The Harnessing Aerial drone podcast aims to provide insights and resources to the drone community from interview-style conversation with expert drone pilots, service provides, and industry stakeholders, that help listeners harness the power of aerial.
We dive deep into each guest’s backgrounds, journeys, and experiences that allowed them to elevate in the industry and develop the skillsets they leverage now to make drones a power for good. They share their tips, tricks, & advice on where the drone industry is headed and how to position yourself effectively to maximize your success & impact the segment you serve.
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2020 Season 1 Finale - UAS Opportunities in 2021
To all the Harnessing Aerial listeners this year and everyone who liked, subscribed, or shared the podcast this year - THANK YOU!
This is a wrap for 2020 and Season 1 of the Harnessing Aerial podcast but don't worry, we will be back in 2021 with other great guests & value-packed content!
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What Drone Pilots Need To Know About Safety, Networking, Education/Training, Disaster Response, and Other Lessons To Be Learned By Looking at NCDOT’s UAS program success with Darshan Divakaran
What You Will Learn-
(1:20) How Darshan got involved in the UAS industry and how he progressed on his drone industry journey to become regarded as a top industry consultant, speaker, & leader.
(7:00) What Darshan’s role was at the NCDOT and how he was involved in standing up one of the leading state UAS programs, the FAA IPP, and other state drone operations.
(10:00) What the foundation of a successful UAS program is and the piece education plays in long term success.
(12:05) What the NC DroneSafe Initiative is and how it creates a safety culture within the local communities
(14:00) Why do some drone pilots overlook safety procedures and what drone pilots need to be doing to ensure they act in a safe manner and conduct smooth operations
(19:00) Why flight safety begins at the top of the organization but does not end there – how pilot safety training is crucial to foster a strong safety culture within UAS programs.
(23:00) Tips & suggestions for drone pilots to get involved in disaster response operations and partner with companies to fly for emergency response, hurricane damage assessment, and other public safety operations
(28:30) How Darshan formed the AUVSI NC chapter and what their focus is and how they are involved in the North Carolina UAS community. How UAS professionals can follow Darshan’s steps to start their own local UAS groups.
(33:00) What the new normal is with drone conferences and why virtual workshops, trainings, webinars will continue to be the networking and education forum for years to come
(37:10) Darshan’s top lesson learned and piece of advice for drone pilots from his time in the drone industry
AUVSI NC website
New American Engineered UAS Platform, PRISM, Set To Be A Game Changer & The Most Versatile Drone In The Industry With Bobby Watts of Watts Innovations
What You Will Learn-
(1:20- 4:08) Bobby’s background dating back to 2006 with RC and how he became a UAS pilot, technician, manufacturer and innovator
(4:15- 6:45 ) What Watts Innovations does, who they manufacturer drones for, and how they have been able to compete with the major UAS manufacturers in the industry with a unique strategy
(6:50) How did the idea of PRISM begin and what will the platform offer
(8:15 -14:30) All about the PRISM platform (customizations/modifications, airframe, compatible payloads, systems, battery type, remote controller, technical specifications including flight time, industry/service use cases)
(14:30) How COVID-19 has effected Watts Innovations, how Bobby had to pivot with the PRISM launch during the ongoing pandemic, and other strategy changes for Watts Innovations
(17:45-23:00) Is PRISM fully American Made? – The platform components that are engineered and manufactured in the US vs the specific parts that are sourced outside the US.
(23:00) What flight software PRISM runs on, what other flight mapping software it is compatible with, and the various functionalities Watts QGC offers.
(25:55) Versatility and portability features of PRISM
(27:30) When PRISM will be available to purchase & when they will begin shipping
(28:50) How to pre-order PRISM, what is the price of PRISM, and what is included at that price
(31:30) What is Propulsion ID, how it is built into PRISM, and why it is key for the versatility of the platform to be gimbal or propulsion system agnostic
Using Drones in Public Safety with Fritz Reber, Head of Public Safety at Skydio and Former Police Captain at Chula Vista Police Department
What You Will Learn-
(1:00-4:20) Fritz’s background within Public Safety and how his journey lead him to the UAS industry within roles at Skydio and the Chula Vista Police Department
(4:35-10:00) How the Chula Vista Police Department was able to obtain the first BVLOS waiver granted to a public safety organization, the considerations that went in place to successfully get approval from the FAA , and how that opened up their operations
(10:45-13:30) Recommendations for Public Safety agencies applying for a BVLOS waiver– Also where to get resources to help you with the waiver application process
(13:45) Steps for public safety organizations to take to develop a UAS program
(16:00) The top drone for public safety organizations and what features they need to look for when adding a UAS to their fleet.
