DJI Hires Former Facebook Aviation Policy Lead David Hansell


David Hansell, former global aviation policy lead at Facebook, has joined DJI as its public policy manager.

Hansell will join DJI’s growing team of public policy and standards professionals – led by Brendan Schulman, vice president of policy and legal affairs – to advocate on behalf of drone users for reasonable, risk-based regulations for unmanned aircraft systems and to collaborate on safety and security solutions, the company says.

In his role at Facebook, Hansell worked on a global regulatory environment for high-altitude, long-endurance drones while partnering with civil aviation authorities and air navigation service providers worldwide to address the aviation needs of aerospace manufacturers and operators, says DJI.

Hansell has also served as a member of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Drone Advisory Committee Subcommittee, the FAA UAS Safety Team and the Royal Aeronautical Society. He also led the formation of both the Aerospace Industries Association’s Upper Airspace Working Group and the International Coordinating Council of the Aerospace Industries Association’s International Upper Airspace Working Group and served as the inaugural chairperson for both groups.

Hansell also previously served as director for transportation security policy on the White House National Security Council and worked as the lead aviation subject matter expert for the national security advisor and assistant to the president for homeland security and counterterrorism. He was previously an intelligence officer and national security liaison for both the FAA and U.S. Transportation Security Administration, an air traffic controller for the U.S. Air Force, and an aircrew member and translator for Air Force Special Operations Command. Hansell earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma.

“Drones have opened up the skies for businesses, governments, nonprofits, academics and everyone who enjoys seeing the world from above, and the people who use drones regularly understand the importance of a strong regulatory system to support their work,” Hansell says. “I’m excited that my experience in addressing security concerns, integrating drones into the airspace and explaining drone technology will allow me to advocate for laws and regulations that will allow America to get the most from drone technology.”

DJI also recently expanded its government relations team, hiring Jordan Gross as manager of government relations. Gross joins DJI from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber Technology Engagement Center. He holds a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs and Political Science from Florida State University.

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