210 enterprise dual in Atti mode? We reveal some more sources of magnetic interference

ADU 01025: Drone Search and Rescue – How to Train a Pilot to Fly a Successful Mission

Aug 21, 2019 16:06

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Drone Search and Rescue - Standard Training and Operating Procedures Today's question is about using drone search and rescue. How can you train and adequately prepare a drone pilot to fly a successful SAR mission? Our caller, Casey is working on implementing a drone search-and-rescue program. For critical missions like these, you must use properly trained drone pilots who will get the job done. So, how can Casey vet a drone pilot and determine if he is ready to fly a SAR mission? Inexperienced and/or poorly trained drone pilots flying a search and rescue mission can even result in loss of life. In this show, we reveal how Casey can establish standard training and operating procedures for flying a successful SAR mission. You will learn why total flying hours is not truly indicative of a drone pilot's ability to fly such complex missions. Thanks for the great question, Casey. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019 Timestamps Today's question is about using drone search and rescue Is flying hours an accurate indicator of a pilot's ability to fly a drone search and rescue mission? How an unsystematic approach can result in an unsuccessful search and rescue effort How to determine if a drone pilot is suitable for flying a drone search and rescue mission Should you ask an inexperienced drone pilot to conduct a search and rescue if you have no other alternative Watch out for our forthcoming search and rescue class

ADU 01024: How to Buy, Use SD Cards for Drone Data Storage

Aug 20, 2019 16:13

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SD Cards for Secure Drone Data Storage Today we reveal how you can buy and use SD cards to ensure safe drone data storage. Our caller, Ron from South Texas has come up with an interesting question about SD Cards. For an ongoing mission, how do you ensure that that your SD card has not gone bad and data is being captured? To help Ron out, Paul reveals a great hack for ensuring that data is being captured in Pix4DCapture. We also share some excellent Tips and best practices for buying and using SD cards. If you are worried about losing your data, this is a show you do not want to miss. Thanks for the great question, Ron. Fly Safe! For more detailed insights on this topics, check out our blog post, "Do SD Cards Go Bad? How Do I Prevent This?" 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019 Timestamps Paul shares some interesting details about the recently concluded NY mapping class, and reveals why Drone U mapping classes are head and shoulders above the rest Today's question is about SD Cards for drone data storage How do you check your data in Pix4DCapture? Can you lose your data if you use an incorrect SD card? Should you backup all your drone footage on SD cards? How long do SD Cards typically last? Why you should avoid buying SD cards from a resaler How to make correct file storage settings on your DJI drone so that you do not lose your data

ADU 01023: Can the HOA Prevent You from Flying Your Drone?

Aug 20, 2019 22:31

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Does the HOA have any right over airspace? Today's question is about HOA rights when it comes to drone flying. Can the HOA inhibit drones from flying in their community? Our caller, Tristan from South Florida was recently heckled by a homeowner and asked to stop flying his drone near their house. As per the owner, because his house falls under HOA jurisdiction, Tristan has no right to take off, fly, and land his drone. Is this correct? Certainly, the HOA or the Homeowner's association is responsible for the upkeep of all the properties that fall under its jurisdiction. But can the HOA exert right over airspace? And, how should Tristan deal with unruly folks who are totally in the dark as far as drone laws are concerned? In this show, we discuss negotiation tactics and other strategies for diffusing such tense situations. Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019 Timestamps Today's question is about HOA rights and if they can prevent you from flying your drone How should you deal with folks who try to inhibit you from flying your drone? Will a professional attire help you keep pesky intruders at bay? Can the HOA prevent a drone pilot from taking off and landing? Do not forget to check out our Drone U Business course

BONUS: Drone News – DJI Osmo Mobile 3, Phantom 4 Advanced DJI Mavic Mini, Fire Fighting Drones, Flying Over People

Aug 16, 2019 25:26

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DJI launches a foldable Osmo Mobile 3, Phantom 4 Advanced availability, DJI Mavic Mini to weigh less than 250 grams, flying over people waiver, shoot downs and more... Our biggest news story this week is the launch of the DJI Osmo mobile 3. DJI has launched the latest iteration of the Osmo which is cheaper, lighter, and most importantly, foldable. While a lighter DJI Osmo Mobile 3 may be easier to use, there are certain stability and design issues that you need to be aware of before you go ahead an buy this gimbal. Next, we have some more interesting DJI news for you. Drone enthusiasts who have been disappointed with the delayed DJI Spark 2 shall be enthused to note that a DJI Mavic Mini is in the works. The key highlight of the DJI Mavic Mini is that this drone is rumored to weigh less than 250 grams. So, why is this important? On this show, you will learn why a small drone weighing less than 250 grams could result in greater mass adoption. Speaking of drones, the Phantom 4 Advanced was available on the online DJI store, albeit for a short while before it got completely sold out. We reveal how you can get your hands on one of the few remaining drones in the market. We also discuss some important highlights from our recent interview with FDNY. If you wish to learn how the FDNY has managed to successfully implement a fire fighting drone program, you can check out our last show, "How the FDNY is Successfully Using Fire Fighting Drones". Other topics discussed on this show include Part 107 waivers for flying over people and drone shoot downs. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019 Timestamps Phantom 4 Advanced back in production The new DJI Mavic Mini to weigh less than 250 grams? Environmental activities to shut down Heathrow airport using drones DJI launches Osmo Mobile 3...and it's foldable Burleigh country, North Dakota gets a Part 107 waiver to fly over people Louisiana woman fires at an airplane thinking it to be a drone Drone U interviews FDNY to learn how drones are being used for fire fighting ????

BONUS: How the FDNY is Successfully Using Fire Fighting Drones

Aug 15, 2019 27:50

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Interview with Fire Department of New York - How to Safely and Successfully Implement a Fire Fighting Drone Program In today's show, we are joined by John and Mike from the Fire Department of New York to discuss the nuances of implementing a successful fire fighting drone program. This show starts off with John and Mike describing the various end uses for firefighting drones. Listeners will learn how firefighting drones equipped with EO and thermal cameras enable accurate inspections of large scale fires. In this segment of the show, you will also learn how information captured via drones can be relayed for real-time monitoring. Next, we segue into a discussion on equipment. John and Mike reveal that the FDNY has transitioned from the Phantom 4 Pro to the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual. What makes the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual a great firefighting drone? Is it challenging to fly the Dual in NYC where you will encounter heavy interference? And, what are the most critical attributes that departments should consider before purchasing a fire fighting drone? Furthering our discussion on firefighting drones, we also make an interesting comparison between tethered and un-tethered drones. While you can fly for extremely long hours using tethered drones, on the flip side, you will have to deal with restricted mobility. Considering both the pros and cons, should you opt for tethered firefighting drones? Other topics discussed on this show are the importance of standard operating procedures, the complexities of navigating airspace, and the need to get rid of red tape issues. This is a show you do not want to miss. Tune in now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019 Timestamps Paul welcomes John and Mike from the Fire Department of New York How are fire fighting drones being used by FDNY? How drones are being used for thermal and visual inspections of large scale fires How information captured via drones can be relayed via Livestreams for real time monitoring Which fire fighting drones are being used by the FDNY? Important considerations for purchasing drone equipment for fire safety Why did FDNY decide to transition from tethered drones to untethered drones? Is flying fire fighting drones in areas of heavy interference a challenge? Did FDNY have to overcome negative perception when they first started using drones for fire safety? Why has FDNY painted their Mavic 2 Pro's a bright red? Importance of establishing standard flying procedures for using drones for fire safety Is it a challenge for the FDNY to scale up their drone program? Are fire fighting drones safe to operate?

ADU 01022: Expert Tips for Safely Taking off Your Drone from a Moving Boat

Aug 14, 2019 9:15

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How do I take off my drone from a moving boat? And, can I change the shortest interval for hyperlapse mode on the Mavic 2 Pro? What challenges will drone pilots encounter while taking off from a moving boat? And, what are some recommended steps to overcome these challenges? Our caller for today, Josh from Alaska regularly sets flight from a commercial fishing vessel. Josh flies a Mavic 2 Pro. What precautions should Josh observe to ensure safe takeoff from a moving boat? Also, will he have to encounter any specific issues as he sets flight over water? In this show, listeners will learn about the different challenges that Josh will have to deal with as he sets flight. To deal with these issues, we recommend various parameter changes that Josh should make to his Mavic 2 Pro. If you found this show useful, you might want to check out our Flying over Water class for more detailed insights. Thanks for the great question, Josh. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 In Person Mapping Class in Denver, CO - https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/denver_mapping_2019   Timestamps A special thanks to our sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's questions is about taking off your drone from a moving boat What is the shortest interval for the hyper lapse feature on the Mavic 2 Pro? Parameter changes that you need to make to the Mavic 2 Pro before flying over water How to take off from a moving boat Paul recaps the entire show

ADU 01021: Can I Use the Parrot Anafi Thermal Drone for Solar Inspections?

Aug 13, 2019 10:42

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Parrot Anafi Thermal for Solar Inspections? Today's question is about the Parrot Anafi Thermal drone. Can you use this drone for inspecting solar panels? Our caller, Dave from Kansas City, is thinking of using the Parrot Anafi Thermal drone for solar panel inspections. Is this a good idea? Can you capture accurate radiometric data that is compatible with Raptor Maps using the Parrot Anafi thermal drone? In this show, we reveal some vital information about using drones for solar inspections. Listeners will learn why radiometric cameras are necessary for critical jobs like solar panel inspections. And if the Parrot Anafi Thermal is not suitable for solar inspections, what are some appropriate use cases for this new drone? Towards the end, Paul also shares the most cost-effective drone system for solar inspections. Thanks for the great question, Dave. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps How can attending a Drone U mapping class help you? Today's question is about the Parrot Anafit Thermal drone Can you produce radiometric JPEGs with the Parrot Anafi thermal drone? What are some use cases for the Parrot Anafi thermal drone? How close to a subject should you fly for a search and rescue mission? Can you use the Parrot Anafi thermal drone for inspecting solar panels? What is the most cost-effective solution for solar inspections?

BONUS: Drone News – Skydio, Fatshark Googles, DJI News, New Drones 2019, First BVLOS Flight

Aug 9, 2019 23:04

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Skydio 2, Fatshark Googles Coming out with its Own HD FPV System, DJI News, New Drones 2019 (Mavic 2 Pro + and Mavic 2 Zoom+), First FAA-Approved BVLOS Flight We kick off this week's drone news with the biggest drone news story of this week. According to the latest industry reports, DJI will be launching the all-new DJI Mavic 2 Pro+ and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom+ in January 2020. Drone enthusiasts have been disappointed with the lack of new DJI drone launches in 2019. However, this is all set to change as DJI plans on coming out with the all-new and improved Mavic 2. This new DJI drone will include ADS-B receivers. With DJI looking to shut down their Phantom series, a more capable Mavic is certainly a logical move. In other DJI News, we will be talking about the industry's leaders plans for Hasselblad. Is DJI coming out with its high-end camera, and eventually planning to kill the Hasselblad brand? We also discuss how the competition is heating up in the FPV goggles segment. Regular ADU listeners might recall DJI coming out its digital FPV system. Not to be outdone, Fat Shark has announced that they will soon be releasing a similar HD FPV system, Byte Frost. Will Fat Shark manage to come out with a better product than DJI? Listeners will also learn about DJI's plans to launch a new product on August 13th. Watch this space for updates! Apart from DJI News, we also reveal some interesting information about the soon-to-be-launched, Skydio 2. Encouraged by the success of their R1 drone, this American drone manufacturer is gearing for Skydio 2. This next iteration promises to be cheaper and lighter, yet better. Pitted directly against the market leader, Mavic 2, the Skydio 2 is rumored to be great for capturing cinematic footage and action sports. And finally, we have some positive news for the drone industry. The first FAA-approved BVLOS was recently completed in Alaska. An ability to fly BVLOS will certainly widen the scope of drone operations, and result in tremendous savings, both in terms of time and money. In this segment of the show, you will learn more details about the technology behind this first BVLOS flight. For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps DJI Mavic 2 Pro+ and DJI Mavic 2 Zoom+ being launched in early 2020 When is DJI resuming production for the Phantom 4 Pro?

ADU 01020: DJI Care Refresh – Does Coverage Provide Replacement for the Phantom 4 Pro?

Aug 8, 2019 8:15

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DJI Care Refresh - How is DJI providing replacement for the Phantom 4 Pro? Today's show is about DJI Care Refresh. With production halted for the Phantom 4 Pro, how is DJI  providing replacements to policyholders? Our caller for today, Cameron from Kauai, Hawaii has a question about DJI Care Refresh. For those who are unaware, DJI Care Refresh provides a replacement in the event of a drone crash. Now, with DJI halting production for the Phantom 4 Pro, Cameron is wondering if it is worthwhile purchasing DJI Care Refresh at all. Great question, Cameron. In this short but informative show, we reveal the changes that have been made to the DJI Care Refresh policy. Are policyholders still getting replacements for the Phantom 4 Pro? Tune in to find out. Thanks for the great question, Cameron. Fly Safe! Check out our Comprehensive Drone Insurance Guide. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Today's question is about DJI Care Refresh What recent changes have been made to the DJI Care Refresh drone insurance policy? Is DJI resuming production for the Phantom 4 Pro? Paul sums up today's show

ADU 01019: Should You Use a Map for Organizing Ground Control Points (GCP’s)?

Aug 7, 2019 12:01

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Ground Control Points - How to Accurately Mark and Organize them Today's question is about Ground Control Points (GCP's). What steps can you take to correctly mark GCP's, and ensure accuracy in drone mapping? Our caller, Nate has come up with a great question that has not been asked on Ask Drone U before. Nate's question is about organizing GCP's in drone mapping. Should you use a map depicting the numbering and location of Ground Control Points? In this show, you will learn how to correctly mark and validate Ground Control points. We reveal some common mistakes that drone pilots make which results in incorrectly marked GCP's. Then, we proceed to share the workflow that will help you prevent these errors. What is the minimum number of Ground Control Points that you should be using? Is using checkpoints necessary? And, how can our Drone U landing pads help you correctly organize Ground Control Points? We reveal the answers to these questions and more in this informative show. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Today's question is about organizing Ground Control Points (GCP's) in drone mapping What is the purpose of using Ground Control Points (GCP's) in drone mapping? Should you be using RTK-GPS units? What is the minimum recommended number of GCP's and checkpoints? What is the purpose of using checkpoints? Can you accurately mark GCP's if you are using cloud-based drone mapping software? Will your drone map or model be totally off if you mark your GCP's incorrectly? Do you have a map for organizing GCP's when you are using Propeller Aeropoints? How can Drone U landing pads help you accurately mark GCP's? Is there a specific reason why the Drone U landing pads are orange and blue in color instead of white and black? Do numbered landing pads make GCP organization easier?

ADU 01018: How Can Drone Pilots Lobby Against the Drone Ban in National Parks?

Aug 7, 2019 14:12

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Is the Drone Ban in National Parks Justified? Today's question is about the drone ban in National Parks. How can the drone industry join forces and lobby for the right to fly in National Parks? Our caller, Chris from Ohio is an enthusiastic drone pilot who loves to shoot with his Mavic 2. On a recent visit to Las Vegas, Chris was irked by the ban on National Parks and the missed opportunity of grabbing some awesome footage. He reached out to some Congressmen who predictably gave him the cold shoulder. So, how can Chris, as a responsible drone pilot, lobby against this ban on drones in National Parks? For those who are unaware, drones are not permitted in National Parks. Citing risk to environmentally sensitive areas as well as manned aircraft, drones have been banned in National Parks. But, is this ban justified? Is there a need for a thorough and systemic way of granting permits and ensuring safe flight? We discuss all this and more in today's show. You can contact the Congressional Subcommittee on National Parks to express your views on this topic. Thanks for the great question, Chris. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Today, we share how drone pilots can lobby against the drone ban in National Parks Are drones being flown in National Parks? What is the fine for flying a drone in a National Park? How can drone pilots lobby for the right to fly in National Parks? Is the drone ban in National Parks necessary for environmental safety and security? Can you fly a drone in a National Park if you have a photography permit?

ADU 01017: I Failed My Part 107 Exam. What Do I Do Now?

Aug 5, 2019 7:53

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Can you retake the Part 107 exam if you fail once? Today's question is about the steps that you should take once you fail your Part 107 exam. How do you retake and clear the test on your second try? Our caller, Ricky, unfortunately, could not attain the minimum passing score of 70% on his Part 107 exam. On flunking the exam, Rocky received a letter from the FAA stating that Ricky needs to get his drone training from an FAA-certified professional. Is this true? Can Ricky retake his Part 107 exam now? We address these queries and reveal the steps that Ricky should take to clear his Part 107 exam. Like Ricky, if you are also struggling to clear your Part 107, we strongly recommend our Comprehensive Part 107 Online Course. Drone U members also have access to some great resources like a Part 107 Study Guide and Part 107 Practice Test. Thanks for the great question, Ricky! All the best for clearing your Part 107. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps A special thanks to our sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about retaking the Part 107 exam after failing How can you join the Drone U affiliate program? How did Drone U help Ricky once he failed his Part 107 test?

BONUS: Drone News – Drone Delivery, DJI News, Osmo Mobile 3, Industrial Drone Uses

Aug 2, 2019 26:44

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Swiss Post Halts Drone Delivery Services, Everdrone Makes its First Drone Delivery, DJI News, DJI's New FPV Transmission System, DJI Osmo Mobile 3, Drone Usage Results in Rising Worker Safety   Swiss Post Halts Drone Delivery Services Our first drone news story this week is about Swiss Post halting their drone delivery services. Swiss Post, in association with Matternet, had completed nearly 3,000 flights. However, recently, they experienced their second drone crash. While the parachute safety system was deployed, the tether was cut off by the spinning propeller. Fortunately, a crisis was averted as the drone crashed barely 50 feet from a school playground. This incident certainly highlights the need for better parachute safety systems. Regular ADU listeners might recall our past show, "Parachute for Drone | Will Flying Drone over People Become Possible in Future?". In this show, we had highlighted why ballistic parachutes are necessary for a 100% fail-safe solution. Everdrone completes its First Drone Delivery using GPS-Free Drones Our next story is also about drone delivery services, albeit an encouraging one. A Swedish company, Everdrone has completed its first drone delivery by transporting medical packages between two hospitals. Uniquely enough, GPS-free drones equipped with ADS-B receivers were used for this job. DJI's New FPV Transmission System and Osmo Mobile 3 Next, we move on to some of the latest and most exciting DJI News. DJI has launched its all-new Digital FPV Transmission System. This new system comes with higher latency, which results in a more detailed and sharper view. Is DJI gearing up to launch an FPV drone next? DJI has also made an FCC filing for the Osmo Mobile 3. Initial reports reveal that the new Osmo Mobile 3 will be lighter, have a foldable design, and come with a USB-C connection. What is the Reason Behind Rising Industrial Drone Uses? Our last segment of drone news is about rising industrial drone uses. Industry majors like BHP, AT&T, and many others are mitigating risk and saving millions of dollars by reducing human intervention. For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes-2019 Timestamps Swiss Post halts drone delivery services after second drone crash Swedish company, Everdrone uses drone delivery to transport medical packages New DJI Digital FPV Transmission System promis...

ADU 01016: Phantom 4 Pro vs Inspire 2 Drone Comparison – Which is the Better Buy?

Aug 2, 2019 18:42

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Drone Comparison - I Need to Buy a Backup Drone. Should I Buy the Inspire 2, or Settle for the More Affordable Phantom 4 Pro? In today's show, we have a fascinating drone comparison. We compare the Inspire 2 to the Phantom 4 Pro and reveal the best option for you. Our caller, Kyle from Idaho, recently attended our in-person mapping class in San Diego. This proved to be a game-changing experience for Kyle as he was able to add new clients and scale up his drone business significantly. Now, Kyle is planning on buying a spare drone so that his work is not affected in case of any equipment failure. Should Kyle buy another Phantom 4 Pro? Or, is it worth spending more to buy the DJI Inspire 2? The Inspire 2 is a larger bird with greater wind resistance. The ability to carry larger payloads means that this drone can fly the cameras like the X4S with ease. Because of these reasons, there are many additional drone jobs that a pilot can take up with the Inspire 2. In this show, we specifically discuss flying over water and filming action sports. But, can Kyle use the Inspire 2 instead of the Phantom 4 Pro for drone mapping? Is Kyle better off buying the Phantom 4 Pro or Phantom 4 Advanced? Tune to this drone comparison to learn some nuanced information. Thanks for the great question, Kyle. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps How can attending a Drone U in-person training help you? Today we have a drone comparison - Inspire 2 vs Phantom 4 Pro Will buying an Inspire 2 allow Kyle to take on a wider range of jobs? Do you need an Inspire for filming action sports? Paul shares how he filmed baja racing using his Inspire 2 and X4S We sum up today's drone comparison to reveal the best option for Kyle Can you turn on manual mode on your DJI drone?

ADU 01015: Is Matrice 210 RTK V2 the Best Drone for Electrical Switchyard Inspections?

Jul 30, 2019 10:45

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Should you use an enterprise drone like Matrice 210 RTK V2 for electrical switch-yard inspections? Today's show is about using drones for electrical switch-yard inspections. We do an in-depth comparison of the Phantom 4, DJI Inspire and Matrice 210 to reveal the best option for you. Our caller for today, Skylar, is thinking of flying the Matrice 210 RTK V2 for electrical switch-yard inspections. Such a job requires a drone capable of withstanding interference and a powerful camera to go with it. In the past, we have reported that the Phantom 4 Pro is better for flying in an interference heavy-environment compared to the Matrice 200. But what about the Matrice 210 RTK V2? In today's show, listeners will learn the many benefits of using the DJI Inspire over the Matrice 210 and Matrice 200. We also reveal whether drone cameras as the X7 and Z3 are suitable for electrical switch-yard inspections. Thanks for the great question, Skylar. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps A special thanks to our sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about using the Matrice 210 RTK V2 for electrical switch-yard inspections Phantom 4 Pro vs. Matrice - Which drone has a greater resistance to magnetic interference? Can you pair the Matrice M210 RTKV2 with the X7 camera? Are you better off using the Inspire 2 for power-line or power-station inspections? Which camera lens should you use to map a power-station? What are the benefits of using a DJI Inspire over Matrice 210 or Matrice 200 for mapping a power-station? Can you use the Inspire 1 with the Z3 for power-line or power-station inspections? With Parrot entering the enterprise market, will drone pilots finally have some good options to DJI?

BONUS: Drone News – LAANC for Hobby Drones, Drone Market Analysis, UPS Drone Delivery, Parrot

Jul 26, 2019 30:02

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FAA Announces New LAANC System for Hobby Drones, Changing Dynamics of the Global Drone Market, UPS Enters the Drone Delivery Market, Parrot Exits the Toy Drone Market FAA Announces new LAANC System for Recreational Pilots Our first and biggest drone news story this week is about FAA's new LAANC system for recreational pilots. Effective July 23rd, FAA has expanded its LAANC system to provide hobby drones the option to fly in controlled airspace. While this is a significant development, several concerns need to be addressed to ensure the success of this new system. The biggest concern is the lack of proper drone education. Are regulatory authorities equipped to impart a thorough, well-rounded knowledge to drone pilots? Paul and Haye discuss why this remains a considerable challenge. UPS enters the Drone Delivery Market with Flight Forward Our next story is about drone delivery. After Google, UPS has entered the market by announcing its drone delivery initiative, Flight Forward. Stringent regulations have long prevented drone deliveries from taking off. So, how did UPS manage to get FAA approval for drone deliveries? And, will drone deliveries provide some much-needed traction to a lukewarm eCommerce market? Global Drone Market Analysis Listeners are in for a treat in the next segment of our show where we discuss the changing dynamics of the global drone market. The global drone market, currently pegged at $4.9 million, is set to triple to $14 billion by 2029. But, with the consumer drone market witnessing a slow-down, where will this growth come from? As more and more industries discover the power of drone technology, Paul and Haye reveal why the enterprise market will drive a large percentage of this projected growth. This serves as an excellent segue to our next story. Cape, a drone software maker for law enforcement drones, has ditched DJI for another drone manufacturer, Skydio. Regular ADU listeners might recall the many data security issues that DJI has had to deal with in recent times. With all these looming security issues, will we see an American drone manufacturer like Skydio capture the law enforcement drone market? Our last story for the day is about the French drone manufacturer, Parrot. Parrot has completely exited the toy drone market to focus solely on the commercial and enterprise segment. While more competition is certainly great news for the end-user, will this further compound DJI's problem and threaten the market dominance they have enjoyed so far? Our In-person Mapping Course is coming up in New York, August 1- 4. Over this two-plus day course, we will be introducing and flying a variety of data acquisition types followed by discussion and instruction on how to process the acquired data in Pix4D. We'll also discuss other processing software options and when each is most effective. Register now. Limited Seats Available! 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW!

