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Expert in Unmanned Aviation Systems

Expert ID: 728515 Alabama, USA

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Expert has 21 years of extensive military and civilian flying experience, with over 3000 hours on military fast-jet aircraft and unmanned reconnaissance systems. He has led a significant number of technical projects in developing new capabilities ranging from targeting systems to multi-aircraft control. An award-winning instructor and evaluator in topics including electronic warfare and launch-recovery of UAVs, Expert has developed training programs from first principles. As a Project Manager, Expert has received numerous commendations for his timely leadership of expeditions, deployments, training courses and technical projects.

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Birmingham, Alabama - Montgomery, Alabama - Tuscaloosa, Alabama - Columbus, Georgia

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Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2008 Degree: MAS Subject: Aeronautical Operations Institution: Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, USA
Year: 1992 Degree: BSc Subject: Psychology and Philosophy Institution: Durham University, England

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2008 to 2010 Employer: NATO Title: Lead Air-Land Integration & UAS Staff Officer Department: Air Component Command Headquarters, Ramstein, Germany Responsibilities: Spearheaded international team of 9 officers in coordinating vital, cross-nation exercises and training programs including live-fly exercises with budget of EUR 300,000+. First port-of-call for all ISAF / Afghanistan air-to-land issues and UAS subject-matter expert.
Years: 2007 to 2008 Employer: CENTAF Title: Commander Department: 361st Expeditionary Reconaissance Squadron, Ali Air Base, Iraq Responsibilities: Independent command of Unit, guiding delivery of fully operational aircraft for combat operations on 24/7 schedule. Accountable for operational output, staff training, performance, professional development, discipline, and welfare issues for 10 military and 65 civilian contractor personnel.
Years: 2007 to 2008 Employer: USAF Title: Wing Operations Director Department: 432nd Wing (432WG), Nevada, USA Responsibilities: Directly responsible for supervision of over 30 UAS Combat Air Patrols and 4 Launch-Recovery Elements across 2 theatres. Daily authorisation, maintenance, weather and operational control of entire, widely dispersed, fleet.
Years: 2006 to 2008 Employer: USAF Title: Chief of Standards & Evaluation Department: 15th Reconnaissance Squadron (15RS), Nevada, USA Responsibilities: Senior instructor and evaluator within largest USAF UAS unit. Wrote and mentored UAS standards, subsequently adopted by ALL UAS squadrons throughout USAF and USANG. Over 1500 hours Predator MQ-1B with limited Reaper MQ-9 flying experience. Numerous combat engagements with both organic and 'buddy' weapons systems.
Years: 2005 to 2006 Employer: USAF Title: Multi-Aircraft Control (MAC) Project Officer Department: 15th Reconnaissance Squadron (15RS), Nevada, USA Responsibilities: Led the 'Tiger Team' for introduction to USAF service of first (and still only) MAC capability. Flight trialed from first principles (operating within the US Test and Evaluation Group - TEG) control of 4 UAVs from 1 pilot station.
Years: 2004 to 2005 Employer: USAF Title: Launch Recovery Pilot Department: 15th Reconnaissance Squadron (15RS), Nevada, USA Responsibilities: One of the most experienced LR pilots with 4 requalification courses, two 4-month deployments and lead LR pilot for 6-month trials programme.
Years: 2000 to 2003 Employer: RAF Title: Training Officer Department: 617 Squadron, Royal Air Force, Scotland, UK Responsibilities: Combat-ready operational front-line fighter pilot; planning, organizing, and teaching complete annual training requirements to 30+ aircrew and support personnel. Also lead scheduler for all squadron daily events and project leader for planning and execution of 2 overseas deployments. Supervised 30+ trainees with additional personnel management responsibilities for 7 personnel.
Years: 1997 to 2000 Employer: RAF Title: Electronic Warfare Officer Department: 14 Squadron, Royal Air Force in Dusseldorf, Germany Responsibilities: Combat-ready operational front-line fighter pilot. Lead pilot for introduction of precision targeting system and electronic warfare upgrades to Tornado aircraft force.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1987 to 2010 Agency: UK Ministry of Defence Role: Military Officer Description: Dedicated and engaging military officer with exceptional track record of planning and leading major multi-national projects / programmes for the United Kingdom (UK) Royal Air Force.

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1995 to 2006 Country / Region: USA Summary: Flying Training Exchange tour
Years: 1997 to 2000 Country / Region: Germany Summary: Operational Flying tour
Years: 2004 to 2008 Country / Region: USA Summary: Unmanned Aircraft Exchange tour

Career Accomplishments

Associations / Societies
GAPAN (Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators);
CMI (Chartered Management Institute);
SAFE (Society of Aircraft Flight Evaluators);
AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association)
Licenses / Certifications
JAA Commercial Pilots Licence

Additional Experience

Training / Seminars
Developed from first principles specialist training courses for introduction of 3 separate capabilities to users. Award-winning instructor for established training programs.
Organised and ran numerous multinational Conferences for 100+ personnel. Presented to significant high-level seminars in both military and civilain fields.
Other Relevant Experience
Media-trained public speaker with exceptional presentation skills.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
French Conversational
German Basic
Spanish Basic

Fields of Expertise

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