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

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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

    ADU 01167: Can I Get The Necessary Legal Permissions to Map an Entire Town With a Drone?

    ADU 01167: Can I Get The Necessary Legal Permissions to Map an Entire Town With a Drone?

    Today's show is about mapping entire towns with drones. Is this a cost-feasible and legally permissible option?

    Our caller for today, Ryan from Utah wishes to survey an entire town with a drone. Legally speaking, is this even a possibility? Can Ryan get the necessary permissions to fly over people and BVLOS if required?

    On today's show, we share how Ryan can legally map large swathes of land without filing a waiver at all. We also compare mapping with drones to mapping from planes and reveal if the former can produce more detailed, more accurate maps. Enjoy!

    Check out our comprehensive drone mapping guide - https://www.thedroneu.com/what-is-drone-mapping-software/







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    Timestamps



    Today's question is about mapping an entire town with a drone

    Mapping with drones vs. Mapping from planes - which is the more affordable option if you are dealing with large tracts of land?

    The new Phase One camera allows you to shoot obliques at 150 MP!

    Can you create more detailed maps with a drone?

    Flying over people without a waiver

    How to map large swathes of land in one go

    Can Ryan legally fly this job without a waiver?

    Tips for filing a waiver

    Does the right drone make it easier for Ryan to legally fly this job?

    How can Drone U's new PROPS program help out Ryan?

    • 14 min
    ADU 01166: I Fly Drones For My W-2 Employer and Also Own a LLC. How Can I Keep My Flight Data Separate?

    ADU 01166: I Fly Drones For My W-2 Employer and Also Own a LLC. How Can I Keep My Flight Data Separate?

    Today's show is about running an LLC alongside flying a drone for your W-2 employer.

    Our caller for today, Adam flies drones as a part of his W-2 job profile. Additionally, he recently started his LLC. Adam is using his personal drone to fly jobs for his LLC and his employer. For accounting and insurance purposes, it is a must that Adam keep the flight data for his business separate. But, given that he is using the same drone, how can Adam do so?

    Being a drone entrepreneur himself, Paul also has some sage career advice for Adam. Also, towards the end, we discuss if Adam can/should convince his boss to hire his drone business LLC. Thanks for the great question, Adam. Fly Safe!







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    Timestamps



    Today's question is about flying drones for your LLC and W-2 employer

    Why is it necessary to keep your flight data separate?

    How separate flight data can help Adam from an insurance and maintenance perspective; what is the best way to keep this data separate

    Logging data in a physical log book

    Should Adam convince his boss to hire his LLC?

    Is it better for Adam to quit his W-2 job to focus full time on his LLC?

    What should Adam do if his boss refuses to entertain his offer?

    • 30 min
    ADU 01165: Which Pix4D Version Should I Use For Mapping a Roof?

    ADU 01165: Which Pix4D Version Should I Use For Mapping a Roof?

    Today's show is about drone mapping software. Which is the best and most capable software to map a roof?

    Our caller for today, Garrett from Ohio is confused with the myriad of mapping software out there. He plans on taking up a roof mapping job and is considering using Pix4D. But, should Garrett opt for Pix4DMapper or Pix4D Cloud? Apart from Pix4D, we also discuss other options like DroneDeploy, Eagleview, and the latest entrant in the market, Skydio 3D Scan.

    You will also learn how your final deliverable and acquisition strategy impacts the choice of your mapping software. And we also share some great resources to help you out. Enjoy!

    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!

    Check out our comprehensive drone mapping guide - https://www.thedroneu.com/what-is-drone-mapping-software/







    Get Your Biggest and Most Common Drone Certificate Questions Answered by Downloading this FREE Part 107 PDF







    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.







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    Timestamps



    Our sponsor for today's show is Drone U's Virtual Mapping Class

    Today's question is about Pix4D

    Is there any major difference between a mapping job and an inspection job?

    Check out our comprehensive drone mapping guide

    How your final deliverable and workflow impacts your choice of mapping software

    DroneDeploy, Eagleview or Pix4D - which is the best drone mapping software for you?

    Is Skydio's mapping software a good option for mapping and modeling?

    Why Pix4DMapper is the best option for Garrett

    What are some of the biggest disadvantages of Pix4DCloud?

    Determining your data acquisition strategy



     

    BONUS: How to Run a Successful Wedding Photography Business with Kara Cavalca

    BONUS: How to Run a Successful Wedding Photography Business with Kara Cavalca

    On today's show, we have Colorado wedding photographer, Kara Cavalca who shares with us her wisdom on how to successfully manage and scale a photography business.

    Wedding photography is a tough and competitive business. But Kara has managed to grow and scale her one-woman show to the next level. You will learn how she is using an all-in-one software, Sproutstudio to manage all her business needs ranging from invoicing to digital storage. Additionally, this software, which is specially built for photographers is also capable of sending out automated emails so that you can follow up with your clients in a hassle-free manner.