ADU 01014: How to Correctly Use Ground Control Points in Drone Surveying

Jul 26, 2019 23:28

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Drone Surveying - Can I Reuse Known Ground Control Points Without Compromising on Accuracy? In today's show, we reveal various best practices for correctly using ground control points to enhance accuracy in drone surveying. Our caller for today, Mark has a great question about setting up GCP's. Mark is wondering if he can reuse known ground control points for drone surveying. Because most construction sites already have ground control points, reusing these known points will save considerable time and effort. But, can you do so without compromising on accuracy? To answer Mark's question, we first explain the purpose of setting ground control points in drone surveying. Listeners will learn that a reliable GPS and ground target is necessary for accurately marking GCP's. Next, we reveal the various best practices for setting up Ground Control Points to attain the highest level of accuracy. What should be the dimensions of your ground target so that projection error is greatly reduced? And, what is the optimum GCP distribution for conducting an accurate drone survey? You will also learn how you can enhance accuracy by changing ground control points to checkpoints in Pix4D. Paul also reveals a great hack that will allow you to place your landing pad precisely over a known survey point. If you are struggling with the complexities of drone surveying, this is a show you do not want to miss. Thanks for the great question, Mark. Fly Safe Our In-person Mapping Course is coming up in New York, August 1- 4. Over this two-plus day course, we will be introducing and flying a variety of data acquisition types followed by discussion and instruction on how to process the acquired data in Pix4D. We'll also discuss other processing software options and when each is most effective. Register now. Limited Seats Available! 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps Today's question is about setting Ground Control Points on a construction site Can you use existing GCP's already marked on a construction site for drone surveying? What are Ground Control Points (GCP's)? Paul explains in simple terms According to Pix4D, size of your GCP's should be 10 times Ground Sampling distance. Is that right? Paul clarifies How to place your landing pad exactly over a known survey point; Paul suggests a great hack Optimum GCP distribution for drone surveying Within Pix4D,

ADU 01013: DJI Matrice 200V2 vs Inspire 2 – Which Is the Best Drone for Cellphone Tower Inspections?

Jul 24, 2019 16:54

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Why the DJI Matrice 200V2 is not the best choice for cellphone tower inspections Our show for today is about enterprise drones. You will learn some important and little-known reasons why you are better off using a consumer drone like the Inspire 2 over an enterprise drone like DJI Matrice 200V2. Our caller for today, Jason is in a bind. His brand-new DJI Matrice 200V2 is not compatible with the iPad. Jason switched over to Android and discovered that the DJI Matrice 200V2 only works with the DJIPilot App. This is again a problem for Jason since the DJIPilot App does not come with a point of interest mode. Having reached a dead-end, Jason reached out to DJI. DJI recommended using the GS Pro App. However, yet again, this is not a feasible solution as the GS Pro App works only with iOS. This show will serve as an eye-opener for current and aspiring enterprise drone owners. Listeners will learn about the various issues that are they are likely to run into when they buy an enterprise drone like the DJI Matrice 200v2. Is there anyway Jason can use his DJI Matrice 200V2 for cellphone tower inspections? Tune in to find out. Thanks for the great question, Jason. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps Inspire 2 vs. Phantom 4 Pro - which is the best drone for enterprise users? Are enterprise drones like DJI Matrice 200V2 hampering the growth of the drone industry? Can we expect better drones from manufacturers in the near future? We share our Drone Wishlist Today's question is about the DJI Matrice 200V2 Is the Matrice series compatible with iOS? Does DJI GSPro work with iPhone? Does the DJIPilot app come with a point of interest mode? Is the DJI Matrice 200V2 compatible with the Zenmuse X7? Are enterprise clients preferring Inspire 2 over the DJI Matrice 200V2? Android or iOS - which is the best option for DJI pilots? The new iPod Touch: A great value buy for drone pilots Is the DJI Matrice 200V2 the best drone for cellphone tower inspections? Looking for an enterprise drone? Here's where you can buy one

ADU 01012: 400 Feet Rule | Can I Fly Higher in Controlled Airspace If My Takeoff Point Is Higher?

Jul 22, 2019 13:33

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Can you fly at higher elevations in controlled airspace if your takeoff point is higher? What if you are breaching the shelf of controlled airspace? Today's question is about the 400 feet rule. What are the rules for flying your drone from higher takeoff points? Can you fly higher on doing so? Our caller for today, Mark from Arizona, has a great question about the 400 feet rule. Mark has the authorization to fly 100 feet AGL in Class E airspace. As you might know, the 400 feet AGL rule allows drone pilots to fly 400 feet above ground level. But, what if your takeoff point is higher, and you are flying in controlled airspace? Can you fly at higher altitudes in this case? In this show, you will learn how the 400 feet rule is interpreted differently as per the airspace that you are flying in. Can you fly 400 feet AGL from a higher takeoff point if you are breaching the shelf of controlled airspace? And, can you be wrongly identified as a rogue drone by counter-surveillance systems like DJI Aerospace if you are taking off from a higher point? Tune in to find out. Thanks for the great question, Mark. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! 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. Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps A Special Thanks to our gracious sponsors, Fortress UAV and Go Professional Cases As per the 400 feet rule, can you fly at higher altitudes above a tall structure if you are breaching controlled airspace? As per the 400 feet rule, is your flying altitude measured from the highest point? Is DJI Aeroscope prone to wrongly identifying rogue drones?

BONUS: Drone News – Phantom 4 Pro Back in Production, Ronin-SC, New York City Drone Laws, Anamorphic Lenses for Mavic 2

Jul 20, 2019 29:59

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Exciting DJI News, DJI Rumors and other Drone News.... In our first big drone news story, we have some exciting news for you. DJI has resumed production of their flagship drone, the Phantom 4 Pro. We have repeatedly discussed why the Phantom 4 Pro is unmatched when it comes to reliability and versatility. But, will DJI again discontinue production in 2020 when ADSB receivers on all drones become mandatory? Will we see a slew of DJI drone launches in 2020 when this new requirement kicks in? Our next big drones news story is about the DJI Ronin-SC. DJI has launched a mini version of their popular camera gimbal, the Ronin-S. This new camera gimbal comes with some pretty awesome features like Active Trak 3.0 and Force Mobile. Weighing just 2.4 lbs, this compact camera gimbal allows you to follow a subject, pretty much like a drone. While this new camera gimbal is lighter and cheaper (costs $439) than its predecessor, will this compact build limit payload? Our next story is about New York City drone laws. An archaic 71-year old law prohibits takeoff and landing of drones in New York City. Now, two New York City Council members have proposed new drone laws that legalize drone use. Other topics discussed include anamorphic lenses for the Mavic 2 and the new BBC documentary, Britain's Next Air Disaster? Drones. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps DJI resumes production of their flagship drone, Phantom 4 Pro Should you buy DJI's new camera gimbal, the Ronin-SC? Are New York City Drone Laws finally set to change? Will the new anamorphic lenses for Mavic 2 allow you to capture more cinematic footage? Is the new BBC documentary unfair in its criticism of the drone industry?

ADU 1011: DJI Phantom 4 Pro Rumors – Will DJI Revive Their Iconic Brand?

Jul 19, 2019 14:33

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As per Latest DJI Rumors, Will DJI Kill the Phantom 4 Pro? As a Phantom 4 Pro User, What Should I Do? Today's show is about the Phantom 4 Pro. Our caller, Ken from New Jersey has a question about the DJI Phantom 4 Pro. So far Ken has been unable to find a good replacement drone for the DJI Phantom 4 Pro. Like many in the drone industry, Ken is worried about the lack of availability for the Phantom 4. He is wondering if the industry rumors are indeed true. Is DJI really killing it's most popular brand? Industry observers and drone lovers alike have been disappointed by lack of activity from DJI in recent times. While DJI is continuing to come out new launches like the ground robot Robomaster S1 and the Ronin SC camera gimbal, we have certainly witnessed a long dry spell as far as drones are concerned. Apart from the lack of availability for the Phantom 4 Pro, it is interesting to note that plans to launch new drones like the DJI Phantom 5 and the DJI Spark 2 have been delayed or permanently scrapped. So, has DJI shifted their focus from drones to other products? Should you be worried about DJI shutting down the Phantom 4 series? Will DJI discontinue manufacturing of spares as well? If you are a current Phantom owner, this is a show you do not want to miss. Tune in for the latest industry news. And don't forget, you first heard it on Ask Drone U. Thanks for the great question, Ken. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps A Special Thanks to our sponsor, Fortress UAV Today we share the latest DJI rumors for the Phantom 4 Pro What are the latest DJI rumors doing the rounds? Will DJI revive the Phantom 4 Pro? Is DJI manufacturing spare parts for the Phantom 4 Pro? Will you run into issues if you do not update your firmware? Is there a workaround? Is Phantom 4 Pro still the best option for drone mapping? Do not forget to check out our upcoming drone trainings

ADU 01010: Why Your Mavic 2 Pro Needs Attitude Mode for a Truly Safe Flight

Jul 18, 2019 12:02

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How do you activate Atti Mode on your Mavic 2 Pro? And, what are the benefits of doing so? Today's question is about hacking your Mavic 2 Pro to fly in Atti Mode. Liz, a Drone U member checked out our new Mavic 2 Pro - Don't Crash Course. In this course, we talked about the many benefits of flying the Mavic 2 Pro in Atti Mode. Folks who already own the Mavic 2 Pro might be aware that Atti Mode is not a default option on the Mavic 2 Pro. So, how do you hack the Mavic 2 Pro to fly in Atti Mode? To answer Liz's question, we first revisit the benefits of flying a drone in Atti Mode. Apart from capturing smoother footage, listeners will learn that flying in this mode greatly enhances flight safety. For step-by-step instructions on how to activate Atti Mode on your Mavic 2, check our blog post, "Mavic 2 Pro Hack – How to Switch to Atti Mode in 5 Simple Steps". Thanks for the great question, Liz. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps The Mavic 2 Pro Don't Crash Course is up on the site. Check it out! Today's question is about switching to Atti Mode on your Mavic 2 Pro Can flying in Atti Mode help you prevent a drone flyaway? How do you hack the Mavic 2 Pro? What are the benefits of flying your drone in Atti Mode? Can you prevent a flyaway if you have not activated Atti Mode? Can you hack the Mavic Air?

ADU 01009: Powerful Marketing Strategies to Help You Scale up Your Drone Business

Jul 13, 2019 27:24

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How to Market a Drone Business In today's show, we discuss some traditional and digital marketing strategies that will help you scale up your drone business to the next level. Our caller, Alex is a successful drone pilot based out of LA. Alex has transitioned from real estate to higher-paying jobs in construction and 3D modeling. In order to grow his business, Alex is active on social media, blogging, and YouTube. However off late, his business has plateaued, and Alex is unable to find new clients. What new strategies can Alex use in order to gain traction once again? In order to overcome this stagnation, Alex can try out different marketing strategies. Firstly, being in LA, Alex can look for some lucrative work within the film industry. We discuss the Pros & Cons of working in this industry so that Alex can make an informed decision. Secondly, there are various digital marketing strategies that Alex can try out. In this segment of the show, we discuss topics like content marketing, list-building, and social media marketing. But with the advent of digital marketing, has traditional marketing lost its relevance? Not at all. Towards the end, we discuss why good personal relationships are still as important for the success of any business. We share our own experiences to further highlight the importance of personal relationships in business. Thanks for the great question, Alex. Fly Safe! Learn how our Business Bootcamp can help you grow your drone business to the next level 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps How to overcome challenges that are hampering the growth of your drone business Learn how our Business Bootcamp can help you grow your drone business to the next level Unable to overcome problems in your drone business? Join the Drone U Mastermind and learn from like-minded individuals Today's question is about marketing strategies to grow your drone business Are there opportunities for drone pilots in the film industry? Do you need to be part of an industry union in order to get work? Tips and Tricks for making a drone demo reel Traditional Marketing vs. Digital Marketing - Is word of mouth marketing the best option for you? How to create a successful content marketing sales funnel Are you actively building your email list? How to leverage assets to build up marketing on social Can you use online assets in live marketing events?

ADU 01008: Do I Need a Part 107 for Flying a Drone Indoors?

Jul 12, 2019 13:50

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Flying Drone Indoors - What You Need to Know Today's question is about flying a drone indoors. Is it legal to fly a drone indoors without a Part 107? Our caller, Matthew, is thinking about starting a drone business. Matthew, however, does not want to go through the hassle of getting his Part 107. Can Matthew conduct indoor inspections without getting his Part 107? In this show, we reveal if the indoors are considered as navigable airspace and whether the FAA governs them. While it may be legal to do so, can Matthew build a profitable drone business by merely flying a drone indoors? Tune in to find out. If you found this show interesting, you might want to check out our blog post, "What You Need to Know About Flying Drones Indoors." Thanks for the great question, Matthew. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps A Special Thanks to our sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about flying a drone indoors Do you need a Part 107 for flying indoors? Can you build a profitable drone business by simply flying indoors?

ADU 01007: Enterprise Drones vs. Consumer Drones – Which is a Better Buy, and Why?

Jul 11, 2019 27:13

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Are you better off buying consumer drones over enterprise drones because of fewer restrictions and ease of use? Today's show is about enterprise drones. Our caller, Gareth from Australia, owns enterprise drones as well as consumer drones. Gareth's experience with enterprise drones has been far from satisfactory. For starters, he cannot change the ISO, aperture, and video resolution on his enterprise drones. Because of these restrictions, Gareth prefers using his Phantom and Mavic instead. Are enterprise drones far more difficult to use compared to consumer drones? Are there restrictions that you need to contend with when you buy an enterprise drone? If yes, is it possible to unlock enterprise drones? To answer Gareth's question, we share our experience with using enterprise drones like the Mavic 2 Enterprise, M210, and M600. Towards the end, we discuss how the discontinuation of the iconic Phantom series has left DJI in a state of flux. Thanks for the great question, Gareth. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Register for our upcoming webinar - The Best Equipment for Different Enterprise Drone Programs 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps Are drone pilots preferring consumer drones over enterprise drones? Sign up for our forthcoming webinar Our next mapping class is coming up in New York. Check it out! How can attending a Drone U mapping class help you? Today's question is about enterprise drones Do features in enterprise drones differ country-wise? Should you always shoot at a higher frame rate? Can you control frame rates on an enterprise drone? Does the XT2 camera work with DJI CrystalSky? Why are consumer drones easier to use compared to enterprise drones? Can you easily unlock a drone? How can Drone U help you build an enterprise drone? Has DJI loosened its iron grip over the drone market? Have drone lovers found an apt replacement for the Phantom 4 Pro? Will we see many new drones being launched in 2020?

ADU 01006: Drone Surveying and Mapping Jobs That Do NOT need a Licensed Surveyor

Jul 9, 2019 24:03

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What are Some Drone Surveying and Mapping Jobs that Do Not Need a Licensed Surveyor to Sign Off on Them? Today's show is about drone surveying and mapping. Austin from North Carolina, a regular ADU listener, listened to our show, "Can Drone Pilots Create Drone Maps Without Being a Surveyor? ". In this show, we discussed how licensed surveyors and state surveying boards are harassing drone pilots taking up drone surveying jobs. In his question today, Austin is wondering whether all drone surveying jobs require a licensed surveyor to sign off on them. Drone surveying and mapping have many different applications, and it is essential to segment these applications into two distinct categories. While some applications require a drone pilot to team up with a licensed surveyor, there are many applications for which you do not need a licensed surveyor at all. In this show, you will learn about the different drone uses like 3D reconstruction, NDVI mapping, and volumetric measurements that do not require a surveying license. Further, we also discuss how different states have different drone laws when it comes to drone surveying and mapping. Which are some of the best and worst states for drone surveying and mapping? Tune in to find out. Thanks for the great question, Austin. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps ContextCapture vs. Pix4D - Which is the better option for drone mapping? Today's question is about drone surveying and mapping Do you need a surveying license to draw boundary lines? Can you showcase accuracy without having a surveyors license? Do you need a licensed surveyor to do ALTA surveys and boundary surveys? Do state surveying boards have the authority to prevent drone pilots from taking up drone surveying jobs? What are the laws for drone surveying in California? Do different states have different laws when it comes to drone surveying? Drone surveying and mapping uses for which you do NOT need a licensed surveyor Do Native Americans have any right over airspace?

ADU 01005: How 3D Modeling Can Be Used For Training and Scaling Up Your Business

Jul 5, 2019 23:46

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How Can You Use 3D Modeling in Manufacturing and Construction? In today's show, we reveal how 3D modeling can be used to create efficient systems and processes that allow you to scale up your business profitably. Our caller, Alan, works for a shipbuilding company in Louisiana. Alan, a Drone U Member, has already gone through our courses and is aware of the many advantages of drone mapping. Alan is wondering how drone mapping and modeling can be best used in the process of ship construction. As businesses continue to grow in complexity, the need for efficient systems is more important than ever. But, how do you come up with an easy-to-follow and implementable system? In today's show, you will learn how companies can use interactive 3D modeling across the construction life cycle - from employee training to monitoring construction progress. You will discover the advantages of using 3D models over traditional 2D models. We also discuss how companies are using software like DroneDeploy and Matterport in the construction process. Thanks for the excellent question, Alan. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Limited Time Offer! Get 15% off on our in-person courses. Use coupon code "DU4TH2019" to avail this offer. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps Today's question is about using 3D modeling for ship/boat building Can you use 3D modeling for shipbuilding? Are companies using 3D maps and augmented reality for training employees? How to monitor construction progress using Drone Deploy How can Alan convince his superiors to try out 3D modeling for boat building? Can you use Matterport for creating a 3D interior model?

ADU 01004: Flying Drones in Hot Weather? Here’s What You Need to Know

Jul 5, 2019 29:54

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Tips & Tricks for Flying Drones in Hot Weather Today's question is about flying drones in hot weather. What are some Tips & Tricks for safely flying your drone in this summer heat? With the summer in full swing, some states are experiencing temperatures well above 100 degrees. Our caller, Todd, a drone pilot from the hot state of Ohio, has a question about flying drones in this hot weather. How do popular drones like Phantom and Inspire handle the summer heat? What precautions can drone pilots take so that they can safely fly in this summer heat? Flying drones in hot weather can be unfruitful and even dangerous if you do not follow crucial pre-flight safety procedures. In this show, you will learn various hacks which will allow you maximum flight time without damaging your drone. The manufacturer's instruction manual recommends a maximum temperature, beyond which you should avoid flying. Should you follow this manual? Should you artificially cool down your drone batteries? And, do you risk losing your drone when you are out flying in scorching weather? For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show now. Thanks for the great 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 seven days! Use Promo Code “DroneU” to get 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Limited Time Offer! Get 15% off on our in-person courses. Use coupon code "DU4TH2019" to avail this offer. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps A Special Thanks to our amazing sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about flying drones in hot weather Paul shares his experience of flying drones in 100 degrees How does the Inspire 2 and the Phantom handle the heat? What sort of problems will you run into when you are flying drones in hot weather? Safety precautions for flying drones in hot weather Should you artificially cool down your drone equipment? What is Density Altitude? How does a low DA affect drone flight? Will you lose video transmission if you are flying your drone in hot weather? How are different drone components affected by heat? Tips & Tricks for cooling down your drone in hot weather Limited Time Offer - Get 15% off on our in-person classes, and $100 off on the Drone U annual membership!

ADU 01003: Do Drone Privacy Laws Prevent Me from Filming in Public Places?

Jul 3, 2019 27:48

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Drone Privacy Laws - What You Need to Know Today's question is about drone privacy laws. Are there any restrictions on drone pilots who wish to film in public places? Our caller, Sebastian from North Carolina, has a question pertaining to drone privacy laws. Sebastian, after getting permission from the property owner, was out shooting a video of an outdoor cafe. All of a sudden, a woman came up to Sebastian and asked him to stop filming. According to the woman, Sebastian could not film her and her children without her consent. Is this true? Do drone privacy laws prevent Sebastian from shooting in public places? In order to answer Sebastian's questions, we read out some important excerpts from the Drone Pilot Field Kit. You will learn about the FAA's stance on drone privacy laws. We also discuss, at length, a photographer's rights. Among other things, you will learn answers to the following commonly asked questions: Do you need permission from the property owner in order to film? Do you need a model release? Is it legal to showcase surrounding attractions and events in your drone footage? Can you film someone who is inside their house? This show will be particularly interesting to Part 107 pilots who regularly film in public places. Thanks for the great question, Sebastian. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps A special thanks to our sponsor, Drone U landing pads Today's question is about drone privacy laws Have you downloaded the Drone Pilot Field Kit? What is the FAA' stance on drone privacy laws? Can property owners prevent a drone pilot from filming? Are there any exceptions as far as photographer's rights are concerned? In which instances is filming not permitted at all? Do you need a model release if the subjects are recognizable in photos? Can a bystander approach a drone pilot and ask questions? Can you showcase the surrounding attractions and events in your drone footage? Do drone privacy laws permit you to photograph a subject inside a house? Do you need a model release if you are planning on using your drone footage for commercial purposes?    

ADU 01002: How Can a Drone Pilot Deal with Manned Pilots Who Are Flouting Laws?

Jul 1, 2019 19:18

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Dealing with Manned Pilots Ignoring Aviation Regulations Today's show is about dealing with manned pilots who are disobeying laws. What actions should a drone pilot resort to in this scenario? Our caller, Paul is a drone service provider in Arkansas. One of Paul's pilots witnessed a manned aircraft flying below 400 feet. As you might know, manned aircraft are required to maintain a minimum altitude of 500 feet as per the law. What should Paul do? This is certainly an interesting situation that we have not discussed before at Ask Drone U. First of all, do regulations prohibit manned pilots from flying at low altitudes? Can manned aircraft get permission to fly at altitudes lower than 500 feet? Next, we discuss whether a Part 107 pilot will get into trouble for ignoring Part 107 rules in such emergencies. We also point out how altitude limits on drones will do little to avert a drone crash in such instances. Thanks for the great question, Paul. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps A Special Thanks to our sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about dealing with manned pilots who are flouting the laws Can you become a good drone pilot by just clearing your Part 107? What are the rules for manned aircraft? Will a drone pilot get into trouble if he is following all Part 107 rules and a manned pilot crashes into him? Can you ignore Part 107 rules in case of an emergency? Can altitude limits on drones prove to be problematic in some emergencies? What's new at Drone U?

BONUS: Drone News – DJI News, Police Drones, Bridge Inspection, Parachute Safety Systems

Jun 29, 2019 23:05

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DJI News - DJI announces steps to assuage data security concerns, Police Drones - Canadian Police builds a 200 drone fleet, Parachute Safety Systems - Glitches in Parazero? Our first big drone news story this week is about the steps that DJI is taking to assuage data security concerns. As we have reported earlier, the US government has time and again expressed reservations about using Chinese-manufactured drones for government work. To address these concerns, DJI  will now manufacture "government-edition" drones that come with features like restricted hardware pairing and data transmission. Furthermore, DJI has also announced that they will start manufacturing drones in California. Will these steps help DJI regain lost ground to find favor with the US government once again? Or, is this a case of too little, too late? Our next big drone news story is about parachute safety systems. Parachute safety systems are deployed so that you can prevent damage to people and property in the event of a drone crash. However, according to recent reports, these safety systems are not free of glitches. You will learn about ParaZero Drone Safety Systems and the different precautions that you need to take while using this system. Towards the end, we talk about drones being used for bridge inspections in South Carolina. What are some of the main benefits of using drones for inspection work? Other topics discussed include drone laws in Switzerland and drones for public safety. Tune in to our latest show 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps DJI makes some big announcements to assuage data security concerns Will an American drone manufacturer step in to fill the gap left by DJI? Iconic Swiss restaurant calls for a ban on drones The Royal Canadian Mountain Police acquires a 200 drone fleet Are there any glitches in the Parazero parachute safety system? Drones being used for inspecting bridges in South Carolina

ADU 01001: Does the Drone Industry Need Certified Flight Instructors?

Jun 28, 2019 37:08

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Certified Flight Instructors - Do We Need Them? Today's show is about certification for flight instructors in the drone industry. Can certified flight instructors help improve the quality of drone pilots? Our caller, David from El Paso, has just started teaching a drone course at a local community college. David is wondering if certified flight instructors can result in better drone training and more skilled drone pilots. Great question, David. Unlike the manned industry, there is no industry standard certification available for instructors within the drone industry. Often instructors get some meaningless certification that does little to test their knowledge. Among other popular certifications, we discuss at length AUVSI's TOP program for drone operators and instructors. As a commercial drone pilot, flying is not the only skill that you need to master. You also need to learn Part 107 Airspace and Part 107 Rules. So, what is the best way to get a well-rounded drone education? Tune in to find out. Thanks for the great question, David. Fly safe! Planning on flying your drone after sunset? The Lume Cube STROBE, a lightweight and powerful anti-collision light helps you comply with FAA guidelines. Weighing just 10 grams and providing 360-degree visibility, this is the solution that you have been looking for. Check them out now! Use Coupon Code "DRONEU" to get an extra 10% off. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps A Special Thanks to our sponsor, Lume Cube STROBE Today's question is about certifying flight instructors in the drone industry Are drone flight instructors being "certified" by dubious institutes of little repute? What about AUVSI's TOP certification for drone operators and instructors of unmanned aircraft? Should drone instructors have real-world experience? Are there any industry standards for instructors of unmanned aircraft? How did Google manage to get permission to make drone deliveries? Will this help formulate standard industry regulations? Is AUVSI's TOP certification endorsed by the FAA? Is it difficult to learn Part 107 Airspace?

