VDOS Global LLC, the U.S.' first Federal Aviation Administration-approved supplier of unmanned aircraft services for the industrial, energy and environmental sectors, has announced that Al Spain, a co-founder of JetBlue Airways, has joined the company's advisory board.
VDOS Global, which is based in Corvallis, Ore., and has expansions in Louisiana, Texas, Mexico and Brazil, received its first commercial exemption in December for flare stack inspections with unmanned aircraft. The company is currently supporting operations across the U.S. for both on- and offshore clients.
Spain, who most recently served as senior vice president of operations for JetBlue, will help VDOS Global grow in the commercial drone market.
According to VDOS Global, Spain has been an aviation pioneer in bringing to market new business models and operational constructs that are critical in establishing the future of unmanned and airborne robotic systems. One of the early pioneers in applying unmanned systems, he was involved in the Army’s USD-1 program, where he flew and tested the aircraft.
“I consider it an honor and privilege to join the advisory board of VDOS Global as we position the company in a rapidly expanding market with increasing demand for our services,” says Spain. “I am particularly proud of the company as it continues to maintain its leadership role in the growing world of unmanned aerial systems and the incredible amount of data that we will be able to provide our customers.”