    Having spent more than four years in this space, Kara shares how she differentiates herself in a crowded marketplace. She opens up her playbook to reveal what it takes to be successful in this business. This show is full of some great nuggets guaranteed to help you out. Enjoy!

    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!







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    Make sure to get yourself the all-new Drone U landing pad!







    Get your questions answered: https://thedroneu.com/.







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    Timestamps



    Paul welcomes Kara to the show

    How Sproutstudio can be an all-in-one integrated solution to manage your photography business

    Can you drop ship prints using Sproutstudio?

    How has Kara managed to scale her business inspite of being a one-woman show

    Has the customer lifetime value increased after Kara switched over to Sproutstudio?

    Leveraging scarcity and automated emails to increase sales

    Charging your clients for digital storage

    Building automated workflows for scaling your business

    Pricing and working with high margin-low maintenance clients

    What does it take to run a successful wedding photography business?

    Is it a good idea to provide both photos and videos?

    Can you use the same systems to manage your aerial photography business?

    Kara shares her contact information

    • 40 min
    ADU 01164: How Do I Autonomously Launch/Land My Drone On a Flatbed Truck?

    ADU 01164: How Do I Autonomously Launch/Land My Drone On a Flatbed Truck?

    Today's question is about launching/landing a drone autonomously from a flatbed truck.

    Our caller for today, Renn is from Australia and has called in with an interesting question that has not been asked on Ask Drone U before. Renn's question is about launching/landing a drone autonomously from a flatbed truck.

    On today's show, we present two solutions to help Renn out. First, you will learn about a tethered drone system that can be flown from a moving vehicle. The next solution is particularly innovative as this technology can be used to autonomously fly DJI drones.

    We also speculate how autonomous flying can be used to significantly scale up powerline inspections and drone deliveries among other things. For all this and much, much more, tune in to our latest show now. Thanks for the great question, Renn. 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!







    Get Your Biggest and Most Common Drone Certificate Questions Answered by Downloading this FREE Part 107 PDF







    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.







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    Timestamps



    Today's show is sponsored by our new flight school, PROPS

    Today's question is about landing/launching autonomously from a flatbed truck

    What are some possible end-use cases for launching autonomously from a flatbed truck?

    Paul shares details about a tethered drone system that can be launched from a flatbed truck

    New technology for autonomously flying DJI drones

    • 17 min
    BONUS: Drone Mapping Trends in 2021 and Beyond with DroneDeploy’s Andrew Dennison

    BONUS: Drone Mapping Trends in 2021 and Beyond with DroneDeploy’s Andrew Dennison

    On today's show, we have Andrew Dennison, Director of Enterprise Services at DroneDeploy who shares with us the latest and most exciting trends from the drone mapping world.

    We start this show with Andrew sharing the workflow used by a majority of DroneDeploy pilots. You will learn how drones are being increasingly used as an image sharing tool in construction. We also discuss the big push towards onsite processings and future trends such as LiDAR. Andrew shares DroneDeploy's big plans for the indoor mapping space.

    And towards the end, he shares an untapped and lucrative opportunity that will surely interest enterprising pilots. Do not miss this special show. Enjoy!

    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 Biggest and Most Common Drone Certificate Questions Answered by Downloading this FREE Part 107 PDF







    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.







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    Timestamps



    Which is the best software for creating orthomosaics?

    Paul welcomes Andrew Dennison to the show

    Should you create DroneDeploy maps without GCP's?

    Using drones a communications and image-sharing tool

    Various use cases for drones in construction

    Can you create a 360-degree pano with Drone Deploy?

    Some great tips for shooting great panos

    How big is the push to cloud in the drone software industry?

    How DroneDeploy is constantly upgrading its photogrammetry engine?

    Does Andrew foresee a sustained trend towards onsite processing?

    Will LiDAR mapping finally take off in 2021?

    Is there an untapped opportunity with mapping facilities?

    Using drone mapping for solar

    DroneDeploy to venture into the indoor mapping space

    Get in touch with Andrew!

    • 26 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
25 Ratings

25 Ratings

richo777 ,

Good info - quite USA biased though

An interesting podcast about drones. The info goes on a LOT about Part 107 and the USA laws which is fair enogh as they are USA based.
They can act scripted sometimes and certainly don't mind pushing their own barrow of products. If you listen, they are actually learning better ways of doing things themselves so the teachers can always learn without retending to know everything about everything.
Overall though, I'd recommend listening and there is plently of good info in-between the marketing and chivalry.

BISON_Oliver ,

Great Podcast

Great to hear up to date drone industry information.

Fgftiggy ,

Paul, stop being a d!ck

Some occasional ok chatter, but the show is really brought down by Paul’s attitude.

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