ADU 01000: Will DJI Firmware Updates for the Phantom 4 Stop Rolling Out?

Jun 26, 2019 19:29

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Are DJI Firmware Updates for the Phantom 4 Going Away? How Do I Avoid Firmware Updates If I Don't Want to Upload Them? Today's question is about DJI firmware updates. Will DJI eventually stop rolling out firmware updates on the Phantom 4? And, how do you AVOID DJI firmware updates altogether? Our caller, Murph from Massachusetts, owns a Phantom 4 V2. With the future of the Phantom series appearing uncertain at the moment, Murph is wondering if DJI will stop rolling out firmware updates. And if so, how will this affect the Phantom 4's flight performance? You need to use the best firmware that is free of bugs and gives desired flight performance. Unfortunately, DJI is known to force drone pilots to upload the latest firmware. In this show, you will learn some excellent Tips and Tricks to avoid a forced DJI firmware update. Towards the end of the show, we have some exciting news about the Phantom 4 V2. Thanks for the great question, Murph. Fly safe! Also, celebrations are in order as Ask Drone U crosses 1,000 shows!!! A HUGE thanks to all our awesome listeners for their continued support. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – www.buytickets.at/droneu Timestamps Drone U's Vic Moss gets appointed to the Drone Advisory Committee Today's question is about dealing with DJI firmware updates on your Phantom 4 Is DJI resuming production on the Phantom 4 V2? How can you stop automatic firmware updates on your drone?

ADU 0999: Part 107 Daylight Waiver – Should I Apply or Wait for FAA’s NPRM?

Jun 25, 2019 7:25

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Flying Your Drone at Night - Should I Apply for a Part 107 Daylight Waiver when FAA is reviewing its latest NPRM? Today's question is about flying your drone at night. Can we expect new drone regulations that allow night ops without a Part 107 daylight waiver anytime soon? A Little Backstory... In January 2019, Brendan Schulman from DJI released an NPRM (Notice for Proposed Rulemaking) draft which might make nights ops possible without filing for a Part 107 waiver. The commenting deadline for this NPRM ended on April 15th. As the FAA is working on formulating new drone regulations, our caller for today, Bob, is wondering if he should wait for these new changes to kick in. Or, is it better for Bob to go ahead and apply for a Part 107 daylight waiver? Typically, is there a definite timeline attached to the NPRM process? Can we expect the FAA to allow night operations without a Part 107 waiver anytime soon? We reveal the best option for Bob in this short but informative show. Towards the end, we share some nuanced informed about the new Parrot Anafi Thermal drone. Thanks to Bob for the great question. Fly Safe! Check our instructional video, "Getting an FAA 107.29 Daylight Waiver so You Can Fly at Night". Looking for some great deals on drones? Our friends at Innovative UAS carry a variety of easy to pilot drones perfect for all skills levels. From the Tello to the DJI Phantom 4 Pro to the Inspire 2, you are sure to find the right drone to suit your needs. Check them out 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Thinking of filing a Part 107 Daylight waiver to fly at night? We have some excellent resources for you A Special Thanks to our sponsor, Innovative UAS Today's question is about getting your Part 107 daylight waiver to fly at night Will FAA's NPRM make it possible to fly at night without a Part 107 waiver? Is it prudent to wait? Thinking of buying the Parrot Anafi Thermal drone? Listen to the pros and cons before making your purchase

BONUS: Drone News – DJI News, DJI Spark 2, DJI Rumors, Robomaster, Phantom 4 Pro

Jun 22, 2019 22:45

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DJI News, DJI Rumors, the all-new Robomaster S1, Phantom 4 Pro V2.0, Drone Regulations in Japan and much, much more... Our biggest drone news story is about the all-new, DJI Robomaster S1. The Robomaster S1, an educational robot, priced at $499 is a ground-based drone that requires self-assembly. The Robomaster S1 is equipped with 6 sensors, has a top speed of 8 mph and can be programmed with Python and Scratch. Our next big story is about the DJI Spark 2. Earlier we had reported that DJI was planning on launching a new and improved, DJI Spark 2 in July. However, the latest DJI rumors suggest that this release date has been pushed back. After news of the DJI Phantom 5 turned out to be a damp squib, this is certainly another letdown for drone lovers. In our next drone news story, we talk about drone patents. Drone patents certainly give us an indication of market trends and remind us how some companies continue to dominate the drone industry. According to recently released data, DJI is the biggest filer of patents, by far. In fact, with more than 250 patents filed in 2017-2018 alone, DJI's tally was more than that of Amazon and Google combined. Other topics discussed include DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 and drone regulations in Japan. Tune in to listen to the latest and most exciting drone news of last week. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Meet the all new DJI Robomaster S1 DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 limited inventory at Australian retailer Camzilla Japan makes drinking and flying drones illegal DJI flies 250 drone patents in 2017-2018 DJI rumors - DJI Spark 2 release delayed until further notice Ask Drone U reaches 1000 shows!

ADU 0998: How to Create Time Lapses and Hyper Lapses with Point Clouds Using Pix4D

Jun 21, 2019 40:30

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Drones in Construction - How to Leverage the Power of Drone Technology for Construction Marketing In today's show, you will learn how to create a timelapse and hyperlapse using Pix4D. If you are a drone pilot with clients in the construction industry, this is a show you do not want to miss. This show will be better enjoyed on video. Just scroll down to check it out. Our caller, Chuck from California, just checked out ADU 0694, "How lucrative is 3D imaging? How much should I charge?". In this show, we talked about the different opportunities for using drones in construction. From progression reports to drone surveying to construction marketing, today drones are being used across the entire project life-cycle. Chuck, in his question today, is specifically asking about construction marketing. What are the different ways via which you can create a timelapse and hyperlapse for a construction project? Great question, Chuck. To answer this question, Paul fires up Pix4D and explains how you can create a smooth hyperlapse from a point cloud. What are some Tips & Tricks for showcasing a better-looking model? Right from recording video to merging different images in Final Cut Pro, we share the entire workflow in this detailed video. Towards the end, we also share how you can use Litchi for creating a hyperlapse. We hope you enjoy this episode! 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps A Special Thanks to our sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about creating timelapses and hyperlapses with point clouds using Pix4D Paul explains the process of creating a timelapse and hyperlapse How to turn on 3D textured mesh in Pix4D Tips and Tricks for to showcase a better-looking drone model Watch and learn how to create a video animation from a point cloud Typically, how often do you need to record videos while creating a timelapse? Does Pix4D work with MAC? What should you set your "duration" to in Pix4D? Which is the recommended motion for creating a clean looking hyperlapse? Is it faster to create an animation using "user recorded views"? How to leverage timelapse and hypelapse for construction marketing Are there any timelapse software that you can use? How to use transitions in a hyperlapse How to use Litchi for creating a hyperlapse Why are traditional surveyors wary of drone pilots offering surveying services?

ADU 0997: Biggest Challenges of Starting your Own Drone Business

Jun 19, 2019 38:28

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What Are the Biggest Challenges Companies Have When Starting Their Own Drone Business? In today's show, we discuss some practical ways of overcoming some of the biggest challenges of building a beneficial enterprise-level drone program. Often, organizations attempt to build enterprise-level drone programs without a well-thought-out strategy. Lousy hiring practices, inadequate training, and wrong drone equipment will result in wastage of both time and money. In this show, we reveal some BEST practices which will help you realize the maximum benefit from your enterprise-level drone program. Whether you have an established drone program or thinking of starting one, this show has some nuanced information guaranteed to help you out. If you found this show interesting, do not forget to register for our upcoming webinar, "The Biggest Challenges in Starting a Drone Program & How to Solve Them to Scale Your Operations". Looking for some great deals on drones? Our friends at Innovative UAS carry a variety of easy to pilot drones perfect for all skills levels. From the Tello to the DJI Phantom 4 Pro to the Inspire 2, you are sure to find the right drone to suit your needs. Check them out 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an extra 5% off on total repair costs. Check them out now! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Learn about our upcoming "Solar Inspection Class" with Raptor Maps Today's topic is about creating an enterprise-level drone program How to create an effective enterprise-level drone program Five challenges that you need to overcome while building an enterprise-level drone program Is flying an enterprise level drone vastly different from flying a consumer level drone? Learn about our exclusive Drone U program for enterprise level customers Planning to build an enterprise-level drone program? Do not miss our upcoming webinars How to build a dream team for an enterprise drone program As a leader, how can you help in team-building efforts? Can older and seasoned employees learn to fly drones? Some more hiring tips for organizations that are building an enterprise drone program Should members of your drone team be solely focused on drone operations? Agenda for our forthcoming webinar Do not forget to check out our new Don't Crash Course A Special Thanks to our gracious sponsor, Innovative UAS

ADU 0996: A Drone Mappers Guide to All the Equipment You Need for Precise Drone Mapping

Jun 14, 2019 41:17

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Drone Mapping Equipment Guide In today's show, we reveal the best equipment for professional drone mapping. From mapping drones to GPS units to drone mapping software, we reveal the best drone mapping equipment to help you get started in this business. Our caller, Paul wishes to foray into precision drone mapping. From Phantom 4 Pro to Matrice 210 RTK, he is confused by the wide range of options. Apart from drones, Paul also needs help with purchasing the right accessories in order to get started. Wrong drone mapping equipment means that your business is doomed for failure even before it starts off. To help Paul out, we first discuss the different mapping jobs that a drone pilot can take up. From simple 3D modeling to precision drone mapping, we discuss equipment requirements across the gamut. First, we reveal how you can select the correct mapping drone by accurately assessing job requirements. Should you opt for a fixed-wing drone? Or, will a multirotor suffice? We segment drone mapping into 1) Conservative and 2) Advanced, and reveal the best drone for each workflow. Next, we talk about drone mapping software. Is Pix4D the gold standard of drone mapping? Is Bentley's ContextCapture a good alternative? You will also learn about the best accessories for drone mapping. We discuss RTK and PPK GPS and reveal their pros and cons. Can you make do with the cheaper PPK GPS technology? Or, do you have to invest thousands of dollars in an RTK GPS unit in order to take up precision drone mapping jobs? This segment of the show will be particularly interesting to professional drone mappers who are looking for some cost-effective options. We discuss how you can best incorporate the Leica Viva GS16 and Propeller Aeropoints into your mapping workflow. This show is loaded with some excellent Tips & Tricks. Thanks for the great question, Paul. Fly Safe! List of Drone Mapping Equipment RTK GPS Unit: Leica Viva GS16 GNSS RTK Rover PPK GPS: Propeller Aeropoints Best Drone for Conservative Mapping Workflow: Phantom 4 Advanced Best Drone for Advanced Mapping Workflow: Phantom 4 RTK The Ultimate Comprehensive Guide to Drone Mapping, Acquisition & Processing Software 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 25% off. Check them out now! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps A Special Thanks to our sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about the best drone equipment and workflow for  mapping Are you buying the wrong equipment for your drone mapping business? Can you use drones mapping for marketing?

ADU 0995: Can I Use the Autel Evo for Drone Mapping?

Jun 14, 2019 14:50

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Autel Evo vs. DJI - Which is Best for Drone Mapping In today's show, we discuss if the Autel Evo is suitable for drone mapping. Tune in to learn the Pros & Cons, and discover if the Autel is a good substitute to traditional mapping drones like DJI and Yuneec. Our caller, Joe from South Dakota, is happy with his Autel Evo. Joe plans on taking up drone mapping job and is wondering if he can use the Autel Evo for the same. How does Autel Evo compare to mapping drones like the Phantom 4 Pro and DJI Inspire 1? The Autel Evo is undoubtedly a promising drone that comes with an extremely affordable price tag. If you are a regular ADU listener, you might recall our coverage of CES 2019 where Autel launched a new and improved, geofence-free Evo. While the Evo is a great drone for aerial photography and videography, acquiring and processing drone mapping data is a different ball game altogether. Is the Evo compatible with drone mapping software like Pix4D and Maps Made Easy? Can professional mappers put the way-point setup on the Evo to good use? And, does the Evo come with a global shutter, a pre-requisite for drone mapping? For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show now. Thanks for the great question, Joe. 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 25% off. Drone U Members get an additional 5% off the repair cost. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps A special thanks to our cool sponsor, Fortress UAV Today's question is about the Autel Evo We share our experience with the Autel Evo Can you map with the Autel Evo? Paul explains how you can map using the waypoint setup in the Autel Evo

ADU 0994: Hiring a Drone Pilot vs. Building an In-House Drone Program – Which Is the Better Option?

Jun 12, 2019 23:31

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How do I market myself to clients who are contemplating building their own in-house drone programs? In today's show, we discuss whether it is feasible to build an in-house drone program. As a drone pilot, how can you convince clients that hiring you is the better option? Our caller, Adrian from Washington, has come up with a great question today. Adrian, who is into drone mapping for the construction industry, has found that more and more clients are setting up in-house drone programs. How can Adrian market his drone services, and ensure that clients don't go that route? Setting up an in-house drone program is a huge undertaking that requires considerable resources in terms of time, money, and effort. Many organizations realize the complexity of this task only after making some costly mistakes. In this show, we discuss some marketing tips and tricks that Adrian can use to convince his clients to stick with him. Is it cheaper to build an in-house drone program? What sort of liability issues are you opening yourself to by using an in-house drone program? Apart from learning the nuances of data acquisition and processing, a drone pilot also needs to be aware of essential standard operating procedures. Tune in to discover why hiring an experienced and skilled drone pilot is your best bet. Thanks for the great question, Adrian. 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 25% off. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Today's question is about marketing yourself and dissuading clients from building their in-house drone programs Why are so many companies unsuccessful in building in-house drone programs? Is it wise to train your existing employees to fly drones? Is it really cheaper for a construction company to build their own drone program? Marketing Tips and Tricks for drone pilots How can you vet an employee, and determine if he can learn the nuances of drone flying? Why are you better off hiring a skilled and experienced drone service provider? What are some crucial skills and habits of a successful drone pilot?  

ADU 0993: How to Renew Your FAA Part 107 License

Jun 10, 2019 14:31

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Today's question is about FAA Part 107 license renewal. If you have questions about clearing your Part 107 recurrent knowledge test, check out this show now! Our caller, Joe from Nebraska has come up with a question that many of you must be wondering about. Joe's Part 107 certificate is nearing its 24-month expiration date. With no clear instructions provided on the FAA website, Joe is understandably confused about the Part 107 license renewal process. Also, with no expiration date listed on his Part 107 license, Joe is wondering if he should bother going for his Part 107 license renewal at all. If you have good study material to refer to, Part 107 license renewal can be a simple and straight-forward process. At Drone U, we have a Comprehensive Part 107 online course taught by FAA Certified Flight Instructor, Ted. How long should you study for your Part 107 recurrent knowledge test? What is the structure of the test? And, will you receive any documentation from the FAA once you clear the Part 107 recurrent knowledge test? You can also check out our blog posts, "Drone Pilot License Guide, A Step-by-Step Guide to FAA Part 107 Certificate" and "How to Register for and Pass Your Part 107 Recency Exam" for further information on this topic. Thanks for the great question, Joe. 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 25% off. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Today's question is about Part 107 license renewal What is the process for giving your Part 107 recurrent knowledge test? Check out our comprehensive "Drone Pilot License Guide" Should you go for Part 107 license renewal? What is the structure of the Part 107 recurrent knowledge test? How can Drone U help you prepare for Part 107 recurrent knowledge test

ADU 0992: How the FAA Is Ramping up Enforcements Against Drone Shootings and Illegal Drone Pilots

Jun 10, 2019 19:21

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Live from the 2019 FAA UAS Symposium - FAA's stance on Drone Shootings and Pilots Operating without a Drone License In today's show, we discuss two important issues which have been plaguing the drone industry - drone shootings and illegal drone operations. Live from the FAA UAS 2019 Symposium, we interview Charles Raley to learn about the FAA's stance on these two topics. This show kicks off with Charles giving us an overview of FAA's enforcement policies. Then we transition to the first topic of today's show - illegal drone operation. We had reported earlier how non-compliant drone pilots are getting away without facing the full brunt for their actions. Is the FAA treating this issue with far more seriousness now? And, is the FAA enforcing action against organizations who hire these illegal pilots? In this show, you will learn that you can even lose your license in case of repeated instances of non-compliance. The second topic that we discuss is that of drone shootings. What are the consequences of a drone shooting? Misplaced paranoia and unawareness about drone laws have resulted in a huge spurt in drone shootings. Is the FAA, along with the DOD and the DOJ enforcing legal action against drone shooters? We wrap up this show by sharing how you can report illegal drone operations to the FSDO. Tune in our latest and very special show now. 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 25% off. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Paul welcomes Charles to the show Charles gives us "peek" into FAA's enforcement policies What is the the likelihood of legal enforcement action against non-compliant drone pilots? Will penalties increase in case of repeated non-compliance? Which enforcement agencies does the FAA work with? Are Part 107 compliant pilots losing out because of lax enforcement policies? Is there any action being take against organizations hiring pilots without a drone license? What are the consequences of a drone shooting? Does the FAA have any jurisdiction as far as state and local laws are concerned? What should you do if you see a drone flying illegally near you?  

BONUS: Drone News – 2019 FAA UAS Symposium, Drone Delivery, Drone Safety, UAST, Remote ID

Jun 7, 2019 15:21

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Live from 2019 FAA UAS Symposium | Google Drone Delivery, FAA's Efforts to Enhance Drone Safety, Implementation of Remote ID, the Industry-Government Body, UAST, and much much more... In today's Drone News Show, Paul and Haye team up to bring the latest and most exciting news from the 2019 FAA UAS Symposium. The main topic for this News show is drone safety. The FAA has announced a slew of measures for increasing airspace safety. From educational measures like the "Drone Safety Awareness Week" to the industry-government body, UAST (Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team), the FAA is focused on addressing security concerns that have been plaguing the drone industry. Shortly, hobby and commercial pilots will be required to pass a new knowledge and safety test as well. Will these measures fulfill the dual objective of mass drone adoption and greater airspace safety? In other drone news, Amazon made a big splash at the 2019 FAA UAS Symposium as it shared some exciting details about its drone delivery program. After Google's Wing Aviation, Amazon is likely to be the second company to foray into drone deliveries. According to industry speculations, up to 80% of all Amazon deliveries could be ultimately made by drones. But with Remote ID yet to be implemented, it remains to be seen when drone deliveries set flight. Other topics discussed include the FAA's efforts to improve its media outreach and details about UAST (Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team). Tune in our latest and extraordinary show 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 seven days! Use Promo Code “DroneU” to get 25% off. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps How can you follow the latest news coming out from the 2019 FAA UAS Symposium? FAA announces "Drone Safety Awareness Week" What is the new knowledge and safety test for hobby and commercial pilots that everyone is talking about? Will we see the launch of Remote ID anytime soon? Amazon provides some interesting specifics about its drone delivery program Who is the UAST? What is their objective? How is the FAA proactively reaching out to the UAS community?

ADU 0991: Necessary Steps for Mass Drone Adoption and Safer Skies

Jun 6, 2019 26:24

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Interview with DJI's Brendan Schulman @ the 2019 FAA UAS Symposium| What Steps is DJI taking to Ensure Mass Drone Adoption and Safer Skies? In our second show from the 2019 FAA UAS Symposium, Drone U Chief Pilot, Paul Aitken interviews DJI's Brendan Schulman to discuss how the industry leader is working to ensure safer skies and greater drone adoption. Recently DJI released a whitepaper titled "Elevating Safety" which describes 10 key steps for improved airspace safety. Some of the recommended measures include using ADS-B receivers and Remote ID, increased enforcements and mandatory Geofencing. It is admirable that DJI, being the industry leader, is taking the initiative in this matter. However, implementation of these safety measures is a challenge that raises several concerns as well. For instance, while Remote ID might address the issue of security, how do we ensure that the DSP's privacy is not compromised? DJI's newest drones are equipped with AirSense, a system that allows drones to receive ADS-B signals from other aircraft. While this system is intended to warn pilots about potential hazards, will it also interfere with the ability of manned aircraft to communicate with one another? We also discuss the advantages and pitfalls of DJI's renewed Geofencing system, GEO V2.0. Sure, this system prevents irresponsible pilots from flying in high-risk locations. But, shouldn't we allow responsible and qualified pilots to fly drones that are free of Geofencing? As far as enforcements are concerned, while a lax approach certainly does not suffice, empowered authorities might hurt the growth of this nascent industry. How do we strike this rather fine balance? If you wish to gain perspective on the most important issues at the 2019 FAA UAS Symposium, tune in to this very special show 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 25% off. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events

ADU 0990: Live from the 2019 FAA UAS Symposium | FAA’s Take on Enforcement’s and Illegal Drone Operations

Jun 5, 2019 18:54

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Interview with FAA's Kevin Morris | 2019 FAA UAS Symposium Live from the 2019 FAA Symposium, we interview FAA's Kevin Morris to discuss how to report illegal drone pilots, FAA's enforcement policies, and why education is the best way to create safer airspace. Joining us from the 2019 FAA UAS Symposium, Paul interviews FAA's Kevin Morris to discuss FAA's latest UAS policies. We have discussed in the past how illegal drone activities are causing much strife to the industry. Should you report such illegal activity to the FSDO? Are FAA likely to enforce any action at all against illegal drone operations? In this show, Kevin shares how FAA is adapting its approach to engage with the drone industry in a far better way. Tune in now to this very special edition of Ask Drone U! 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 25% off. Check them out now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Paul welcomes Kevin Morris from FAA How do you deal with a drone pilot who is flying illegally? What is the best way to report illegal drone operations to the FSDO? How is FAA engaging with the drone community? Are we likely to see stronger FAA enforcement in future? Is education the best way to create safer airspace? Importance of building good working relationships with government officials

ADU 0989: How Do I Maintain Line of Sight When Subject Tracking With My Drone?

Jun 5, 2019 18:50

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Today's question is about subject tracking with your drone. How do you fly fast, super-close, AND safe when subject tracking with your drone? Our caller for today, Jeremy has a great question about subject tracking with your drone. To master this advanced skill, Jeremy is unsure how he can maintain a deadlock over his subject without losing control over the drone's orientation. And, can Jeremy capture the required footage without compromising on safety? Subject tracking is a drone application that requires considerable practice and expertise. A drone pilot needs to fly fast (at the speed of the boat or car) and up-close to grab smooth footage. This becomes difficult and dangerous as you have to look at your screen AND monitor your drone. Can you control your drone orientation if you are looking away from your screen? And, can you safely fly your drone if you are looking away from the drone (at your screen)? What is the best way to resolve this dilemma? In this show, we discuss possible solutions like hiring a VO (Visual Observer), using FPV goggles and flying in autonomous mode. Thanks for the great question, Jeremy. 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 25% off. Check them out now! 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 quad chargers to help you maximize your flight time! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps A special thanks to our sponsor, Colorado drone chargers Today's question is about subject tracking with your drone Paul shares his extensive subject tracking experience Which drone equipment did Paul use when his drone video won the World Series of Surfing? How does Paul maintain the line of sight when subject tracking with his drone? Importance of establishing standardized communication with your VO How can our subject tracking course help you? How to fly fast, super-close, and safe when subject tracking with your drone DJI Inspire vs. Phantom 4 Pro - Which is the best drone for subject tracking? Can FPV glasses help you in subject tracking? Is it difficult to control your drone without looking at your screen? Do you need to match the speed of your drone with the speed of the vehicle to get smooth footage? Will flying your drone autonomously resolve this issue?    

ADU 0988: Are Drone Feeds Encrypted?

Jun 3, 2019 13:14

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Today's show is about drone feed encryption. How easy is it for someone to nefariously connect to your drone feed and access your data? Our caller, Ron from Dallas has a great question about drone feed encryption. Is your drone data really secure? Can you beef your encryption and data security by buying an enterprise level drone? You will be surprised to know that most drone feeds are not encrypted. In fact, using a Flysight monitor, you can pick up different drone feeds to easily access someone else's data. But, what about prosumer and enterprise level drones like Mavic Enterprise, DJI Matrice, and DJI Inspire? Do these drones have stronger encryption? Can you really access any drone feed using counter drone technology like DJI Aeroscope? Tune in to find out. Thanks for the great question, Ron. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Today's question is about drone feed encryption Are drone feeds encrypted? Do prosumer drone feeds offer stronger encryption? Can you connect to a drone feed using counter drone technology like DJI Aeroscope and Whitefox? Are enterprise drones fully encrypted and secure? What about Autel and Yuneec? Are their drone feeds fully secure? Drone Safety Platform for public safety officials

BONUS: Drone News – DJI News, US Army selects Parrot, AeroMexico 747 Collision, DJI Manifold

Jun 1, 2019 21:06

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DJI News, Aeromexico 747 Collision, DOD Selects Parrot to Develop Spy Drone, DJI Manifold Supercomputer for Autonomous Operations, DHS voices Data Security Concerns for DJI Our first new drone story this week is about the Aeromexico Boeing 737 plane that was initially reported to be damaged by a drone collision in December 2018. NTSB, after extensive investigations, have debunked this theory. According to NTSB, 737's radome (a dome-like shell at the nose of the aircraft), already weakened due to poor repairs, was unable to withstand the change of air pressure during descent. As was the case with the alleged drone sightings in Gatwick and Newark, this news story again highlights the misplaced fears over drone safety. Our second big DJI News story is about the US Department of Homeland Security's last week warning about data security issues with Chinese manufactured drones. Are these concerns valid or politically motivated? Are these constant streams of negative news disrupting the US drone industry? This topic serves as a good segue into our next story. The US Army has selected the French drone manufacturer, Parrot, as one of the organizations responsible for manufacturing a spy drone. Weighing less than 3 pounds, this drone will supposedly have a range of 2 miles. In other DJI News, you will also learn about DJI Manifold, an onboard supercomputer that can facilitate autonomous drone operations. With greater computing power, onboard processing of LiDAR data might become possible in the future too. For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Was the Boeing AeroMexico plane damaged due to a drone collision? Drones block emergency response operations in Tulsa, Oklahoma DJI News - DJI and other Chinese-made drones spark data security concerns from DHS Parrot selected to develop a spy drone for the US military DJI News - DJI launches Manifold 2, an onboard computer that will make drones autonomous FAA UAS Symposium 2019 coming up next week in Baltimore, June 3-5

ADU 0987: Where Can I Fly my Drone? Can Drone Privacy Laws Prevent me from Flying?

