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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 01270: Can I fly in a NOAA Protected area?

    ADU 01270: Can I fly in a NOAA Protected area?

    Can pilots fly in NOAA protected areas? Does NOAA have the ability to regulate airspace?

    In today's episode we discuss about NOAA protected areas and the rules and regulations in airspace around protected areas.



    Today's episode is brought to you by Drone U mapping events and classes. We talk about some of the new changes we have made to our mapping classes and course curriculum to stay updated with some of the recent trends in the mapping industry such as going over new products for geo-referencing, geo-tagging, GPS and more. Visit our Drone U events page for more details on classes and courses.



    Today's question is from Keith, who has come across a NOAA protected area, and would like to know if he can fly his drone and what would be the challenges in flying in a NOAA protected area.



    Thanks for the question Keith. In this short episode we discuss if the NOAA has the regulatory authority to control airspace and if the FAA recognizes NOAA rules. We also discuss ways by which pilots can seek approval for conducting flights in NOAA protected areas. Lastly, we discuss some implications of flying in an NOAA area and how pilots can remain aware of rules and regulations when flying in NOAA areas.



    Tune in today to get all the details about flying in NOAA protected areas.



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    Timestamps:



    [00:55] Know more about the PROPS program

    [2:18] Can pilots fly in a NOAA protected area?

    [4:14] Does the FAA recognize the NOAA rule and how can the rules be interpreted ?

    [5:34] Strategies to get permissions to fly in NOAA areas and is the airspace being regulated

    [8:05] What risks are involved in flying in a NOAA area ?

    • 11 min
    ADU 01269: How do i sell my services and make the best use of the drones I have?

    ADU 01269: How do i sell my services and make the best use of the drones I have?

    What are the best ways a pilot can sell their services? How can a pilot make best use of the drones they have?

    In today's episode we discuss some best strategies for drone pilots to sell their services and how they can make best use of the drones they possess.



    Today's episode is brought to you by Drone U mapping events and classes. We talk about some of the new changes we have made to our mapping classes and course curriculum to stay updated with some of the recent trends in the mapping industry such as going over new products for geo-referencing, geo-tagging, GPS and more. Visit our Drone U events page for more details on classes and courses.



    Today's question is from Justin, who wants to know what best practices can he use to sell his services. Justin explains his current process and wants to know robust ways for making sales. He also wants to know how best to make use of his current fleet of drones to improve his business offerings.



    Thank you Justin for the question, We have strongly believed in a few key set of parameters that have largely helped drone pilots in effectively selling their services to prospective clients and today we discuss in detail about them.



    Specifically, we discuss if Justin is using samples of his service offerings to clients and how best to provide to clients to stand out of the large group of drone pilots. We discuss some of the best talking points that pilots must bring out in their pitch that greatly helps attract clients and gets pilots the business. Lastly we also discuss about having robust systems and understanding the macro view of business to have effective networking in the industry which has largely shown to be a great way of getting more business.



    Tune in today to get all the secret sauce and ingredients for success for a drone business.



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    Timestamps:



    [2:00] Today's question from Justin on how to sell services to prospective clients and if older drones are still beneficial in getting drone business

    [5:48] Providing samples of your work to help sell your services

    [7:35] Bringing out the right talking points about helping a prospective client while selling services

    [9:04] Having a robust follow through mechanism

    [12:40] Understanding the macro view of business and suggestions on improving your network in the industry

    • 22 min
    ADU 01267: Should you start with cloud processing as opposed to desktop solutions during mapping ?

    ADU 01267: Should you start with cloud processing as opposed to desktop solutions during mapping ?

    As a mapper should you opt for cloud solutions which seem easier to work with as against desktop solutions? Are there inherent benefits to desktop tools?

    In today's episode we review and discuss the common solutions available in drone mapping and if pilots should opt for cloud solutions as against desktop solutions.



    Today's episode is brought to you by Drone U mapping events and classes. We talk about some of the new changes we have made to our mapping classes and course curriculum to stay updated with some of the recent trends in the mapping industry such as going over new products for geo-referencing, geo-tagging, GPS and more. Visit our Drone U events page for more details on classes and courses.



    Today's question from Jamie is whether he should be using cloud solutions for mapping processing as against desktop solutions, as cloud solutions allow for faster post processing of mapping deliverables.



    We delve into details of mapping post processing and explain the difference in delivering mapping solutions to private clients as against publishing for the general public. We explain the difference in deliverables while providing final solutions to clients with mapping solutions and the general public that focus more on visualization.



