Ian Smith is the host of Commercial Drones FM, a podcast about drones. Ian has been working in the commercial drone industry since 2013 but has been working in aviation since 2007. He has worked at two of the world’s leading drone startups—one, a hardware OEM in France building long range, fixed-wing drones called, Delair-Tech. The other, a cloud-based drone data and mapping software company in San Francisco called, DroneDeploy. Ian also created what is a now-defunct drone service company in Houston called, SkyCapture.
With 11 years of broad international experience in the aviation industry, Ian is also an FAA-certified commercial helicopter pilot, flight instructor, drone operator, aerial photographer, and subject matter expert on the aviation fuels industry. Ian has a passion for anything that flies and loves the smell of jet fuel in the morning.
Recently, prior to starting Commercial Drones FM, Ian created the Commercial Drones Slack group, which grew to over 100+ members in just 5 days—of which include CEOs/founders from Google X, Pix4D, DroneDeploy, Skyward, Propeller, Redbird, Skyfront; team members from PrecisionHawk, Kespry, QueenB, Drone Base, Skysense, Skycatch, DJI, Esri, Delair-Tech, Airware; global commercial drone advocates; legal experts, and more.
He lives in San Francisco, California.