Eileen Lockhart is the Director of Utility Services & Customer Experience at Spright, a division of Air Methods Corporation. She is involved with and oversees business development, strategic partnerships, regulatory strategy, and market development. Currently, she is one of the industry co-chairs for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) rulemaking committee and sits on several other Boards and industry committees.
Prior to joining Spright/Air Methods, Eileen was the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program Manager at Xcel Energy, a U.S. investor-owned electricity and natural gas company with regulated operations in eight Midwestern and Western States. Under her leadership, Xcel Energy became the first company in the United States to receive a performance-based Federal approval to operate UAS beyond the operator’s visual line of sight (BVLOS) to perform linear infrastructure inspection across Xcel Energy’s entire footprint, within class G airspace under 14 CFR § 107.
When she is not developing UAS missions and governance, she enjoys time with her family, volunteering at her children’s school, and spending time outdoors.