May 31, 2019 34:28

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Where Can I Fly My Drone? Do Drone Privacy Laws Restrict Flight in Private and Public Spaces? Today's question is about knowing where to fly your drone without getting into trouble. What are some important drone privacy laws that you need to be aware of before setting flight? Our caller, Bob from New Jersey is a newly certified Part 107 pilot. Confused with the myriad of drone laws and aware of the FAA's poor lack of enforcement, Bob is wondering if he can go ahead and fly his drone in big, open public spaces without checking airspace at all. Can Bob get into trouble for doing so? In order to answer Bob's question, we reveal whether drone privacy laws prohibit you from flying in public spaces. First of all, what are some recommended resources for checking where you can safely and legally fly your drone? Should you rely on drone apps like B4UFly for checking airspace? And, do cities and states have the right to enact legal ordinances which prevent you from setting flight? Apart from the above, we also reveal the various Do's and Don'ts for flying a drone over private property. Can drone pilots freely take photographs of private property? Other topics discussed drone shoot downs, dealing with unruly intruders and the right of Native Americans over airspace. This is a show you do not want to miss. Thanks for the great question, Bob. Fly Safe! Resources: Drone Pilot Field Kit State Drone Laws Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Today's question - Where can I fly my drone? What are the drone privacy laws for flying in public spaces? Are drone shoot down incidents on the rise? Is it legal to shoot down a drone over your property? Drone U recommended resource for determining where you can fly Do drone privacy laws prohibit you from flying your drone and photographing in public spaces? Can a drone pilot take legal action against someone who is harassing him/her for flying in a public space? Which places are deemed as "public spaces"? Can drone pilots freely take photographs in such public spaces? Can a drone pilot fly over private property? Are we seeing more enforcements against drone pilots? Should you remove No Fly Zones from your bird? Which are some good resources for determining where you can fly your drone? Should you rely on drone apps like B4UFly? Can states and cities prevent you from flying in public spaces? Do Native Americans have a right over airspace?

BONUS: Drone News | DJI News, Mavic 2 Pro, Drone Advisory Committee, FAA’s New Drone Rules

May 27, 2019 30:08

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DJI News, Mavic 2 Pro Hack, Drone Advisory Committee, FAA's New Drone Rules for Hobby Pilots In our first drone news story this week, we talk about data security issues with DJI drones. Recently, DJI was in the news for the wrong reasons as there were allegations against the Chinese manufacturer of stealing sensitive data and passing it on to the Chinese government. While the allegations proved to be baseless, this has affected the manufacturer's reputation and sales. Is there a foolproof and secure way of protecting your drone data? And, is this news politically motivated and because of the US-China trade wars? Our next story is about the Drone Advisory Committee. FAA has filled the Drone Advisory Committee, an important decision-making body with large corporations and Part 61 pilots. Zero representation from drone service providers in this 35-member committee is both surprising and self-defeating. We also discuss the FAA's new drone rules for hobby pilots. While these new rules may be a step in the right direction, will a lack of supporting infrastructure result in greater non-compliance? Other stories discussed include Mavic 2's Smart Controller and the Mavic 2 Pro hack for flying in Atti mode. Tune in for the latest and most exciting drone news now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Is data security an issue with DJI drones? No drone service providers in tje FAA's Drone Advisory Committee? DJI makes a big move for greater airspace safety by introducing ADSB receivers Smart Controller for Mavic 2 increases functionality, especially for large enterprise customers Mavic 2 Pro Hack allows drone pilots to fly in Atti Mode Will new FAA drone rules for hobby flying result in greater noncompliance?

ADU 0986: How to Report a Drone Crash to the FAA

May 25, 2019 18:03

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Reporting a Drone Crash Today we share step-by-step instructions for reporting a drone crash. When and how should you report a drone crash? Tune in to find out! Our caller, Mark, a new Part 107 Certified pilot is unsure about his flying abilities. Mark is worried that he will get into trouble with the authorities in the event of a crash. What is the likelihood of a federal investigation if you crash your drone? Do Part 107 rules require you to report the smallest of drone crashes? In order to answer Mark's question, we reveal the detailed procedure for reporting a drone crash. Is there a damage threshold for reporting a crash? And, do you need to share your entire flight log in the event of a crash? Tune in to find out. Thanks for the great question, Mark. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Check out our forthcoming classes Today's question is about how to report a drone crash What is the likelihood of FAA investigation in the event of a drone crash? Step-by-step instructions for reporting a crash What is the damage thresh hold for a drone crash? Which agencies do you need to report a drone crash What data do you need to provide to investigators looking into a drone crash? No drone service providers in the Drone Advisory Committee?    

ADU 0985: How to Avoid Personal Liabilities in a Drone Business LLC

May 24, 2019 24:16

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Can you Get into Trouble for Using your Personal Funds in Your Drone Business? Today's question is about limiting liability in a drone business. Are you risking liability if you use your personal funds to manage a LLC? Our caller, Scott from Denver, CO has come up with a great drone business question. In the past, we have talked about the benefits of forming a LLC for  your drone business. Scott is wondering if he can use his personal funds to run his drone business LLC. Can Scott get into trouble with the IRS for doing so? Forming a drone business LLC will allow you to establish a clear demarcation between your personal and business assets. However, as is the case with most  businesses, you might need to infuse your personal funds in the initial stages to keep your business going. Do you risk personal liabilities by doing so? In this show, you will learn how to fund your drone business without violating any IRS guidelines. Thanks for the question, Scott. Fly Safe! If you found this show interesting, you might want to check out our Drone Business Course where we cover topics like legal structure and taxation in far greater depth. Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Today's question is about limiting liability in a drone business What is the advantage of forming a LLC for your drone business? What is a "disregarded entity"? Should you co-mingle personal and business funds? Can you fund your drone business with your personal funds? What is a good source of taxation information? Should you hire a CPA to manage the financial affairs of your drone business? What is form W-4? What is the advantage of filling out form W-4?

ADU 0984: Drone Roof Inspections | Showcasing Models in Pix4D

May 22, 2019 11:01

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How to Showcase your Drone Roof Inspection Model Today's question is about drone roof inspections. Which tools can you use for showcasing a drone model to your client? Our caller, Scott from Denver, is a regular ADU listener and is into drone roof inspections. What is the best way for Scott to present his drone models to his clients? Can you view full resolution inspection images at a click of a button? To answer Scott's question, Paul pulls up a point cloud of the Sloan Park baseball stadium in Pix4D. Watch and learn as we show how you can view high-resolution drone roof inspections images at a click of a button. Other topics discussed include remotely viewing your drone mapping project and outsourcing your drone mapping needs. Thanks for the great question, Scott. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Today's question is about drone roof inspections Which mapping software allows you to view full resolution images on a click of a button? Paul shares his Sloan Park baseball stadium point cloud How can you show your point cloud with your client? Watch and learn how to view full resolution images in Pix4D during a drone roof inspection How can you view a drone mapping project remotely? How long does a point cloud clean up take? Can you outsource your drone mapping needs?

ADU 0983: ContextCapture vs Pix4D – Which Is the Best Software for Drone Mapping?

May 22, 2019 24:00

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Is ContextCapture a Good Alternative to Pix4D? Today's show is about Bentley ContextCapture vs Pix4D. Which is the best software for drone mapping and modeling? Our caller, Bryan, is a construction management professional who has been using Pix4D for his drone mapping needs. Bryan is struggling to export his mapping data from Pix4D to AutoCAD. Bogged down with Pix4D's complexity, Bryan is wondering if Bentley's ContextCapture is a good alternative. To help out Bryan, we first compare ContextCapture to Pix4D and reveal why Pix4D is the gold standard for drone mapping software. Next, we show you how to export different file types from Pix4D to AutoCAD. You will learn how to draw lines and create Manual Tie Points in Pix4D. Is it easier to draw lines in AutoCAD or Pix4D? Are you creating Manual Tie Points (MTP's) in a geo-rectified map? Is it tedious to export large data-sets from Pix4D? For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show now! Thanks for the great question, Bryan. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Will the new FAA drone rules result in a ban on hobby drones in controlled airspace? Today's question is about ContextCapture vs Pix4D Bentley ContextCapture vs Pix4D - How do they compare? How to draw lines in Pix4D for making measurements off your drone model How to create Manual Tie Points in Pix4D Is it easier to draw lines in AutoCAD rather than Pix4D? Importance of creating Manual Tie Points (MTP's) in a geo-rectified map How to export different file types from Pix4D Is exporting mapping data for larger and complex drone models a tedious task? Pix4D's next user conference is coming up in Denver, Colorado. Register Now! Is Pix4D the best software for drone mapping? Is ContextCapture a good alternative? Drone U's Enterprise Membership Program to be launched soon!

ADU 0982: DJI Phantom 4 RTK | Is the Drone Mapping Workflow Significantly Different?

May 21, 2019 24:38

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In today's show, we discuss the mapping workflow for DJI Phantom 4 RTK. How does the drone mapping workflow differ from non-RTK drones like the Phantom 4 Pro? Our caller, Lorenz from Wisconsin, is using a DJI Phantom 4 RTK for drone mapping. Lorenz is wondering if he needs to make any significant changes to his mapping workflow. Are there any issues specific to Phantom 4 RTK users that Lorenz needs to be aware of? In this very detailed show, DJI Phantom 4 RTK users will learn the most accurate and efficient drone mapping workflow. In the past, we have shared our experiences with the Phantom 4 RTK. While there are many advantages to this RTK drone, you will have to deal with some unique problems too. For instance, when you acquire data with the DJI Phantom 4 RTK, the datum for images and GCP's tends to differ. What do you do in this case? In this show, you will learn when and how to make changes and corrections to your coordinate system. You will learn about geiod height and whether you should set your geiod height above WS G84 ellipsoid. How do you make corrections when mapping a large area with different offset values? Will using the Propeller Aeropoints along with DJI Phantom 4 RTK result in more accurate drone mapping data? Thanks for the great question, Lorenz. Fly Safe! Drone U members can rent Propellor Aeropoints at a special discounted price. Click HERE to learn more. Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Check out our all-new Drone U Landing Pads Today's question is about the best and most efficient mapping workflow for the DJI Phantom 4 RTK DJI Phantom 4 RTK vs. Phantom 4 Pro - How does the drone mapping workflow differ? Do you need GCP's when mapping with the Phantom 4 RTK? What is a problem that professional mappers are facing with the Phantom 4 RTK? What should you do when the datum for images and GCP's differs? When should you use the geoid height above the ellipsoid function? What should you set the geiod height to? When should you change the geiod height? How to set the geiod height above WS G84 ellipsoid Do you to make corrections to your vertical coordinate system when using Pix4D? How can you make corrections for a large area with multiple offset values? How can Drone U help you rent Propeller Aeropoints at affordable rates? Paul explains the traditional drone mapping workflow Do you need to use GCP's with the DJI Phantom 4 RTK? We suggest an alternative workflow using the Propeller Aeropoints and Phantom 4 RTK Watch and learn how to set the output coordinate system parameters for DJI Phantom 4 RTK in Pix4D Pix4D User conference is coming up on October 2-3 in Denver, Colorado. Register Now!  

BONUS: Drone News | DJI Spark 2, New FAA Drone Hobby Rules, Osmo Action Camera, US-China Trade Wars

May 17, 2019 31:31

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The New & Improved DJI Spark 2 in stores by July 2019? Our Biggest drone news story this week is about the DJI Spark 2. According to our reports, we can expect an updated DJI Spark 2 as early as July 2019. The new and improved Spark will allow you to shoot 4K video at 30fps. Moreover, according to industry rumors, the new Spark with come with an improved 3-axis gimbal, ActiveTrack 2.0 and 2x digital zoom. For more information about specs, cost and expected launch date, tune in to our show now! FAA Introduces New Drone Rules for Recreational Pilots In our next big drone news story, we reveal how the FAA has come out with new drone rules that majorly impact hobby pilots. Drone enthusiasts may recall how the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act placed greater restrictions on hobby pilots. Now, as per the new drone rules, the FAA has made it mandatory for hobby pilots to go through the new LAANC system. However, with the new LAANC system yet not configured for hobby pilots and the FAA forbidding the ATC from accepting calls, are we setting the stage for non-compliance? Introducing DJI's Osmo Action Camera Our last big drone news story is about the new Osmo Action camera. After the DJI Phantom 5 rumors turned out to be false, DJI sprung a surprise by launching a camera instead of a drone. Pitted directly against the GoPro Hero 7 Black, this action camera comes with a front-facing LCD screen. Will this new Osmo Action camera find takers within the racing community? And, will this new DJI offering further compound GoPro's problems? Other stories on today's drone news include counter drone technology and the effect of US-China trade wars on the drone market. Tune in now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps DJI launches a new Osmo Action camera Is GoPro being driven out of the market? How is the US-China trade war affecting the drone market? DJI Spark 2 in stories by July 2019? Drone jammers used to prevent flying a music festival in Miami How do new drone rules affect hobby pilots? When and where is the 2019 FAA Symposium coming up?

ADU 0981: Can I Fly My Drone Along the US-Canada Border?

May 17, 2019 13:47

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Canada Drone Laws for Part 107 Pilots Today's question is about flying your drone along the US-Canadian border. Do Canada drone laws permit Part 107 pilots to cross over and fly in their airspace? Our caller, Tyler from Michigan is planning on filming a marathon with his drone. Because Michigan shares a border with Canada, Tyler might need to cross the US border and fly in Canadian airspace. But, do Canada drone laws allow US pilots to fly in their airspace? Great question, Tyler. While Canada was first to introduce legislation, unfortunately, Canada drone laws are far more restrictive compared to the US. Does Tyler need to inform Canadian authorities if he plans to cross the international border and fly in Canadian airspace? And, are Part 107 pilots permitted to fly in Canadian airspace? This short but informative show would be particularly interesting to pilots who regularly fly close to the US border. Thanks for the great question, Tyler! Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Today's question is about is about flying a drone along the US-Canadian border? Can you legally fly your drone along the US border? How to check airspace in border areas What happens when you cross the international border, and fly into Canadian airspace? Do Canada drone laws permit you to fly?? Should Tyler inform Canadian authorities prior to setting flight? Comparing US and Canada drone laws; are Canada drone laws more restrictive?

ADU 0980: How Do You Acquire the Most Accurate Data for Drone Mapping?

May 16, 2019 18:28

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Today, we discuss workflow for acquiring the most accurate drone mapping data. We also compare DroneDeploy and Pix4D to reveal the best mapping software for professional drone mappers. Our caller Chris wants to take up drone mapping jobs with his Matrice M210. Firstly, Chris is wondering if he can use drone mapping software like Pix4D or Deploy with his Matrice M210. Chris is also looking for some tips & tricks which will help him acquire the most accurate mapping data. To answer Chris's question, we first compare the pros & cons of Pix4D and DroneDeploy. Sure, DroneDeploy is easier to use. In spite of this, why are professional mappers like Chris better off using Pix4D? And is Pix4D compatible with DJI Matrice? Next, we share the best drone mapping practices that will help you achieve the highest level of accuracy in drone mapping. Why is flight altitude significant in drone mapping? Should you alter your data acquisition strategy based on weather conditions? Listeners will also learn the difference between GSD (Ground Sampling Distance) and Resolution, and why GSD is a more accurate gauge of data quality in drone mapping. Thanks for the great question, Chris. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! If you’re looking for a drone charger, head over to the Colorado Drone Chargers website and use the promo code DRONEU8 to receive a discount on your purchase! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps A special thanks to our awesome sponsor, Colorado Drone Chargers Today's question is about how to acquire the most accurate data in drone mapping DroneDeploy vs. Pix4D - which is the better software for drone mapping? DroneDeploy is easier to use. Why should I go for Pix4D? Can you use Pix4D or Drone Deploy with Matrice M210? What is the best way to learn different data acquisition strategies in drone mapping? Why is flight altitude important in drone mapping? 3 Factors that affect Ground Sampling Distance (GSD) GSD vs Resolution - what is the difference? How does weather affect your drone mapping data? Should your data acquisition plan differ for every mapping project? Should you keep the same camera settings for every mapping project?

ADU 0979: Best Websites and Other Tips for Selling Your Drone Footage

May 14, 2019 22:59

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What is the BEST and SAFEST way to sell my Drone Footage Online? In today's show, we share some of the best websites for selling your drone footage. You will also learn how to set up a completely autonomous sales workflow for scaling up your drone business. Our caller Desi is an avid ADU listener. Having listened to our past shows, Desi knows the importance of protecting her drone footage using copyrights. Today, Desi wishes to know the best and safest way of selling her drone footage online. To answer Desi's question, we first list some of the best websites for selling your drone footage. Further, you will also learn how you can set up a completely autonomous sales funnel which will allow you to concentrate on your flying. How much do websites charge for selling drone footage? And, how can Desi ensure that her drone footage receives more visibility? For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show now. Thanks for the great question, Desi! Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Check out our new and interactive video setup Today's question is about selling digital and physical prints of your drone footage How does Paul generate physical prints for his drone footage? Which services should you use for selling digital and physical prints? Can you set up an autonomous sales workflow for selling your drone footage through Shopify? Should you set up an autonomous process from the get-go? Or, should you wait to scale up your drone business? Drone U Recommended websites for selling your drone footage Typically, how much do websites charge for selling your drone footage? Do websites selling your drone footage add custom watermarks to your prints? How can you build a completely autonomous sales funnel for selling your drone footage? How to stand out while selling aerial photography on websites

ADU 0978: Should I Form Business Partnerships to Grow My Drone Business?

May 13, 2019 18:53

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Drone Business | How to Form Business Partnerships Today's question is about the Pros & Cons of forming business partnerships in your drone business. How do you protect yourself, especially if a business partnership goes sour? Our caller, Ana, a drone business owner is wondering if she can potentially partner up with other drone service providers and surveying companies to grow her drone business. Cautiously optimistic in her approach, Ana is well aware of the negative repercussions in case she ends up partnering with the wrong person/business. Great question, Ana. In fact, it would be a huge mistake to form business partnerships without formal contracts and iron-clad revenue sharing agreements. But, how do you vet a potential partner, and work with someone who is in perfect alignment with you? Can a drone service provider expect to form synergistic business partnerships with traditional surveying companies, for instance? And, are formal business partnerships the only way of collaborating with other businesses? This show will be particularly interesting to drone business owners with pre-existing business partnerships. Thanks for the great question. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Today's question is about forming business partnerships in a drone business Pros & cons of business partnerships to grow your drone business How do I structure a contractual agreement with a business partner? Is it dangerous to form business partnerships with someone who has significantly more resources than you? How to work out revenue sharing arrangements in business partnerships Should you insist on auditing your partner's bank statements? Are you forming synergistic business partnerships that are resulting in added value for everyone? Are formal business partnerships the only way to work with other people and organizations? Should a drone service provider partner with up with a traditional surveying company? Can business coaching help you work seamlessly with your business partners? Are your business partnerships resulting in a win-win scenario? How can you vet a potential partner for your drone business

BONUS: Drone News | Drone Delivery, DJI News, DJI Rumors, DJI Phantom 4 RTK, Drones in Hollywood, Drone Laws

May 11, 2019 31:46

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In today's drone news show, we discuss drone delivery services, the latest DJI news, DJI rumors, Drones in films and much, much more. Will we see a new DJI drone on May 15th? Tune in to find out! Will New Firmware Upgrades for Phantom 4 Pro RTK Enhance Drone Mapping? Our first DJI News is about the Phantom 4 Pro RTK. DJI has introduced new firmware upgrades for their mapping drone, Phantom 4 Pro RTK. These new firmware updates introduce new flight modes, one of them being terrain awareness. Terrain Awareness allows mappers to map a site with large elevational changes accurately. While these upgrades are quite positive, drone mappers have already been flying in "Terrain Awareness" mode using Maps Made Easy. Has DJI been unable to fulfill its initial promise of a "compressed and easier workflow" with the Phantom 4 Pro RTK? Why are drone pilots still preferring the ubiquitous Phantom 4 Pro over the Phantom 4 Pro RTK? Drones in Hollywood In our second segment of this show, we talk about drones in Hollywood. Australian drone maker, XM2, makes customized drones that have been used to film some popular Hollywood movies like Aquaman and the upcoming, Star Wars. Their largest drone, Sierra, weighs 70 kilos and has a payload capacity of 30 kilos. Even large birds like the Alta 8 (payload 6.8 kilos) and the Matrice M600 (payload 6 kilos) dwarf in comparison to this XM2 drone. XM2 drones have some serious capabilities, and not surprisingly, they cost some serious money too. While drone costs range from $20,000 - $70,000, an entire drone system (inclusive of the camera) could see your cost balloon to as high as $500,000! But, are drone providers in Hollywood complying with drone laws and regulations or simply skirting the law? This serves as a good segue into our next topic - Drone Delivery Services. WakeMed, in Association with UPS, Starts Drone Delivery Services in North Carolina We have been reporting how archaic drone laws and FAA's tentative approach have prevented drone deliveries from taking flight. In our last Drone News show, we revealed how Amazon has managed to get permission from the FAA to start drone deliveries in rural Virginia under CFR 135. In today's show, we share how WakeMed hospital campus and UPS have begun using drone delivery for transporting medical samples. Hearing how the power of drone technology is being leveraged to provide more efficient healthcare will certainly enthuse all drone enthusiasts tuning in to this show. This Drone News segment again highlights how drones can be used for the greater good. The Biggest DJI News Story for Today - Are the DJI Rumors True? Will We See a New Drone on May 15th? And, saving the best for the last. Our BIGGEST DJI news story is about a new product release on May 15th, 9 am EST. Die-hard optimists might still be hopeful of a DJI Phantom 5 launch on May 15th. Or, shall we see an upgraded Mavic 2 or maybe even a Spark 2? While Haye KNOWS exactly what we will see from DJI on the 15th, unfortunately, he cannot reveal the answer because he has signed a strict NDA with DJI. But being the good natured person that he is, Haye drops some big hints throughout the show. Tune in to see if you can guess the answer! Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW!

ADU 0977: What Happens After You Pass Your Part 107 Recurrent Test? Should I Even Bother Taking the Test?

May 10, 2019 36:59

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Part 107 License Renewal Today's question is about the Part 107 recurrent knowledge test. With FAA's utter lack of enforcement, why should you even bother renewing your Part 107 license? Check out our show to find out WHY! Our caller, Joe from Nebraska has come up with a question that has resulted in many animated (and sometimes heated) discussions within the drone community. Recently, Joe gave his Part 107 license renewal test. On clearing the test, Joe just received a confirmation on an inconsequential looking piece of paper. Moreover, this piece of paper did not even include an expiration date. FAA's well-known lack of enforcement coupled with this shoddy documentation had Joe wondering if should have renewed his Part 107 license in the first place. While we are dead against flying unlicensed, FAA's total lack of enforcement is a harsh reality that is hampering the growth of the drone industry. In this show, listeners will learn that 80% of drone pilots are willfully breaking the law by not renewing their Part 107 licenses. Will the emergence of Remote ID bring about greater accountability, and set the house in order? Is there an urgent need for more progressive drone laws? Towards the end of the show, you will be able to determine why, in spite of the FAA's lack of enforcement, it would be a foolhardy mistake to NOT renew your Part 107. Thanks for the great question, Joe. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Looking for a good LAANC App? Check out UASidekick Looking for drone jobs? Utility companies are replacing their in-house drone teams with contractors Today's question is about Part 107 license renewal What do you do after passing the Part 107 recurrent test? Why are so many drone pilots not opting for a Part 107 license renewal? Are opportunities for drone pilots really drying up? Are prominent production houses blatantly disregarding Part 107 laws? Will the emergence of Remote ID result in greater FAA enforcement? Why are fewer and fewer drone pilots taking the Part 107 recurrent knowledge test? Is FAA's lack of enforcement hindering the growth of the drone industry? How did Google manage to get permission to make drone deliveries? How is FAA dealing with drone pilot flying BVLOS without a Part 107 waiver? Why was the United States and FAA among the last countries to ban Boeing 737Max airplanes? Why you SHOULD take the Part 107 recurrent knowledge test in spite of the FAA's lack of enforcement? Is there a need for the drone community to join forces and advocate for more progressive drone laws?  

