Drone Pilot Inc, was registered and established in Texas on April 10, 2014 and located in Austin. Drone Pilot
is a Disabled Veteran-owned Small business, founded by Austin Texas Peace Officer John Buell, partnered
with legendary Firefighter Gene Robinson (THE GRANDFATHER of SUAS SAR) focused primarily as a
professional service provider of unmanned air, ground, and maritime robotics. Drone Pilot was awarded one
of the first FAA 333 exemption for SUAS training.
Drone Pilots Inc. offers a comprehensive drone pilot training program. This 100-hour training is designed to
build a professional flight team and train to a high standard of professional UA operation. This training
provides 3 stage flight training customized to meet the needs of the team, general knowledge of drone
mechanics and maintenance; FAA required document training, and knowledge required to pass the FAA Part
107 remote pilots test. Participants of Drone Pilots Inc. training program receive documentation to maintain
FAA compliance and continuous support that mitigates the liability risks for the agency. Drone Pilot Inc.
training provides a solid foundation necessary to build a successful drone flight team.
DPI Unmanned Aerial Operational Training and Certification Program.
DPI has designed a turn key SUAS Flight Team Training Program for professional minded organizations seeking
to leverage this technology for insource SUAS operations. The Drone Pilot Flight Team cadre, made up of
public safety professionals have completed missions all over the US and overseas for a wide range of clients.
DPI has created a copyrighted UA flight team standard operating manual that's currently being deployed by
public safety agencies in Texas and across the United States. DPI's program consists of three phases
delivered over 2-3 months in 10-20 hr blocks. The program only moves as fast as the flight teams ability to
PHASE I Student will learn how to legally operate under both FAA PART 107 and/or a Certificate of
Authorization (COA) in many environments. Student will learn the UA laws, administrative components, UA
hardware/software, supportive components, environmental factors, dispatch protocols, crew management,
data collection, and much more! Student will be trained to an established UA operational standard and
tested to demonstrate proficiency in safe operational control.
PHASE II Student will learn UA flight team roles and responsibilities, mission pre-planning, site assessments,
UA action plans (pre/during/post) flight procedures and protocols, data interpretation, flight team required
reporting/documentation, virtual logbook operations, and much more! Student will be trained to an
established UA operational standard and tested to demonstrate proficiency in advanced flight procedures,
emergency procedures, and flight team communication procedures.
PHASE III Student will learn advanced flight team operations combining all training to complete several
custom built scenarios. This advanced training will cover Air Boss operations, autonomous flight software/
operations, custom payload operations, UA support equipment/foot print setup, advanced data analysis, and
much more! Student will be trained to an established UA operational standard and tested to demonstrate
proficiency in safely completing the scenarios data collection objectives. If successful the student will be
awarded Drone Pilot Certificate of Completion.
Drone Pilot Inc carries $1,000,000 in UAS aviation insurance provided by Global
Aerospace and is insured for flight operations along with training operations.
THE DRONE PILOT TEAM
Gene Robinson FAA License: 3980933
Gene Robinson founded RP Flight Systems, Inc. in 2004 and began the design and
manufacture of the Spectra flying wing. In February 2015, Gene partnered with
Asiatech Drones, to produce and sell the Vigilant fixed wing unmanned system. Gene
formed RP Search Services, a non-profit 501 (c)3 in 2007 to bring UAS into the public
service roles of search and rescue, fire-fighting and public safety support. He has
been Chief UA Pilot for Texas EquuSearch since 2006 and has flown in numerous highprofile
searches for missing people. In 2012, Gene authored First to Deploy the first
“how-to” book on using UAS during SAR and natural disasters. He authored Obstacles
to Using UA in the NAS and co-authored Memorial Day Floods, 2015, Wimberley, Texas,
White Papers utilized by Texas Department of Public Safety, the Wimberley and the
Austin Fire Departments among other agencies. Gene served as Chief UA Pilot for the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST), Wildland Urban Fire Research Project (WUI) from 2013-2015. He wrote
the first successful Certificate of Authorization (COA) granted to a county jurisdiction for Hays County, TX, in 2007.
He has worked with higher learning institutions including San Diego State University’s Visualization Lab on drone
development, Texas State University’s Forensic Anthropology Program on cadaver detection, and University
of Wisconsin, Eau Claire’s campus on UA development, use, and GIS, among others. He is the co-founder of
the Remote Control Aerial Photography Association (RCAPA). He has been assigned “Air Boss” during the
devastating Memorial Day Floods of 2015 in Wimberley, Texas, and continues to be the Chief UA Pilot for the
Wimberley Fire Department. Gene has an active FAA Section 333 Exemption to fly the Spectra in the NAS.
John Buell FAA License: 3976082
John Buell is regarded as an “Expert Operator and Design Specialist of Small
Unmanned Air and Ground Systems. He has over 20 years of experience as a Peace
Officer in Austin Texas working in the Bomb Squad as a Chemical/Biological/
Radiological Specialist, Organized Crime Division, Clandestine Lab Response Team,
Public Safety Recovery DIVE Team, and Specialized Patrol Division/SAR Team.
John has served 14 years as a member of our Armed Forces serving the last 6 years with
the 6th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team Texas Army National Guard
Honorably discharged as a disabled veteran from a knee injury. John has been building
and flying radio controlled fixed-wing and multi-rotor hover platforms and devotes
much of his free time volunteering to promote public safety uses of robotics for life
saving. John Buell and Gene Robinson have designed a turn key SUAS Flight Team Training Program for professional
minded organizations and businesses seeking to leverage this technology for insource SUAS operations. The
Drone Pilot Flight Team cadre, made up of public safety professionals have completed missions all over the
US and overseas for a wide range of clients. John Buell has created a copyrighted UA flight team standard
operating manual that’s currently being deployed by public safety agencies in Texas.
Michael Joseph FAA License: 3977270
Michael Joseph is currently employed in law enforcement as a supervisor and has been
serving the public for the last 14 years. Michael is considered a subject matter expert
in the field of SUAS laws, regulations, NAS, and SUAS governmental regulations.
Michael has been working with John on SAUS systems since 2012 and excels as a
systems technician. He is also a photographer and the knowledge gained in this field
helps with his FPV and gimbal camera skills.
Michael was the first SUAS pilot to complete the Eyes Overhead program from its
inception. Since then he has conducted many complex SUAS missions to include
search and rescue, law enforcement, commercial, and other government missions. He
also excels in building and repaired unmanned aerial systems and is currently a lead
SUAS pilot and director of IT and equipment for Drone Pilot Inc. Michael also trains
future SUAS pilots with Gene and John and as the first student of the program understands best how to
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