We thank our industry speakers and panelists for helping make the UAS Roundups a success!
Specialized Equipment and Training Panel
Greg Reverdiau – Pilot Institute
Greg has been an aviation professional since the early 2000s. He currently holds the following FAA certificates: Certified Flight Instructor, Commercial Pilot (for single and multi engine), and UAS Remote Pilot. He has worked for two of the biggest aeronautical universities in the country (managing flight training programs of up to 500 students and 50 aircraft) and in teaching roles as an Assistant Professor and Program Chair. He now concentrates on educating the next generation of manned and unmanned pilots by creating online courses.
Greg holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science and a Master’s Degree in Aviation Human Factors, both from the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, FL. He’s also one of the few National FAASTeam Members and UAS course author on FAASafety.gov.
When he is not teaching, you can find him running in the beautiful mountains surrounding Prescott, AZ.
Jon McBride – Autel Robotics
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Affectionately known as “Drone Jesus”— Jon McBride is a 21-year veteran of the industry. He’s made a name for himself by sharing his honest opinions and expertise through training videos, online forums, and workshops. He previously carried the title of VP of Technology and was a co-founder at Rocky Mountain Unmanned Systems. More recently, he has helped Autel Robotics as the director of training establish certified operator training and with help from his team, created the ARTC (Autel Robotics Training Center) to help customers and dealers alike. “My passion is to help this industry move forward and with what I do to help Autel Robotics increase reliability and trust move forward.”
Adam Smith – Colorado State University Drone Center
Adam Smith serves as the Assistant Director of the Colorado State University Drone Center. He has been employed by CSU for the past 21 years, and recently retired from the Colorado State University Police Department. During his time at CSUPD, Adam worked a variety of assignments including patrol, field training, investigations, community policing, supervision and command. He helped develop the Police Department’s UAS program from scratch and recently supervised all law enforcement UAS operations until his retirement.
Adam has been involved in UAS activities for the past 7 years and has experience with drones in both the public and private sector. He assisted in founding the Larimer County UAS Team which provides police, fire and search & rescue drone services for Larimer County. Adam is a licensed FAA Part 107 UAS pilot, and has experience flying sUAS for law enforcement, event management, search & rescue and commercial photography / videography projects. Adam is a current Colorado emergency medical technician and a proud U.S. Navy veteran, where he served on a Spruance-class destroyer stationed in Norfolk, Virginia.
Adam has over 15 years of instructor experience, and has taught CPR, First Aid, Emergency Trauma Care, Active Shooter Preparedness, Critical Incident Response and the Center’s immersive Drone Flight School classes.
Extreme BVLOS Panel
Maciej Stachura – Black Swift Technologies
Dr. Stachura is the Chief Technology Officer for BST. He received his M.S. and Ph.D., both in aerospace engineering, from the University of Colorado Boulder. During his time at CU, Dr. Stachura was involved in over 300 flight experiments ranging from multi-aircraft cooperative flight experiments to the VORTEX2 field campaign which involved the first-ever intercept of a tornadic supercell thunderstorm. Dr. Stachura led the effort of completing the NASA Airworthiness Flight Safety Review Board (AFSRB) and Flight Readiness Review Board process for an UAS that will fly in the National Airspace System. Dr. Stachura was the principal investigator for the development, testing, and on-going commercialization of a first-of-its-kind soil moisture mapping UAS, and has participated in a multitude of other projects including design of an aircraft for flights on Venus. His recent work on volcano observations has lead to one of the very first examples of operational UAS flights beyond line-of-sight, and the mission demonstrated that a small UAS was capable of flights in adverse weather conditions, providing the only airborne observations over the entire year despite other attempts with manned aircraft.
Mike Quinn – DroneSense
Mike is responsible for the strategy, organization, and management of DroneSense’s revenue goals. Driven by 10+ years of public safety technology and UAS experience, Mike’s experience working with hundreds of public safety agencies around the globe brings industry expertise to the DroneSense team and customers they serve.
Prior to DroneSense, Mike worked for 11 years for W.S. Darley company where Mike was responsible for the development and growth of their robotics and innovation division. Mike’s drone journey began in 2010 when he began building a drone called the Darley Stinger, one of the first purpose-built drones for firefighting. Later in his professional career, Mike managed Darley’s strategic partnerships with many of the industry’s leading hardware companies. Mike served on NFPA 2400 and NFPA 950/951.