ADU 0976: Is DJI Mavic 2 Pro the Best Drone for Posting on Social Media?

May 8, 2019 14:02

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What Is the Best Drone for Posting on Instagram, YouTube, and the Other Social Media Platforms? Today's show is about the best drone for posting to Instagram and other social media. We discuss the DJI Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, Phantom 4 Pro, and Autel Evo, and recommend the best option for you. Our caller Richard is from the beautiful country of Ireland. Wishing to capture the beauty of his country through aerial photography and videography, Richard is looking for a capable drone that is easy to travel with. Moreover, Richard wishes to post his drone imagery to Facebook and Instagram without any hassles. Is DJI Mavic 2 Pro the Best Beginner Drone in Terms of Flexibility and Specs? The first drone that we discuss is the DJI Mavic Air. While DJI Mavic Air might be foldable and easy to travel with, can you really capture high-quality imagery with this entry-level drone? Next, we highlight the Pros and Cons of the Mavic 2. The Mavic 2 comes in three variants: Pro, Zoom, and Enterprise. Each variant has distinct advantages and disadvantages that every drone pilots should be aware of. Can you capture best-in-class imagery with DJI Mavic 2 Pro's Hasselblad sensor? As far as aerial imagery is concerned, is the DJI Mavic 2 Pro a better option than the Phantom 4 Pro? If you are primarily doing aerial videography, the Mavic 2 Zoom is a great option for you. But will you enjoy more creative freedom if you buy the higher-priced Mavic 2 Enterprise? Do the additional accessories justify the higher price tag? Towards the end of the show, we also discuss if the Autel Evo is a good option to DJI drones. When you are flying non-DJI drones, you do not have to contend with DJI's geo-fencing system and no-fly zones. But, how does Autel compare to flagship DJI drones like the Phantom and Mavic in terms of specs and capabilities? We also speculate about some latest industry rumors, which if true, could mean that a new Autel Evo is just around the corner. Tune in to our latest show now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Today's question is about the best drone for posting to social media Can you use the Mavic Air for outdoor aerial photography and aerial videography? Is DJI Mavic 2 Pro the most flexible drone? Are drone pilots facing issues while downloading H265 images from DJI Mavic 2 Pro to their phones? Can you shoot in 4K 60fps with the Mavic 2 Pro? DJI Mavic 2 Pro vs Phantom 4 Pro - Can you grab better imagery with the Mavic Pro? DJI Mavic 2 Pro vs Mavic 2 Zoom - Which is a better buy? Is it worth buying the higher-priced Mavic 2 Enterprise? Is the Autel Evo a good option to the Mavic 2 Pro?

ADU 0975: How to Start a Drone Business | Marketing and Pricing Strategies

May 3, 2019 18:45

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Effective Marketing and Pricing Strategies for a Drone Business Today's question is about how to start a drone business. What marketing and pricing strategies should drone pilots adopt in the initial stages of their business? Our caller, Ian, is an ambitious 15-year old who is planning on getting his drone pilot license next year. Ian is worried that clients will not take him seriously because of his age. Should Ian under-price his services to build up his client base? What other strategies can he employ to gain traction early on in his business? To answer Ian's questions, we first talk about marketing. Marketing is core to the success of a business - and especially for a new business with zero visibility. We share how building a strategic marketing funnel can help Ian find and retain customers for his drone business. Folks like Ian who are thinking of starting a drone business (or have recently started one) will find our Drone Business Course particularly useful. Apart from marketing, we also highlight the importance of continuous learning. For a fast-evolving niche like drone technology, it is imperative to stay attuned with the latest technologies which might become mainstream in the future. Thanks for the great question, Ian. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Today's question is about how to start a drone business How to create a drone demo reel Can a website help your market your drone business? Pricing strategies for drone pilots Can building a marketing funnel help aspiring entrepreneurs like Ian? Drone U's Business course is a good starting point for aspiring entrepreneurs like Ian How can you gain traction in the initial stages of your business? Is it easy to set up an LLC for your drone business? Continuous learning is the key to finding success in business

ADU 0974: Drone Mapping | Drones in Construction, 4D BIM, Pix4D

May 3, 2019 28:42

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How Can I Segue into the Drone Mapping Business? What Are Some Client Deliverables That I Should Be Aware Of? Today's show is about using drones in construction. You will learn how to use drone mapping for creation of 4D BIM models, hyperlapses, and volumetric measurements. Our caller, Trent, after attending our Austin mapping class is thinking of starting a drone mapping business. Trent already has some clients in the construction and real estate industry for whom he is doing aerial photography and videography. Which mapping services can Trent provide to his existing clients? What are some lucrative and innovative mapping deliverables for the construction industry? 4D BIM and Hyperlapses To answer Trent's question, we first discuss how drones can be used for construction marketing. Using drones, it is possible to build 3D maps at different stages of a construction project. Capturing a fourth element, time, will allow drone pilots to create a beautiful hyperlapse - an innovative way of marketing a construction project. Of course, you will need to spruce up your video editing skills to piece together a construction hyperlapse. Drone U Members can check out the different video editing classes by going HERE. Further, we also reveal how drone technology can be leveraged to build 4D BIM models. BIM or Building Information Modeling is the future of construction. Using BIM, it is possible to facilitate greater collaboration between the numerous stakeholders in a construction project. Using drone technology and BIM, you can build accurate and lifelike 4D models. Apart from time, you can also incorporate cost (5D BIM) and functional characteristics (6D BIM) into a drone model. Volumetric Assessment Using Drones Listeners will also learn how drone technology is being used for volumetric stockpile assessment in construction. While this is slowly becoming the norm, drone pilots are still not adopting the best practices for making the most accurate stockpile calculations. You can check out our comprehensive drone mapping software guide for further information on this topic. Marketing Strategies for Growing Your Drone Business Towards the end of the show, we have Rob sharing some valuable marketing strategies that will help drone pilots grow their drone business. Drawing from his two-decades of business experience, Rob shares some creative marketing tactics which will help you stand out, even in an intensely competitive market. Traditional marketing vs. Digital marketing - which is the best option for you? Tune in to find out. Thanks for the great question, Trent. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Today's question is about how to segue into the drone mapping business Mapping deliverables that a drone pilot can ma...

BONUS: How Raptor Maps Solve Systematic Problems for Solar Farms via Drone Thermal Mapping

May 2, 2019 27:56

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Drones are efficiently and autonomously inspecting Solar farms from install to maintenance via thermal drone mapping software Raptor Maps. Our interview discusses the best drones for solar inspections and how to best utilize Raptor Maps for solar inspections. How does Raptor Maps Work? While drones provide an acquisition mechanism, Raptor Maps utilizes traditional aerial photogrammetry with radiometric thermal mapping to produce interactive maps for solar farms to inspect when problem areas. Raptor Maps will alert customers of faulty construction, faulty panels and other problems via the artificial intelligence built algorithms. How does thermal mapping ensure the most efficient solar farm possible? You want to spot problems before they exist and ensure maximum power output.  Raptor Maps provides an end-to-end solution from construction to maintenance to provide actionable data, created from aerial imagery to ensure maximum power efficiency at a solar farm.  This software provides an extreme business opportunity for drone pilots as they can assist solar farms as aerial efficiency inspectors. Check out our interview with Nikhil Vadhavkar from Raptor Maps! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Paul introduces Nikhil to listeners Nikhil shares some background information about Raptor Maps Understanding the economics of the solar farm business How can drone thermal mapping add value to your solar farm business Using thermal mapping for operations and maintenance of solar farms Why has Raptor Maps become an integral part of the solar farm business? What quantum of data has Raptor Maps analyzed in recent times? What type of data and actionable insights can drone service providers generate? Will using drone thermal mapping in solar farms result in a reduction of operating expenses? Which is the best thermal camera for solar farms? Which are the best drones and drone cameras for thermal mapping? Discussing M210 and DJI Inspire Can you use the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual for thermal mapping of solar farms? How using Raptor Maps will result in a faster workflow in the thermal mapping of solar farms Nikhil shares how Raptor Maps can help you closely monitor solar farm assets in real time What sort of deliverables can drone pilots generate using Raptor Maps? How can Raptor Maps help you find clients for your drone business? Nikhil shares his contact information

BONUS: Drone News | DJI Phantom 5, Mavic 2 Pro vs Phantom 4 Pro, Drone Deliveries, Drones for Good

May 1, 2019 31:02

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BIGGEST Drone News Story of This Week: Has DJI Killed the Iconic Phantom Series? Will We Ever See a DJI Phantom 5? And a Showdown: The Mavic 2 Pro vs. Phantom 4 Pro In our BIGGEST Drone News story this week, you will learn if DJI has KILLED their plans to launch the DJI PHANTOM 5. Has DJI permanently shut down their iconic Phantom series of drones? This news might upset a lot of dronies, who like us are huge fans of the Phantom's versatile capabilities. We also speculate if DJI plans to upgrade the Mavic series to fill the gap left by Phantom. But, is this a smart move on DJI's part? Can an upgraded Mavic 2 with a global shutter replace the Phantom 4 Pro? If you are a drone enthusiast who likes to learn about the latest industry happenings, this is a story you do not want to miss. Drone Deliveries finally take flight - Google's Wing Aviation and Zipline In our Drone News segment, the next big story is about drone deliveries. After months and months of speculation, two drone delivery companies - Google's Wing Aviation and the San-Francisco-based, Zipline are finally gaining some traction. We had reported earlier how various regulatory hurdles are preventing drone deliveries from taking flight. However, it is heartening to note that Google's Wing Aviation has become the first drone delivery company to receive FAA approval. How did Wing Aviation manage to get FAA approval for drone deliveries? While frustrating, does FAA's tentative approach bode well for the long-term good of the drone delivery industry? Zipline has been making drone deliveries in Africa since 2014. They just announced that they would be making drone deliveries of medical supplies in Ghana. Indeed, the flexible regulatory framework in Africa has allowed Zipline to scale up their drone delivery operations quite impressively. Will Zipline become the second company after Google to make drone deliveries in the United States? Drones for Good Other interesting stories in our drone news segment include using drones for monitoring air pollution and environmental conservation. Tune in for the latest and most exciting drone news! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Drones being used to monitor air quality and emission levels in Denmark How drones are used for environmental conversation in Hawaii Drone Deliveries finally take flight - Google's Wing Aviation becomes the FIRST company to receive FAA approval San Francisco-based Zipline starts making drone deliveries in Ghana The BIG Drone News Story of this week - What's up with DJI's Phantom 4 Pro? Will we ever see a DJI Phantom 5? Will DJI upgrade the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom to fill the gap left by the Phantom 4 Pro? Mavic 2 Pro vs. Phantom 4 Pro - Can you replace a Mavic 2 Pro w...

ADU 0973: 14 CFR Part 107 | How Can I Fly Commercially Without a Drone License?

Apr 29, 2019 19:25

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Can an Unlicensed Drone Pilot Fly Under the Supervision of a 14 CFR Part 107 Licensed Pilot? In today's show, we discuss IF an unlicensed drone pilot can fly under the supervision of a 14 CFR Part 107 licensed pilot. If yes, what are the dangers of doing so? Our caller, Adam, is wondering if a 14 CFR Part 107 license is necessary for commercial drone pilots. Adam's peers informed him that he could fly without a drone license, as long as a licensed pilot supervises him. Tempted at the prospect of saving his Part 107 test cost, Adam is wondering if he should take this easy way out. While Adam is permitted to fly without a drone license, Paul and Rob share why this could prove to be a disastrous decision. Will your drone insurance provider honor your claim if you are flying without a drone license? And, how do you ensure that you are buying the right drone insurance which will provide you adequate coverage? Listeners will also learn about 14 CFR Part 107 conditions for unlicensed drone pilots flying under the supervision of licensed Part 107 pilots. Thanks for the great question, Adam. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Is the Autel Evo a good option for drone pilots? Today's question is about 14 CFR Part 107 certification Can a drone insurance provider offer coverage to commercial pilots flying without a drone license? Was the insurance industry instrumental in getting the Boeing 737 MAX banned in the U.S? Can a UAV cause serious damage to people and property? Do you need a 14 CFR Part 107 certification if you are selling aerial footage? Is it difficult to get your Part 107 certification? Excerpt from 14 CFR Part 107 rules Is the supervising RPIC required to maintain a line of sight at all times? Conditions for flying under the supervision of a 14 CFR Part 107 pilot Can you get into trouble for flying under the supervision of a certified RPIC? How to purchase the right drone insurance that provides adequate coverage

ADU 0972: What Are the Drone Laws for Flying in Restricted Areas like Virginia and DC?

Apr 26, 2019 15:58

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Today we discuss drone laws in restricted areas like Virginia and DC. How can you fly in such sensitive and controlled areas? Our caller, Mo offers ground and aerial photography for real estate and construction in Northern Virginia. However, Mo is unable to take on many drone jobs because of heavy flight restrictions. Can he find a way to resolve this issue which is hampering his drone business? Mo faces an uphill task, which can, however, be resolved by a systematic approach. Paul shares detailed, step-by-step instruction for flying in restricted areas. Tune in to learn more. Thanks for the great question, Mo. Fly Safe! WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS SHOW Steps for flying in restricted areas: 1) Contact Secret Service 2) Apply for a Part 107 Waiver 3) Unlock DJI No-Fly Zone Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Learn about our current and forthcoming drone trainings Today's question is about drone laws and flying in areas with heavy flight restrictions Can drone pilots fly in Northern Virginia and around DC? Step by step instructions for getting approval in restricted areas Can you launch and grow a drone business if you living close to restricted areas like Northern Virginia and DC? Will building relationships help our caller fly more often? Whom should drone pilots contact for flying in restricted areas? Is it possible to fly a drone near the Ronald Reagan Airport?

ADU 0971: Drones for Beginners | Phantom 4, Mavic 2 Pro, Inspire 1 vs Inspire 2

Apr 26, 2019 19:13

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Can I Replace a Phantom with a DJI Inspire or Mavic 2 Pro? In today's show, we reveal some of the best drones for beginners and discuss their pros and cons in great detail. Our caller, Chris from California is a Part 107 certified pilot. Chris, who is on the verge of starting his own drone business is confused by the different drone options available in the market. Which is the best drone for beginners like Chris? Is there a versatile, all-in-one drone that will allow you to take on a wide range of drone jobs? To answer Chris's question, we first discuss the ubiquitous Phantom 4 Pro. Yes, we know that the Phantom 4 Pro is out of stock. But, Drone U listeners can still get their hands on one of the last Phantoms available in the market. Unlike the Mavic 2 Pro, the Phantom comes with a global shutter - which will allow beginners to take on drone mapping jobs too. If you are unable to buy the Phantom 4 Pro due to limited stocks, should you consider purchasing the Phantom 4 Advanced or Phantom 4 Refurbished? Apart from the Phantom and the Mavic 2 Pro, we also share the Pros & Cons for DJI Inspire and Parrot's Anafi Thermal. Thanks for the great question, Chris. Fly Safe! TOP 3 THINGS YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS SHOW: The Best Drones for Beginners Inspire 1 vs Inspire 2 - which is a better drone and why? Mavic 2 Pro vs Phantom 4 Pro - Comparison Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Frustrated by the Phantom 4 Pro's lack of availability? We have great news for you. Our friends at DJI NYC just got one of the very last shipments for Phantom 4 Pro and Phantom 4 Refurbished. Drone U listeners can buy the Phantom 4 Pro at a special discounted price by sending out an email to droneu@camrise.com. Become a Drone U Member. Access to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps With the Phantom 4 Pro out of stock, which is the best drone for beginners? Is Parrot's new Anafi thermal drone a good option for beginners? Today's question is about the best drones for beginners Should beginners focus on a niche while setting up a new drone business? Can you use all-in-one mapping application to create accurate drone maps and models? How can Drone U help you buy a DJI Phantom? Which is the best drone for beginners? Is the Mavic 2 Pro a good option for beginners like Steve? Importance of learning to fly your drone in Attitude Mode Can you use the Mavic 2 Pro for drone mapping? Is the Inspire 2 with the X4S a good drone system for beginners like Steve? Is the Phantom 4 Pro the best and most versatile drone for beginners? Inspire 1 vs Inspire 2 - Why do drone pilots still prefer the older DJI Inspire? Is the Phantom 4 Advanced a good replacement for the Phantom Pro 4 Pro? Should beginners take up drone jobs from Dronebase?

ADU 0970: LiDAR Drone for Search and Rescue

Apr 24, 2019 8:52

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Can a Lidar Drone Penetrate Snow, and Help in Search and Rescue? In today's show, we reveal whether a LiDAR drone can penetrate snow, and facilitate a successful search and rescue. Our caller, Scott from Denver has come up with a rather unique question today. Scott's question is about using a LiDAR drone in search and rescue. LiDAR or Light Detection and Ranging, unlike photogrammetry, can penetrate dense vegetation to accurately map earth's topography. However, can a LiDAR drone penetrate snow, and rescue folks buried in an avalanche? Great question, Scott. We answer Scott's question, and also reveal the radar with the deepest penetration of snow. Tune in now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Today's question is about using a LiDAR drone for search and rescue Can a LiDAR drone really penetrate snow? Is there any radar that can penetrate snow, and thus be used for search and rescue? Is ice more difficult to penetrate with radar? Which radar has the deepest penetration of snow?

BONUS: Can Drone Pilots Create Drone Maps Without Being a Surveyor?

Apr 23, 2019 28:40

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In today's show, we discuss whether current drone laws permit pilots to take up land surveying jobs. This question comes in all time; how can drone pilots create aerial maps without being a surveyor? Walter Lappert has been flying drones for a long time, and he has also been involved with many high-level photogrammetry projects over the years. Last year, the North Carolina Board of Surveyors decided to go after Walt's drone mapping business. After months of back and forth infighting, the board of surveyors dropped the investigation and noted their lack of authority to create legal determinations for drone mapping. Find out in this episode how Walt defended himself against the board of surveyors and won. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Paul welcomes Walt to the show Walt shares his background information Learn how Walt partnered with a land surveying firm to win a contract from the county GIS department Why did Walt win the contract in spite of being pitted against traditional land surveying companies? As a drone services company, do you HAVE to partner with a licensed surveyor? How did traditional land surveying companies react to Walt winning the contract? Was the North Carolina Board of Engineers and Surveyors supportive of Walt? Was Walt intimidated by Surveying Board's letter? Paul reads out Walt's response to the North Carolina Surveying Board Do you need a licensed surveyor to sign off on your drone surveying data? Walt shares how he conducted a presentation for the Surveying Board to demonstrate the accuracy of drone surveying How did the North Carolina Surveying Board and other traditional surveying companies react to Walt's presentation? Paul shares details of the Surveying Board's decision letter? Does the surveying board have the right to restrict the use of drones in land surveying? Do drone laws in North Carolina really prevent you from stitching imagery? Is the land surveying and engineering industry on the verge of technological disruption?

BONUS: Drone News – Mavic 2 Firmware Update, Notre Dame Cathedral Fire, XDynamics Evolve, Drones for Good

Apr 19, 2019 19:40

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In this week's drone news, we first discuss the devastating fire that ravaged the beautiful 850-year old Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. According to reports, DJI drones were used to help firefighters in their efforts. Drone images were able to capture the extensive damage caused to the cathedral's roof and help direct firefighters to the most significant threat. In our next big story, we share details about the recently released Mavic 2 firmware update. Why is DJI coming up with regular enhancements for the Mavic 2? Does this mean that DJI is phasing out its Phantom series? With the Phantom 4 Pro out of stock, and the DJI Phantom 5 not likely to be launched any time soon, this certainly leaves a gap in the market for another manufacturer. XDynamics Evolve is an interesting drone that is looking to gain a foothold in the market. But, do the build and specs justify the $2,500 price tag? We wrap up this show by sharing how the Sherrif's office in Collier County, Florida used not one, not two, but SIX drones to rescue a 77-year old man. Tune in now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Paul welcomes Haye to the show FAA's 2019 NPRM elicits an excellent response from the drone community DJI releases new Mavic 2 firmware update Drones help fire fighters at the Notre Dame Paris cathedral XDynamics Evolve launched with a $2,500 price tag; is it worth buying this drone? Six DJI drones used to rescue a 77-year old man in Florida  

ADU 0969: Where Can I Fly My Drone? Should I Rely on Drone Apps for Checking Airspace?

Apr 18, 2019

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In today's show, we share how you can ACCURATELY check airspace. Can you rely on apps like Skyvector and Kittyhawk for checking airspace? Our caller, Dave from Michigan, is confused, and we don't blame him. He is attempting to figure out if he can fly his drone near the South Haven Airport in Michigan. Dave referred to multiple drone apps like Kittyhawk, Airmap, and even UAV Forecast - and each app depicted airspace differently. What should Dave do now? To answer Dave's question, we first discuss if drone apps are reliable sources for checking airspace. Are some drone apps more reliable than others? We reveal why it is essential to refer to the original source of information. You will also learn the importance of learning HOW to read airspace. At Drone U, we have CFI Ted Wilson teaching the nuances of airspace in his own unique and extremely useful way. Join us on Friday, May 24th in Reston, VA and take the next big leap in your piloting skills with our Flight Mastery class. Register now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Register for our Flight Mastery class in Reston, VA. Limited seats are available! Today's question is about determining where you can fly your drone Can you rely on drone apps for checking airspace? How can Drone U help you understand and read airspace? Our awesome Comprehensive Mapping course is up on the site. Check it now! Can Part 107 pilots fly near the South Haven Airport in Michigan? What about hobby pilots? Recommended drone apps for checking airspace Which website should you refer to for checking the weather? Paul sums up today's show  

BONUS: Drone News This Week – Parrot Anafi Thermal, FAA’s 2019 NPRM, Shotgun Russian Drone, Hobby Pilot Flouts TFR, Drone Deliveries by Google, Drones for Public Safety

Apr 16, 2019 23:00

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We start this week's drone news by announcing the LAUNCH of the new Parrot Anafi Thermal. Priced far lower than DJI's Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, the Parrot Anafi Thermal comes with Sony and FLIR sensors. How does the Parrot Anafi Thermal compare to the Mavic 2 Dual in terms of build and specifications? Is the Parrot Anafi Thermal a good option for drone pilots and public safety officials? Next, we urge listeners to comment on FAA's 2019 NPRM that might make it possible to conduct nights ops and flight over people without a waiver. April 15th is the last day for sending in your comments. So, click HERE to be a part of the decision-making process. Our next big story is about a hobby pilot, a 14-year old, flouting an existing TFR to fly his Phantom over a baseball stadium in Boston. Will the FAA enforce any action against this boy? And, how was this boy able to bypass DJI's geo-fencing system? Next, we share how Google has been successful in making drone deliveries in Australia. According to industry speculations, drone deliveries in the US are finally set to take flight. So, who will be the first off the starting block? Google or Amazon? Other topics discussed include a drone equipped with a shotgun in Russia and drones for public safety. Tune in for some excellent insights! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events

ADU 0968: As a Part 107 Pilot, Can I Use FAA’s Logo to Market My Drone Business?

Apr 10, 2019 13:16

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In today's show, we reveal if a Part 107 pilot can use the FAA's logo for marketing his/her drone business. Our caller, Glen is an FAA-certified, Part 107 pilot. Marketing his FAA certification will surely help Glen get more business. But, does the law permit Glen to use FAA's logo on his website and other marketing material? We answered Glen's question in great detail and lay out the various Do's and Dont's for Part 107 pilots. This show shall be particularly interesting for drone pilots who are looking for marketing tips to give their business more visibility. Thanks for the great question, Glen. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. 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. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Learn about awesome sponsor, GPC cases What is Paul's favorite drone? Today's question is about using FAA's logo to market your drone business Are Part 107 pilots allowed to use FAA's logo? Can a Part 107 pilot get in trouble with FSDO for using FAA's logo? Should you share your Part 107 certification number on your website? Legally, can a drone pilot state that he/she is "FAA-certified"? How can you verify the certification of a Part 107 pilot? Reasons why it is better to buy an annual drone insurance policy Share, Review, and Subscribe. Your encouragement keeps us going!

ADU 0967: Freefly ALTA 8 Pro or DJI – Which Is Better Option for Drone Mapping?

Apr 8, 2019 14:07

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Today's question is about the Freefly ALTA 8 Pro. Should you choose the Freefly ALTA 8 over DJI for drone mapping? Our caller, Ken from NJ has come up with a great question once again. Ken is curious if the Freefly ALTA 8 is suitable for drone mapping. Is it true that you can fly waypoint missions with the Freefly ALTA? And, should professional drone mappers consider buying this expensive drone over proven DJI products like the Inspire 2 and Matrice 600? We answer Ken's questions by discussing the pros & cons of the Freefly ALTA 8 in great detail. We also speculate about the current uncertainty that has enveloped the drone manufacturing industry. With DJI halting production for the Phantom 4, are other drone manufacturers lining up to fill this void? Is DJI waiting for an opportune time to launch the Phantom 5? Tune in to for some of the latest and most exciting industry news. Thanks for the great question, Ken. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it for $1. Propellor Aeropoints makes high-precision and easy-to-use "Smart Ground Control Points" that are the industry standard in drone mapping. Click HERE to learn how Propeller Aeropoints can help you improve worksite efficiency and management. 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Learn about our cool sponsor, Propellor Aeropoints Paul shares some interesting details about our upcoming Accident Reconstruction Training Today's question is about using the Freefly ALTA 8 Pro for drone mapping Can you fly waypoint missions with the Freefly ALTA 8? Does the previous ALTA fly better than the newer one? Inspire 1 vs. Inspire 2 - which drone offers a better flying experience? Why has DJI halted Phantom 4 Pro production? Is Freefly ALTA the best drone for on-set productions?

