Gene Robinson founded RPFlight Systems, Inc. in March of 2004 and performed the research and development required to produce the flying wing as a stable payload platform.
Gene’s formal education is in aviation science and is a full scale pilot. Utilizing his professional background as a computer programmer/analyst, the marriage of software image analysis and the use of computers for enhancing images was utilized early on.
The small unmanned aircraft developed by RPFlightSystems have seen service in searches domestically from California, to Virginia, Wyoming to Texas and internationally in Mongolia, Mexico, Africa and Jamaica. RPFlightSystems has assisted many law enforcement agencies for warrant support, drug interdiction and surveillance. The use of small unmanned aircraft in wildland fires has been proven on several occasions and has been utilized to quickly discover routes to areas thought inaccessible. The high resolution imagery capable of being obtained with has assisted SAR crews in recovering victims that had been lost for lengthy periods. Under his direction and flight command, there have been 10 victims recovered as a direct result of using unmanned aircraft.
Gene Robinson, under the banner of RPFlightSystems has presented at seminars for the Department of Homeland Security, the National Institute of Urban Search and Rescue (NIUSR) in San Diego, California, and other agencies on the use of unmanned aircraft disaster mitigation. Robinson authored, presented and received one of the first Certificates of Waiver/Authority (COA) for the use of unmanned aircraft from the FAA for a county government in the United States. Utilizing 10 years of unmanned aircraft/SAR experience, Robinson wrote and published the book “First to Deploy – Unmanned Aircraft for SAR & Law Enforcement”.
Gene Robinson was the Chief Pilot and UA asset manager for the National Institute of Standards and Techonology (NIST) ongoing fire research program. This program utilized Tier II unmanned aircraft to gather multi-sensor data to construct a model to predict fire exposure and generate a fire exposure scale for the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI). This program placed Robinson and his flight crew in the unique position of the only flight operation utilized by this agency to fly UA in the NAS.