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UAS Luminaries Join Drone360 Advisory Board

Leaders from across the UAS industry help develop and expand the brand

February 16, 2016

Drone360 and Kalmbach Publishing Co. have gathered industry leaders to form an advisory board to help develop the brand and plan meaningful content about the unmanned vehicle industry. After two successful special interest publications in 2015, Drone360 is launching a bimonthly magazine that will hit store shelves on March 8, supplemented by a broad range of digital content on its website Drone360mag.com.

"We're thrilled that this group of people is supporting Drone360," said Editor Tim Kidwell. "They are industry leaders who are helping shape the future of drones and unmanned aerial systems technology."

The advisory board's eight members come from varying backgrounds and include perspectives both inside and out of the unmanned vehicle industry. They are:

Christina M. Engh is a cofounder and COO for UASolutions Group, a female disabled veteran-owned small business providing affordable, innovative approaches to safe and efficient integration. Engh provides regulatory guidance on full integration of UAS into the NAS for public and commercial entities, along with ITAR/EAR compliant regulatory guidelines for foreign sales and operations. She is also an Army Reserve Blackhawk pilot and Brigade UAS Advisor, with over 20 years of multi-service military experience including deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the southern U.S. border. Her military and civilian background provides UASolutions with a comprehensive perspective to UAS integration.

Dan Gettinger is a cofounder and co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College in New York. The Center is an interdisciplinary research institution that examines the novel and complex opportunities and challenges presented by unmanned technologies in both the military and civilian sphere. By conducting original, in-depth, and inquiry-driven projects, Gettinger and the Center seek to furnish stakeholders, policy-makers, and the public with the resources to engage in a robust public debate and develop policies that best address those opportunities and challenges.

Bob Gonsalves is the founder and CEO of the U.S. Association of Unmanned Aerial Videographers (UAVUS). The association is a non-stock organization promoting and defending the commercial use of UAVs for videography and photography in the U.S. Gonsalves’ experience includes leading roles at national public relations agencies, print journalism, and video production. He helps consumer brands think like a media company to produce and distribute online content that educates, emotes, and evokes.

Michael Intschert is the vice president of AUV Flight Services and CEO of Sonoran Wings Aviation flight school based in Tucson, AZ. He is a licensed private pilot and has 10 aircraft qualifications with over 1,000 flight hours in research and development testing of Department of Defense and commercial unmanned systems. Intschert’s company serves both the DoD and commercial companies, including one of the largest Section 333 exemption holders in the U.S. AUV Flight Services itself holds two 333 exemptions with aircraft registered for use under those exemptions.

Jason McNally has worked in the unmanned aerial systems industry flight testing and instructing for eight years. He has been frequently deployed overseas, integrating small drones into close proximity with manned aircraft for the military. A certified commercial pilot, McNally often flies manned aircraft to support the development of unmanned flying platforms and sensors and is currently the flight operations manager for Unmanned Air Systems at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, AZ.

Arthur Holland Michel is a cofounder and co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College in New York. As a freelance writer and editor based in New York City, he has written about unmanned systems, mechanical autonomy, and surveillance. From 2009 to 2012, he was also the director of the Tambo Foundation, a community nonprofit that developed sustainable projects in education, infrastructure, potable water, and health in the Cusco region of southern Peru.

Lia Reich is the senior director of communications and marketing for Raleigh-based PrecisionHawk, a UAS company focused on creating user-friendly tools that allow operators to collect and process high-quality data. Earning her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of Maryland, she joined PrecisionHawk in 2013 to help transform the public perception around drone technology and showcase positive use cases across civilian applications. Through grassroots social and media campaigns, Reich has led the growth of PrecisionHawk as a major brand name within the UAV space. Since her arrival, PrecisionHawk has been covered by the likes of CNN, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Economist and serves as a key voice within the industry.

Matt Waite is a professor of practice at the College of Journalism and Mass Communications, teaching reporting and digital product development at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In 2011, he founded the Drone Journalism Lab at the university, and became a licensed pilot in 2015 as he worked toward getting a Section 333 exemption. Before joining the UNL faculty, Waite was an award-winning investigative reporter and went on to become a hybrid journalist/programmer, combining reporting experience with Web development to create new platforms for journalism. The first platform he developed was PolitiFact, a website to fact check what politicians say, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009.
"Drone360 is more than a magazine," said Kidwell. "The UAS industry and market are still young, but they're growing at an astounding pace. Drones are expected to have an economic impact of more than $13.5 billion in the U.S. alone in just three years. We want to help people inside the industry talk with each other and keep track of developments, and we also want to educate consumers and the general public about drones. The advisory board will help us do that."
Featured image: Drew Halverson