The Dronethusiast Mission
Dronethusiast.com was founded in 2012 by Zsolt Vaszary, a writer and quadcopter pilot from Budapest, Hungary who saw the need for an enthusiast press covering the drone hobby he knew would continue to grow in popularity. After two years running the site on his own and building a passionate following of like-minded drone enthusiasts, Zsolt sold the site to Mike Plambeck, a digital marketing entrepreneur who he knew would share his love for the hobby. Zsolt has gone on to do some of the drone camerawork you may have seen in major Hollywood films, while the new Dronethusiast team has remained dedicated to our founder’s core mission: We want to be the premier site for drone news, reviews, and buyer’s guides.
Drones are one of the fastest-growing technology industries in the world, and new innovations are being developed in the quadcopter space every month. It’s one of the things that makes these vehicles such a joy to write about, and keeping up with the constant stream of information is something that we at Dronethusiast take very seriously.
Our expert news team checks every single news story that appears online about drones or quadcopters. First, we double-check the veracity of the information being reported. Then, we assess the importance of the story. Is this something that’s going to change the world? Is this something that enriches our readers’ knowledge of drones?
If so, we get one of our top writers to cover it in an article. We cite all our sources in-text so that you can double-check our reporting. And we always make sure to add additional context and information to make sure that the piece is interesting and informative. If we post a video or photo, we’re going to post about what kind of camera techniques were used to take it and what budding photographers can learn from it. If we post about a new technology, we’re going to talk about its limitations – not just gush over the possibilities. And if we post about a new piece of drone legislation, we’re going to make sure our readers understand how it affects their lives.
Facts you can trust, news you can learn from – that’s the Dronethusiast promise.
Reviews And Buyer’s Guides
Our reviews and buyer’s guides are written with a single guiding principle in mind: BY experts, FOR laypersons.
If our reviews aren’t being written by experts with years of experience and a strong understanding of the totality of the modern drone market, they’re not going to be of any use to a consumer. But too many sites get caught up in the technical jargon and use “number of features” as their only benchmark for quality.
We know that many of our site’s visitors may be reading about drones for the first time, and we welcome them – we firmly believe that an open and welcoming drone community is a stronger drone community. That’s why each of our product guides comes with an easy-to-read set of Frequently Asked Questions, as well as explanations of any technical terms used and recommendations for beginners and advanced pilots alike.
So if you’ve never heard the words “FPV”, don’t worry – we’ll make sure you can find a drone that’s right for you. And if you’ve been flying drones since before the first Phantom, we’re confident that our expert analysis will teach you something, too.
Meet The Team:
We know our site is only strong if we have a smart, dedicated team with a passion for drones and an in-depth knowledge of technology and commerce. Here’s the expert team that’s bringing you daily drone news and keeping our massive site updated with reviews of every quad that matters:
Mike Plambeck is a drone expert from Lincoln, Nebraska who has over a decade of experience in online writing and publishing. He began flying drones around the lakes, rivers, and rocks of Nebraska a little over five years ago and even worked for a startup drone manufacturer for a time. Now he’s bringing his expertise to making sure every article on Dronethusiast is written with accurately-sourced information that intelligently represents the modern drone market. You can learn more about Mike’s journey to Dronethusiasm and what he’s doing to help the site here.
Mike has 2 children: Noah (7) and Dani (4), along an amazing wife Marissa (age unspecified)! You can reach out to him on Facebook or send an E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Justin is a 2002 graduate of the University of Northern Iowa where he studied Electronic Media and Communications. After spending some time in Los Angeles after college, Justin moved back to his roots in the Midwest and began working as a marketing professional and writer.
When drones began to take off around 2010, Justin took a keen interest in flying his first quadcopter and his passion for flying has only grown from there. What first was just a hobby soon grew into a full time job that married his love of marketing to the new joys of getting a birds eye view while on a hike or at a new vacation spot.
Justin and his wife Beth enjoy traveling with friends and evenings at home with their Pekingese pup Mickey.
Andrei is the lead technical developer on the Dronethusiast website. He makes sure that our online presence is always running smoothly, looking great, and easy for anyone to access. In the most literal sense (as well as the more heartfelt metaphorical one), there would be no Dronethusiast without Andrei.
Jamie is Dronethusiast’s customer support specialist, and should be your first point of contact for any questions, comments, or concerns you have about the site. Jamie has spent years in the industry and has community management experience with websites of all kinds, and we’re proud to bring her experience and passion to the Dronethusiast brand.
Luis is Dronethusiast’s head writer and editor – an expert in web content who’s spent four years writing for Dronethusiast and nearly a decade writing for the Internet at large. Luis has had a hand in nearly every article on the site and helps maintain our Spanish language translations. But his main role is to cultivate the famous Dronethusiast news section. When it comes to finding the best stories and writing them in informative, well-sourced ways, there’s simply no one more qualified than Luis.
The writer known as I Coleman is a veteran tech reviewer who’s spent seven years writing about everything from PC hardware to drone tech and who joined the Dronethusiast team early in 2017. I brings his characteristic sense of humor and attention to detail to our product reviews and buyer’s guides, making sure that they’re packed with expert analysis in a way that’s still easy for hobby newcomers to understand. In his spare time, I is using drones to create 3D modeling software for a company in his hometown.
If you’ve spent any time at all on the Dronethusiast site, you’ve no doubt noticed the striking header images and infographics found on every article. That visual feast is the hard work of Marisol Ramos, a veteran graphic designer and web developer who makes sure every article on the site is eye-catching and easy to read for mobile and desktop users alike!