Ask Drone U

Ask Drone U

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

Episodes

July 15, 2021 14 min
Best Video Drone For The Money Today's show is about video drones. Specifically, which is the best, most versatile option for a commercial drone business? Our caller for today, Jordan is looking for a versatile drone that is particularly good at capturing video. He is particularly keen on buying a bird that can safely fly over water.? To help him, we first reveal why the Mavic Air 2S is NOT our preferred choice. We then go on t...
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Best Agricultural Drones | How to Set Up a Drone Business Without Overshooting Your Budget Today's show is about agricultural drones. What is the best yet most affordable setup for those looking to provide their services to the agricultural sector? Our caller for today, Ryan is keen to provide drone services to the agricultural sector. But like most new entrepreneurs, he is on a tight budget. Can Ryan meet client expectations w...
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Drone Safety, and How to Tackle Drone Magnetic Interference Today's show is about flying in areas with heavy magnetic interference.  Our caller for today, Arturo from Columbia recently started working with the local government to fly missions in the heart of the city. But flight safety is a huge concern for him as he is flying in an interference-heavy environment. We discuss different options to help Arturo out. From flying Lin...
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Drone Flight Time Comparison - Phantom 4 Pro vs. Inspire 2 vs. Mavic Enterprise On today's show we do a flight time comparison between some popular drones like Phantom 4 Pro, Inspire 2, and Mavic Enterprise. Our caller for today, Carl is considering the Phantom 4 Pro, Inspire 2, and Mavic Enterprise for drone mapping missions.  But he is not sure if these drones can give him a long enough flight time to conclude his job. And un...
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Google's Wing App, Parrot ANAFI AI, World-Class Skyfish Drones for Engineering and Critical Infrastructure, Made In USA Drones In the fourth edition of Drone Life News, Paul and Miriam McNabb of DroneLife and JobforDrones discuss some of the latest and most exciting news from the world of drones. Our biggest story this week is about Parrot's new ANAFI AI drone. This unique drone comes with obstacle avoidance that is inspire...
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Using Drone Surveying for Small Properties Today's show is about using drone surveying for really small properties. Our caller for today, Jerry wishes to survey small properties with drones. But, is this even feasible? While surveying with drones might be a cost-effective for large tracts of land, can you use this new-age technology for smaller properties as well? We cover the basics of photogrammetry, and share some great ti...
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On today's show, you will learn why the Mavic 2 Pro is NOT the right drone for cell tower inspections and construction site mapping. Our caller for today, John from Oregon has recently purchased a Mavic 2 Pro for a cell tower inspection business. Additionally, John also wants to use this beginner DJI drone for preparing construction site maps. While the Mavic 2 Pro's Hasselblad sensor might be great for capturing vivid imag...
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FAA TRUST Exam, Drone Industry, and Competition, Autel's Rising Popularity, BVLOS and Much, Much More... In the third edition of Drone Life News, Paul and Miriam McNabb of DroneLife and JobforDrones discuss some of the latest and most exciting news from the world of drones. Our biggest story this week is about the FAA TRUST Exam and Drone U being one of the select few providers of the exam. We discuss the recent trends in the d...
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Walmart Invests in Drone Delivery Startup, DroneUp, UK Moves Ahead with Drone Remote ID, the NASA UAS Safety Reporting System, Google Wing Comments on Drone Remote ID We are back with another Drone Life News show with the incredible Miriam McNabb of DroneLife and JobforDrones to share with us some of the latest and most exciting news from the world of drones. Our biggest story this week is about drone deliveries. While much has bee...
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Today's show is about using drones for shooting hotels and resorts. Our caller for today, Jordan from NY has an opportunity to shoot some aerial footage of a resort. However, his client wishes to accentuate the beautiful mountains in the background. And so, Jordan is thinking of renting the Mavic 2 Zoom for this new gig. But, is the zoom on this DJI drone powerful enough to accentuate the beautiful background? And, should Jorda...
