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 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.
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 and Drone TV.
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), on the ICC (International Coordination Council) which inputs to the EUROCAE wg-73, and the President of the Silicon Valley Chapter of AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International). 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)–
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.
Emil Orzea Europe
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.
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
Craig Lippett is an experienced aviation professional having 28 years of service in Air Traffic Control, Airspace Management and more recently, the RPAS industry. A heritage of training development and delivery specialism in the UK military brought him into Resource Group Unmanned Aviation Services UAS to programme manage the establishment of a RPAS focused aviation business unit to deliver foundation training to meet the needs of the future RPAS industry. Recent promotion to become the Head of UAS has seen Craig elevated into the business unit manager role where, amongst other initiatives, he project managed the recent award of UK CAA National Qualified Entity status to Resource UAS for the assessment of remote pilot competency in the UK. Further responsibility lies in the strategy, development and delivery of a managed service offering targeting a variety of markets, such agricultural monitoring and industrial inspection. He is a regular contributor on training, assessment and certification to RPAS stakeholder groups such as the UK CAA SUAS Safety Partnership, EUROCAE Working Groups 73 & 93 and JARUS. He is also trained in Safety Management Systems (SMS) in Aviation.
Tiaan Roux Africa Desk
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 2500+ 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 is currently a First Officer on Beechcraft B1900D’s flying in South 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.”
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 DroneJournalism.org, and writes about drones, data and journalism at MentalMunition.com.
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 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.
A song for our weekly news update, Seven days in sUAS chosen by MrCellaneous from twitter land.
watch?v=UGx7f73j6oY (Feeder don’t like embedding)
And another song, suggested by Pat Filbert. It speaks to the speed at which the FAA works.