This is the week of june 21st 2021.. This week we have four topics and one of them i never thought i was going to be able to talk about, which is trust. Trust is finally here the recreational exam from the fa for recreational pilots. So we’ll talk about this whole thing. If you haven’t seen the video, i have another full video on this, but we’ll talk about it. We have a drone analyst survey. We’Ll have david benowitz with us talking to coming to talk about the the survey that he’s creating and we have a dji update with two different things from dji this week and we have an industry update with a bunch of briefs from the industry. So let’s get to it Music and the first thing this week, i’m really excited to be talking about this we’ve been on an embargo from the fa for the last three or four months now uh, we have been approved to be a trust provider, but even better. The fa finally released the trust exam, which is the exam that you have to take as a recreational pilot to meet one of the requirements that was in the recreational regulation so, like i said we are testing providers, so you can take the test with us. The best part about all this is that it is free, it is very fast and you can’t fail the exam. So you can go on this platform, trust that pilot institute dot com.
You can take the test and within probably 10 15 minutes. You’Ll have the certificate of completion, you print it and then that’s it. You never have to do this again. There are four quizzes, i think, it’s 23 questions total the quizzes are divided throughout the training and then, by the time you’re done like i said you get your completion certificate and then you’re good to go so this is required for anyone who’s going to be flying Their drones under usc 44809 you’re, going to say what the heck is: usc 44809 well it’s the regulation for recreational pilots so that’s. What are you going to do anytime? You fly for a recreational purposes for fun. Then you make sure that you have this completed. A few notes, a few q and a’s we’ve seen a lot of questions in the last 24 so hours. First, one is make sure you keep your certificate in your records to prove that you actually did the training. This is what meets the requirement for 44 809. For one of the bullet points and there’s, nine of them total. Yes, this is required if you are a part, 107 certified pilots, but you want to fly recreationally a lot of people. Don’T i’ve never realized this, but a lot of people don’t know that they can actually fly for recreational purposes as a part, 107 pilot and uh and it’s really up to you before you take off, you can decide which roles you want to follow.
It’S two different sets of rules: okay, it’s, usc, 44, 809 and it’s 14 cfr, part 107.. You pick the rules that you want to choose. Obviously, if you pick part 107, you need to be certified, but if you’ve got a certification, you can pick one or the other. Now some people have asked me this week. Why would i want to fly as a recreational pilot? If i have a part 107 certificate and the answer is i can’t really find a good answer, quite frankly, there’s not really a reason anymore. There is not a loophole if you want, there is not really anything in the recreational rules that make it easier better than if you were in a part 107. in the past, you actually had something we had. If you want to fly at night, you didn’t need a waiver to do it under recreational flying. If you flew in uh uncontrolled airspace. This is not the case anymore. You can do the same thing under part 107. Now so that’s kind of a mood point at this stage, so anyway another q, a yes. This is required if you fly your drone, that is sub 250 grams 0.55 pounds. So if you have a mavic mini, if you have any of the the mini drones that are out there from other manufacturers, yes, you don’t have to register it for recreational purposes, but you do need to do the trust exam in order to to to meet the Requirements: okay and yes, a drone.
I use the term drawn. The fa uses the term drone, but here what we’re talking about is a model aircraft, a model helicopter, a multi router quadcopter, whatever you have all of these – are considered unmanned aircraft. All of these fall under 44 809. Therefore, you need to do the trust again. This is a one time thing, it’s going to take 15 minutes of your time and then you’re done and you’re all set, so very simple, there’s no upper limit either. So, if it’s over 55 pounds, you also have to do that if you’re flying for fun, it is valid forever. You download your certificate now. This is something you got to be careful, um you’re, going to create an account on our platform on trust.pilotinstitute.com and when you create that account you’ll be able to come back. If you don’t finish the training on time, that’s, why we have you create an account, but at the very end, as soon as we issue the certificate, we delete your account. So this is a requirement from the faa. We don’t keep your your information. Actually, the fa doesn’t even get your information all the faa gets. Is this the we call the token number that’s at the bottom of your certificate and that’s what we send to the faa to tell them this was this is a token number that is used. That is that was issued to an actual person. They don’t know who it was.
