Stories from 400 Feet

Stories from 400 Feet

Drone professionals are making dull, dirty, and dangerous jobs safer, faster, and more actionable. In this podcast, we highlight the everyday and the not-so-everyday stories of drones and technologies being used in the field, whether that is to conduct routine data collection or to test new and exciting avenues for the drone industry. If a drone flies, we’ll be there!

Episodes

August 25, 2022 40 min

What are the current trends in the drone market? What do investors think about the drone industry? How do the answers to these questions impact the drone industry and how do we bridge the gap between positive market trends and investor confidence? We spoke with the CEO of Drone Industry Insights, Kay Wackwitz and CFO of Volatus Aerospace, Abhinav Singhvi, to get answers to these questions and address some of the current trends, con...

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Richard Podolski, VP of Flight Operations, talks in-depth about the recent SFOC granted to Volatus Aerospace by Transport Canada to remotely pilot a drone using Remote Flight Control System (RFCS) software and optical Detect and Avoid (DAA) within an active aerodrome traffic zone. This is the first step toward commercializing their nesting station AeriePort.

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While at CanSec, we sat down with Nigel Waterhouse, Delegate for Transport Canada, to discuss the challenges and nuances between autonomous passenger flight, remotely piloted passenger flight, and uncrewed cargo delivery when it comes to integrating them into the National Airspace safely. 

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Designed by Dr. Tad McGeer, the inventor of the ScanEagle (a UAV that defined a  whole new group of military aircraft), the Flexrotor from Aerovel is a vertical takeoff and landing autonomous aircraft with a pedigree that predates most commercial UAVs. In this podcast, we speak with Aerovel's CEO, Ali Dian to dive into the dual-use applications and capabilities of the Flexrotor. 

To learn more about Dr. McGeer check out a recen...

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Colonel (ret'd) Michel Latouche, leader of the Veteran Training Program, Task Force Drone, speaks about the challenges veterans face when retiring from the military and how becoming a drone pilot can be a fulfilling second career that leverages their military skills. 

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We speak with Lieutenant Colonel Melanie Lake about what it has been like witnessing the Russian invasion of Ukraine after serving with Ukrainian soldiers as a commander during Operation UNIFIER from March to October of 2021 and how that experience led her and many others to establish Mriya Aid, a Not-for-Profit designed to provide non-lethal military aid to Ukraine.  

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June 22, 2022 4 min

What does it take to evacuate a family from Ukraine? What are the dangers involved? We spoke with a gentleman, who in order to keep his family safe has asked to remain anonymous, about what it took to not only get his family out of Ukraine but to provide six weeks of humanitarian aid throughout Ukraine. 

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Divy Shrivastava, Founder and CEO of Paladin, joins us again on Stories from 400 Feet to talk about working with the Elizabeth Police Department in New Jersey to obtain one of the first Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) waivers in Class B airspace for a Drone as a First Responder (DFR) Program.

To provide some context on what this means: The FAA defines class B airspace as: "Generally, that airspace from the surface to 10,000...

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Latin America is an important emerging market for drone applications, but to understand its needs, culture, and regulations across many different countries requires a combination of demonstrated experience and local knowledge. We spoke with Bruno Leoni, CEO of EOLO Drones about his joint venture with Volatus Aerospace and how they will bring sophisticated drone solutions to Latin America. 

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What determines when an earthquake will happen or not? Slow-Slip Events are relatively minor movements that don't cause massive disruption like earthquakes despite having similar elements. Subduction, the process of a plate sliding under another plate, is still a key factor with slow-slip events. 

With the help of Pacific Triangle, Iowa State University's Geology Department is using drones for the first time to gather data o...

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Andy Lacher is currently the Chief Technologist for Future Airspace Operations in the Intelligent Flight Systems organization at NASA’s Langley Research Center where he works on the safe operational integration of new aviation technologies. His deep knowledge and experience made him the ideal person to talk to about defining and standardizing autonomy and automation in aviation. In this not-to-be-missed podcast, we talk about his  ...

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By embedding a position sensor inside their propulsion system, IQ Motion Control is enabling better position control  and safety protocols and advanced health monitoring that eliminates the need for a swashplate.  We spoke with Co-Founders Jon Broome and Matthew Piccoli to learn more about their technology and what benefits this can provide OEMs looking to build next generation drone platforms. 

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We spoke with Dan O'Toole about drone delivery infrastructure and how reimagining secure mailboxes is an essential element to scaling autonomous package delivery.

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If your drone crashed, would you be covered? 

This is a question every end user and drone pilot should be asking before starting a mission, because finding out afterward is too late. Crashes can be costly and dangerous, and you want to be protected if the unforeseen happens. But, the answer on whether you are covered or not are not always simple, which is why an Insurance Broker that specializes in aviation can help you sort it out....

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We asked Troy Hittle, Managing Director of North America for Elistair, what can you do with a tethered drone? More than you think. Tethered drone solutions are starting to get more traction as industries look for 24/7 overwatch solutions, but, as Troy points out in this episode, there are more ways to leverage the power of a tethered drone. 

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You've inspected one bridge with a drone, you can inspect them all, right? If only that were true! Unfortunately for inspectors, engineers and architects have deployed multiple designs and materials in the building of bridges all over the world.

This is the story of one particular bridge in California that needed its O-rings inspected. The only problem? They were inside concrete pillars. Sky Ladder was called in by ConnexiCore ...

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In this episode, Adam Bilmes, Director of Sales at Inspired Flight, talks about Blue sUAS and their American-made drone, being prepared to handle supply chain disruptions, the growing maturity and savvy of end users, and what this all means for the industry. 

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Back in 2019, Dawn Zoldi, Founder and CEO of P3 Tech Consulting LLC, had a vision to bring attorneys and the drone industry together to network and share knowledge. In 2022 at AUVSI XPONENTIAL, she finally got to realize that dream. After attending this groundbreaking event, we spoke with Dawn about the event's highlights, content, and lessons; the inspiring connections and opportunities that came out of that event; and more. 

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We spoke with Pietro Lapiana, President of EuroLink Systems, about the inspiration and applications of their elegantly engineered Beluga Drone. Built for both defense and commercial applications, the Beluga is capable of taking off and landing from the water and has cut noise pollution in half when compared to comparable drone models, making it a unique system for applications in drone delivery, agriculture, inspections, ISR, and m...

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David Krause, Co-Founder of Influential Drones, has been working in technology for over 25 years. Influential Drones is a sales, training and aerial service provider.  Dave provides consulting and the company is a volunteer Industry Member with the FAA Safety Team (FAAST). He travels the country as a volunteer promoting a drone and aviation safety culture through the FAAST program. We spoke with Krause about his deep industry knowl...

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