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.
Title at Volansi: Senior UAS Quality Assurance Technician
Joined the team: 2018
Team member #14
Hometown:Parkersburg, West Virginia
Tell us a little bit about your background and the work you did before joining the Volansi team?
It all started way back in the day, on a Wednesday in January of 2005. I started to attend WVU for a Mechanical Engineering Degree while working as a Car Audio Installation Tech with Circuit City on the side. Being just out of high school, the pace of the day-in and day-out of continuing school was harsh. To make a long story short, I happened to venture into a recruiting office for the United States Marine Corps. A few months later I was standing on the yellow footprints outside of the Paris Island Recruit Depot in South Carolina. I attended the Naval Air Technical Training Center in Pensacola Florida as an Avionics Electrician. Then something special happened, which later would spark the rest of my career in Aviation! I was assigned to the CH46 (PHROG) Platform. If your not familiar look the Aircraft, look it up, it’s the most fantastic helicopter ever!
In your own words, what do you do at Volansi?
A little bit of everything. I primarily focus on the production of the VOLY 10 Series unmanned aerial system (UAS), but I have also worked with the aircraft maintenance team traveling around the globe, helped the engineering team build their designs, assisted with the documentation of procedures, and help where I can to offer my skills.
What has been your favorite project so far at Volansi?
There is not just one favorite project. Every project I have been part of brings new challenges and obstacles to overcome. Overall, I would say my favorite part has been seeing the aircraft from day one mature into the planes we have flying all over the world today.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
My spare time consists of being a Dad to the greatest kids ever, and a husband to my wonderful wife. Activities that fall under that category would be anything outdoors (fishing, jeeping, hiking, camping, etc.), watching Jeopardy whenever I can, playing my guitar, and exploring the new areas where I live.
Who are your heroes in aviation, drone, or logistics history?
My heroes would be the men and women (military and civilian) who risk their lives to fly into harm’s way to rescue those in need.
We are in the dawn of unmanned flight and autonomous mobility. What are the applications that excite you most?
Being able to send an autonomous aircraft into situations that exceed safety margins for manned aircraft. If something happens, then we can send more.