Commercial UAV Expo content at Amsterdam Drone Week  

September 3-5, 2024  •  Caesars Forum  •  Las Vegas

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Brandon Roberts

Brandon Roberts, Executive Director of the Office of Rulemaking, joined ARM in 2015, and previously served as the Director of the Airmen & Airspace Rules Division and as the Deputy Executive Director. Brandon began his aviation career with the US Air Force. After graduating from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs with a degree in Aeronautical Engineering, he attended Undergraduate Pilot Training at Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio, TX. After earning his wings, he completed Introduction to Fighter Fundamentals at Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, GA. Following training, he spent five years flying the F-15C “Eagle,” stationed at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, FL and Langley Air Force Base in Hampton, VA. He was a member of the F-15C East Coast Demonstration Team and travelled the world demonstrating the combat capability of the “Eagle” to airshow attendees. He still loves to fly and to share the thrill of flight with others. He is a commercial/instrument/multi-engine-rated pilot with several hundred hours flying civilian experimental aircraft including the Velocity, VariEze, and RV-6.

Following his tenure in the Air Force, he joined Triumph Aerospace Systems in Newport News, VA. As a program manager, he led cross-functional teams that designed, manufactured, and instrumented complex aerospace prototypes. His primary customers included Bell Helicopter and General Electric Aviation. For Bell Helicopter, he led the effort to design and build a full-scale TiltRotor Test Vehicle for aerodynamic testing in NASA Ames’ National Full-scale Aerodynamic Complex. For General Electric, Brandon managed the development of the prototype GE3000 jet engine. This engine is designed to replace the T700/CT7 series, which currently powers Blackhawk and Apache helicopters.

Brandon moved to Washington D.C. in 2013 to manage engineering operations for Architecture Technology Corporation, a small business that provides systems engineering services to NASA, DHS, and FAA. His engineering staff consulted for several offices in the Air Traffic Organization, including the Operational Concepts and Validation group as well as the Terminal Facilities Planning group.  

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