Entrepreneurship

Which Drone Shots Pay The Most? Interview with Paul Prescott from Amazing Aerial Agency

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Paul Prescott, CEO of Amazing Aerial Agency, located all the way in Croatia. Amazing Aerial Agency is a repository of curated stock footage, both drone photos and videos. This stock footage is purchased by magazines, publishing companies, news outlets, etc. for royalty free use. The best part about it? Drone pilots just like you get paid to create the content!

If you are looking to get paid for flying your drone, this is a really interesting discussion where we dive into what makes content great, which kind of footage is worth more than others, and how to get involved. If you want to learn more, head to Amazing Aerial Agency, reach out to them and tell him you want to be a contributor! Oh yeah, tell them I sent you 🙂

https://www.amazingaerial.agency

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Continuing the FAA Remote ID Discussion with Paul Aitken from the Drone U Podcast

I recently had the pleasure of chatting with Paul Aitken from the Drone U podcast, as we continued the discussion of Remote ID. Like my conversation with Kenji Sugahara in the most recent High Voltage Podcast, Paul and I discuss just how this would affect different sectors in unmanned aviation, from hobbyists, to professional drone operators, to small manufacturers like myself. This is a really interesting interview and it was really a great time chatting with Paul… I can’t wait to be back!

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MORE ABOUT REMOTE ID: In December of 2019, the FAA released a 300+ page document that proposed what they call “Remote ID”, which in essence is a set of rules that would allow them to monitor the airspace here in the United States for all remotely controlled aircraft. Basically, this is a regulation that would affect everyone in the unmanned aircraft community, whether you are a recreational Radio Controlled Airplane pilot who flies at the local AMA flying field, all the way to the likes of an Amazon looking to do unmanned package deliveries.

Here is the link for more information and how to leave a comment:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/12/31/2019-28100/remote-identification-of-unmanned-aircraft-systems

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“Hobbyists Got Screwed” Breaking Down The FAA Remote ID Proposal With Kenji Sugahara

In December of 2019, the FAA released a 300+ page document that proposed what they call “Remote ID”, which in essence is a set of rules that would allow them to monitor the airspace here in the United States for all remotely controlled aircraft. Basically, this is a regulation that would affect everyone in the unmanned aircraft community, whether you are a recreational Radio Controlled Airplane pilot who flies at the local AMA flying field, all the way to the likes of an Amazon looking to do unmanned package deliveries. To be honest, I sat down and read the document myself but let’s face it – most of it just went over my head.

So, I figured it would be best to chat with someone who is an expert on the subject! In a recent interview for my High Voltage Podcast, I sit down with my friend Kenji Sugahara, who is the perfect person to chat with to discuss this matter.

Kenji is technically a lawyer who passed the bar exam, but because his passion for flying and operating drones outweighs his passion for practicing law, he now works full time in his business A-Cam Aerials located in Oregon. Instead of sitting in a courtroom or office all day, he and his team spend their days out in the Pacific Northwest shooting movies, TV shows and commercials with drones. As a member of the Federal Aviation Rulemaking Committee, he was involved with providing the FAA with some insight as to some possible rules that would allow drones to operate in National Airspace safely and effectively. Did the FAA take into account the advice he and the others provided for this rule making? Well – no, they didn’t.

In this interview, we discuss how the FAA’s proposed Remote ID system would affect hobbyists, UAV operators such as himself, and small aircraft manufactures like myself. Just how bad will it be? With these proposed rules, to put it in Kenji’s words, “Hobbyists Got Screwed”. Listen in and get a sense for how these new proposed rules would affect you, however you are involved with unmanned aviation.

Now, what do we do about it??? The FAA has a comment period that is open until March 2, 2020 (only 25 days from the time this is being posted). So, if you have not commented on the proposed set of rules and explain to the FAA how this would affect you personally, please be sure to do so! Remember, as Kenji states in the end of the video, don’t just slam the FAA and tell them how they are ruining your life – be sure to point out both the good and bad.

Lastly, DO NOT COPY AND PASTE a comment from the AMA or any other organization! This will be treated as one comment and not help move the needle.

Here is the link for more information and how to leave a comment:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2019/12/31/2019-28100/remote-identification-of-unmanned-aircraft-systems

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Q&A #1- Drones: Turning RC Hobby Into a Side Gig, Flight Controllers, Drone Uses for Farmers, and More!

In this first Q&A we cover all sorts of topics regarding drones! Last week I asked my social media community to write in their questions for my first Q&A and as luck would have it, every question was pertaining to drones. Here we discuss topics from turning your hobby into a profession, to flight controllers, various use cases for drones and answer the question whether or not drones are still being used recreationally. This was a really fun one to do- would love to do it again!

