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NUAIR Alliance Announces New Chief Technology Officer

The NUAIR Alliance has hired Andy Thurling as its new chief technology officer. Thurling most recently served as the director of product safety and mission assurance at AeroVironment, in Simi Valley, California. At AeroVironment, Thurling led airworthiness, certification and airspace access strategic efforts.

Andy Thurling

At NUAIR, Thurling leads technical research on current and future unmanned aircraft system (UAS) technologies. He plays a critical role in the engineering and operations efforts needed to launch NUAIR’s national unmanned systems testing and rating (NUSTAR) initiative. He supports the organization’s strategic efforts to establish protocols for the formal evaluation of UAS technologies and evaluates potential paths to commercialization. Thurling also works with partners from the industry and academia to establish technical standards for acceptance by regulators and develops testing criteria to verify compliance. His high level of expertise and broad range experience in the industry supports NUAIR’s leadership role in the safe integration of UAS into the National Airspace System. 

“We’re very excited to welcome Andy to the NUAIR team as he has an incredible combination of knowledge and expertise, which will advance our mission and support our strategic growth,” said Marke “Hoot” Gibson, president and CEO, NUAIR Alliance. “His outstanding career in the U.S. Air Force coupled with his experience at AeroVironment gives him industry credibility key to our ability to break new ground in this ever-evolving industry.”

Thurling graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was commissioned in the Air Force in 1987. He served for a decade, culminating as commander of the Flight Test Squadron responsible for testing the nation’s newest unmanned aircraft. Thurling has more than 2,300 hours of flight time in more than 35 aircraft types and was awarded the 2011 AUVSI Operations Award.

The NUAIR Alliance is an organizational partner of CenterState CEO and manages one of seven unmanned aircraft systems test sites in the country. The organizations are strategically aligned in their efforts to build public and private partnerships to advance leading-edge UAS and unmanned traffic management technologies and create a hub for the industry to attract investments and business development.

Xponential 2018

New York state will be well represented at the annual Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s (AUVSI) Xponential 2018 trade show in Denver, Colorado, April 30 to May 3.

More than 20 New York-based organizations including NUAIR, CenterState CEO, GENIUS NY, Griffiss International Airport and numerous public and private partners will represent UAS Central. The brand ties together many UAS-related assets and projects taking place in Central New York and the Mohawk Valley. This effort creates a strong and unified identity to drive awareness of the unmanned aircraft systems ecosystem located in Central New York and to compete for jobs in the industry that will grow the economy.

New York attends AUVSI Xponential annually as it is the single largest gathering of companies in the unmanned systems sector in the United States.

Learn more at www.uascentral.com.