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DroneDJ brings you the latest news in the world of drones

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DroneDJ brings you the latest news in the world of drones

    The Buzz: Andy Shen of Shen Drones

    The Buzz: Andy Shen of Shen Drones

    On this edition of our podcast, we have a great conversation with Andy Shen of Shen Drones. Andy is kind of the Godfather of the ducted CineWhoop. Tune in — and subscribe — as we hear how Andy went from being a photographer... to a drone designer.
    Andy Shen: Great drones, great conversation

    Andy tells a great story about the satisfaction – and challenges – of designing and selling FPV drones. We're particularly interested in how Andy developed a very specific ducted design, now used on many copycat drones. But there's only one Squirt. Andy is the fifth guest on our relatively new podcast, called The Buzz. We've been fortunate to have a number of high-level movers and shakers from the drone industry on the show, and encourage you to explore the links below. Of course, the easiest way to keep up on what's happening is to subscribe to our podcast. We include the links to all the popular podcast providers, so give it a click!
    And yes, if you're not yet ready to commit you can have a listen to any of the podcasts below simply by clicking. First, though, a look at Andy Shen in the wild, piloting a Shen drone while riding an electric skateboard:
    The legendary Andy Shen...
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    Tom Comet of Drone Boy
    Tom Comet flies more than drones!
    Tom Comet – high-end drone cinematography
    Brendan Schulman of DJI
    Brendan is *super* knowledgeable on the regulatory front
    Brendan is DJI's VP of Policy and Legal Affairs
    Adam Bry of Skydio
    Adam Bry in 2018. A *lot* has happened for Skydio since then...
    Adam Bry, Skydio's CEO and Founder
    Dave Sharpin of Auterion GS
    Dave Sharpin of Auterion, Government Services
    Auterion's Dave Sharpin talks Open Source
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    It won't be long before the next episode of The Buzz. So subscribe, or check back... because more sonic goodness is coming soon.
    I generally announce any new show on social media, as well as other drone news. You can follow me on Twitter here, and on LinkedIn here.
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    • 34 min
    What’s The Buzz – tell me what’s a-happening…

    What’s The Buzz – tell me what’s a-happening…

    Okay, we realize that probably only a thin wedge of our demographic will recognize that we've borrowed from the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. We didn't outright steal the song title because, well, Though Shalt Not do that. But we wanted to get you up to speed on The Buzz, the fastest-growing podcast in the drone industry.

    When we started The Buzz, we had a simple idea: We wanted to keep our pulse on what's happening in the drone world. We aimed high for some guests – CEO's of major companies in the business – but we also wanted to explore really great stories from operators, builders, and more. We always make sure that each and every episode is interesting, fresh – and hopefully intelligent. The result? Our numbers are doing great right out of the gate.
    And of course, we'd like to grow them to new heights.
    The Buzz so far
    We thought this might be a great opportunity to review our guest list to date, make it easy for you to sample an episode or two, and subscribe to the series.
    Our first guest? Tom Comet. He's the owner of Drone Boy, one of the best-known drone cinematography outfits in Canada. We spoke about the trends in his sector – including the role of tiny CineWhoops and also massive FPV rigs flying RED cameras. You'll be interested to learn that Tom got so into learning about drones, airspace regulations, and the mechanics of flight that he now pilots his own manned aircraft.
    Tom is a great talker, with a great story. You can hear, here:
    Tom Comet in conversation with DroneDJ's Scott Simmie
    The drone lawyer
    You likely know who we're talking about: Brendan Schulman. He's a very recognizable figure with DJI, which isn't surprising: He's the company's Vice-President of Policy and Legal affairs. Brendan is great at getting to the point – and we had a sweeping conversation that also touched on what DJI views as trade protectionism in the US. Definitely a must-listen episode:
    DJI's Brendan Schulman
    Skydio's CEO
    Skydio is on a roll. It's Skydio 2 and now the Skydio X2 series have attracted a lot of attention. So is AI going to keep growing as a force in the drone industry? What's next for Skydio after its Series C fundraise of $100M US? There's one way to find out: Listen to this episode of The Buzz, featuring CEO Adam Bry.
    Adam Bry in conversation with DroneDJ's Editor-in-Chief
    Open talk about open source
    Our most recent episode delved into the world of Open Source software as it applies to drones. And there's no entity more emblematic of this are than Auterion and Auterion GS (the GS stands for Government Services). I had a great conversation with CEO Dave Sharpin about Auterion's past, its present...and its future. Have a listen!
    An in-depth discussion about Open Source drone software...and why it matters
    Don't miss an episode!
    The Buzz comes out regularly. But if you don't subscribe, odds are you might miss it. So let's fix that up right now. Subscribe to the show via your favorite podcast provider. And hey – if you think you'd be a good guest – drop me a note and tell me why.
    My mailbox is always open: scott@dronedj.com
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    A semi-final word
    We know there are a lot of podcasts competing for your ears. I come from a background as a career journalist in radio, television, online, and print and have interviewed well over a thousand people during my career. We set our goals high when it comes to production values, and we think it's paying off. One of our listeners described it as "NPR-level quality."
    Point is, we work hard to ensure this podcast is worth your time.
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    Auterion GS CEO talks drones on "The Buzz" podcast!

