Ron is the Vice President for Flight Operations and one of ADAVSO and Empire Unmanned first UAS pilots and Visual Observers. He is also experienced in developing UAS courseware for many colleges and universities. He has been involved in all aspects of the aviation industry for over 30 years, from airplanes to helicopters, flying to maintenance, and even fuel and ammunition. Embracing his passion for aviation, he joined the U.S. Army where he commanded AH-64 Apache equipped units and also flew AH-1, OH-58 and UH-1 helicopters in many places throughout the world, retiring after more than 21 years of active service. During his time in the U.S. Army he was also fortunate enough to work deep underground at Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station (CMAFS) with NORAD and USNORTHCOM as an air battle management officer and chief of current operations, tasked with the overall airspace security of North America. After retirement, Ron was hand-picked as a defense contractor to manage the movement of the CMAFS Command Center, ensuring increased capabilities while facing new challenges.
Answering the strong desire for flying again, Ron moved to Idaho and flew air ambulance helicopters in Elko NV and later flew heads of state for many countries and members of the royal family in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Ron has nearly 4,000 hours of flight time and an Air Transport Pilot-helicopter certificate as well as a Bachelors and an MBA from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.
He lives in Star, ID and has been married to his wife Kimm for over 30 years. They have two sons, a daughter, and a grandson. He loves the sunshine in Idaho and enjoys just about anything outdoors.