Darshan Divakaran is an aviation expert with expertise in manned & unmanned flight operations, flight safety, remote sensing, geospatial analysis, event planning, teaching and project management. He is one of the subject matter experts for the North Carolina Governor’s office, legislature and public safety agencies. In this role as UAS Program Engineer, he co-leads efforts to work with DOT and other state agencies, local government, industry, universities, and community colleges to integrate a statewide UAS program in North Carolina. He overlooks the flight operations safety for North Carolinas UAS Integration Pilot Program that is focusing on medical & standard package delivery and infrastructure inspections. In addition, he has been instrumental in creating the NC UAS Working Group along with NC Emergency Management for FEMA Region IV.
A key focus of his efforts has been to provide state agencies and local governments the appropriate tools to create and manage UAS programs to support their specific operational needs. He has conducted extensive research on UAS applications and has educated agencies on its benefits. He is currently appointed to many national organizations and committees like AUVSI, ASTM, ANSI, NFPA, etc. that create UAS standards for commercial and public safety agencies.
Coming from a state government and university research background, Darshan has experience developing best practices and procedures for safe and efficient unmanned aviation operations. An FAA certified remote pilot, he has extensive flight experience with several fixed wing and rotary UAV systems. In addition, Darshan has also worked with several remote-sensing platforms, photogrammetry and GIS systems. He is also an FAA certified commercial Pilot with multi-engine rating.
Darshan holds a Master of Geospatial Information Science and Technology degree from North Carolina State University and BS in Professional Aeronautics (with minor in Aviation Management) from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.