We don’t know who it was for. If you call us and said i miss my number, we don’t have a record of it, so we can’t help you so um. So there you have it all right and for the second story this week we actually have a guest and our guest is david benowitz. And if you’re used to our pixel drone show you’ve seen david before he’s with drone analysts and and they collect a lot of data, they do a lot of analysis about drones, like it says, in their name and uh and david welcome on the show happy to Have you yeah thanks for having me on the show i’m, always kind of looking forward to speak with you so david uh? Can you tell us a little bit more about drone analysts? I know some people may not be familiar with what you do. What do you do? What do you bring to the industry – and i know you’ve been doing this for quite a while now yeah, so drone analyst is kind of one of the first independent research consultancy agencies in the drone sphere itself, so started back in 2016. We’Ve been doing annual surveys, um and other type of reporting and collecting data around the industry and really giving people some transparency around. What is the true benchmark, the true growth and the true trends in the industry um. You know we’ve all seen hype that you know the market’s supposed to be something above 100 billion us dollars by by this year actually and um.
Yeah we’ve just been really providing a lot more realistic approach, realistic analysis to the real growth in the market, the real size of the market for different stakeholders in the industry outstanding and then recently you posted a link to a survey, and this is what i wanted To talk to you about this week, um, what are you trying to collect? I went through the survey, but i don’t want to. I don’t want to give all the information yeah yeah thanks um, so yeah. Every year we put out a survey which is really kind of a benchmark and really understands the market structure from you know what drones are being purchased to. You know what is the health nature of the services service providers? You know, are people making money? Are they losing money? You know where? Are they making money as well to also business agency users which industries are growing the most, which you know trends? Do we see there in that market and then? Lastly, what software services are people relying on to power, their drone operations? I mean so that’s kind of the structure of the survey we released this survey and we release kind of data and findings from the survey every year, um so it’s the longest running data set when it comes down to these market trends that exist in the market. That i know of or that that is really out there today yeah your participation in the survey will really help us better understand the market and those insights provided from people who respond to the survey will inform stakeholders but will also be kind of shared public with A few different key data points that we share every year related to hardware trends related to hardware market share as well, but then, even later this week, we’re publishing some data related to um.
You know how much money are our service routers making to help inform um? You know people looking to enter the industry or even in the industry, on what are some ways they can optimize and maximize their their revenue, um. So that’s kind of what the survey is and kind of what comes out of the survey um, your specific participation uh will not just provide and kind of uh. You know give access to some key insights from from the data itself, but we also do have a drawing for two four hundred dollar gift cards, um, so that’s kind of a nice way to reward people for for submitting what are some of the things that you Found in surveys in the past you said: you’ve been collecting data in a while what’s some of the things that you’ve seen and looked at the data and said. Oh, this is not what i was expecting yeah. I mean that’s that’s, a great question. You know for me, especially last year we were really focusing on what are the security concerns around specifically chinese made drones and how that kind of relates to purchases um. You know, obviously, we see a lot of that in the media and the drone media, but also in kind of the the big media. Publications like new york times is writing about it. Wall street journal’s writing about it um. It was really interesting to see that overall, you know the average drone.
Buyer is not impacted by these concerns, but there is a pretty strong portion of the market, specifically in public safety and energy that are that are really impacted. Another thing that we found kind of been tracking since the early days is just how much money our service provider is making um. You know we were kind of the first ones that early days kind of say, look the drone rush, isn’t 100. There. You need to be careful when you enter the market and just what is your value? What services are you providing and making sure you have the right training as well to make sure that you can optimize um your revenue potential and see that growth, so that’s kind of some of the the long term historical trends um this year? We’Re really looking to see about the impacts of autonomy and that’s something i’m, really looking forward to we’ve added a few questions related to that on the business side is, you know, are you buying drones because of their autonomous features, and then, when you do have this Type of autonomous functions: how is it changing your operations very interesting, it’s funny you said the the revenue and and be careful when you get into this industry with expectations i still see so many of or so many competitors out there that are selling uh courses to Tell people well, you can make millions with drones or you can do this and i make a point to actually make a joke out of this and say: hey i’m, not going to give you this rosy picture of of the industry where uh you can make four.
Four five: six hundred dollars an hour that is not realistic, so uh sure you can i’m sure down the road you probably can but it’s it’s, not something that’s going to happen all the time. So i’m glad you mentioned uh, something like this um. I want to go back and look back to something you just said and something that we’ve talked about before in the pixel drone show, which is uh, which was the the government involvement and and how those decisions are made from the people that buy drones. Obviously we’ve talked about dji and i know you used to work with dji the the recent changes that we’ve seen in the news from dji and getting some kind of a thumbs up with hey the data is actually not all as bad as as it seemed like It was a year ago, what have you been getting from that information what’s your take on that yeah yeah. So when we first started tracking this last year, you know when we’re, looking at the survey data, we’re tracking impacts on behavior, not opinions or perspectives. You could say so what we see so much in the media when we actually look at actual impacts to purchasing decisions. You know people aren’t, really moving in mass to new manufacturers um. I think this year, we’ll see a little bit of a shift in that direction. To kind of moving into these new manufacturers um, you know i just say that you know there hasn’t been that much changes to kind of the rules and regulations out there.
