Andy’s early passion for aviation led him to join the Air National Guard, where he served for six years as an aircraft mechanic on the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon and the Lockheed C-130 Hercules. While serving in the Guard, he earned a degree in Aerospace Flight Dispatch and Scheduling from Middle Tennessee State University and participated in the FAA’s Air Traffic Collegiate Training Initiative program. Lockheed Martin hired Andy as an air traffic specialist. During his time at the Flight Service Station in Fort Worth, Texas, he rose through the ranks to become an operations manager and later a quality assurance engineer. He also worked on the development and rollout of the Flight Services online web portal (800wxbrief.com).
Before joining Robotic Skies, Andy gained experience in the integration of Unmanned Aircraft Systems into the national air space. First, as a subject matter expert on air traffic for Evans Incorporated, a contractor to the FAA, then as a member of the FAA’s Air Traffic Organization team that worked on the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) for Part 107 operations. Andy holds a private pilot license, remote pilot license, and aircraft dispatcher license.