    We speak in detail about the benefits of using desktop solutions for drone mappers as these tools assist the pilot in understanding the calculations behind mapping processing and how these can teach the pilot to be better prepared for handing client questions and improve overall deliverable quality in future flights. A short discussion is also included on how to handle conversations with clients with a background in understanding mapping deliverables as against clients new to the mapping world.



    Tune in today to get all the details on ensuring you are confident of understanding excellent mapping deliverables and on the use of desktop vs cloud solutions.



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    Timestamps:



    [5:22] Is it hard to be a mapper? Learn how Drone U delivers content for becoming a great mapper by understanding the context, variables and systems.

    [19:09] Today's question from Jamie on whether to work with cloud mapping solutions as against desktop tools which require additional resources

    [20:45] Delivering for clients vs delivering for the public

    [23:25] How desktop applications help pilots understand the process of mapping

    [25:14] Do geo-referencing and mapping models influence choice of selection of mapping solutions?

    [30:40] Understanding tools available with clients for choosing mapping solutions

    [35:46] Learning methodology, deliverables and how you can assess the quality of education

    • 38 min
    ADU 01268: RaceDayQuad vs FAA, ruling out as judge uphelds Remote ID – what next?

    ADU 01268: RaceDayQuad vs FAA, ruling out as judge uphelds Remote ID – what next?

    Judge uphelds remote id in RaceDayQuad vs FAA ruling. What implications does this have for pilots and the industry?

    In today's episode we talk about the outcome of the RaceDayQuad vs FAA on Remote ID as judge upheld remote id. We go over the implications of the ruling and what this means to pilots and the industry at large.



    RaceDayQuads sued the FAA in April early 2021 and filed the arguments on August 4, 2021. After subsequent replies and arguments, The Department of Justice (DOJ) and RaceDayQuads argued in court in front of a judge and a ruling was made by the judge based on the arguments. To know more about history of the case and relevant details listen to our earlier podcast on the topic.



    Today's episode is brought to you by Drone U mapping events and classes. We talk about some of the new changes we have made to our mapping classes and course curriculum to stay updated with some of the recent trends in the mapping industry such as going over new products for geo-referencing, geo-tagging, GPS and more. Visit our Drone U events page for more details on classes and courses.



    In today's episode we discuss all the implications of the ruling and how it can potentially impact the pilot and the industry and how we can proceed further in light of the ruling mandating the continued remote id policy. We discuss about compliance and security, the availability of pilot information publicly and if its easy for the average citizen to gather pilot data from drones flying in the area.



    Tune in today to get all the updates from the ruling and to understand its implications.



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    Timestamps:



    [0:42] Learn all about Drone U's updated mapping class

    [1:30] Latest update from RaceDayQuad vs FAA case on remote id

    [3:14] Updates and excerpts from case ruling as remote id continues on

    [4:51] how does compliance relate to manufacturers and pilots alike

    [6:52] Implications of pilots information available to the general public

    [9:55] Is it easy for the average citizen to get pilot information from a drone flying in the area

    [12:15] Can privacy and safety/security coexist together?

    [14:45] Does the FAA have the required resource to enforce remote id

    • 21 min
    ADU 01266: How can I fly in clear airspace when DJI has it designated as a red zone?

    ADU 01266: How can I fly in clear airspace when DJI has it designated as a red zone?

    What options do pilots have if they intend to fly in clear airspace near a designated DJI red zone?

    Today's question is from John, who is working on a project to conduct flight missions around a prison that is no longer functional yet is classified as a red zone by DJI. John would like to know if Pilots have options to fly in such clear airspace and what they would need to know prior to flying.



    Today's episode is brought to you by Drone U mapping events and classes. We talk about some of the new changes we have made to our mapping classes and course curriculum to stay updated with some of the recent trends in the mapping industry such as going over new products for geo-referencing, geo-tagging, GPS and more. Visit our Drone U events page for more details on classes and courses.



    We start off today's show by discussing 3 options that pilots have to effectively fly over red zone while also discussing the approximate times it would take to seek permission.



    Our option 1 is to apply to FAA to void a red zone and the steps required to seek clearance while flying over such areas. Drone U members have exclusive access to our step-by-step instruction video on applying to the FAA to void a red zone.



    Option 2 is to apply for a QEP (Qualified Entities Program). The Qualified Entities Program (QEP) allows Government and Public Safety entities to have their DJI drone's altitude and geo-fencing limitations unlocked and as a certified Part 107 pilot you could seek clearance under the program for conducting flights in red zones.



    Option 3 is to visit drone-hacks website and navigate through the process of negating geofencing abilities on your drone. Drone-hacks can assist pilots with differing firmware to ensure removal of geofencing abilities.



