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About Drone Tech UAS

Drone Tech UAS sets the standard for Unmanned Aircraft education. With a industry leading team of experts, we are here to help you succeed. With over 50 years of combined Drone and Education experience, Drone Tech has the solution for your training needs!

SERGEANT TONY REID

Sgt. Tony Reid is President, CEO of DroneTech UAS and Co-Founder, Vice President of Business Development / Drone Instructor for Drone Cadets, a program which exposes and trains drone technology to youths; teaching FAA rules and regulations, repair classes, coding and drone operations. It is his fervent goal to expose this technology to all black and brown communities.

Commercially, sUAS Pilot Tony Reid has been in the UAV drone industry for 5 years. He received his Part 107 UAS Certification in September 2016. Since then he has trained and deployed with the American Red Cross, operating in many missions from Mapping in Hurricane Harvey 2017, to Damage Assessments in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2018. Recently, Mr. Reid deployed to the Grand Bahamas in 2019 for Hurricane Dorian relief. He conducted Damage Assessments which included inspections of buildings, and critical infrastructure such as; bridges, highways, roof inspections and powerlines.

Mr. Reid has been active in the United States National Guard for ten years. As part of the STEM Careers Program, which showcases the many STEM Military careers in the National Guard.

Mr. Reid has been Certified in:

  • sUAS Thermography
  • EPA 608 certified
  • TWIC
  • BOSEIT Offshore Emergency Training

Some of the equipment with which Mr. Reid has become very skilled: 

  • DJI Matrice 600 Pro – Payload deliveries.
  • DJI Matrice 210 RTK – Z30 zoom and Flir 640 XT-Radiometric.
  • DJI Inspire 2 – X5s/X7 Cameras for capturing raw media in all codecs.
  • DJI Phantom PPK/RTK systems for advanced precision mapping
  • DJI Mavic Enterprise Dual for quick deployment and internal thermal imaging.
  • DJI Mavic Air for scouting, quick mapping and internal inspections.

Some of the UAV drone automated software Mr. Reid programs with include:

  • DJI Ground Station Pro for smokestack and cooling tower photogrammetry. 
  • Pix4D Capture for precision aerial mapping and structural 3d imaging.
  • Drone Deploy for aerial ground 3d mapping. 
  • UGCS For Lidar flights and controlled operations. 
  • Volt for power line Inspections.

Chief Pilot Tony Reid holds several FAA Licenses, waivers and respected Certifications:

  • FAA Part 107 UAS Commercial UAV Certification
  • FAA Night Waiver
  • FEMA is100 and is600 Certifications
  • EPA Section 608 Certification
  • NCDOT Government and Commercial UAV Permits
  • ITC UAS Thermography 1 Certification.

M GRACE CANTWELL, MS

As Co-Founder and CEO of Drone Cadets, Ms. Cantwell is propelling the next generation to new heights, one pilot at a time. She’s helped teach hundreds of children safe and responsible drone flight and has been instrumental in the development of the Drone Cadet curriculum and method of teaching.

As President of Drone Wonders and commercial drone pilot, she also delivers drone photography, inspection, data collection and imaging services to clients.

Prior to Drone Wonders, Ms. Cantwell worked for five years with schools across the Hudson Valley, helping them enrich their STEAM programs and promote literacy through the use of robotics and coding. Her background in teaching and technology includes teaching children to fly and build drones at the Newburgh Armory Unity Center and Challenge Camp. She’s also taught children Python, Dash Robotics, LEGO Master Builder, Tynker Coding and Escape Room.

Ms. Cantwell has conducted STEAM Professional Development training and “Tech Petting Zoos” for teachers. She has worked with several high-profile authors and taught many Business Development and Sales Training workshops to adults. Her teaching career began as Planetarium Lecturer at the Hudson River Museum. As a respected marketing executive, she worked her way up the corporate ladder, finally serving as Marketing Communications Officer for both a software developer and financial services firm.

Always comfortable in front of an audience, she sings at her church and has spoken before groups of up to 20,000. Ms. Cantwell is a community leader who believes in giving back and serving others. She’s made multiple trips to Nicaragua, Cuba and Haiti to provide medical relief, construct homes and build churches. She led many organizations including serving as a founding Board Member of the Blue Eagle Institute, President of Kiwanis and Board Member of Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA).

She is a certified FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot, and an FCC licensed HAM Radio operator.  Ms. Cantwell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and History from the State University of New York at Albany and a Master of Science degree in Mass Communications from Iona College.

She lives in Dutchess County, New York with her wonderful husband David. They have two dogs who think drones are just some kind of crazy bug-bird monster sent to torment them.

Our Partners

Henze Gustave – SkyHound LLC

Mr. Gustave is an innovative executive and commercial sUAS Pilot with a strong business acumen and record of success delivering solutions to unmanned operations, cost management and risk reduction issues.  has been in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems industry for 6 years. Shortly after receiving an Unmanned Aircraft Systems degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he received his 14 CFR Part 107 sUAS Certification in September 2018. 

Mr. Gustave is the founder and owner of SkyHound UAS, which focuses on 3-D Mapping, Infrastructure analysis, Stockpile Measurements, Data Acquisition & Analysis and various engineering operations. He also has experience operating in many missions from 3-D Mapping in Hurricane Florence 2018, to Residential Damage Assessments in Orlando during Hurricane Michael. 

Mr. Gustave is also Co-Chairman of Aerial Systems Group International (ASGI), a consortium of minority owned sUAS companies that specializes in all facets of sUAS operations. He is also part owner and sUAS Operations Manager for Drone-Tech UAS, which also houses Drone Cadets, a flagship program which not only exposes and trains the youth on drone technology, but teaches them safe flight operations, FAA rules and regulations, sUAS repair, coding and drone operations planning. 

Most recently, Mr. Gustave led the effort in developing a major mining company’s internal sUAS program, which featured training engineers to become pilots, developing Standard Operating Procedures, risk and cost analysis, fleet management and much more.

Certifications

  • FAA Certified 107 UAS Remote Pilot #4046826
  • Bachelor of Science in Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • (Minor in Human Factors Ergonomics)
  • Drone Lecture, Zing Drones, Drone Cadets, Matterport, Drone Wonders, 3rd eye aerial services, Drone Sec

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