Andy Thurling is VP of Airspace Innovation at DroneUp where he leads the development and execution of airspace and UTM strategies; develops, influences, and shapes company and industry standards and policies to support UAS airspace innovation; and leads on the DroneUp's path to commercial BVLOS at-scale. He was previously Chief Technology Officer at NUAIR where he led technical research on current and future UAS technologies, evaluated potential paths to implementation, industry standards for approval by regulators, and test techniques to verify compliance. Prior to NUAIR, Andy was Director of Product Safety and Mission Assurance at AeroVironment in Simi Valley, California. At AeroVironment, Andy led airworthiness, certification, and airspace access strategic efforts. He is active in standards bodies such as ASTM and RTCA and internationally with EUROCAE and as a subject matter expert to the JARUS working group developing the Specific Operational Risk Assessment process and with ICAO on the Trust Framework Study Group. Andy is a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School. He has held several positions as a test pilot and as an instructor at the Test Pilot School. His career in the Air Force culminated as Commander of the Flight Test Squadron responsible for testing the nation’s newest unmanned aircraft. Andy has over 2300 hours of flight time in more than 35 aircraft types and was awarded the 2011 AUVSI “Operations Award” for leading the flight testing of the liquid Hydrogen powered Global Observer High Altitude UAS.
September 5-7, 2023 • Caesars Forum • Las Vegas