Avionics News May 2017 - 55
Robotic Skies is prepared.
"UAS operators are not regional
- we need to have a service center
that is, at once, local and global,"
Brad said. "We have more than 130
local repair stations in Europe, Asia,
South America, Africa and Australia,
and expect our footprint to continue
to grow with the market. We already
have a wide range of customers that
include fleet operators and airframe
Looking back to his days in the hightech industry, he added, "I knew how to
deploy an effective global business program and that's what we've done. The
emphasis is not on the United States,
but on the global market. One size does
not fit all for maintenance solutions. We
need local people who know their customers and how local regulations apply
to the UAS market segment."
Brad also is still active in manned
aviation, and he is now the president of
Kings Avionics. His father, Steve, is the
chief operating officer.
On the personal side, Brad, who
remains a history buff, also is an avid
remote-control pilot. He and his wife,
Thea, who is a marketing executive at
Dell, enjoy skiing and RVing with their
children. "We have three kids at home -
a high schooler and twins in junior high
along with an older son who lives in
Salt Lake City," he said.
As for the UAS market, Brad said,
"We're not there in force yet, but we'll
be there faster than you may think.
The market will continue its accelerated development. The FAA is moving
quickly to get regs out and start testing
how drones will be incorporated into
the national airspace. When this market
explodes, there will be a huge demand
for certified, professional maintenance
services, and we're prepared for that." q
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