David Hansell is the Global Aviation Policy Lead for Facebook and their High Altitude, Long Endurance Aquila Program. In this role, David is working to harmonize the global regulatory environment for High-Altitude, Long Endurance UAS while partnering with civil aviation authorities and air navigation service providers worldwide to address the aviation needs of both Facebook and other operators in the high altitude space. David is a member of the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee Subcommittee, the FAA UAS Safety Team, and is the Chairman of AIA’s Upper Airspace Working Group.
Prior to joining Facebook, David served as Director for Transportation Security Policy on the National Security Council. He worked as the lead aviation subject matter expert for the National Security Advisor and Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism. Dave previously served as an Intelligence Officer and National Security Liaison for both the FAA and TSA, an Air Traffic Controller for the US Air Force, and was an aircrew member and translator for Air Force Special Operations Command.
David earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Arts in International Relations from the University of Oklahoma.