Eight Drone Industry Leaders Join UAVUS National Advisory Board


1380_thinkstockphotos-482230360 Eight Drone Industry Leaders Join UAVUS National Advisory BoardAtlanta-based UAVUS, the largest membership association of commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operators in the U.S., has appointed eight new industry leaders to its national advisory board.

UAVUS has also announced its alliance with Global Aerospace Inc. to provide UAV liability and hull insurance to qualified operators. Global Aerospace has helped UAVUS draft the association’s code of conduct and best practices.

UAVUS’ board members provide recommendations on how to address the opportunities and challenges facing commercial UAV operators in the U.S.

The new members are as follows:

  • Brandon Blackburn, executive director at Unmanned Safety Institute and CEO of Waypoint Global Strategies;
  • Eric Cheng, director of aerial imaging at DJI Global;
  • Lisa Ellman, co-chair of the global UAS law practice at Hogan Lovells;
  • Eric Folkestad, former president of the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Cascade Chapter and AUVSI representative to the Washington State UAV Task Force;
  • James Grimsley, CEO and president of Design Intelligence Inc. and associate vice president of research at the University of Oklahoma;
  • Gregory McNeal, professor of law and public policy at Pepperdine University and co-founder of Airmap.io;
  • Brendan Schulman, vice president of policy and legal affairs at DJI Global; and
  • Gretchen West, commercial drone industry advocate and strategic advisor and former AUVSI executive vice president.

West will lead as UAVUS national advisory board chairperson.

The current board includes Brandon Packman, managing director of the UAS division at Lumbermens Insurance and Risk Solutions; Michael Sciulla, president of credibility and company communications and former senior vice president at BoatUS; and member representative Nathan Wambold, owner/operator at OurFocus.

“Joining UAVUS are eight of the most influential thought leaders in the UAV industry today,” says Bob Gonsalves, president and CEO of UAVUS. “Their individual expertise and collective passion for the UAV industry move UAVUS closer to its goal of building a world-class organization that will shape the public perception of commercial UAV operations in the United States.”

West adds, “Working with Bob Gonsalves and the rest of this influential board, I look forward to realizing the impact UAVUS will have as the voice of the end-user on Capitol Hill, with state governments and with industry decision-makers. The products and services UAVUS has queued up to offer operators and end-users will provide maximum value and ensure the success of this rapidly growing industry.”

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