Small Unmanned Aerial Systems are fast being adopted for civilian research and survey roles around the world. Keeping a track on legislation and product developments sUAS news aims to be the news source for smaller UAV’s

To be able to write for sUAS News you will have flown or created UAS or have been part of the regulatory development of unmanned aircraft systems.

Gary Mortimer

memattkayGary Mortimer has been a commercial balloon pilot for 25 years and also flies full size helicopters. Prior to that he made tea and coffee in air traffic control towers across the UK as a member of the Royal Air Force.

His goal for sUAS News

“Its clear that the small unmanned systems market is poised for a rapid expansion. Putting as many of the press releases and rumours in one place was the reason I created sUAS News in 2008. Now that more systems are flying and people are gaining operational experience, facts not fiction need to exposed. Its a snake oil filled market”

Gary has been a judge in the DIYdrones Time Trust Trial (T3) competition since its inception.

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Patrick Egan Editor in Field Americas Desk



Patrick Egan is the editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition.

Experience in the field includes assignments with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Battle Lab investigating solutions on future warfare research projects. Instructor for LTA (Lighter Than Air) ISR systems deployment teams for a OSD, U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Surveillance Project. Built and operated commercial RPA prior to 2007 FAA policy clarification.

On the airspace integration side, he serves as director of special programs for the RCAPA (Remote Control Aerial Photography Association). Past collaborations within the framework of the standards groups; ASTM F-38 and RTCA SC-203 (lightly regulated sub-group), and was also a full member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Aviation Rulemaking committee (Order 1110.150)—He also served on the ICC (International Coordination Council) which input to the EUROCAE wg-73, and was the President of the Silicon Valley Chapter of AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International).

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Veronica Luther


Recently graduated from UCLA with a BA in Political Science. Veronica helps out in the U.S. office assisting Patrick Egan with a myriad of business related tasks. She is an essential part of making the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition magical.

Veronica has always been interested in new technologies and their applications and sees drones as a new way of interacting with the world. She enjoys short walks on the beach, and selling sUAS News Advertising and SUSB Expo Sponsorships.

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Gene Robinson – Search and Rescue


Podcast co host and RPAS search and rescue expert Gene Robinson has been a proponent of the flying wing for SAR ops for many years. Since 2005, Gene has utilized small UAS to assist Texas EquuSearch in searches from California, to New York. visiting 29 states in the union.  He also conducted UAS operations in Jamaica, Mexico, and Africa and has assisted SAR teams in recovering victims lost for lengthy periods.  The use of UAS technology has been credited with the recovery of 10 victims, assisted law enforcement in evidenciary searches, and performed forward wild land fire observations.

Should you meet Gene at a show or search ask him about the llamas.

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Kirk Elton Greninger 

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With his basic certification in UAS technologies and various other skills gathered from the University of Kansas, Johnson County Community College, San Jacinto Community college and the Nasa Community College Texas Aerospace Scholars program at Johnson Space Center in Houston as well as Phoenix University business management program Kirk is one of the many assets of sUAS News global team. Kirk provides his skills in our content development and management teams across social media and publication platforms. His experience with Greninger Productions and CBS have proven valuable and we look forward to our growing relationship with this team member.

Emil Orzea Europe

Emile Ortez

Emil is sUAS News man in Europe, reporting from his base in France. Emil heads up Advertising Sales Europe and our Europe centric social media properties.

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Colin Snow – The Market


Colin Snow is CEO and Founder of Drone Analyst and a 25-year technology industry veteran with a background in manufacturing, electronics, digital imaging, field service, software, research, and mobility. His prior experience includes marketing, manufacturing, and operations management at Olympus Corporation, Oracle / PeopleSoft, Steelwedge Software, and SAP. As an industry analyst at Ventana Research, he covered a range of topics including supply chain management, operational performance, and product information management. Colin has been a photographer and built remote control aircraft since high school. He combined his passion for photography and aeronautics in 1992 by practicing aerial photography from manned aircraft. As photography turned away from film, he mastered digital imaging, photogrammetry, 3D imaging, and timeline editing. Today, as a hobbyist, he does aerial photography and video with multi-rotor helicopters. Colin holds an MBA from Florida Atlantic University and is a member of the major UAS industry groups including AUVSI, RCAPA, and AMA.  You can find Colin on Twitter @droneanalyst and LinkedIn.

