Unmanned Safety Institute Welcomes New President


The Unmanned Safety Institute (USI), a provider of unmanned aircraft system (UAS) training and certification, has named Joshua Olds, co-founder and vice president, its new president.

Olds succeeds Aaron Greenwald, who is stepping down as president to pursue a masters of business administration.

“I am very happy to lead such an exciting and fast-growing business,” says Olds. “Since the company’s founding in 2014, USI has become the preeminent leader in UAS training and education in the academic and commercial space, and with the majority acquisition of USI by ARGUS International in 2016, we have created the UAS industry’s only offering that covers the entire operational ecosystem needed to set up and manage a world-class drone program.”

“Josh is not only a recognized and respected thought leader on the topic of safe and effective UAS operations, but his hands-on experience operating UAS and teaching in an academic setting provide a level of insight on the entire industry that is sorely needed,” comments Joe Moeggenberg, president and CEO of ARGUS. “Unmanned operations offer the aviation industry its next big growth channel, but the labor pool needed to achieve the UAS growth forecasts in each industry cluster is now sitting in middle and high school career and technical education classrooms, and this is where Josh has been incredibly effective.”

Olds has been with USI for four years, since the company’s inception. During that time, he has served as vice president of operations, leading the development of content and curriculum for education and training. He also led the development of the ARGUS Organizational Unmanned Industry Standard. Olds currently serves as a member on the UAS FAA Safety Team and as an advisory board member for the Energy Drone Coalition. He has also been presented an award for “Airmanship and Contribution to the UAS Industry” by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

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It is a good thing that he already knows what the industry is all about, it will make the transition to this position much easier, his familiarity of the services will help him go far. I believe that they made a good choice with Joshua