Mike has a passion for providing new technology for first responders. He currently serves on IAFC’s technology council and is involved in various technology areas within the fire industry. Mike is also the co-founder of smartfirefighting.com.
Mike lives outside of Chicago with his wife and son. In his free time, he likes to golf and smoke meat on his Weber Smokey Mountain while cheering for the Steelers and the White Sox.
Rob Knochenhauer – Censys Technologies
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Rob Knochenhauer is the director of regulatory affairs for Censys Technologies and brings a unique array of industry experiences to support Censys’ strategic goals to work in concert with Censys’ engineering team and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop the next generation of Uncrewed Aircraft Systems (UAS) to perform more complex Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for Censys’ customers. Learning the fundamentals of design work where his career started as a certificated Airframe & Powerplant aircraft mechanic and then transitioned into engineering where he spent fifteen years supporting and ultimately leading the development of numerous unmanned systems (starting with Foster-Miller and then with Aurora Flight Sciences), Rob has been on the forefront of evaluating and integrating the latest autopilots and sensors to answer technical challenges across many industries.
In the past seven years, Rob has been on the leading edge of developing pathways to integrate UAS operations into the National Airspace System (first under a 333 exemption and currently under 14 CFR 107). From 2015-2019 at GreenSight (as the director of flight operations and regulatory affairs), Rob led the development of the UAS operational scheme wherein UAS (drones) are run at customer locations with a 107 certificated remote pilot (RP) on site who maintains VLOS with the drone while it flies; simultaneously, the operation is overwatched by another 107 certificated RP in GreenSight’s Boston office. That operation method was the basis for Rob’s first successful §107.31 waiver (107W-2017-03655). From GreenSight, Rob continued pursuing the expansion of complex UAS operations for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Aeronautics Division by leading the effort to help the Commonwealth secure seven BVLOS waivers (starting with a 1-mile stretch of railway in November 2019 to a 40-mile stretch of railway with a portion in controlled airspace in April 2022).
Rob’s engineering background coupled with his experiences working with regulators and conducting UAS operations for many purposes across various industries (precision agriculture, right-of-way & general infrastructure inspection and operations in confined spaces) provides the Censys team with a capability to effectively move toward those more complex UAS development goals. While Censys is creating a new UAS, Rob will continue to leverage his skills in BVLOS waiver pursuit to continue to grow the complexity of the UAS operations for Censys’ customers using the existing BVLOS Sentaero platform.
BVLOS Leadership Panel
Dawn Zoldi – P3 Tech Consultants
Dawn M.K. Zoldi (Colonel, United States Air Force Retired) is a licensed attorney, an U.S. Air Force veteran and the founder and Chief Executive Officer of P3 Tech Consulting, connecting people who have a passion for advanced tech platforms with the plans, programs, policies and information they need to succeed.
Ms. Zoldi was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in 1992 and commissioned through direct appointment in the Air Force in July 1993.
In her almost 25 years of active duty as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps as a military attorney, she performed a myriad of duties at various command echelons in the continental U.S. and deployed forward. Upon retirement from active duty in 2018, she spent two years with the Office of the Air Force General Counsel as the Business Matters Attorney for the U.S. Air Force Academy and an additional one as the Deputy Director of the Academy’s Center for Character and Leadership Development.
She is an internationally recognized expert on unmanned aircraft systems and advanced air mobility law and policy, listed as one of the Top Women in Aerospace and Aviation to Follow on LinkedIn 2021 and a recipient of the Woman to Watch in UAS (Leadership) Award 2019.
Her endeavors in the drone law, regulatory and policy arena include roles as a consultant for multiple aerospace companies, aerospace and defense contributor to Forbes.com, legal columnist for Inside Unmanned Systems and Inside GNSS magazines, guest contributor to several other publications, podcaster and conference planner.
She has strategic partnerships and leadership roles in multiple aerospace, drone education, non-profit, and media-related companies and organizations.
Ms. Zoldi is also an Adjunct Professor at Colorado State University-Pueblo, Political Science Department, Institute for Homeland Security Studies.
David is a project manager at the Defense Innovation Unit where he leads the Blue UAS program along with other efforts in the small drone space and ground vehicle autonomy. David is a veteran of the US Army where he served as an infantry officer in conventional and Special Operations Forces. He is a proud graduate of both the United States Military Academy and Harvard University. In his spare time, David loves to barbeque, read, and hang out with his St. Bernard.