BONUS: Drone News This Week – Drone Incidents in the UK and New-Zealand, NAB 2019, Drone Deliveries by UPS and Matternet, Drone Hits NYPD Police Officer, Tello Iron Man

Apr 6, 2019 20:14

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In this week's drone news, we discuss some of the most exciting and exciting drone developments from across the globe. Our first big story is about a safety report citing the massive increase in drone incidents across the UK. According to this report, 125 dangerously close encounters were reported in 2018 - a massive spike over 2017. Is that data alarming? We recall the "alleged" sightings in Gatwick, Heathrow, and Newark to discuss how there is a tendency to make drones the scapegoats without any real evidence. Our second story in this week's drone news is on similar lines. Rod Vaughan, a New-Zealand based pilot had implied last year that a drone was responsible for his airplane crash. After an extensive investigation, the Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand has debunked Vaughan's theory. So, what was the real reason behind this plane crash? Our next story is about NAB 2019. Prominent drone manufacturers will NOT be participating at NAB 2019. So, who is missing out? And, will another drone manufacturer step in to grab the limelight? Next, we discuss how UPS and Matternet have commenced drone deliveries in North Carolina. With various regulatory hurdles yet to be cleared, this is certainly an encouraging development for the drone industry. Other topics discussed include a drone hitting an NYPD police officer and DJI's Tello Iron Man. Tune in to our weekly drone news for some excellent insights! Click HERE to comment on FAA's NPRM for flight over people. Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Paul welcomes Haye to the drone news show UK Safety report cites a sharp rise in UAS incidents; is there any cause for alarm? What was the cause behind Vaughan's airplane last year's crash in New-Zealand? Will we see some exciting drone news at NAB 2019? UPS and Matternet making drone deliveries in North Carolina Please comment on FAA's NPRM for flight over people Illegal drone operator crashes into NYPD police officer DJI launches Tello Iron Man

ADU 0966: PC or Mac – Which Is the Better Option for Video Editing and Drone Mapping?

Apr 2, 2019 12:32

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In today's show, we compare the Pros & Cons of using a PC over Mac. Which is the right choice for video editing and drone mapping? Our caller, Rob from Louisiana is a Mac user. As a drone pilot, Rob is wondering if he is better off using a PC instead. Your choice of hardware depends mainly on the type of drone jobs you are planning on taking up. And a good computer set up is crucial if you wish to make money in video editing or drone mapping. Is Mac a better choice for video editing and other media applications? But, what if you are planning on taking up drone mapping jobs as well? Should you invest in a PC AND Mac? Tune in for a comprehensive answer to this question provided by the ADU team. Thanks for the great question, Rob. Fly safe! Click HERE to learn more about Recommended systems for drone mapping. Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Today's question - should drone pilots use PC or Mac? Is your choice of hardware dependent on your application? Reasons why you should choose PC over MAC for drone mapping Recommended hardware for running Pix4D Which is the fastest computer for processing drone mapping data? Should you use PC for video editing and other media applications? Are there any significant issues with the new Mac Book Pro? Can you increase RAM on your new Mac Book Pro? Is a Mac better for media organization and archiving? How can you calibrate your screens if you are using PC AND Mac? Paul sums up today's show Which Mac should you buy? Should you get a SSD with a Mac? Share, Review and Subscribe the show. Your encouragement keeps us going!

ADU 0965: I Can’t Unlock My DJI Drone. What Should I Do?

Apr 1, 2019 14:49

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In today's show, we share how you can unlock a DJI drone. Alternatively, we also discuss if you should consider switching to a non-DJI drone like the Autel Evo to circumvent this issue. Our caller is frustrated since he is unable to unlock his DJI drone. As you may now, DJI updated their geofencing to Geo V2.0 which places greater restrictions on drone pilots. Now, drone pilots who have upgraded to Geo V2.0 on their DJI drones need LAANC & DJI approval to fly near an airport. Understandably, some drone pilots are not happy with this. We discuss if you should consider switching to a non-DJI drone to avoid this issue. We recommend the Autel Evo to our caller. An ability to fly without internet connectivity, excellent camera, and affordable pricing (starting at $999) makes the Autel Evo a worthy substitute. Tune in hear more. Thanks for the great question. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events/ Timestamps Today's question is about unlocking a DJI drone Is this issue common among DJI users? Paul shares some interesting details about the Autel Evo Can switching to a non-DJI help you with this issue? Can you fly an Autel Evo without internet connectivity? How does the camera on the Autel Evo compare to DJI? Does the Autel Evo fly similar to DJI? Can a drone pilot override geo-fencing? How much does the Autel Evo cost?  

BONUS: Drone News – DJI Terra, New FAA Protocols, Agricultural Drones, Drone Deliveries and More by Ask Drone U

Mar 30, 2019 26:54

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In this week's drone news, our first big story is about DJI Terra, a new mapping application that might prove to be a serious contender to existing market players like Pix4D and especially DroneDeploy. This new, desktop-based mapping application by DJI allows drone pilots to create 2D and 3D models. Does, DJI Terra work with all DJI drones? And, how does DJI Terra compare to Pix4D in terms of pricing and capabilities? Our next story is about FAA introducing new protocols for drone pilots. Will these new protocols place greater restrictions on drone pilots? And, will we see more FAA enforcement against illegal drone pilots? You will also learn about the rising popularity of agricultural drones, especially in the continent of Asia. What are the benefits of using drones for crop spraying? Do current drone laws permit the use of agricultural drones in the United States? Other topics discussed include drone deliveries and drones being used in emergencies. Tune in now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Paul welcomes Haye to the show Will DJI Terra disrupt the mapping application market? FAA introduces new protocols for FSDO; will these new protocols result in more enforcements against illegal drone pilots? Drone rescues seven swimmers in Laulau Bay DJI focusing on agricultural drones for crop spraying Why is Asia at the forefront of drone technology?

ADU 0964: Inspire 1 vs. Mavic 2 Dual – Which Is the Better Drone for Roof Inspections?

Mar 28, 2019 15:52

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In today's show, we discuss if it is worthwhile to spend thousands of dollars to add the Mavic 2 to your arsenal if you already have an Inspire 1 or similar drone. Is the Mavic 2 a more practical option for roof inspections? Our caller, Rick already owns an Inspire 1. He is wondering if it is necessary to buy an expensive camera like the Zenmuse XT for roof inspections. Is the Mavic 2 with its small camera sensor adequate for inspection jobs? We discuss the pros & cons of each drone system to suggest the best option for Rick. Thanks for the great question! Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Learn about our forthcoming Accident Reconstruction Training at the NTSB Academy Today's question is about the best drone for roof inspections How much will the DJI Zenmuse XT camera cost you? Is the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual a more practical alternative? Do you need to fly closer because of the small camera sensor on the Mavic 2? Benefits of using the Mavic 2 Dual Can you fly an EO and thermal camera on the Inspire 1? Business-wise, which drone system is a better option?

ADU 0963: What Is the Best Portable Charging Solution for Phantom 4 Pro and Matrice 600?

Mar 26, 2019 16:23

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In today's show, we discuss the best portable charging solution for Phantom 4 Pro AND the Matrice 600. We share different charging options, consider their capabilities, and compare prices. Our caller, a construction management professional from Maryland, is looking for a portable charging solution to ensure seamless operation. Whether you are a Part 107 pilot or a hobbyist, you are going to need backup batteries, and a way to charge them when your drone is up in the air. And, to charge a large enterprise drone like the Matric 600, you will need a powerful charging solution. We compare the pros and cons of products offered by the likes of Colorado Drone Chargers, Energen, Jackery, and DJI to reveal the best option for our caller. Thanks for the great question. Fly safe! If you’re looking for a drone charger, head over to the Colorado Drone Chargers website and use the promo code DRONEU8 to receive a discount on your purchase! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. Become a Drone U Member. Access to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. 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 to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events

ADU 0962: How Do I Get Airspace Authorization for a Contract Towered Airport That Is Not LAANC Approved?

Mar 25, 2019 14:15

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In today's show, we share how you can get airspace authorization for a contract towered airport. Does the authorization process for a contract towered airport differ from that of an FAA towered one? Our caller, John, is in a fix. John needs to fly near a small regional airport that is contract towered. He already applied for a WAAS authorization through the FAADroneZone. But when he called up the tower operator, he was informed that operators of contract towers do not have the authority to grant airspace authorization. Is there any truth to this claim? You will learn that tower operators indeed have the ultimate authority to grant airspace authorizations So, what do you do when tower operators feign ignorance and lie to your face? We reveal some effective ways of communicating with such tower operators. We also speculate if the implementation of Remote ID will negate the need for airspace authorization altogether. Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Today's question is about getting airspace authorization Does the ATC have the authority to grant airspace authorization for contract towers? Tips for communicating with tower operators who are not willing to grant airspace authorization Will implementation of Remote ID eliminate the need for getting an airspace authorization? Do drones really pose any risk to manned aircraft?

BONUS: Drone News – Remote ID Postponed, GPS 2019 Week Rollover, Drone Fighting Competition, Operation Zenith in the UK, New DJI Camera, Flight Simulator and More by Ask Drone U

Mar 23, 2019 19:53

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In this week's first story, we share that implementation of Remote ID has been delayed by three months. Those that regularly listen to our show might be aware that a short while back, FAA had come out with an NPRM (Notice of Proposed Rulemaking) that might impact night operations and flying over people in a big way. However, to turn this proposal into reality, implementation of Remote ID is the first regulatory hurdle that needs to be cleared. Our next story is about GPS 2019 Week Rollover on April 6th. On April 6th, dates in all GPS systems will be reset to zero. Could this affect your DJI drone? What precautions can you take to counter any possible impact from GPS 2019 Week Rollover? Next, we reveal some fun details about last week's DroneClash held in the Netherlands. Organized by the Dutch Ministry of Defense, DroneClash is a futuristic contest in which drones are allowed to use ANY means for intense competition. Next, you will learn about DJI testing their Aeroscope system at Manchester Airport in the UK. "Operation Zenith" explores the possibility of integrating unmanned and manned aircraft. Is the deployment of a similar process possible in the United States? In our next story, we speculate if DJI is coming out with a new gimbal-stabilized camera at NAB 2019. This uniquely designed camera features four zoom and four prime lenses. We wrap up up this show by sharing some exciting details about DJI's new flight simulator software. Tune in now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of "Livin’ the Drone Life" - //amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide - //amzn.to/2omQatT Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – https://amzn.to/2omQatT//amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Paul welcomes Haye to the show Remote ID rulemaking postponed by 3 months Will DJI drones be affected by GPS 2019 Week Rollover on April 6th? DroneClash: The drone fighting competition held in the Netherlands Operation Zenith: DJI tests Aeroscope at the Manchester Airport New DJI gimbal-stabilized DJI camera with four zoom and four prime lenses to be launched at NAB 2019? DJI releases new flight simulator software  

ADU 0961: How Does Maps Made Easy Compare to Pix4D?

Mar 21, 2019 26:01

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In today's show, we reveal the pros & cons of different drone mapping software. Specifically, we compare Pix4D, Maps Made Easy, and Drone Deploy. We have talked about Pix4D many times in our previous shows. John, our caller for today, is wondering if Maps Made Easy is a good option compared to Pix4D. To answer John's question, we first breakdown drone mapping software into three main categories: 1) Acquisition 2) Processing 3) All-in-one. Can you use Maps Made Easy for data acquisition AND data processing? And, what are some unique benefits of using Maps Made Easy? You will also learn WHY you should avoid using an all-in-one mapping software like DroneDeploy. We also reveal the advantages of using Pix4D for processing your mapping data. Learn how you can build better looking and more accurate drone maps and models using Pix4D. Towards the end, we speculate how drone mapping software will evolve in the future. Thanks for the great question, John. Fly safe! Check out Drone U's Comprehensive Guide to Drone Mapping, Acquisition & Processing Software. Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events Timestamps Today's question is about the pros & cons of different drone mapping software Is Maps Made Easy suitable for data acquisition and data processing? Understanding the difference between acquisition and processing software What are the limitations of using an all-in-one application like DroneDeploy? Paul explains drone mapping workflow Can you build better looking and more accurate models using Pix4D? How to accurately mark GCP's in Pix4D What is one unique benefit of using Maps Made Easy? How will drone mapping software evolve in the future?

ADU 0960: How Can I Convince My Employer to Hire a Part 107 Licensed Pilot?

Mar 21, 2019 20:34

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In today's show, we reveal the dangers of hiring unlicensed drone operators without a Part 107 license. Our caller, a Part 107 certified pilot is facing a rather unique predicament. His employer, a roofing company is using an unlicensed pilot for some inspection work. How can our caller convince his employer to hire him, a Part 107 pilot instead? Our caller should first try and educate his client about the risks of hiring non-Part 107 pilots. Anyone flying without a Part 107 license is risking hefty fines and huge liabilities in case of an accident. But, what can our caller do if his employer still refuses to hire a federally authorized drone pilot like him? Should he inform the FSDO? Tune in to find out. Thanks for the great question. Fly Safe! 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. Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events  

ADU 0959: Can You Remove Inaccuracies by Using Drones in an ALTA Survey?

Mar 19, 2019 16:56

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In today's show, we share the benefits of incorporating drone technology in an ALTA survey. Our caller, Randy, has a question about ALTA surveys. Randy is wondering whether a significant proportion of ALTA surveys are incorrect. And if so, what is the margin of error? While it is not possible to define the margin of error, we share how human inaccuracies in traditional surveying results in poor quality data. How can you expect to get accurate survey data when surveyor associates (without surveying licenses) are the ones making measurements? Other factors such as the use of wooden markers, manually jotting down survey measurements, and hand-drawn survey drawings further contribute to data inaccuracy. In contrast, when you opt for a drone survey, you introduce many layers of efficiencies while significantly paring down human intervention. You will learn how a more accurate, faster, and cheaper option can create a win-win for you (the drone pilot) and your client. Thanks for the great question, Randy. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events  

ADU 0958: Are Part 107 Rules Applicable to Law Enforcement Officers?

Mar 18, 2019 14:54

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In today's show, we reveal if Part 107 rules and regulations apply to public safety officers. Our caller, William, is wondering if public safety officers are subject to the same rules and regulations as other drone pilots. Do public safety officers need to procure Part 107 waivers for flying at night or flying over people? To answer William's question, we first discuss the TWO ways public safety officers can set flight: by getting a Part 107 license or a COA. But, is getting a Part 107 easier than getting a COA? Are there any particular benefits to getting a COA? Does a COA allow a public safety officer to fly in an emergency? All of these questions will be answered in today's episode. You will learn how the FAA is helping public safety officers set up their own drone programs. We also share why the Mavic 2 Enterprise is the ideal drone for first responders. This episode should be useful for public safety officers and drone pilots interested in (or currently) flying in the public safety sphere. Thanks for the great question, William. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events/ Timestamps Learn about our awesome sponsor, GoProfessional Cases Today's question is about drone regulations that apply to law enforcement officers Does a law enforcement officer need a Part 107 license? Do law enforcement officers need to follow Part 107 rules for flying at night? Some reasons why the Mavic 2 Enterprise is ideal for first responders Can Part 107 rules be waived for public safety officers in emergencies? How can the FAA help public safety officers set up their drone program? What is the first step for law enforcement agencies who wish to set up their drone program? Which is the right COA for a public agency? What is a Blanket Area COA? Part 107 vs. Blanket COA - which is the better option? What are the benefits of a jurisdictional COA and emergency COA? Are there any additional laws that police officers need to follow?  

BONUS: Drone News – DJI Halts Phantom 4 Production, US-1 by Impossible Aerospace, Drones for Herding Sheep and Spotting Koalas, Free Solo Movie and More by Ask Drone U

Mar 15, 2019 19:45

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In this week's drone news, our first big story is about the Phantom 4 Pro. DJI has officially stated that the Phantom 4 Pro is out of production. Why has DJI halted production of their most popular drone? Could it be their recent scandal involving corporate fraud? Or, is DJI gearing up for the Phantom 5 launch? In our next story, we discuss a unique drone, the US-1 by Impossible Aerospace. A large battery and some clever engineering allow this drone to stay up in the air for up to 2 hours. Priced at $7,000, will this innovative product find acceptance in the drone market? Next, we share how a drone pilot in Georgia was electrocuted while attempting to retrieve his drone from a tree and the safety precautions necessary to avoid that from happening to you. Our last story is about the Oscar-winning documentary, Free Solo. According to speculations, a drone might have been used to film scenes inside the Yosemite National Park. As you may recall, drones are not allowed inside National Parks unless you take off and land from OUTSIDE the National Park. So, did the film crew indeed flout regulations by flying inside a National Park? Other stories include drones for herding sheep and spotting koalas in Australia. Tune in now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events/ Timestamps Phantom 4 Pro is officially out of production US-1, a drone by Impossible Aerospace, can fly for up to 2 hours Herding sheep with the Mavic 2 Enterprise Drone pilot in Georgia electrocuted when trying to retrieve his drone Drone with thermal cameras used to spot koalas in Australia Was a drone used in Free Solo for capturing some El Capitan scenes?

ADU 0957: As a Professional Drone Mapper, How Do I Differentiate Myself from the Competition?

Mar 14, 2019 24:19

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In today's show, we discuss different strategies that skilled and experienced drone mappers can employ to make their business stand out from the competition. Our caller, Glen, is a professional drone mapper with extensive experience and deep technical knowledge. Glen is livid that inexperienced drone pilots are taking on complex mapping jobs that they are not equipped to do. How can Glen advertise his skills and convince the client to hire him instead? An effective way of addressing Glen's problem is through educating the client. Often clients are unaware of the complexities of drone mapping. You will learn how visual and verbal communication can help the client realize that creating accurate maps is not possible without survey-grade equipment and the right mapping workflow. Paul reveals the various topics of discussion that will help showcase your mapping knowledge to your potential clients. Topics discussed include correctly setting GCP's, eliminating mean projection error, removing the ellipsoid error, operating mapping software, and much more. Thanks for the great question, Glen. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events/ Timestamps Today we discuss how professional mappers can differentiate themselves in a crowded marketplace Can novice pilots with poor technical knowledge find success within the mapping industry? Should professional mappers educate clients who are not aware about the various complexities of drone mapping? How to mark your GCP's when you do not have any reference images Three ways of educating prospective clients How to make a marketing video that best showcases your mapping skills and addresses your target audience Importance of adhering to a proper workflow for generating accurate drone maps Tips & Tricks for accurately marking GCP's Can you generate an accurate drone map by using an all-in-one application like DroneDeploy? Importance of getting a thorough education before making your foray into drone mapping Some more tips for accurately marking GCP's What are some benefits of using the Drone U landing pad?

ADU 0956: How Can I Use Drones for Golf Course Marketing?

Mar 14, 2019 28:31

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In today's show, we discuss how you can use drones for golf course marketing. Our caller sees a massive opportunity in doing flyovers for golf courses.  Most of the golf courses in his city are using shoddy marketing footage prepped by novice drone pilots. How can our caller best showcase his creative flying skills to convince the golf course to hire him instead? To answer the caller's question, we first discuss how our caller can provide better value to golf courses. You will learn which deliverables will adequately highlight the beauty of a golf course. We also share how providing the right deliverable can help golfers better navigate the course. Next, we discuss the ART of selling. What are some steps that you can take that will convince the golf course to hire you? You may have heard that sales is a numbers game, but what does that mean for you and your business? We also discuss some effective negotiation tactics guaranteed to give you the competitive edge. Thanks for the great question. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events/ Timestamps Today's question is about using drones for golf course marketing What is the best way to showcase your drone footage to golf courses? Tips & Tricks for showcasing the beauty of a golf course Can your drone footage help golfers navigate the course? Understanding your target audience is crucial for effective marketing Will a poorly made marketing video by a novice drone pilot do more harm than good? How to master the ART of selling Are you majorly underselling yourself? How to overcome your fear of selling and rejection Why starting with "no" is an effective negotiation tool

ADU 0955: DJI Osmo vs. Ronin-S – Which is the Best Option for Shooting Real Estate Interiors?

Mar 11, 2019 11:03

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In today's show, we discuss the best option for shooting real estate interiors. Does the Ronin-S have a clear edge over the Osmo when it comes to shooting interior footage? Our caller has been shooting real estate, events, and weddings for nearly twenty years now. He is wondering if Paul still uses the DJI Osmo for shooting real estate interiors. Paul reveals that he has switched over to the Ronin-S, and states his reasons for doing so. You will learn why the Ronin-S is excellent for shooting real estate interiors, especially if you already own a high-end DSLR. But, does that mean that the Osmo is no longer a viable option for professionals? We discuss the importance of carefully evaluating client requirements BEFORE purchasing equipment. Towards the end, Paul also shares some great tips for setting up a Ronin-S. Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. 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. Become a Drone U Member. Access to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events/ Timestamps A Special Thanks to our sponsor, Go Professional Cases Today's question is about shooting real estate interiors Is the Osmo still a good option for shooting real estate interiors? Ronin-S vs. DJI Osmo - which is the better option for shooting real estate interiors? Tips and Tricks for setting up your Ronin-S

ADU 0954: What Is the Most Practical and Cost-Effective Workflow for Survey-Grade Drone Mapping?

Mar 9, 2019 18:01

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In today's show, we reveal the most cost-effective workflow for drone mapping. You will also learn the pros & cons of different drones in terms of their mapping ability. Our caller wishes to generate survey-grade maps and models WITHOUT spending thousands of dollars after high-grade drone equipment. With the GPS technology necessary to complete these types of jobs being prohibitively expensive, this is undoubtedly a difficult task. But not an impossible one. To answer this question, we share different GPS systems and their capabilities. Do you need a GPS system that can connect to a network? Is Reach RS by Emlid a practical solution for drone mappers? What about high-end GPS systems by Leica and Trimble? You will learn how you can limit your capital expenditure by renting high-grade GPS systems. In fact, Drone U members shall be able to rent Leica GPS systems at highly affordable rates in the near future! We also discuss the pros and cons of using Aeropoints in drone mapping. While this may be a cost-effective option, will drone mappers find it challenging to get a surveyor to sign off on their maps? Towards the end, Paul recommends an alternative mapping workflow that will result in greater reliability. Thanks for the great question. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.thedroneu.com/droneu-events/ Timestamps Today's question is about the most cost-effective workflow in drone mapping Do you need a GPS with network connectivity? How GCP's can help eliminate vertical inaccuracies What accuracies should you achieve in survey-grade photogrammetry? Is Reach RS by Emlid a practical solution for drone mappers? Can you reliably and accurately make network corrections with the Phantom 4 RTK? Are Leica and Trimble GPS systems easy and intuitive to work with? Do you need a cellular AND corrections network for RTK GPS? Drone U members will be able to rent Leica GPS systems at affordable rates. Is Aeropoints a feasible solution for drone mapping? Will a surveyor sign off on your maps if you are using Aeropoints? Can do away with GCP's entirely if you are using Aeropoints? Do you need a corrections network if you are using Phantom 4 Pro and Aeropoints? How long does it take Aeropoints to post-process mapping data? Paul reveals how you can create greater reliability in your mapping workflow Paul sums up today's show

ADU 0953: How to Select the Best Hardware and Software for Drone Mapping and Inspections

Mar 7, 2019 23:18

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In today's show, we discuss the hardware and software options for drone mapping and inspections. Our caller, Donahue, is calling from outside the United States. Donahue is interested in taking up cell tower mapping jobs with his new Inspire 2 Pro. He also wishes to provide his drone services to the construction and surveying industry. Is the Inspire 2 Pro the right drone for Donahue? And, which is the best mapping application given his rather unique requirements? To answer this question, we first break down mapping applications into three major categories - data acquisition, data processing, and all-in-one solutions. Should you acquire and process data using an all-in-one solution like DroneDeploy? You will learn why you are better off using applications like Pix4D, MapsMadeEasy, or GSPro. We also debate if it is more cost-effective to execute mapping jobs using a consumer drone like the Phantom 4 Pro. For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show. Thanks for the great question, Donahue. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classesEO Timestamps Today's question is about the best hardware and software for drone mapping and inspection Is there an application specifically for cell tower mapping? What is the main advantage of using DJI Ground Station Pro for cell tower mapping? Paul breaks down mapping applications into three MAJOR categories Should you use an all-in-one mapping application like DroneDeploy? Main considerations for choosing a mapping application for data processing Should you use the Inspire 2 for mapping and inspections? Which drone camera should you pair with the Inspire 2? Are drone users preferring consumer drones over enterprise drones? Good training and education is crucial for executing complex mapping jobs Paul shares some interesting details about our new Comprehensive Mapping Class Do you need a CrystalSky monitor to run DJI Ground Station Pro? What is the main benefit of using MapsMadeEasy? Which is the best application for processing mapping data? What are some main disadvantages of using a cloud-based application like DroneDeploy?