Craig Lippett – Training


UAS Operations Director Skycap

Skycap is a data technology company that utilises Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to deliver comprehensive solutions to a range of blue chip clients in our target sectors. My role as Operations Director is to coordinate the strategic delivery effect through a range of activities

Tiaan Roux Africa Desk

Tiaan Roux

Tiaan Roux

Tiaan has been a qualified South African fixed wing commercial pilot since 2005 (with some autogyro flying in the mix as well). Since then he has flown 3000+ hours in a variety of disciplines, from low level survey flying and security operations to bush flying and island hopping. He has also successfully completed the Airline Transport Pilot License exams as well as an ICAO Safety Management Systems course and is a former Aviation Safety & Quality Assurance Manager. He operated various aircraft including the Beechcraft B1900D and Cessna C208B Caravan in South Africa, East Africa, West Africa, North Africa, Iraq and Afghanistan.

My interest in UAS began in 2006 in the Masai Mara, Kenya where I met Gary. I have always loved computers, maps, aerial photos and any kind of flying thing so the UAS addiction quickly took hold. Since then my interest in these technologies has grown from just an interest to building and flying small UAS as well as getting involved with sUAS News. It hasn’t stopped growing there though, many exciting projects are in progress and still to come.

I believe that small UAS are the way forward for, well, everything. In the short term in Africa I believe that the fauna and flora conservation communities stand to gain the most out of these technologies.

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Matthew Schroyer – Drone Journalism

A drone and data journalist based in Urbana, Illinois, USA who develops drone technology and small unmanned aerial systems for use in investigative reporting. He’s also the founder of, and writes about drones, data and journalism at

Since changing career paths in college from engineering to journalism, he’s written for newspapers, alternative newsweeklies and news websites, and holds a master’s in journalism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he taught journalism. He continues to work at the university as part of a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to improve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.

At the grant, he heads the “Drones for Schools” program, a project-based learning initiative where high school students learn STEM concepts and practice engineering design as they build and operate their own unmanned aerial vehicles for photomapping missions.

Nick Peppas – Australasia

Nick Peppas

Nick joins us from the future, well in terms of the time. Nick has extensive UAS flight experience and is a director of CooeeUAS  an Adelaide based business that specialises in the development and integration of autonomous systems and custom UAS solutions for defence, commercial, educational, and government agencies.

LinkedIn email: [email protected]

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A song for our weekly news update, Seven days in sUAS chosen by MrCellaneous from twitter land.

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And another song, suggested by Pat Filbert. It speaks to the speed at which the FAA works.

  6 comments for “Contacts

  1. 25 January 2012 at 3:11 am

    Dallas Meat Packing plant investigated after drone images reveal pollution..
    You think thats bad the one between stephenville and dublin texas on hiway 377 is just as bad if not worse some days the smeel is so bad my kids vommit and we live about 1 mile away.. There dumping blood into there holding tanks..Its been reported but there still getting away with it.. I fear for the water supply

  2. 23 February 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Dear Sir,

    we have released our new website,please take a look.
    If you need more info we are glad to answer.


    Luca Mariotti
    CAM Costruzioni Aero Meccaniche

  3. 1 March 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Please spread the word about the new Unmanned Vehicle university. We are offering a certificate course in UAVas starting May 7

  4. Greg Medve
    3 March 2012 at 6:36 am

    Will be nice for you to add the new S800 Hexa and also the new Gimbal the is going to be released by DJI next month.

    Put it in the Multi rotor section.

    I hope to have one someday and thought this is a nice advance from what i have see out there.
    Thanks for all that you do

  5. Greg Medve
    15 May 2012 at 4:22 pm

    This should be on your web sight under Multirotor’s
    I am very impressed with this compared to what i have seen out there.

  6. howroyd
    15 January 2015 at 10:18 am

    I’m not sure if you put this up sarcastically or what but in case not do you realise that the article below is completely wrong as it breaks the laws of energy conservation. Unless they have invented perpetual energy and will soon become the saviors of mankind.