    Auterion GS CEO talks drones on "The Buzz" podcast!

    The wait is over. It's time to put on your headset or crank up your speakers for the latest episode of The Buzz – our podcast that takes the pulse of the rapidly changing drone industry. Today's guest? Dave Sharpin, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Auterion GS. If you know about Auterion – awesome. If you don't...you soon will.
    Scott Simmie in conversation with Auterion GS CEO Dave Sharpin

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    • 27 min
    Skydio CEO Adam Bry on AI, automation – and Blue sUAS

    Skydio CEO Adam Bry on AI, automation – and Blue sUAS

    On our latest edition of The Buzz podcast, we're delighted to spend some time with Skydio CEO Adam Bry. Despite the pandemic, it's been a great year for Skydio. Listen as DroneDJ senior editor and chief writer Scott Simmie takes a deep dive with Adam about his US-based drone company. It's a great discussion and includes a look at the recently announced Blue sUAS list that recommends Skydio's X2 drone for government and military purchasers.
    Join Skydio CEO Adam Bry in conversation with DroneDJ's Scott Simmie
    Deets for subscribing after the break — you know you want to...

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    • 34 min
    The Buzz: Brendan Schulman – world’s most famous drone lawyer

    The Buzz: Brendan Schulman – world’s most famous drone lawyer

    On our latest edition of The Buzz podcast, we're pleased to have an extended visit with Brendan Schulman, DJI's vice president of policy and legal affairs. In a year when issues like "Made in the USA," data security, and Remote ID have all been shaping the drone industry, Schulman has a lot of insight — and a lot to say (follow him @dronelaws on Twitter).
    DroneDJ's Scott Simmie in conversation with Brendan Schulman

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    • 44 min
    Tom Comet of Drone Boy

    Tom Comet of Drone Boy

    Hey! Welcome to the launch of our new DroneDJ podcast.
    It's called The Buzz, which is a nod to the sound our machines make. But beyond that, we'll be discussing topics and issues that are raising a "buzz" in the industry.

    Whether it's the latest trends in Cine Whoop drones, the best cameras for onboard capture and recording, or controversies like Remote ID or "Made in the USA" drones, we'll take the time to dive deep on The Buzz.
    On this inaugural episode, we speak with Tom Comet of Drone Boy. Tom was an early adopter in the drone cinematography world and has built his company into a North American leader when it comes to stellar drone work. Check out their demo reel:


    https://vimeo.com/106238497
    Those boys can fly...
    Scott Simmie caught up with Tom and covered everything from the latest trends in flying high-end cameras on FPV rigs to how to become a better aerial cinematographer.
    If you like the sounds of this, please subscribe here to ensure you catch every episode of The Buzz!
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    You'll find it on Apple Podcasts here, and on Spotify here.
    Tom Comet in conversation with DroneDJ's Scott Simmie

    • 39 min

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