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Lucrative Drone Career Options | Drones in Construction, For Oil and Gas Inspections, Drone Surveying Today's show is about lucrative drone career options. Our caller for today, 24-year old Casey was just fired from his surveying company. At his ex-employer, Casey became familiar with flying the Ebee drone, and also processing mapping data. Now, he is wondering about the best way forward, and how he can navigate this career cha...
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Today's show is about using the Skydio 2 for drone mapping. Our caller for today, Grant flies the Mavic Air 2 for real estate. Currently, he is going through our Comprehensive Mapping course and is keen on exploring new verticals to grow his drone business. And he is thinking of using the Skydio 2 along with DroneDeploy for drone mapping. So, can you really build a sustainable drone mapping business using an autonomous drone li...
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2021 FAA Symposium, BVLOS Flights, World's Smallest microLiDAR, Sony Airpeak S1, DJI News, DOD Clears Government Approved DJI Drones and Much, Much More... In the first-ever edition of Drone Life News, we are joined by the incredible Miriam McNabb of DroneLife and JobforDrones to share with us some of the latest and most exciting news from the world of drones. Our biggest story this week is about the 2021 FAA Symposium. One of ...
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A one-of-a-kind drone that can be used in law enforcement, firefighting, SWAT operations, and much, much more... Today's show is a special one as we are joined by Angad from Brinc Drones who explains to us the powerful capabilities of their newest drone, Lemur. Lemur is a public safety drone with a difference. This heavily accessorized drone can be used as a law enforcement drone, as a firefighting drone, and by SWAT teams to c...
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DJI Inspire 1, Inspire 1 vs. Inspire 2, DJI News, DJI rumors, DJI Inspire 1 Batteries Today's show is about the DJI Inspire 1. Topics discussed today include the DJI Inspire 1, Inspire 1 vs. Inspire, and the DJI Inspire 3. Our caller for today, Marshall went ahead and purchased the DJI Inspire 1 for his drone business. And, now he needs help finding a reliable, affordable vendor who can sell drone batteries for this outdated DJ...
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Today, we share some expert drone battery maintenance tips to ensure a safe flight. Our caller for today, Derek from Ohio was finding it difficult to fly his Phantom 4 Pro in GPS mode. But no sooner did he replace his old drone battery with a new one, all his flight issues disappeared immediately. So, Derek is wondering if he can accurately predict his drone battery life, and prevent such issues going forward. Among other things, w...
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Today's show is about using the sub-250 gram drone, DJI Mavic Mini 2 for real estate photography. Our caller for today, Carl intends to make a foray into the real estate photography business with the DJI Mavic Mini 2. But, while Carl might limit his upfront investment with this starter DJI drone, can he compete with pilots who fly larger (and more expensive) drones like Phantom and Mavic? We reveal the pros and cons of this muc...
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Today's show is about drones for agriculture and construction. What are some of the best (and more affordable) options for applications like agricultural spraying, NDVI, and construction mapping? Our caller for today, Peter, all the way from Hungary has an excellent question about using drones for agriculture and construction. Peter recently went through our Comprehensive Mapping course and is now keen to start a drone mapping ...
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Our question for today is about the most affordable and best drones for high winds. Our caller for today, Joe, unfortunately, lost two drones when he was out flying in windy conditions. Now, he wishes to purchase a new drone but he is on a tight budget of $200. Additionally, his wishlist includes GPS, RTH, and of course, a drone capable of flying at wind speeds of 20 - 30 km/h. So, which are some of the best (and affordable) quadco...
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Our caller for Tom has come up with a great question today. His question is about drone remote-id. While drone remote-id is set to kick in only by 2023, FAADroneZone is already asking drone pilots to classify their drone as "remote-id" enabled when they attempt to register their drone. Needless to say, this is resulting in a lot of confusion - and many drone pilots are preferring to avoid completing the registration process...
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