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Drone Podcast 95 – DroneUp CEO Tom Walker

Drone Podcast 95 – DroneUp CEO Tom Walker

Prior to entering the drone industry, Tom Walker was in the military as a nuclear engineer. Since leaving the military, he has founded DroneUp, an end-to-end aerial data collection drone service.

DroneUp CEO Tom Walker

After hearing Tom’s keynote at InterDrone 2019, I knew he was someone that I wanted to chat with. During his keynote, he specifically mentioned a company that is pretending to make money. Pretending so hard, that they’re privately admitting to making nothing while publicly claiming they are in order to continue to seek investment funding.

Two of my favourite quotes form his keynote are:

“Stop acting like drone people who are trying to build a business, and start acting like business people who are trying to build an industry.

“Never waste your time telling someone how you’re better. Tell them how you’re different. Let them decide if it’s better.”

Once you’ve had a chance to listen to our 30 minute chat on the podcast, be sure to check out his keynote right here. I know you’re going to enjoy both of them immensely.

Connect with Tom…

Tom can be found at DroneUp as well as on LinkedIn.

Thanks for listening!

Anyway I hope you enjoyed this week’s chat with Tom Walker! If you like what you hear, be sure to subscribe in your favourite podcast player, and share it with your other drone friends 🙂

Start Droning the Right Way with Marc Sandlhauser

Marc Sandlhauser - Drone Podcast

Drone Podcast 083 – Marc Sandlhauser

Delaware drone pilot Marc Sandlhauser is only three months into his drone business, and is already seeing some nice success! Listen in to hear about his pricing model, how he’s marketing, and a few other little tips he’s picked up along the way!

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Working at DJI and FLIR with Randall Warnas

Randall Warnas - Drone Podcast

Drone Podcast 078 – Randall Warnas

From the early days of starting his own brick and mortar drone store, to leading the global sUAS segment at FLIR, Randall Warnas has had a heck of a journey. Oh yeah, he also started DJI’s Enterprise Division prior to landing at FLIR. Interested right?

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How to Fly your Drone in Canada

How to Fly your Drone in Canada

As of June 1, 2019, anyone looking to fly a drone in Canada is regulated by Part IX of the Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs).

The quick and dirty on the changes are:

  1. Everyone must register their drones if they weigh more than 250g.
  2. Everyone must obtain either a basic or advanced pilot certificate.
  3. You must be at least 14 years of age to obtain a pilot certificate.
  4. You must keep your drone within line of sight when flying.
  5. You are permitted to fly to a max altitude of 400′ above ground.
  6. Foreign pilots are required to obtain a SFOC before flying in Canada.

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Droning in Hong Kong with Brandi Papania

Brandi Papania - Drone Podcast

Drone Podcast 077 – Brandi Papania

American drone pilot Brandi Papania is having a blast flying her drone in Hong Kong. Brandi is a copywriter by day, who enjoys flying around the tiny island at night. Let’s hear about what it’s like flying a drone in Hong Kong from Brandi!

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