BONUS: Kittyhawk Launches Dynamic Airspace – A Comprehensive Solution That Gives Drone Pilots Greater Control Over Airspace

Mar 6, 2019 21:21

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In today's very special show, we are joined by John and Josh from Kittyhawk to discuss their new Dynamic Airspace Platform, a comprehensive all-in-one solution for enterprise users. You will also learn about Kittyhawk's plans to rehaul FAA's B4UFLY app. Kittyhawk's Dynamic Airspace Platform is an enterprise compliance and planning solution that distills airspace complexity to an easy to use format. Features such as color-coded maps, mobile access for LAANC, and a customizable experience will allow pilots greater control over airspace. But, can you view the status of airspace authorization on this new platform? And, will you be able to determine non-LAANC airports? You will also learn how this new platform will greatly benefit enterprise users with complex needs. Next, we reveal Kittyhawk's plans to redevelop the B4UFLY App. Aimed at hobbyist pilots, the B4UFLY App tells you where you can fly. Will we see some significant modifications to this app? Tune in to find out. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classesEO Timestamps Paul welcomes John and Josh from KittyHawk to the show Kittyhawk launches the new Dynamic Airspace platform Has KitthyHawk partnering with another company for this new airspace platform? Can you customize this new platform to your needs? Color coded airspace ensures ease of use Can you ascertain the status of your airspace authorization on this new platform? Can you determine non-LAANC airports on this new platform? How will Kittyhawk's new platform benefit safety officers with multiple COA's? Kittyhawk to rehaul FAA's B4UFLY App What plans does KittyHawk have the B4UFLY App? Can you fly a DJI drone and keep track of your flights using this new platform? Things to consider when setting up your in-house drone operation What sort of automated tools will be added to Kittyhawk? Learn how an energy company in Texas is using Kittyhawk to manage their drone fleet What kind of information can enterprise users garnish from the Kitthyhawk platform? Hobbyist pilots to use LAANC?

ADU 0952: Can I Fly Under the Same Part 107 Daylight Waiver If I Start Working at a Different Company?

Mar 5, 2019 6:59

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Today's question is about Part 107 daylight waivers to fly at night. Our caller, Devin, is changing jobs. At his previous organization, he was listed as the RP on the Part 107 daylight waiver for flying at night. However, the waiver also listed the name of his previous organization. When Devin starts working for his new employer, can he fly under this same waiver? Can he get into trouble with the waiver office for doing so? Tune in and hear us recommend a suitable course of action for Devin. Thanks for the great question. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 to over 30 courses, great resources, and our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classesEO Timestamps Today's question is about Part 107 daylight waivers Can Devin use the same daylight waiver even after changing jobs? Should Devin inform the waiver office that he is switching jobs?

ADU 0951: Do I Need a Formal Degree to Become a Drone Pilot?

Mar 4, 2019 25:48

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In today's show, we discuss if formal education is necessary for becoming a successful drone pilot. Our caller, Josh from New York is thinking of getting a formal degree in drone technology. Should Josh go ahead and invest thousands of dollars in formal education? Does a four-year degree matter when you enter the marketplace? This question creates an interesting standoff between Paul and Rob. While Paul places more importance on real-world experience, Rob feels that getting a formal education is a must. Do universities teach you the latest and most relevant content? Can getting a four-year degree help you overcome the professional challenges that you will face as a drone pilot? Tune in to find out if Rob and Paul can arrive at a consensus. Thanks for the great question, Josh. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classesEO Timestamps Today's question is about getting a formal UAS degree Do universities offer the latest and most relevant content? Should you go to college for the networking opportunity? Best university for studying UAS technology How is Drone U helping out other universities? A Harvard research explores how a drone-based VOC sampling system can be used to gain atmospheric insights Can a four-year degree in UAS technology help you in the marketplace? Are real-world skills more important than formal education? Will you have a job that is related to your major? Is there an absolute answer to this debate? Is it really worthwhile spending thousands of dollars after student loans? Paul and Rob sum up today's show

BONUS: Drone News – Hobbyist Pilots to Use LAANC, Kittyhawk B4UFLY App, Drone Shoot Down, DJI Geofencing in Asia-Pacific, Oil Spill in Canada, NYC Drone Film Festival, SAR in Fremont and More by Ask Drone U

Mar 2, 2019 20:06

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In this week's drone news, our first big story is about a new FAA law which mandates that hobbyist pilots use LAANC as well. Until now, there have been many hobby pilots who have not been notifying the ATC before flying in controlled airspace. So, is this new law a step in the right direction? Also, we discuss the timely launch of Kittyhawk's Dynamic Airspace platform and the B4UFLY app which will allow commercial AND hobbyist pilots to use LAANC. Next, we share details of another drone shoot down story. A pilot searching for a missing dog in Long Island had his drone shot down. Will the shooter face a federal investigation? Is the DOJ adopting a tough stance to prevent such acts from occurring in the future? Our next big story is about an oil spill near St. Lazare, Canada. Early Saturday morning, a train carrying crude oil derailed and resulted in this oil spill. The extent of this spill was discovered thanks to two drone pilots who posted their aerial footage to social media. Will the frozen ground prevent oil seepage and hence, limit environmental damage? We also share some exciting details about upcoming events like the FAA Symposium and the NYC Drone Film Festival. Other topics discussed include DJI Geofencing in Asia-Pacific and a successful search and rescue effort in Fremont. Tune in now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classesEO Timestamps Paul welcomes Haye to the show Hobbyist pilots to use LAANC for airspace authorization? Discussing KittyHawk's timely release of the Dynamic Airspace platform Another drone shootdown in Long Island DJI Geofencing V2.0 rolls out in Asia-Pacific Drones used to expose an oil spill in Canada 2019 FAA UAS Symposium rescheduled to June 3-5 NYC Drone Film Festival being held at the Liberty Science Center, March 1-2 Drone used in a successful search and rescue in Fremont, California

ADU 950: Can I Use the Mavic 2 Zoom for Drone Mapping?

Feb 28, 2019 9:36

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In today's show, we discuss whether you can use the Mavic 2 Zoom for drone mapping. With alternatives like the Phantom 4 Pro and now the Phantom 4 Pro RTK available, is the Mavic 2 Zoom even an option worth considering? Our caller, Joe from Omaha, Nebraska is wondering if the Mavic 2 Zoom is suitable for drone mapping. Can Joe build an accurate drone map using the Mavic 2 Zoom which has a rolling shutter? To answer Joe's question, Paul shares how he created a helicopter model using the Phantom 4 Pro and the Mavic 2 Enterprise (which has the same camera as the Mavic 2 Zoom) at our recent NTSB training. Were the Mavic 2 mapping results comparable to that of the Phantom 4 Pro? We also discuss if drone mappers should consider replacing the Phantom 4 Pro with the Phantom 4 RTK. Does the Phantom 4 RTK allow for a faster mapping workflow? You will learn that good and stable network connectivity is a prerequisite for using the Phantom 4 RTK. Finally, how do factors like terrain and temperature affect network connectivity? Tune in to find out. Thanks for the great question, Joe. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classesEO Timestamps Today's question is about using the Mavic 2 Zoom for drone mapping Paul compares mapping results for Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic 2 Pro, and Phantom 4 Pro Good network connectivity is a prerequisite for using the Phantom 4 RTK in drone mapping Should drone mappers switch from the Phantom 4 Pro to the Phantom 4 Pro RTK? How do terrain and climate affect network connectivity? Can you completely do away with GCP's if you are using the Phantom 4 RTK?  

ADU 0949: How Do I Accurately Map an Area with Dense Vegetation?

Feb 27, 2019 20:35

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In today's show, we discuss the best workflow for mapping an area with dense vegetation. Our caller, Cody wishes to survey a 20-acre property with dense foliage. He is wondering if he can generate an accurate map by using photogrammetry and Aeropoints. To answer Cody's question, we first discuss the difference between photogrammetry, a passive technology; and LiDAR, an active technology. You will learn why LiDAR is your best bet for creating a bare earth model of an area with dense vegetation. Will using LiDAR result in significant time savings when it comes to data acquisition and post-processing? Also, how much area can you map in a single day using a LiDAR unit? And, is it true that a LiDAR unit costs a small fortune? We also discuss the cost of renting a LiDAR unit and reveal why it is such an attractive proposition. You will also learn how MEMS technology might make LiDAR more affordable in the future. Also, watch out for Cody's response to ADU 921- Can I Build a Profitable Drone Business by Providing Services to the Agriculture Industry?. Cody reminds Drone U listeners to invest in the right equipment and expand their knowledge base before venturing into the agricultural industry. Thanks for the great question and your thoughtful response, Cody. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classesEO Timestamps Today's question is about mapping an area with dense vegetation Our caller Cody has some great Tips for drone pilots taking up jobs in the agricultural industry Do you need a multispectral camera for agricultural drone mapping? Paul shares that Drone U Members shall be able to rent LiDAR and GPS units at discounted rates LiDar vs. Photogrammetry - Is LiDAR the best option for creating a bare earth model of an area with dense vegetation? Is renting a LiDAR unit a cost-effective alternative? Will using LiDAR result in significant time savings when it comes to data acquisition and post-processing? How much area can you map in a single day using a LiDAR unit? What will be the cost of surveying a 20-acre tract of land using traditional means? Do you need a surveyor to sign off on your drone maps? Will MEMS technology make LiDAR more affordable in the future?

ADU 0948: How Do I Get Airspace Approval To Fly Near An Airport Without LAANC?

Feb 25, 2019 11:48

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In today's show, we reveal how a drone pilot can get speedy airspace approval to fly near an airport without LAANC. Our caller wishes to fly in controlled airspace near an airport. Unfortunately, the airport does not have LAANC. How can our pilot get airspace approval? Of course, he can apply for airspace approval using FAA's DroneZone. However, this is a cumbersome process that can take up to 90 days. Can a drone pilot get airspace approval for an airport quickly without LAANC? In this show, you will learn that tower operators have the ultimate authority to permit you to fly in controlled airspace. However, many tower operators have a biased opinion about the drone industry, making it extremely difficult for you to get permission. How should you communicate with the tower operator to increase your chances of getting airspace approval? And, why is it a good idea to record your conversation with the tower operator? For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show. Thanks for the great question. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classesEO Timestamps Today's question is about flying near a non-LAANC airport Are tower operators prone to not granting drone pilots airspace approval? Options for getting airspace authorization near a non-LAANC airport How to communicate with the Air Traffic Controller and get speedy airspace approval Can you fly in controlled airspace on the basis of a notification? Do tower operators have the authority to permit you to fly in controlled airspace?

BONUS: Drone News – Mavic 200 V2, Firmware Updates for Osmo Plus and Phantom 4 RTK, Drones for Spotting Sharks, SAR in Michigan, NYPD’s Drone Policy and More by Ask Drone U

Feb 22, 2019 24:01

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In this week's drone news, our first story is about DJI announcing the release of the Mavic 200 V2. Learn how enhanced data security and additional hardware might make more drone applications possible. Yes, that's right. This upgraded enterprise-level solution is equipped for nighttime and BVLOS operations. Next, we discuss the latest firmware updates for Osmo Plus and Phantom 4 RTK. Specifically, the previous firmware in the Phantom 4 RTK was bugged, which sometimes caused the drone to land mid-mission. Does this latest firmware adequately address this issue? The biggest story of this show is undoubtedly the rollout of KittyHawk's new Dynamic Airspace. Why is everyone in the drone industry raving about this all-in-one solution? You will learn how this new app will result in greater compliance, risk mitigation, and control over airspace. Other topics discussed include drones for detecting sharks, drones for search & rescue, and NYPD's drone policies. Tune in now! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classesEO Timestamps Paul welcomes Haye to the show DJI announces the Matrice 200 V2 and FlightHub Enterprise Firmware updates for Osmo Plus and Phantom 4 RTK KittyHawk rolls out its new Dynamic Airspace system "Little Ripper" drone spots sharks and saves lives in Australia Can drones aid in wildlife preservation efforts? Drones for Good - A Mavic 2 used in a successful SAR effort in Michigan NYPD seeks authority to bring down drones

BONUS: ULC Updates “Tort Law Relating To Drones Act”. How Will The Passage Of This Proposed Law Affect Drone Industry?

Feb 22, 2019 46:17

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In today’s episode, we talk about the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) and their work on the “Tort Law Relating to Drones Act.” Vic joins Rob for this significant and animated discussion. ULC first proposed the "Tort Law Relating to Drones Act" in March of 2018. Back then, we analyzed this proposed Bill in great detail and revealed how the passage of this Bill would have severely restricted airspace, making commercial drone operations nearly impossible. Fortunately, this first draft was scrapped. ULC just released their second draft after making some significant modifications to the first one. In this show, we pour over the fine print and reveal the pros & cons of this new proposed Bill. How does this Bill define an "aircraft intrusion"? And, what qualifies as a "land intrusion"? Would you be intruding on private land if you have to make an emergency landing? And, does this proposed bill attempt to curtail overly aggressive behavior from the landowner? You will also learn how this proposed bill treats “privacy violations” and “negligent behavior.” The ULC is meeting in March to consider some important modifications to this proposed Bill. How can you contribute to this process? After going through the proposed bill, you can email your suggestions to info@uniformlaws.org. Please address your email to Paul Kurtz, Chair, Tort Law Relating to Drones Act Committee or Anita Ramasastry, President, ULC. Also, if you wish to receive regular updates, you can easily do so by clicking HERE. Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. 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 take advantage of this killer deal. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classesEO Timestamps Rob welcomes Vic to the show A Special Thanks to our gracious sponsor, Go Professional Cases What is the the Uniform Law Commission(ULC)? Recalling the "Tort Law Relating to Drones Act" which was first proposed in March of 2018 What is the status of the first draft? Was the first draft good or bad for the drone industry? Prominent organizations that vehemently opposed the passage of the first draft Vic explains "Tort Law" in simple terms Has there been a significant modification to the first draft? Does the new proposed law apply to government entities as well? Are there any entities that are exempt from this proposed law? How does the new draft define "aircraft intrusion"? 10 factors or circumstances that might result in your flight being categorized as an "aircraft intrusion" Will you be intruding airspace if you are taking images while flying over a property? How does the new drone bill define "intrusion on land...

BONUS: Interview with NTSB’s Cathy Gagne – How Are Drones Being Used For NTSB Investigations?

Feb 20, 2019 22:42

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In today's show, we are joined by Cathy Gagne, technical analyst with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). Cathy kicks it off by giving us a brief overview of her work at NTSB. We then discuss how many airplane crashes occur each year and how NTSB investigates those crashes. You will learn how incorporating drones into their workflow has allowed NTSB investigators to extract actionable insights with greater efficiency. Is using drones for accident reconstruction significantly faster than the traditional methods? In response to this question, Cathy shares how she was able to map a runway at breakneck speed without shutting down the airport. Cathy also reveals how drones were used to assess wind damage in an MD-83 before takeoff. For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classesEO Timestamps Paul welcomes Cathy to the show Cathy shares her background, and reveals how she ended up at NTSB How many airplane crashes take place every year? Cathy explains how an airplane crash investigation is conducted Typical deliverables that are generated in an airplane crash investigation Does using drones for accident reconstruction result in considerable time savings? Cathy recounts the speed and efficiency with which she mapped an airplane accident in Vegas What sort of deliverables can you generate using drones? Learn how Cathy was able to map a runway without shutting down the airport Cathy reveals how drones were used to generate an "Airplane Performance Report" and detect wind damage in an MD-83 Does Cathy foresee drones being used for more applications in the future? Paul shares some interesting information about the upcoming Accident Reconstruction Training at NTSB Training Academy taking place on May 14-17  

BONUS: Skywatch vs. Verifly vs. Droneinsurance.com – Which Provider Offers The Cheapest On-Demand Drone Insurance?

Feb 19, 2019 19:40

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On today's episode, we compare on-demand insurance offered by the three major providers - Skywatch, Verifly, and Droneinsurance.com. By the end of the show, you'll be able to determine which provider is the right one for your needs. We chose this topic because of the paralyzing effect that multiple insurance options can have on drone pilots. Not only that, but making the wrong choice might mean improper coverage and unnecessary business expenses. In today's show, Paul conducts a DETAILED cost-benefit analysis of these three major on-demand insurance providers. Which provider offers the cheapest coverage? How do you get assigned a safety score by Skywatch? And, can you significantly lower your insurance cost once you get assigned a safety score by Skywatch? You will also learn the effect of factors such as drone type, drone deliverable, and insurance period on your insurance cost. For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classesEO Timestamps How to determine the best on-demand insurance for you Does it matter if you opt for an "admitted insurance" carrier over a "non-admitted carrier? Is Skywatch really cheaper than other insurance carriers? What are the different policy options offered by Skywatch? How do you build a safety score with Skywatch? Will the cost of insurance differ for different drones? Is insurance cost dependent on your drone deliverable? Can you get a Skywatch safety score if you are using enterprise drones? How much did Paul end up saving on his insurance after getting assigned a safety score by Skywatch? Is it more cost effective to get insured for a longer duration? Verifly vs. Skywatch vs. Drone Insurance - How do insurance costs compare? Do all providers provide the option of adding an "additional insured"? What is base coverage? Skywatch vs. Drone insurance - Who provides cheaper monthly insurance? How do you understand the particulars of your insurance policy? Which provider offers the cheapest coverage? Can you upload your log files to Skywatch?

ADU 0947: How to Fix Weak Signal Strength While Flying Your Drone

Feb 18, 2019 13:14

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In today's show, we discuss how pilots can boost the signal strength of their drones. Also, is it common to encounter weak signal strength while out flying? If so, what are some practical ways of resolving this? Our caller, Dan from Ohio, is experiencing low signal strength when flying his Phantom 4 Pro. To deal with this problem, Dan is using parabolic antennas. Is that the right thing to do? We also discuss the most likely causes for low signal strength and provide some EXPERT tips to fix this problem. Thanks for the great question, Dan. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. 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. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classesEO Timestamps A special thanks to our sponsor, Go Professional Cases Today's question is about boosting signal strength How to overcome low signal strength while flying your drone Do drone pilots normally face signal loss issues on the Phantom 4 Pro? Is it legal to use signal boosters? Will the use of parabolic antennas improve signal quality? Share, Review, and Subscribe to the show. Your encouragement keeps us going!  

BONUS: Drone News – Drones for Landmine Detection, New FAA Requirement, GEO 2.0 in Europe, Search & Rescue, and More by Ask Drone U

Feb 15, 2019 17:19

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In this week's drone news, our first story is about drones being deployed as landmine detectors. Yes, you read that correctly. We explain how students have modified the Phantom 4 Pro to detect Russian-made butterfly mines. The next story is about the FAA's new requirement mandating the display of a registration number on the outside of your drone. How are drone pilots reacting to this new FAA requirement? We also share details about DJI's recent move to update their geofencing system in Europe. Is this a knee-jerk reaction to the Gatwick and Heathrow "incidents?" Other topics discussed include Oklahoma's new drone laws and search & rescue drones. Tune in now! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classesEO Timestamps Paul welcomes Haye on the show Phantom 4 Pro's as landmine detectors? New FAA requirement mandates displaying your registration number on the outside of the drone Voting for FAA's NPRM is open now DJI updates geofencing system after Gatwick "scare" Oklahoma considers drone restrictions on hobby pilots Halifax firefighters successfully conduct a search and rescue mission using a Matrice M210 Share, Review, and Subscribe to our show. Your encouragement keeps us going!

ADU 0946: Can I Fly My Drone Over Indian Reservation Land?

Feb 15, 2019 20:28

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Today's question is about flying over Indian Reservation land. Specifically, do Native Americans hold the sovereign right over Indian Reservation land AND airspace? Our caller, Mike from Alburqurque, has asked us an interesting question today. Since New Mexico is home to many Native American tribes, Mike is wondering if drone pilots face greater restrictions while flying over Indian Reservation land. In this show, first and foremost, you will learn whether or not you can fly over Indian Reservation land. If you can, what are some Do's & Dont's that you SHOULD observe? Do you need to seek permission from the Navajo nations before you set flight? And, how do you procure legal proof showing your eligibility to fly? For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show. Thanks for the great question, Mike. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes Timestamps Today's question is about flying over Indian reservation land Do Native Americans have sovereign right over their land? Can a drone pilot possibly get into trouble with Native Americans? Are the Navajo nations aware of the benefits of drone technology? How to get proof of eligibility before flying your drone over Native American land Can you get into trouble for flying your drone from a highway passing through Native American land? Can Navajo nations restrict you from flying your drone? Is it wise to seek permission before flying?

ADU 0945: Which Is the Best Drone for Filming Soccer Practice?

Feb 13, 2019 25:48

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Today's question is, surprisingly, about soccer practice. More specifically, what is the best drone to buy if you want to film soccer practices or similar activities? And, what safety measures do you need to consider for such applications? Our caller, Steve, a college soccer coach is a complete novice when it comes to drones. Steve is keen on purchasing a drone with a good camera and decent flying time. So what's the best option for Steve? Is it the versatile Mavic 2 Enterprise, the Inspire 2, or the Phantom 4 Pro? In this episode, we discuss the pros & cons of each model before determining the best one. We also make some suggestions that will help Steve fly safely, and without violating any laws. How can Steve ensure that he complies with the FAA's flying-over-people rule? Does the recent Reauthorization Bill place greater restrictions on such drone applications? Is it a good idea to have an in-house drone team? For all this and much more, tune in to our latest show. Thanks for the great question, Steve. Fly safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Become a Drone U Member. Access over 30 courses, resources, plus our incredible community. Try it 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes Timestamps The next Accident Reconstruction Training will be held from May 13-17 at the NTSB Academy. Register now! Paul shares some interesting details about our next drone mapping training in Las Vegas Today's question is about using drones for filming soccer practice Do educational institutions and coaches require a Part 107 certificate? Are you likely to encounter WiFi interference when flying on a college campus? Do high schools and colleges fall in controlled airspace? Drone regulations that Steve needs to be aware of Is the Mavic 2 Enterprise the right drone for Steve? Should Steve have a safety buffer zone between the drone and the crowds? What flight time can Steve expect from a drone like Phantom 4 Pro? Which is the best drone for filming soccer practice? Should Steve opt for the Inspire 2? Importance of keeping a safe distance between the drone and students Will the recent NPRM do away with waivers altogether? How can Drone U help Steve learn the nuances of drone flying? Does this application require a tethered drone? Can Steve capture the required footage with a DJI Osmo? Should Steve consider setting up an in-house drone team to supervise operations? Watch out for our News Show with Drone DJ this Friday

ADU 0944: How to Become a Pro Video Editor and Best Showcase Your Drone Videography

Feb 11, 2019 20:04

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In today's show, we reveal some video editing Tips & Tricks. What are some recommended tools and resources to master video editing, and showcase your work in the best possible way? Our caller, Cam, is working on his demo reel. Cam is confident about his flying abilities but falls short when it comes to video editing. Cam has extraordinary flying skills, but can he get away with average video editing skills? Probably not. In this show, you will learn some Tips, Tricks, and Resources which will help you enhance your editing skills - and elevate your drone footage from ordinary to extraordinary. Thanks for the great question, Cam. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – http://amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes Timestamps Today's question is about video editing Are you better off outsourcing your editing work? Is it really difficult to edit your own footage when you are attempting to scale up your drone business0? Can creative editing elevate your drone footage from good to great? Can you get away with great flying but average editing skills? Editing Tips and Tricks for drone pilots How can Drone U help Cam brush up his editing skills?

ADU 0943: As a Drone Service Provider, How Do I Position My Company for Long-Term Success?

Feb 8, 2019 17:21

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Today's question is about staying relevant in a competitive drone marketplace. How can small UAV operators successfully rival large players, and increase the value of their drone business? Our caller, Todd from Ohio is keen on starting his own drone business. He is planning on taking up drone mapping jobs and is contemplating purchasing the Inspire 2 for the same. However, Todd is worried that large players with greater resources will eventually edge out small UAV operators like him. In order to assuage Todd's concerns, we share some effective ways via which he can not only compete but also scale his drone business to the next level. How do you structure an effective sales process that can transform your small business to a large business? You will learn how FOCUSING on systems, processes and communication can help you meet your end goals. Tune in for some great insights guaranteed to help you and your drone business. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – //amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.tickettailor.com/events/droneu

ADU 0942: What Are the Consequences of Shooting Down a Drone?