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Interview with Stephen Glaus on the Unmanned Uncovered Podcast

I recently had the pleasure of being on the Unmanned Uncovered Podcast hosted by Stephen Glaus. In this interview we had a great chat about how I got started in the industry, drones for good, what we are up to at Watts Innovations, and all things unmanned. In addition we go into detail about how to continue moving forward after a certain business or business model doesn’t quite succeed. This gives a bit more insight as to what I have been up to in the past few years and I hope you enjoy it! 

For anyone in the unmanned aviation space I highly encourage you to check out Stephen’s Unmanned Uncovered podcast!

 

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Drones & Cybersecurity: Interview with Jeff Parisse, Senior Aviation Analyst

Jeff Parisse has been in the unmanned aircraft space for many years. His specialties include UAV use for mapping, agriculture, infrastructure inspection, you name it. He has recently been specializing in Cybersecurity with a deep understanding of drone technology and how the data they capture may be used for malice in the wrong hands.

Recently in the news, Chinese made drones have been put in the spotlight for allegedly sharing customer’s private data with the Chinese government. In addition, consumer drone manufacturer DJI (who has 80% of the drone market share in the USA) has just released a “Government Edition” of their aircraft, which does not send any data back to DJI or any third parties. This begs the question: “What kind of information is being shared?” 

I am deeply fascinated by this subject, as it has so many implications that can affect practically anyone who relies on drones for a service or utility. In this interview, Jeff and I discuss exactly what kind of data these drones may be collecting, how criminals are utilizing drones to hack into vulnerable networks, and how concerned the average drone pilot should be regarding cybersecurity. This is a fascinating topic that continues to change and evolve each and every day.

 

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Fabricating Parts in Your Basement: Interview with Erick Royer of Stepcraft CNC Systems

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Erick Royer of Stepcraft CNC Systems. Stepcraft is the manufacturer of high end, easy to use CNC machines that allow users to fabricate parts in their very own home. Join in as we discuss how he used Kickstarter to launch his first product, the journey he went through to scale the business, and the endless possibilities of making your very own parts at home with these machines.

We are living through an incredible time of DIY, inventorship and entrepreneurship. As Erick explains, so many of his customers have purchased a small CNC machine from him, started a side hustle- which has now evolved into a full time business. This is a really great listen for anyone looking to make things at home. Hope you enjoy!

 
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Interview from the Drone Trainer Podcast- with Chris Anderson

Here is a recent interview I did with Chris Anderson from the Drone Trainer Podcast. Chris has an awesome website called The Drone Trainer, where he offers online drone training. If you are looking to get into drones and are looking to become a service provider of some sort- he has some great resources so definitely check it out.

 

In this interview, join me and Chris as we chat about various topics from how I got involved in the RC Heli / Drone world, taking your passion from a hobby to a business, all the way to how to market your business utilizing social media- with everything in between. I hope you enjoy! 

 

 

 
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Taking the First Steps to Becoming a Professional Drone Pilot

I get this question all the time: “I am really interested in getting into the drone business, but how do I start?” Most people who ask this question already have their FAA Part 107 certificate but just have no idea how to get jobs.

Being in the drone service provider industry for almost a decade taught me many things: jobs are tough to get. But… once you get your foot in the door and prove that you know your stuff, jobs are more likely to come your way.

Here’s a brief audio clip that explains in my opinion the best way to get started. It’s extremely simple and is only three steps:

1) Buy a drone and become the best pilot in the world. Literally fly every day and become the best at your craft.

2) Become FAA Part 107 certified (or similar in your country)

3) Use the internet & social media (Twitter, Google, Instagram, LinkedIn) to search for professional drone operators and businesses in your area. Contact them and ask to work for free. Offer to help, go on some jobs with them, see where you can add value to their business. Within no time you will be positioning yourself to either add to their team or take your newfound knowledge and do your own thing.

I hope this helps!

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Episode 2: Beau Rials

Beau Rials is a world-class host of Direct Response Television Marketing programs. Simply put – he is a “Pitchman” for As Seen on TV Commercials. Beau has hosted over 170 infomercials for various products ranging from golf clubs to kitchen mops, with a little bit of everything in between. Starting as a radio personality on the west coast, he broke out in the world of infomercial hosting and the rest is history.

In the second High Voltage podcast, Bobby & Beau chat about his experience in this fascinating industry, some of the most popular As Seen On TV products ever sold, his most successful product he ever pitched, and what inventors should know about inventing a product for mass markets. 

Run-time: 1:10:22

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