Commercial UAV Expo Europe  

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

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Tony Reid

Tony Reid is an accomplished Commercial sUAS Pilot with 6 years of experience in the UAV drone

industry. His journey began in September 2016 when he obtained his Part 107 UAS Certification,

marking the beginning of a remarkable career in the field.

Mr. Reid has made significant contributions to disaster response efforts through his collaboration with

the American Red Cross. His expertise has been instrumental in various missions, providing crucial

support during critical situations. From mapping efforts during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 to

conducting damage assessments in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria in 2018, Mr. Reid

consistently demonstrated his commitment to helping affected communities. In 2019, he deployed to

the grand Bahamas for Hurricane Relief, conducting extensive damage assessments in the aftermath

of Hurricane Dorian. This included inspections of buildings, bridges, highways, roofs, and powerlines.

In addition to these accomplishments, Mr. Reid is a Co-Founder, Vice President of Business

Development, and Drone Instructor at Drone Cadets. This innovative program aims to expose and

train young individuals, particularly from black and brown communities, in drone technology. Through

the program, FAA rules and regulations, repair classes, coding, and drone operations are taught,

empowering the next generation with valuable skills and opportunities.

Mr. Reid's dedication to disaster response extends beyond his work with the American Red Cross. In

2022, during Hurricane Ian in Florida, his team at Drone Cadets dispatched 12 pilots to capture

damages to people's homes and businesses. This rapid response and thorough assessment provided

crucial information for relief efforts, enabling swift action and assistance for affected individuals.

Drawing from his experiences as a corrections officer at Rikers Island, where he worked specifically

with the adolescent population aged 16 to 21 years old, Mr. Reid recognized the importance of

bridging the gap and providing opportunities for underserved communities. This drove his passion to

expose black and brown youth to drone technology and ensure their equal access to its

transformative potential.

With his diverse experiences as a corrections officer, Commercial sUAS Pilot, and advocate for

inclusivity, Tony Reid continues to make significant strides in the UAV drone industry. His work not

only advances technology and supports disaster response efforts but also serves as an inspiration for

the next generation, empowering them to pursue their dreams and create a positive impact in their


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