We have come across claims from UAS manufactures which look great on paper but when testing the equipment they fell short of their claims
Werner von Stein a native German from Hamburg, Germany and is fluent in german and english. He is a tool and die maker by trade. He is an expert in the field of servicing commercial film and digital photo equipment. He worked for more than 30 plus years in the imaging industry where he held multiple positions, from field service engineer up to service manager from the west coast to the Marshal Islands, looking after 12 field service engineers.
In the mid 70’s he started building and flying RC airplanes and helicopters. Those were very different back then and you needed to know what you were doing. He had to put his hobby on hold for about 25 years as work, family and travel came first. In 2010 he started to get slowly back into the RC world by building again RC aircrafts, but this time with cameras as well as video on board. Again those where quite different, expensive and big and did a very poor job. After playing with different flight controllers he finally found the one which worked best for him the DJI Naza series. The launch of the DJI Phantom was another game changer. Due to his photo service obligations he never really had the time to get really back into to a RC world of flying. Every time he tried to focus on the UAS side of things, a photo customer would call and needed his services, as they were down. Now another six years later it is finally time to put the photo world behind and start focusing on the UAS, drone business.
Werner has helped to start the Hiller Aviation drone plex and has volunteered many hours as well as he has been teaching drone building classes at the museum. He has been an active drone member in the bay area and has helped out at many drone events in Northern California. He has hosted most of the physical flying classes for the San Francisco Academy of Arts drone courses on Treasure Island as well.
He is the owner of the SF Drone School where he teaches young kids as well as older folk’s how to fly safely in the US airspace. He has a 14CFR part 107 UAS pilot license and by the time you read this he might have his FAA night flying waiver in place. He strongly believes that only a properly trained pilot is a safe UAS pilot. He has was one of the first beta testers from DroneDeploy when they still used the copilot program as well as one of the first DroneDeploy DJI APP testers. He is now focusing his work load on the SF Drone School as well as the test flight research center. Starting in April 2017 SF Drone School will host 14 CFR part 107 class as well as flying course for the upcoming UAV – drone pilots.
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Patrick Egan is the editor of the Americas Desk at sUAS News and host and Executive Producer of the sUAS News Podcast Series, Drone TV and the Small Unmanned Systems Business Exposition.
Experience in the field includes assignments with the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Battle Lab investigating solutions on future warfare research projects. Instructor for LTA (Lighter Than Air) ISR systems deployment teams for a OSD, U.S. Special Operations Command, Special Surveillance Project. Built and operated commercial RPA prior to 2007 FAA policy clarification.
On the airspace integration side, he serves as director of special programs for the RCAPA (Remote Control Aerial Photography Association). Past collaborations within the framework of the standards groups; ASTM F-38 and RTCA SC-203 (lightly regulated sub-group), and was also a full member of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Aviation Rulemaking committee (Order 1110.150)
He also served on the ICC (International Coordination Council) which input to the EUROCAE wg-73, and was the President of the Silicon Valley Chapter of AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International).