Meet the team behind Volansi’s flying robots. Each week we share stories from the team at Volansi highlighting their journey to joining the team, how they help keep our drones taking off, and some quirky fun along the way.

Bri Leahy

Title at Volansi: Aircraft Certification Specialist / Senior Technical Program Manager

Joined the team: 2021

Hometown: The Pacific Northwest

Tell us a little bit about your background and the work you did before joining the Volansi team?

With a background in mechanical design, test, and structural analysis of aircraft and aircraft components, I transitioned into a Product Certification Management role in 2017. Since then, I have orchestrated projects with the FAA to complete Type Certifications, Supplemental Type Certifications, and Amended Type Certifications in the manned aerospace industry. I have also coordinated Airworthiness approvals and implemented Minor Change Agreements.

In your own words, what do you do at Volansi?

At Volansi I work with the FAA to facilitate the conversation around Airworthiness and Product Certification. I also work with Volansi’s team of experts to champion the culture and processes that drive front-end design for safety and compliance as we strategize for an exciting future in the UAS industry.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I utilize fastpacking (a hybrid version of running and ultralight backpacking) to train for and run ultramarathons. I am also a certified crosscut sawyer for the Pacific Crest Trail Association, and I lead volunteer trail crews to clear our local sections of the Pacific Crest Trail and feeder trails. On top of that, I have a working-line, Australian shepherd puppy who is keeping me on my toes… when I’m not working on renovating my 1928 old Mill House in Bend, Oregon.

Who are your heroes in aviation, drone, or logistics history? Why?

I have deep respect for every industry-expert working to facilitate the regulatory growth surrounding Unmanned Aircraft System integration into the National Airspace. To give names would be to fail in acknowledging that it will take every single one of us to champion safety and prevent misshapes during this growth.

We are in the dawn of unmanned flight and autonomous mobility. What are the applications that excite you most?

I am most excited to see drones widely embraced for delivery of life-saving supplies. From efficient supply of medical equipment to emergency supplies in disasters, the use of drones has the potential to revolutionize, not only efficient delivery, but equitable delivery.