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'Agricultural Aircraft Operations (AAO) with Unmanned Aircraft Systems'

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time)

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Presented by:
Joseph Hexter- AUS-430, Unmanned Aircraft Integration Office, Safety and Operations Organization, AUS-430
John Meehan- Management & Program Analyst/Industry Liaison- UAS Integration Office, AUS-430

Abstract: An overview of public and civil requirements for Agricultural Aircraft Operations utilizing Unmanned Aircraft Systems including aircraft weighing above and below 55 pounds total operating weight.

- Outline: Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Overview
- Air Space Issues
- How to Get Started
- Public Aircraft Operations (PAO) vs. Civil
- Part 107 Highlights
- HAZMAT and Economic Poisons
- How to Obtain an Agricultural Aircraft Operating Certificate
- Handy Tools and References


About the Speakers:
Joseph Hexter-
Joe is employed by SAIC as a Senior Regulatory Analyst assigned to AUS-430, Unmanned Aircraft Integration Office, Safety and Operations Organization. In this capacity he is responsible for the research, analysis and drafting of regulatory documents, management of individual projects as well as technical and program support for the development and maintenance of the AUS Safety Management System (SMS). For the past three years, Joe's primary focus has been drafting grants of exemption, in accordance with Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 and the new small UAS rule, 14 CFR part 107.

For the past 49 years Joe's background focused on aviation; initially in aircraft maintenance and later as an airline captain. Joe has been a ground and flight simulator instructor, a pilot check-airman/designee, and has held the positions of Chief Pilot, Director of Operations and Director of Safety under air carrier/commercial operations. After thirty-seven years in commercial aviation Joe began contracting with the FAA (flying a desk). Initially he worked in the Air Traffic Organization (ATO) at System Operations Safety (AJR-C) conducting Safety Risk Analysis, and later as a Safety Assurance ISO Lead Auditor. Joe started in the Unmanned Aircraft Program Office (AFS-407) in January 4, 2011.

John Meehan-
John is a Management & Program Analyst and Industry Liaison in the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Team, located at FAA Headquarters in Washington, DC.  In this role, John provides technical support, subject matter expertise, and performs detailed research in response to inquiries from within the agency, other agencies, industry, Congress, and the general public, and coordinates responses with appropriate FAA personnel.  He also provides subject matter expertise in the development of concepts, policies, standards, procedures and guidance related to the safe integration of UAS into the NAS.  He also participates in Inter Agency Working Group meetings with DOD, DHS, CIA, SS, FEMA, and other Federal and State Agencies, and Trade Associations.  He acts as a champion and evangelist for UAS stakeholders within the Agency, and performs educational outreach and assistance with key stakeholders such as Public Aircraft Operators (Law Enforcement, 1st Responders, Public Health, etc.) and Civil Operators in a variety of industries.  

John is a graduate of West Point and former US Army Helicopter Instructor Pilot and served just over 5 years in the Army as an Aviation Officer before getting his MBA from Boston College and joining private industry, mostly in International Sales and General Management positions.  He has worked at three Aircraft OEMs and run Fixed Base Operations at Stewart Airport in New York and Washington Dulles Airport in Virginia. Prior to joining the FAA, John was most recently the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Global Sales at Wyvern Ltd, an aviation risk management company based in Yardley, PA.

John holds a Commercial Pilot Certificate with Instrument rating rotary wing, a Private Pilot Rating with Instrument rating, single engine land airplane, and a UAS Remote Pilot Certificate.



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