    We also discuss an additional option of using drones other than DJI that do not possess geofencing abilities and would allow flights irrespective of DJI's red zone.



    In summary we discuss the quick and easy steps available for pilots along with the timeline for each option that pilots can pursue to seek permission / unlock the DJI red zone. That's it for this quick podcast episode. Tune in for more great shows to come.



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    Timestamps:



    [1:26] Learn all about Drone U's mapping classes with new content and additional exercises at a new location

    [2:18] Today's question from John on flying over no-fly zone

    [4:30] Flying with authorised permissions in a redone

    [5:01] Applying to void a red-zone

    [6:45] As a part 107 and apply QEP

    [7:39] visit drone-hacks website and navigate ability to negate no fly zones

    [9:45] additional option - flying drones without geofencing issues

    • 13 min
    ADU 01265: What is the go-to drone since we can’t find the Phantom anymore?

    ADU 01265: What is the go-to drone since we can’t find the Phantom anymore?

    As the Phantom drones near their end of life, what drones are good alternatives for all round performance?

    We're back to recording podcasts after a hiatus and in this episode we address a long standing question in drone pilots' mind on what drone would replace the Phantom drones, that have captured every domain of the drone industry through it's value for money and performance.



    Today's question is from Gary, who would like to know what drone is the go-to choice for pilots now that the Phantoms are being phased out and second hand drones are expensive.



    Today's episode is brought to you by Drone U mapping events and classes. We talk about some of the new changes we have made to our mapping classes and course curriculum to stay updated with some of the recent trends in the mapping industry such as going over new products for geo-referencing, geo-tagging, GPS and more. Visit our Drone U events page for more details on classes and courses.



    We start off today's show with why the Phantoms have become renowned for their performance and versatility and the features which make them very suitable for carrying out flights and missions in different domains such as mapping, inspection and overall videography while also discussing its ability to support 3rd party applications. We then discuss why the Mavic 3 is not a good replacement (at least as of today) and what limitations the Mavic 3 has, in comparison to the Phantom.



    Our suggestion for the go-to drone to replace the Phantom is the Inspire 2 and we delve into the details on why the Inspire 2 is best bang for the buck. We discuss its features and camera options using which pilots can add value to their deliverables.



    In our last section we go over our recent move to Colorado and appreciate the welcoming nature of the people that live here.



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    Timestamps:



    [0:55] Everything you need to know about Drone U's New Mapping Content and upcoming classes

    [3:22] Today's question on the go-to drone to replace Phantoms?

    [6:22] Is the Mavic 3 a good replacement?

    [7:15] What are the cost effective solution (new drone) for mapping?

    [8:38] What made Phantom a great drone for all round performance?

    [10:18] Is the Inspire 2 best value for its price?

    [14:00] Best camera for Inspire 2

    [21:28] Why we weren't able to record any new podcasts in recent weeks

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
394 Ratings

394 Ratings

flyboy3714 ,

Learned a lot

Learned a lot from these guys.
Still in the biz 4 years later.
Great for keeping proficient and acquiring a high altitude view of the state of the industry.

Amarillo Portrait Guy ,

Very Helpful Info

I bought a Drone about a Month ago. I’ve watched many of their You Tube Videos, and it’s been so helpful. I’m about to join the Community, etc. to learn more about the Business. I’m a Professional Photographer and looking to expand my Business with Drones.

Spruce Tip ,

Too bias, lacks deep understanding into the products they talk about

Droneu is great for new dronies. I think they cover surface level insight well. They are kinda goofy so if you’re looking for pure industry knowledge without personal flare, this might not be a great option. They also have a good amount of resources that can be very helpful when jumping into uav.

2 main issues -

First, undisclosed bias.

On multiple occasions they compare products not disclosing to the viewers on the podcast they offer paid training on only 1 of the 2 products(shocker, they talk up the ones you can pay them to learn more about)

Second,

Not using the products they are claiming to be experts on. Specifically softwares. I understand 1 person or even a team would struggle to understand how to use every drone software out there, but to not even use a software(obvious based on some of their comments) and make statements that are simply false is very unprofessional imo given the reach of the podcast. Do the homework, reach out to companies you are talking about and verify your script is accurate so your viewers can be confident in the information you are sharing.

Unfortunately, these guys fall into the category of know-it-alls that do not know it all and do not verify the accuracy of their content.

Please add how you go about fact checking for each podcast subject, I’d consider listening to your podcast again if that were to occur and shared with everyone. As well, would love to see more representation from companies AND users to get the full picture.

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