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

June 21, 2021 20 min
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 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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Today's question is about flying your drone over state parks. Our caller for today, Tom from Wisconsin has a question about flying drones over state parks. The state park that Tom wishes to fly over has a railroad and a residential area in the vicinity. So, firstly, can Tom get the required legal permission to fly over this state park? Do drone laws vary by state? Or is the FAA the ultimate and only authority when it comes to a...
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Today's show is about American drone manufacturers and the industry dynamics as a whole. Our caller for today, Gordon is looking for some feasible alternatives to DJI. The US-China trade war and data security concerns have given a fillip to American drone manufacturers, who have, till now been unable to compete with the Chinese behemoth, DJI. And while homegrown manufacturers have managed to get their foot in the door, are they...
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Today's show is about drone industry trends for 2021 and beyond. Our caller for today, Tom has come up with a great question that will surely interest all you drone enthusiasts out there. Specifically, with the drone industry in a constant state of flux, Tom is wondering where things are headed in 2021? From micro-drones to recreational flying to the changing dynamics of the American drone manufacturing market, we discuss a lot...
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Today's show is about flying your drone in cold weather. Our caller for today, Shawn from Canada who flies a Mavic 2 Pro. Flying in Canada is particularly challenging because of the cold weather and high altitudes. So, what can Shawn do to get some extra flight time? And, how can he make flying in such difficult conditions a more comfortable experience? On today's show, we share some nuanced drone battery maintenance tips t...
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Today, we recommend the optimum workflow for drone search and rescue. Our caller for today, Karl conducted a drone search and rescue to locate a missing dog. However, unfortunately, it seems that his mission was not really successful. So, on today's show, we reveal the best and most efficient workflow for a moving target. You will learn the four acquisition methods that you can possibly use in drone search and rescue. And you w...
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Today's show is about flying your drone in an interference heavy environment. Our caller for today, Greg is unable to fly his Mavic 2 Pro in autonomous flight mode since there is a radio tower in the vicinity. Can Greg still conclude his mapping mission if he is flying in such an interference heavy environment? On today's show, you will learn how to navigate the complexities of flying in such an environment. We talk about w...
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Mavic Air 2 vs. Mavic 2 Pro - Which is The Best Option for You? Today's question is about the Mavic Air 2 vs. Mavic Air Pro. Is it worth paying extra for the Mavic 2 Pro if you are planning to shoot real estate? Our caller for today, Dominic is keen to start a new drone business and he is willing to make an initial capital investment of $2,000. The drones that he is considering are the Mavic Air 2, and its larger cousin, DJI Ma...
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Once You Get Your Part 107 License, Can You Legally Sell Drone Footage That You Shot As a Hobby Pilot?  Today's show is about selling your drone footage after getting your Part 107 license. Our caller for today, Keith recently got his Part 107 license. Congratulations, Keith! Keith has been a hobby pilot for the past five years and has a ton of footage that he can now sell commercially. But, is he legally allowed by the FAA to ...
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Branding and Marketing Strategies to Grow a Drone Business Today's show is about business strategy and branding. Our caller for today, Bob is building out a website for his drone business. And while he primarily focuses on the construction industry, Bob is wondering if he should target other verticals as well. Is it better to go broad? Or is it better to niche down and focus just on your core skill? On today's show, we disc...
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Today's question is about drone remote-id. How can you make your drone "remote-id compatible"? Is this something that you should be even worrying about right now? Our caller for today, Jack has a question about drone remote-id. Back in December 2020, drone remote-id rules were finalized by the FAA. Once these restrictive rules kick in, it will become mandatory to broadcast your drone's location via remote-id. So, is...
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Today's show is about using software for mapping the interiors of a building. Our caller for today, Gary is a long-time ADU listener. He just happened to tune in to one of our older shows where we talked about using the Insta 360 for mapping the interiors of a building. So, Gary went ahead and purchased the Insta 360 for his next drone job where he is doing construction progress monitoring for an interior buildout. However, rec...
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