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About the Podcast

Every Wednesday at 11am ET, the podcast will simultaneously stream to YouTube, Twitch, Twitter, Discord, and LinkedIn, with downloadable audio on Spotify, Apple, and Google platforms plus additional access through Patreon. It includes a 45 minute live and interactive discussion on emerging tech, and associated legal and policy issues, with all-star guests. Tune in LIVE at DroneLife.com!

The Dawn of Drones podcast connects a global audience directly with the game-changing people and platforms who are making a difference in the advanced air mobility, drone and autonomous industries, providing the latest developments that impact the industry and supplying critical information for businesses to succeed in it.

The Host

Dawn Zoldi is an internationally acclaimed UAS/AAM expert who brings a combined 28 years of federal expertise and service to the United States Air Force to bear on the issues facing the industry. She spent 25 years as a military attorney and an additional three as a federal civilian business matters attorney and character and leadership faculty expert at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Her company, P3 Tech Consulting, connects people and companies who are passionate about advanced tech platforms with the policies, programs, plans and information they need to succeed.  She was recently named one of the Top Women in Aerospace and Aviation to Follow on LinkedIn and is a recipient of the 2019 Women and Drones Woman to Watch in UAS Award for Leadership.

The Producer

Mike Pehel has worked as a marketer in the commercial drone industry for 6+ years and acted as an advocate and voice for the industry in his former role as Chair of the InterDrone conference. He has livestreamed and recorded interviews with two consecutive administrators of the FAA, and dozens of talks with tech innovators inlcuding Chris Anderson of 3DR, Romeo Durscher of Auterion, and Tom Walker of DroneUp. Mike brings technical production skills from more than 10 years working in video and content development and a passion for innovative marketing techniques. When not producing podcasts, you can find Mike building websites and fostering community growth on Discord.

The Promoter

DRONELIFE is here to make sure you, the consumer, are up to date on all the latest drone news, product releases, YouTube videos and legal precedents so you can stay informed about the rise of the commercial drone.  DRONELIFE also helps companies to get the word out with branding, lead generation, and content. 

2022 Themes of the Month

The Dawn of Drones podcast is built around monthly themes in the following categories:

  • Tech Showcase (January)  - sponsored by Draganfly

  • Dual Use Technologies (February) - sponsored by Northop Grumman

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (March) - sponsored by Iris Automation

  • Thought Leaders (April) - sponsored by TruWeather Solutions

  • AAM & Vertical Flight (May) - Quantum Systems GmBH

  • Emerging Industry Leaders (June) - Sonoran Desert Institute

  • Innovation (July) - sponsored by Class G Inc.

  • Developing Industry Leaders (August) - sponsored by Skydio

  • Market Use Cases (September) - sponsored by Global Aerial Management Group

  • Industry Enablers (October) - Endowed ty TruWeather Solutions for Grand Sky

  • Global Leaders (November) - TBD

  • Best of 2022 - sponsored by Sagetech Avionics

2021 Themes of the Month

The Dawn of Drones podcast is built around monthly themes in the following categories:


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