Staff Writers


Jeremiah Karpowicz

Jeremiah Karpowicz is the Executive Editor for Commercial UAV News. He has created articles, videos, newsletters, ebooks and plenty more for various communities as a contributor and editor. He is also the author of a number of industry specific reports that feature exclusive insights and information around how drones are being used in various markets. You can read all of those reports here. Get in touch with him on Twitter: @jeremiahkarp

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Juan Plaza

Juan received a degree in Geodesy and a master in digital photogrammetry from Universidad Central de Venezuela and a MBA in international Finance from Florida International University. He has over 750 hours of experience in photogrammetry navigation and camera operation in aircraft as varied as WWII B-25, Cessna 310, Lear Jet 25C and Piper Aztec. Juan holds a private pilot certificate with instrument rating and is currently working on his commercial multiengine certificate. Juan has been selling mapping UAV’s in Latin America for four years and is a frequent guest speaker in events where the safety of flying UAV’s and the fact that unmanned and manned aircraft inevitably will share the same airspace, is a relevant topic. He is the CEO of Juan B Plaza Consulting, a services’ firm specializing in UAV and general aviation issues.

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Sean Higgins

Sean Higgins

SPAR Point Group Editor Sean Higgins produces SPARView, SPAR’s weekly newsletters for 3D-scanning professionals and Sean has previously worked as a technical writer, a researcher, a freelance technology writer, and an editor for various arts publications. He has degrees from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, where he studied the history of sound-recording technologies. Sean is a native of Maine and lives in Portland. Follow him on Twitter: @SPAR_editor

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Commercial UAV News Contributors

Jose Antunes

Jose Antunes is a writer and photographer with, among other things, a passion for aviation. He wanted to be a pilot and although he never did get his license, he has been in touch with aviation in multiple ways, as a photographer and writer. For six years, starting 2002, he was executive editor of the Airline Pilots Association magazine in Portugal, Sirius, and a regular contributor to Flight Magazine, publications where he got to report some of the pioneer news on UAVs. He’s the author of the book “Six Years up in the Sky”, available on Blurb. On his free time he has amassed thousands of flight time hours as a pilot of multiple aircraft, mostly GA. He usually flies a Cessna 337… in Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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Nolan Berg

If you say “jump”, Nolan Berg won’t just ask “how high”… he’ll show you. Nolan pole vaulted for NDSU’s track team (his personal best is 16’ 2”), and his drive and determination carry over into his ever evolving position as Precision Systems Specialist. With a master’s degree in Plant Sciences and tenure as track team captain, Nolan is a great fit to lead our precision ag activities, work with zone creation and UAV imagery, and assist with the seed increase program for new genetics. In his downtime, Nolan enjoys hunting, mountain biking, running, and photography.

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Todd Sumner

Todd is an attorney and legislative affairs advocate representing clients on a wide range of environmental, renewable energy, unmanned systems technologies and regulatory matters. He is based in Tallahassee.

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Terry Miller

Terry founded Transport Risk Management, Inc., a specialty aviation and aerospace insurance brokerage firm, in 2003 with the knowledge and commitment to conduct business in a transparent manner using cutting edge risk management techniques. Those basic principals have evolved into superior underwriter relationships worldwide and professional capabilities that are unrivaled in the industry. Today, Transport Risk Management insures more than 2,700 Unmanned Aircraft Systems for all uses worldwide and more than 15 UAS manufacturers and distributors.

In addition to his twenty-four year career in the aviation insurance industry as both an underwriter and broker, Terry is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University with a Bachelors of Science in Professional Aeronautics; Aviation Business Administration and Aviation Safety.

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Chris Proudlove

Chris began his career in aviation insurance in London in 1990 and has been with Global Aerospace since 2005. Chris’ current role is Senior Vice President, Manager of the Northeast Regional Office and Complex Risks, based in Parsippany, NJ. In his current role, Chris has led the development team for Global’s Unmanned Aircraft System underwriting strategy and product development.
Global Aerospace is a leading provider of aerospace insurance with a worldwide portfolio of clients who are engaged in every aspect of the aviation and space industries and are a leading insurer for Unmanned Aviation.

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Will Tompkinson

Having spent over 14 years working in metrology and geomatics, in roles ranging from Research Scientist, Technical Consultant through to Global Sales Manager; Will Tompkinson is now Owner and Consulting Lead for Insightful Dimensions.

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Benjamin Vander Jagt is the cofounder of Umap Technologies, a Midwest startup that provides cloud-based 3D reconstruction and mapping software for drone operators, particularly those serving the surveying, construction, and mining/aggregates industries. Umap Technologies is focused on alleviating scale problems that currently exist when processing, storing, and disseminating data collected by professional drone operators.

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Bill Emison

Bill Emison is the chief executive of Emison Technical Marketing, Ltd., a geospatial marketing and communications professional services firm based in Denver, Colorado. Bill has been involved in the geospatial industry since 1993 and has extensive marketing and communications skills, as well as significant business development capabilities.

In his current position, Bill provides professional support for technical sales and marketing campaigns within the geospatial, infrastructure and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) markets. Bill is a dynamic marketer providing consulting services to help technical firms craft their messaging, build brand awareness and execute promotional campaigns, including support for industry trade shows and conferences.

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The Unmanned Safety Institute is a professional flight safety organization for operators, enterprises, and organizations focused on integrating and operating UAS safely for civil or commercial purposes. The Unmanned Safety Institute provides UAS flight safety standards and training through the adoption and modification of time-honored aviation safety and training practices. USI certifications are recognized by many leading aviation insurance providers to include Global Aerospace, which selected USI as its official and exclusive UAS training provider under its SM4 Safety Initiative. To learn more about USI, please visit ARGUS International, Inc., acquired USI in 2016. USI is headquartered in Orlando, FL, with offices in Denver, CO, Cincinnati, OH, and Columbus, OH.

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