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BVLOS in Search & Rescue Panel
Matt Quinn – Great Lakes Drone Company
Matt Quinn has been responsible for major breakthroughs in the drone industry. As a driver of technology and innovation across a variety of commercial and public applications, he provides regulatory consulting for the ever expanding field of drone technology for several public and private UAS operations. Matt’s primary focus has been unmanned aerial system integration into the commercial market. These accomplishments include one of the first ten FAA commercial night waivers and the 3rd Multiple Unmanned Waiver by the FAA. He holds several authorizations within the US, Canada, Sri Lanka, and Morocco markets for UAS operations on multiple platforms. These operations include aerial cinematography, aerial and underwater search and rescue, multiple unmanned technology and aerial crop spraying with agricultural data management. Matt has a significant background in public safety from firefighting, paramedicine, critical care medicine and aeromedical flight operations that has delivered extensive focus on UAS public safety operations over the past 6 years. Speaking at events like the NASA Wildfire Mitigation and Management UAS Operations workshop, multiple conferences and other workshops, as well as designing the first ever, soon to be released, public safety UAS tactics online training program, Matt is bound to provide a wealth of knowledge to make you, Mission Ready.
Bill Sample – Chaffee County Search & Rescue South
Bill has a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Engineering Management. He worked as an Avionics Systems Engineer for 38 years designing electronics for aircraft and space vehicles. He has logged more than 7,000 hours as a pilot. He holds Air Transport and Flight Instructor ratings in single and multi-engine aircraft along with a Remote Pilot certificate for sUAV.
Patrick Caulfield – Fremont Search & Rescue
Pat Caulfield has been with Fremont Search and Rescue since 2010. Pat has been on the FSAR Board of Directors since 2012 and has served as the team’s Captain and Commander and is the current Past Commander and a Mission Lead. Pat is also a NASAR a SARTECH II Lead Evaluator and a Mountain Rescue Association Lead Evaluator.
He has been a member of the Colorado Search and Rescue Board of Directors since 2017 and is the State SAR Coordinators Committee Chair. He has been a Colorado State SAR coordinator since 2018, assisting teams with missions state-wide. Pat has held a Remote Pilot Certificate since 2017.
Morning Keynote Address
Vic Moss – Moss Photography & Drone Service Providers Alliance
Vic is the COO and Vice-President of DSPA. A commercial photographer, he has owned Moss Photography since 1988, and has been offering drone services since 2014. Vic is a nationally recognized voice for drone safety and an advocate for reasonable drone regulation. On social media, he serves as the administrator for the largest UAS specific legal forum, the UAV Law News & Discussion Group, and one of the largest commercial UAS pilot forums.
Vic also serves as the Director of Legislative Affairs for UAS Colorado where he worked with numerous municipalities to help create reasonable drone regulations. Vic works with the FAA as one of five FAA Safety Team Drone Pros for the Denver FSDO, encompassing all of Colorado and Wyoming. Vic was also appointed to the Advanced Aviation Advisory Committee in January, 2021 as a Citizen UAS Operator.
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Zach Dougherty – Anderson Law Group
Zach is a Denver-based attorney with Anderson Law Group and a fourth-generation Colorado native. Since being admitted to the Colorado bar in 2008, his practice has focused on commercial litigation as well as aviation law. His extensive litigation experience includes work on several high-value lawsuits involving real estate, construction, and other contractual disputes.
On the aviation side, he has been involved with reviewing a number of airport master plans, capital improvement programs and other projects on behalf of a global aviation consulting firm.
On the unmanned systems side, Zach has drafted client service agreements for drone operators, and he is actively involved with several initiatives on behalf of Central Colorado UAS (CCUAS). With CCUAS, Zach has worked on grant proposals in connection with the Buena Vista Drone Park as well as for a new drone safety curriculum at Buena Vista Public High School. He has also made presentations to CCUAS members on drone law basics, and he served as moderator for the panel discussion at the CCUAS Spring 2021 (Virtual) and Fall (in-person) UAS Roundups.
Zach is a member of the Aircraft Pilots and Owners Association (AOPA), Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), and the American Bar Association’s Forum on Air & Space Law.
He received his law degree from Notre Dame Law School in 2008 and, before law school, worked as a business journalist in Bucharest, Romania.