Feb 7, 2019 21:05

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In today's show, we discuss a serious issue that can also be fatal - drone shoot downs. Does Federal law apply in such a scenario? And, what are some procedures that will help you deal with such an extreme situation should it arise? Our caller, Sebastian from North Carolina, has raised an important issue that is hampering the growth of our drone industry - the issue of shooting down drones. Sebastian is wondering if Federal law 18 U.S.C. 32 applies to drone shoot-downs too. In order to adequately answer this question, we first recount some past incidents of drone shoot-downs. How does a drone pilot ensure that he has hard evidence against the shooter in case of such an incident? And finally, what measures should a pilot take to protect himself should such a situation arise? We share how you can calmly deal with aggressive folks in such threatening situations. We also discuss the urgent need for the FAA and the Department of Justice to deal with these situations swiftly and promptly. Tune in to be a part of this important discussion! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is to subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us real quick? While you're there, 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 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 safely. Check them out NOW! Both hourly and monthly options available. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – //amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.tickettailor.com/events/droneu Timestamps Today's question is regarding drone shoot-downs Does Federal law 18 U.S.C. 32 apply in case of a drone shoot-down? How a drone shoot down helped expose a marijuana facility Recounting the David Boggs and Drone Slayer incident What opinion do law enforcement officers have about this issue? How can you ensure that you have hard evidence if your drone is shot at? Does Federal Law apply to drones? Are such shoot downs affecting the scalability of drone operations? Can drone shoot downs cause a situation to go out of hand and lead to loss of life? We recommend carrying a taser gun rather than a concealed weapon How to calmly deal with aggressive bystanders, and make them see reason The need for FAA and DOJ to take stricter action against drone shoot downs

ADU 0941: Why Isn’t Flying in FPV Mode More Popular?

Feb 6, 2019 11:19

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Today's show is about flying in FPV mode. Are there any particular reasons why flying in FPV mode is not preferred? Our caller, Dan has come up with a great question today. Dan is wondering if it is possible to grab some cool footage by flying in FPV mode. In order to answer Dan's question, we first explain FPV mode in layman's terms. We explain why flying in FPV mode will result in undesirable footage in most cases. There are some rare instances, however, when flying in FPV mode is recommended. Tune in to find out more. Thanks for the great question, Dan. Fly Safe! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, leave us a 5-star review, if you're inclined to do so. Thanks! https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/ask-drone-u/id967352832. Follow us: Site - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – //amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our forthcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes26191662 Timestamps Today's question is about using FPV mode How has drone videography evolved over the years? Are there instances where using FPV mode will result in better footage? Paul explains FPV mode in layman's terms Will watching FPV footage make you dizzy? Is FPV mode used for filming action sports? Is developing a high-speed drone a huge challenge? Share, Review and Subscribe to the show

ADU 0940: Is a Phantom 4 RTK Consistent or Should You Augment with PPK GPS?

Feb 6, 2019 26:20

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Today's show is about using the Phantom 4 RTK for creating survey grade maps. Can you get reliable data with the Phantom 4 RTK? And is there any rationale in using a PPK GPS system like Aeropoints anymore? Adam from North Carolina has just formed a new drone services company. Adam is wondering if he can rely on the Phantom 4 RTK for creating survey grade maps. Great question. In order to answer this, we share our own experience using the Phantom 4 RTK. You will learn if you can reliably connect to a network using the Phantom RTK. Can you do away with GCP's entirely? And, will using a PPK GPS system like Aeropoints help you acquire survey grade data? For all this and much much more, tune in to our latest show! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, 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 - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – //amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our forthcoming Mapping Classes – https://thedroneu.clickfunnels.com/drone-u-mapping-classes26191662 Timestamps Our sponsor for today is our Drone Mapping class being held in Las Vegas from February 22-24 Today's question is about using the Phantom 4 RTK for survey grade mapping Will you get accurate results with the Phantom 4 RTK? Do you need access to a private network if you are using the Phantom 4 RTK? Can you do away with GCP entirely if you are using the Phantom 4 RTK? Is there any rationale in using a PPK GPS system like Aeropoints? Is it possible to get accurate Z axis results using the Phantom 4 RTK? Do you need Aeropoints for survey grade mapping? Is it worthwhile purchasing the Phantom 4 RTK right away? What is the current workflow for survey grade mapping? What make the Drone U mapping classes a unique and one of a kind experience?

ADU 0939: Dos and Don’ts for Flying Your Drone over a National Park

Feb 4, 2019 19:22

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In today's show, we share HOW you can fly your drone over a National Park. You will learn some important dos and don'ts for flying legally and responsibly. Our caller is unsure if the law allows him to fly his drone over National Parks. While flying over National Parks is permissible, there are certain dos and don'ts that you need to observe if you wish to stay out of trouble. In this show, we discuss NPS' stance on this issue, the need for a permitting system, and much, much more. Thanks for the great question. Fly Safe! Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad! Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, 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 - https://thedroneu.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/droneu Instagram - https://instagram.com/thedroneu/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/thedroneu YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/c/droneu Get your copy of “Livin’ the Drone Life” – //amzn.to/2nalUDH Get your copy of our Part 107 Study Guide – //amzn.to/2omQatT Check out our forthcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.tickettailor.com/events/droneu Timestamps Today's question is about flying your drone over a National Park Should we be allowed to fly over National Parks? The need for drone pilots to behave responsibly while flying over National Parks NPS issues a clarification How can you fly your drone over a National Park without flouting the law? Does the NPS fly drones over National Parks? Is it legal to use signal boosters while flying? Discussing the need for a permitting system to enable flying over National Parks Are we doing enough to keep our National Parks clean? Paul sums up today episode

BONUS: INTERVIEW WITH JON MCBRIDE – Can You Use the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual for Applications Such as Public Safety, Search and Rescue and Solar Inspections?

Jan 30, 2019 30:05

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In today's show, we are joined by Jon McBride from Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems to discuss suitable applications and workflow for the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual. We kickstart this informative show by discussing if the small sensor size on the Mavic 2 ED is a hugely limiting factor. You will learn the correct workflow for using the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual for critical applications such as public safety, search and rescue and solar inspections. What sort of actionable insights can you get using the Mavic 2 ED? Can you measure absolute temperatures? And, do you need to fly lower because of the smaller sensor size? For all this and much more, tune in to this very special episode of Ask Drone U. Fly Safe! 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 upcoming Mapping Classes – https://www.tickettailor.com/events/droneu Timestamps Paul welcomes Jon to the show Is the small sensor on the Mavic 2 ED a limiting factor? Is the Mavic 2 Enterprise a good drone for search and rescue? The Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual is more suitable for spot checking rather than broad search and rescue Can you use the Mavic 2 ED for locating injured victims in car accidents? Some more use cases for public safety officers Can you get some useful and actionable insights by using the Mavic 2 ED for solar inspections? What is the field of view on the Mavic 2 Enterprise? Jon clarifies if you can get detailed insights while conducting a solar cell inspection How do you define a radiometric camera? Can you get absolute temperatures using the Mavic 2 ED? Can the Mavic 2 ED replace more sophisticated thermal cameras? Jon shares and analyzes a Mavic 2ED thermal image How much does the Mavic 2 ED cost? Can the Mavic 2 ED help out firefighters with their rescue efforts? Jon shares his contact information

ADU 0938: How to Capture Action Sports in the Best Possible Way Without Blurring the Subject

Jan 29, 2019 7:05

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Today's show is about using drones to shoot action sports. How do you prevent blurry footage while shooting high speed, action sports? Our caller, Carl Smith from Saint George, Utah used his Phantom 4 Pro to capture some mountain biking footage. Unfortunately, his footage was blurry and far from desirable. Tune in to discover some of the top reasons for blurry footage in action sports - and some simple yet effective ways of preventing this. Thanks for the great question, Carl. Fly Safe! 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 – https://www.tickettailor.com/events/droneu Timestamps Engage with like-minded folks in the #1 Drone Community - Become a Drone U member now! Today's question is about grabbing crisp drone footage for action sports What are some reasons for causing blurry drone footage Ways for getting crisper, sharper drone footage while shooting action sports The new Drone U landing pads are here - Get yours now!

ADU 0937: The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 Is out of Stock. Is DJI Coming out with the Phantom 5?

Jan 28, 2019 13:29

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Today's show is about the current Phantom 4 V2.0 shortage. Does this mean that we will see a new Phantom being launched soon? Or, is there another reason? Our caller, Jonny, from San Diego has been trying to get his hands on the Phantom 4 V2.0. It's certainly puzzling that this hugely popular drone has disappeared from the shelves. Is it because the Phantom 5 is about to be launched soon? Check out our Drone News episode where we discussed this situation at length. Meanwhile, we also discuss if there are any good alternatives that Jonny can consider buying. Thanks for the great question. Fly Safe! 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 – https://www.tickettailor.com/events/droneu Timestamps Please share, review and subscribe. Your encouragement keeps us going! Where are the forthcoming Drone U mapping classes coming up? What makes the Drone U mapping classes such a unique and value proposition? Today's question is about the current Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 shortage Is the Phantom 4 Advanced a good replacement for the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0? Do you need a Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 for drone mapping? Are there any good alternatives? Will we see a Phantom 5 coming out anytime soon? Is the Osmo Pocket a good buy? Are you better off buying the Ronin S? Our new Drone U landing pads are here! Book yours now!  

BONUS: Drone News – Newark Airport Drone Sightings, Corporate Fraud at DJI, Firmware Updates to Phantom 4 RTK, Mavic 2 and More by Ask Drone U

Jan 26, 2019 16:42

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In this week's drone news, our first story is about a $150 million corporate fraud at DJI. According to industry speculations, this is just the tip of the iceberg, and this fraud could, in fact, be much larger. Has this led to a shortage of Phantom 4 drones in North America? And will this have a negative impact on DJI's plans to come out with an IPO in 2019? The next big story of this week is about the flight disruptions at Newark Airport due to "alleged" drone sightings. Apparently, flights were halted due to drone sightings 15 miles away at an altitude of 3500 feet! Could this be another Gatwick in the making? Other news includes firmware updates to Phantom 4 RTK, Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom and a new DJI support program for enterprise customers. 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 – https://www.tickettailor.com/events/droneu Timestamps Paul welcomes Haye to the show DJI reports a $150 million loss due to corporate fraud Is the corporate fraud at DJI affecting the supply of Phantom 4? Alleged drone sightings halt flights at the Newark Airport; is this another Gatwick in the making? Firmware update for Phantom 4 RTK allows you to create more reliable drone maps Now, you have the ability to set waypoints on your Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom Can you do away with a third party app like Litchi after the recent firmware update? How pre-programming flights can help you immensely in different drone applications DJI introduces a support program for enterprise customers in North America Is DJI coming out with an IPO soon?  

ADU 0936: Can You Create Drone Maps Without a Licensed Surveyor?

Jan 25, 2019 27:31

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In today's show we discuss states laws governing drone mapping. Do you really need a surveying license to create drone maps? We clarify what you CAN do and CANNOT do as a drone mapper without a surveying license. Our caller, Michael recently got into trouble with the North Carolina Board of Surveying. And, for what? Believe it or not, Michael was just trying to create some drone maps for progression reporting. First of all, do states have the right to enact laws? We debate whether or not Michael is legally allowed to take up drone mapping in North Carolina. Paul and Rob discuss why states should be more accepting of new and fast growing technologies. In order to buttress our argument, we share how the State of California has changed its stance to adopt a more drone friendly approach. Thanks for the great question, Michael. Fly Safe! 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 – https://www.tickettailor.com/events/droneu Timestamps Today's question is about creating drone maps without a surveying license Are states permitted to come up with their own drone licensing and registration programs? Is Michael legally allowed to create drone maps in the state of North Carolina? Like North Carolina, can you can get into trouble for creating drone maps in California as well? A Drone U Community member clarifies that you CAN create drone maps in North Carolina Are drone mappers allowed by law to interpret their maps? Do you need a surveying license to create drone maps for construction progression reporting? Has California adopted a more reasonable stance towards drone mapping? What should be Michael's next course of action? Should he explore his legal options? Should Michael worry about getting in trouble with the law? Paul clarifies what Michael CAN do and CANNOT do as a drone mapper without a surveying license Is it really commercially sound for states to shy away from adopting new technologies?  

ADU 0935: Can I Get Accurate Measurements with Previous Surveys and Scale Constraints?

Jan 23, 2019 16:09

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Today's question is about drone surveying. Is it possible to create an accurate drone model using previous surveys and scale constraints? Our caller, Elan from Trinidad has come up with an interesting question today. Elan is wondering if data from previous surveys and scale constraints can be used to get accurate measurements. Can Elan do away with GCP's altogether by adopting this approach? And, what if traditional survey data is erroneous? Towards the end of the show, Paul shares a simple yet effective way of checking the accuracy of previous survey. Thanks for the great question, Elan. Fly Safe! 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 questions is about using measurements from a previous survey and scale constraints Can you build an accurate drone model without GCP's? How to use the lines of a existing plot survey as a scale constraint for your drone model Can Elan use scale constraints from a previous survey and do away with using GCP's? Is data from a traditional surveys prone to error? Paul shares a simple way of checking the accuracy of your existing survey data Check out our upcoming mapping trainings  

ADU 0934: Can You Use the Mavic 2 Zoom for Drone Mapping?

Jan 22, 2019 12:58

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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?  

ADU 0933: Can I Take off and Land from a Stationary Vehicle?

Jan 21, 2019 16:28

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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!  

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

Jan 19, 2019 18:05

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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

ADU 0932: Do RTK Drones on the Market Calculate Camera Sensor Position, and Is High Accuracy Possible Without RTK?

Jan 18, 2019 12:24

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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!

ADU 0931: The FAA Releases Proposed Rules for Flight over People, Night Ops and Much More

Jan 17, 2019 38:25

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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?

BONUS: CES 2019 – Drone Insights, Yuneec H520 RTK, Autel Evo, Waterproof Spry Drone

Jan 14, 2019 5:59

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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

ADU 0930: What Are the Rules for Flying Your Drone near a Train?

Jan 10, 2019 9:13

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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?

ADU 0929: Is It Worth Buying the DJI Zenmuse Z30?

Jan 8, 2019 12:24

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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!

BONUS: Drone News – Severn Bridge Drone Incident, Government Shutdown, Mavic 2 Improvements, CES 2019 and More by Ask Drone U

Jan 5, 2019 17:29

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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 Mavic 2. Other news include 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

ADU 0928: Can You Fly Higher in a LAANC Area with Elevation Variance?

Jan 3, 2019 10:22

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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 fly 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?

ADU 0927: Am I Limited to 99 Waypoints on My Phantom 4 Pro?

Jan 2, 2019 11:34

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Today's show is about the maximum number of waypoints on your Phantom 4 Pro. Are you really limited to 99 waypoints on your Phantom 4 Pro? 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!  

ADU 0926: Expert Tips for Achieving Survey Grade Accuracy in Drone Mapping

Jan 1, 2019 22:56

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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?

Bonus: Drone News – Gatwick Airport Crane, Indonesia Drone SAR, New Matrice Series from DJI and More!

Dec 28, 2018 13:14

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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?

ADU 0925: How Do I Correctly Install Anti-Collision Lights on My Drone?

Dec 27, 2018 10:19

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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?

ADU 0924: Christmas Special – How Drone Technology Will Change Our Lives in the Next 5 Years

Dec 24, 2018 30:01

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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  

BONUS: Drone News – Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Thermal, Gatwick Airport Shutdown, T16 Agricultural Drone, Vaccine Delivery by Ask Drone U

Dec 21, 2018 23:43

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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

ADU 0923: How Do I Stand out and Differentiate My Drone Business in a Crowded Market Place?

Dec 21, 2018 24:19

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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

ADU 0922: Do I Need to Get My Part 107 License and Insurance If I Am Offering Free Drone Services?

Dec 19, 2018 11:34

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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?

ADU 0921: Can I Build a Profitable Drone Business by Providing Services to the Agriculture Industry?

Dec 18, 2018 19:39

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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?  

BONUS: Are Surveyors Using the Phantom 4 Pro RTK?

Dec 17, 2018 26:30

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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  

BONUS: Drone News This Week – Mavic Thermal, BVLOS Waiver, Loc8 Search and Rescue Software, Xiaomi’s Fimi X8 SE with Drone DJ

Dec 15, 2018 27:34

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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?

ADU 0920: Can You Harm a Drone Battery If Your Car Turns off While Charging?

Dec 13, 2018

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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

ADU 0919: How to Vet and Correctly Assess the Skill Level of a Drone Pilot

Dec 12, 2018 30:39

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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

ADU 0918: How to Get Speedy Airspace Approval Using LAANC

Dec 5, 2018 12:49

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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  

ADU 0917: How to Implement Comprehensive Drone Mapping Workflow by Learning the Smallest Nuances of RTK and PPK GPS

Dec 4, 2018 15:13

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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 GCP's 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 GCP's 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

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

Dec 1, 2018 13:49

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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.  

BONUS EPISODE: Osmo Pocket Challenges GoPro for Ultimate Compact Gimbaled Camera

Nov 30, 2018

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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?

ADU 0915: How to Set Ground Control Points for Greatest Accuracy in Construction Mapping

Nov 29, 2018 13:25

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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?  

ADU 0914: How to Select the Best Drone and Implement Optimum Mapping Workflow in Construction

Nov 28, 2018 34:39

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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?

ADU 0913: How Do I Effectively Communicate the Benefits of Drone Technology for Stockpile Volumetric Measurement?

Nov 27, 2018 20:55

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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"  

ADU 0912: Can You Get into Trouble If Someone Else Is Using Your Part 107 Certificate?

Nov 26, 2018 15:48

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Today's show is about Part 107 certification. What if someone else is using your Part 107 certificate, and hits someone? 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?

BLACK FRIDAY 2018: Best Black Friday Deals That Drone Pilots Can Get Right Now

Nov 23, 2018 9:37

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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  

THANKSGIVING SHOW: 5 Ways Drones Can Make Your Thanksgiving Better Than Ever

Nov 22, 2018 14:41

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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?  

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

Nov 21, 2018 22:40

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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  

ADU 0910: Can I Fly 400 Feet Above a Radio Tower If I Have Low Altitude Authorization?

Nov 20, 2018 12:01

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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?

ADU 0909: What Are the Rules for Flying Your Drone in a National Forest Area?

Nov 19, 2018 14:22

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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

ADU 0908: Drones News This Week – Phantom 5, Tello EDU, and the Hover 2 with DroneDJ

Nov 17, 2018 24:14

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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

ADU 0907: How Does Cloud Processing Software like Skycatch and DroneDeploy Compare to Pix4D?

Nov 13, 2018 16:27

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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

ADU 0906: Will the FAA Dig up past Records in Case of an Investigation?

Nov 12, 2018 11:00

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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?

ADU 0905: How DJI’s New Partnership with Microsoft Will Allow for Autonomous and Scalable Enterprise Solutions

Nov 8, 2018

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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 acesss 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?

ADU 0904: Latest and Most Exciting UAS Policy Developments, and How They Will Affect the Drone Industry at DJI Airworks 2018

Nov 8, 2018 1:01:02

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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  

ADU 0903: How Drones Are Transforming Developing Nations Across the World

Nov 6, 2018 10:16

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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 ?

ADU 0902: How to Capture Accurate Data and Get Actionable Insights from Agricultural Drone Mapping – Interview with Pix4D

Nov 6, 2018 26:00

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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

BONUS EPISODE: How the FAA Reauthorization Bill Will Bring Greater Value to the Drone Industry with Brendan Schulman

Nov 3, 2018 22:36

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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?

ADU 0900: My HOA Says I Cannot Fly My Drone. What Do I Do?

Nov 1, 2018 12:56

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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

ADU 0899: Can I Use the Osmo with Zoom and Thermal Cameras?

Oct 31, 2018 10:46

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Today's question is about achieving 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

ADU 0898: Does FAA Have Any Legal Requirements or Age Criteria for Hiring a Visual Observer (VO)?

Oct 30, 2018 11:34

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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  

ADU 0897: How to Deal with Unlicensed Drone Operators with Zero Regard for the Law

Oct 29, 2018 17:01

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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  

ADU 0896: How to Discipline Employees Who Do Not Follow Business Procedures

Oct 27, 2018 22:51

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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

ADU 0895: How Do I Deal with Drone Pilots Who Are Attempting to Poach My Clients by Offering Free Services?

Oct 25, 2018 27:49

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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/. If you enjoy the show, the #1 thing you can do to help us out is subscribe to it on iTunes. Can we ask you to do that for us really quick? While you're there, 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      

ADU 0894: How to Conduct Volumetric Measurement of a Water Body Using Drone Mapping

Oct 24, 2018 11:11

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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?

ADU 0893: Can You Get Authorization to Fly Your Drone over a Military Base?

Oct 23, 2018 18:20

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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?

ADU 0892: Can I Achieve Cinematic Excellence and Mapping Accuracy with an Entry Level Drone like the Mavic or Phantom?

Oct 22, 2018 19:13

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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

ADU 0891: How Do I Unlock a Red Zone on My DJI Drone?

Oct 19, 2018 8:40

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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  

ADU 0890: How Do I Find Clients for My Drone Software Business?

Oct 18, 2018 11:20

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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?  

ADU 0889: DJI’s Phantom 4 Pro RTK – the Ultimate Mapping and Surveying Drone?

Oct 17, 2018 17:41

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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

ADU 0888: How to Make a Demo Reel That Helps You Effectively Market Your Drone Business

Oct 16, 2018 22:37

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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  

ADU 0887: Can I Educate Students by Live-streaming my Drone Footage to Classrooms?

Oct 15, 2018 8:35

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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?  

ADU 0886: Are There Any Serious Repercussions for Hobby Pilots Who Fly Without FAA’s Permission?

Oct 12, 2018 20:20

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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/. 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

ADU 0885: Drone U Partners with Pix4D for Accident Reconstruction Training hosted by the NTSB

Oct 11, 2018 21:54

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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  

ADU 0884: How Do I Fly My Drone in an Area with Heavy Interference?

Oct 9, 2018 10:37

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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?

ADU 0883: Can I Use the Phantom 4 Pro or the Mavic 2 for Optimizing Irrigation Systems?

Oct 9, 2018 12:31

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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?  

ADU 0882: The FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Passed by Senate. What Does It Mean for the Drone Industry?

Oct 5, 2018 23:54

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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?

ADU 0881: Expert Tips for Improving Drone Mapping Workflow and Profitability

Oct 5, 2018 28:16

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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?

ADU 0880: How Can a Drone Pilot Achieve Work-Life Balance?

Oct 1, 2018 12:05

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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 an 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  

ADU 0879: How Do You Fight Back Drone Jobbing Companies That Are Trying to Poach Your Clients?

Sep 28, 2018 19:32

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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

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?

Sep 27, 2018 16:15

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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?

ADU 0877: What Strategies Can I Employ to Scale up My Drone Business?

Sep 26, 2018 22:00

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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

ADU 0876: Can I capture images of a private property for an investigative business?

Sep 25, 2018 11:26

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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?  

ADU 0875: I Wish to Film a Golf Course. What Technical and Commercial Advice Do You Have for Me?

Sep 24, 2018 11:44

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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

ADU 0874: What Are the Benefits of Using Applications like Litchi and Autopilot?

Sep 21, 2018 14:10

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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  

ADU 0873: Is Your Airspace Authorization Expiring Shortly? Should You Renew It?

Sep 21, 2018 12:11

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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!

ADU 0872: Interview with Skywatch’s Brandon Packman – How Their Innovative Drone Insurance Can Empower Pilots to Fly Safely

Sep 18, 2018 22:29

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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  

ADU 0871: How Do You Fix a Drifting Horizon Line?

Sep 17, 2018 7:24

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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!

ADU 0870: Will the Introduction of New Hobbyist Rules via Section 344 Bring About Greater Compliance in the Drone Industry?

Sep 14, 2018 22:47

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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  

ADU 0869: How Can a Drone Pilot Help out with Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief?

Sep 13, 2018 18:22

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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

ADU 0868: Can I Build My Drone Business by Processing Imagery for Other Mapping Companies?

Sep 12, 2018 14:28

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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  

ADU 0867: Can I Use My Phantom 3 for Drone Mapping?

Sep 11, 2018 10:40

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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?

ADU 0866: Phantom 5 – Are the Rumors True?

Sep 10, 2018 15:57

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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  

ADU 0865: How Do I Rent Airspace Authorizations from Another Drone Pilot?

Sep 8, 2018 22:30

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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

ADU 0864: How Can a Drone Pilot Share Live Feed with a Client

Sep 4, 2018 10:29

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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?

ADU 0863: How to Create a Hyperlapse of a Construction Site

Sep 3, 2018 19:06

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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

ADU 0862: What Are the Alternatives for Interior 3D Drone Mapping and Modeling?

Aug 31, 2018 19:18

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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?

ADU 0861: What Happens If I Do Not Renew My Part 107?

Aug 30, 2018 18:14

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Today we discuss the repercussions of not renewing your Part 107 license. Can you get into trouble if you flying without your Part 107 license? Our today's caller is wondering if he really needs to renew 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 the 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

ADU 0860: Mavic 2 Pro vs. Mavic 2 Zoom – Which Is a Better Buy?

Aug 29, 2018 17:19

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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

ADU 0859: Reviewing the All New Mavic 2 – Specifications, Capabilities and Applications

Aug 28, 2018 16:37

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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

ADU 0858: How Do You Upload Your Real Estate Videos to MLS and YouTube?

Aug 24, 2018 8:32

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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

ADU 0857: How Do You Gauge the Skill Level of a Drone Pilot?

Aug 24, 2018 13:51

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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  

ADU 0856: How Do You Pitch Your Drone Services to a Construction Company?

Aug 22, 2018 14:38

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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 yo