You know we do have the american security drone act, that’s on the table and in the senate and just kind of passed through committee um and then, of course, we have the pentagon memo that kind of exonerated dji kind of didn’t, because it’s on two very specific Um product skus that are customized, you know customized firmware customized software for standard hardware um, so it shouldn’t have too much of an impact on the overall industry. Trajectory awesome well anything else that we missed uh, no yeah i’m excited for to hear kind of and see what the data kind of tells us this year, and you know thanks for having me on the show and uh thanks everyone out there who goes through the Survey and completes it yep and we’ll put a link down there, so you guys can go. Take the survey and david. What we’ll do is we’ll bring you back when the survey, how long before we get the final results, yeah yeah. So the survey will be out until kind of the middle or towards the end later half of july um and then we’ll publish the findings in uh september. Uh kind of ending for the end of september yeah outstanding we’ll, bring you back in uh around that time frame and we’ll talk about the result and see if there is any surprises. So david thanks for your time story number three this week is dji’s in the news for something pretty good.
I think this time new firmware on the dji smart controller that is not compatible for the mini 2.. I didn’t think it was going to happen. I did not think that dji was going to make the smart controller compatible with the mini 2 and it happened so i’m glad i was proven wrong in a sense, this is a good update. I actually like the smart controller. I think it’s a it’s it’s a great tool because i can use it with pretty much all of the drones that we have in the office now, except one or two. I think so. Something that’s really uh really helpful something else from dji. They are releasing the mini se. We talked about it uh last week or two weeks ago, and this is the the second edition of the mini and uh. The price tag came out 299, so for less than 300 you will be able to get this mini drone. That is highly capable. I mean it’s, not the the mini 2 it’s, not the the high end. The high end mini. I don’t know if that’s something but uh it’s going to be released on july 15th. Uh video is 2.7 k. It still has a wi fi connection. I know. Last week i talked about the fact that it has the new controller uh, even though it has a new controller. It is not the new connection, so you still have wi fi connection, which means that you still can’t go super far but hey for 299 dollars.
You actually get a lot of drone uh for for what you get so pretty cool uh next thing is some industry updates. Inner drone 2021 has sadly been cancelled. Uh. I get an email telling me about all this and and the rule the reasons given were basically that they were trying to regroup to do something else for the industry and um, and that kovit took a big hit on their business plan. I think uh, i think it’s it was coming up pretty quickly. Not a whole lot of people were probably signing up right away, so they needed to make a decision at one point that’s, my guess again, i don’t have any insider information on that. Another piece of news this week was lance: lance, went out for three days: 21st, 22nd and 23rd. Now this has a lot of people talking in the industry because well because a lot of people lost a lot of money over these three days, especially small drone service providers, because well because they couldn’t get access to fly in the airspace. So lens is a great thing, but when it’s down man it is, it is uh a pen in the rear and so uh. We have uh. We had three days of of not being able to get lancer approval. Fa came back. I think it was today or this morning uh today being wednesday, when we record the show – and they said: okay, lance is back up with no real explanation about what happened.
So i know a lot of people are asking questions about what happened? What is the contingency in case this happens again, so that we’re not stuck being able to well not get approval to fly in airspace and basically shutting down an entire industry flying in controlled airspace. So we’ll have more information on this as soon as we get more. Hopefully, very soon, and probably next week, we’ll be able to give you more, but this is all i have like comment leave your whatever comment, your uh, your information down here, uh subscribe to the channel we’re getting close to 20 000, so i’d like to get to 20. 000. Pretty soon, i think, within a couple weeks, we should be at 20 000, which is a big deal a big deal for me. I think this is just a testament to the service that we provide to you guys and you guys, keep coming back. Leaving comments interacting and – and i love it and i know the entire team at pilot institute loves that, so we have a news, airplane news update as well. We talked about an airplane that was found at the bottom of a lake there’s an update this week. We talk about the 37 737 max that’s. Having a few issues. We have gear collapse on a 787 from british airways, doesn’t, look pretty, sadly, and then a information about the faa finally reworking the nodum system and boy. This is this is about 20 years too late.
If you ask me, but i’ll talk about this over there and then we have a pilot shortage with american airlines and they’re struggling to find pilots. So, if you’re interested in any of these topics head over to the airplane, channel and uh, and then this week, we’re going to have a really cool guest on tuesday for the pixel drone show podcast so make sure that you tune in make sure you go back And watch the interview that we did with randall from the new ceo of hotel and listen to me just dropping names like like i’m friends with wendell, but that was that was a really cool. Uh cool interview, lots of really good information.