(19:45-24:00) The impact that Skydio is making here in the US drone industry and what the future outlook is after Skydio has become one of the US government’s 5 approved drone companies and announcing a $100M Series C funding round
(24:00) How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected Skydio including the publicized production issues and how they have shown resilience during this time
(26:30) Outside of public safety, what the other industries that Skydio drones are being used in successfully
(30:00) What advanced technology and features have been built into the Skydio 2
(32:15) Fritz top lessons learned from his time in the industry and his tips for drone pilots out there
William “Fritz” Reber, Head of Public Safety at Skydio and former police captain of the Chula Vista Police Department joins Leo for a lively conversation on drones in public safety diving into how the Chula Vista Police Department was able to obtain the first BVLOS waiver granted to a public safety organization and tips for other agencies interested in obtaining the new FAA tactical BVLOS waiver. They also dive into Skydio’s future outlook between being named 1 of 5 US approved drone platforms, $100M Series C funding round, past pandemic production issues, and all the advanced technology and features that have been built into the Skydio 2.
The email for the emergency response program is email@example.com
Chula Vista PD Drone Program
Growing Your Drone Business, Branding/Marketing Tips, and Developing Your Skills As A Drone Pilot with David Young of Drone Launch Academy
David Young, Founder of Drone Launch Academy joins Leo for an interesting discussion centered around how new drone pilots can grow their business and develop their skills to find early traction and create long term success within the industry. David shares stories from the thousands of drone pilots his company has trained and provides interesting branding and marketing tips that will surely help new to the industry remote pilots score early wins and build momentum.
What You Will Learn-
(1:15) How David got into the aviation industry and founded Drone Launch Academy
(7:30) The benefit of taking an actual hand on or virtual educational drone course vs just trying to learn on the fly on your own
(9:00) Considerations/important factors to help you decide if taking a drone course is right for you
(11:00) What courses Drone Launch Academy offers and what value they can bring to your drone service business
(13:45) Top methods that drone pilots/DSPs are using to market and find new business
(15:40) One tactic to grow your business, expand your network, and build more experience when starting a new drone business or offering a new service.
(20:00) What the most common skillset that all the most successful drone pilots and dronepreuners have in common
(23:35) Branding and digital marketing tips for drone service providers
(26:15) The difference between “traffic that you own” vs “traffic you don’t own” and why creating an email list is key to growing your business
(28:50) Why referrals are critical once you get a couple initial clients for your business
(30:00) David’s top lessons learned from his almost 5 years in the drone industry and his countless conversations with drone pilots in the Drone Launch Academy community.
Learn More About Drone Launch Academy Courses: (Discount Code Through Below Links)
Part 107 Course ($50 off)
Aerial Photo Pro ($50 off)
Aerial Roof Inspection Pro ($100 off)
Aerial Video A to Z ($100 off)
Drones 101 ($20 off)
Effects of COVID on InterDrone 2020, How To Broaden Your UAS Network, Create Content, & Market Your Drone Services with Mike Pehel, Chair of InterDrone
What You Will Learn-
(5:00/11:50) The founding story of InterDrone and how it progressed from a hobbyist drone show into a top commercial UAS conference in thee industry
(7:45) The importance of networking and recommendations to broaden your network & reach within the industry
(10:45) How the COVID-19 pandemic has effected InterDrone and what the current plan is for the 2020 conference
(15:00) What InterDrone looks for in its speakers/presenters in order to drive high value quality educational content and what their vetting process looks like
(17:45) Suggestions for finding you own voice when creating or curating content that resonates with your audience
(18:45) The importance of listening to your audience to shift your content and/or business strategy & ways to do that
(20:00) Why flight logging is one of the most underrated marketing/sales tools for drone pilots and drone service providers
(21:55) How a niche focused strategy helps you build expertise and credibility within your industry segment to grow your business
(22:45) Why Google Ads is a crucial tools for DSPs and how to use it effectively for your drone service business
(24:35) Mike’s top 3 insights/lesson learned from his 5+ years in the UAS industry
Learn More About InterDrone: https://interdrone.com/
Love the show-Michael Sheaks
As a business owner myself I’m always searching for insights of other influential people. The podcast asks great questions that I find useful & brings on great guests to cover how they’ve been doing their best!
Very informative and simple presentation. Helpful with sensor type and contact information for pursing work in the industry.
Informative, Exciting & Industry Leader
I enjoy getting these podcast from Leo and Skye Link. He has informative, content rich episodes that you can pull a few nuggets of knowledge each time. Glad he does these and shares with the industry. Keep up the great work.