ABOUT US

Robotic Skies is built on a solid foundation of aviation best practices to serve the emerging commercial drone and advanced air mobility industry.

Serving An Emerging Aviation Market

High-end UAS manufacturers and enterprise operators are eager for commercial operations to rapidly expand. We believe that our Service Center network model will accelerate the commercial UAS market by providing high-quality maintenance and repair services adapted from traditional aviation infrastructure.

Our comprehensive turnkey field service programs provide scalable local maintenance solutions that keep UAS operations safe and productive.

Founded in 2014, Robotic Skies has over 225 independently owned and operated certified repair stations in its network, spanning 50 countries.

Our Team

BRAD HAYDEN, FOUNDER/CEO

Brad grew up in the aviation industry, working from a young age in his family’s avionics sales and service business.

After graduating from the University of Utah, he left aviation to launch his career managing global, high-tech marketing programs for companies such as US Robotics, 3Com, Informix, and EFI.

Brad returned to aviation as one of the original executives of Aspen Avionics, a venture-backed cockpit display manufacturer, where he was responsible for creating and building the company’s brand and product strategy. He led the definition and rollout of Aspen Avionics’ groundbreaking Connected Panel product line, which has revolutionized the synchronization of data in the cockpit.

A certificated private pilot and an avid drone pilot, Brad advocates for the safe integration of next-generation aircraft into existing global flight operations through various industry efforts. In January 2021, Brad received an appointment to a seat on the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee. He also Chairs the National Business Aviation Association’s Emerging Technology Committee and the ASTM Subcommittee F46.06 on Autonomous and Electric Aircraft Maintenance Personnel. While serving on the ASTM Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, he led standards development teams related to continued airworthiness and technician training qualifications.

ERIC BUTLER, CFO/CRO

Eric brings Robotic Skies a diverse professional background in international finance and program management.

His career began with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), where he audited investment funds and insurance companies, specializing in valuation and financial modeling. While stationed in Zurich, he led the global audit of one of PwC’s largest clients across over 50 countries. Eric also has experience leading investment decisions across multiple sectors, including the airline and aviation industries.

Before joining Robotic Skies, Eric worked in the oil and gas industry as the Director of Finance and Analytics at an exploration and production company where he was responsible for financial strategy, capital allocation, corporate budgeting and forecasting, capital raising, and business development.

Eric has a master’s degree in Accounting from Miami University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He holds a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Colorado.

 

MIKE SMITH, DIRECTOR OF MAINTENANCE

Mike has over 20 years of experience in aviation maintenance. Before joining Robotic Skies, Mike served as rotorcraft Director of Maintenance for Guardian Flight in the HEMS industry. In addition, his work in other sectors of the industry include law enforcement, search and rescue, fire suppression, off-shore oil and gas, seismic and utility. He has extensive experience with establishing remote operating bases and field operations.

Mike holds an FAA A&P certificate and a Private Pilot License.

ANGELA ANDERSON, DIRECTOR OF MARKETING

Angela’s passion for aviation stems from many fond childhood memories of flying around the US and Canada in her family’s Cessna 170 aircraft.

Angela began her career in aviation at Jeppesen (A Boeing Company), and during her time there served in a variety of roles, including customer service, account management, and business development. Angela’s opportunity to combine aviation and marketing came with her role as marketing manager at Aspen Avionics, where she previously worked with Brad Hayden.

Before her current role at Robotic Skies, Angela was director of marketing at ForeFlight, the industry-leading integrated flight app. Angela led a team of creative and digital marketing professionals to develop and implement global marketing strategies and promotional programs. As employee number eighteen, she grew the company’s marketing program as it transitioned from near startup to a well-established enterprise.

Angela has a degree in Art History from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Regis University. She also holds a private pilot license with an instrument rating.

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