THE FUTURE OF DRONES IS ALWAYS EVOLVING

SO ARE WE

THE FUTURE OF DRONES IS ALWAYS EVOLVING

SO ARE WE

ABOUT US

At AeroVista Drone Academy, we take pride in combining an unmatched caliber of training with intelligent, scalable programming that allows organizations to take flight with confidence. We’ve made it our mission to aid public agencies and corporations in the missions and challenges that they encounter, empowering the next generation of drone pilots for success. That’s why our advanced system provides end-to-end solutions for your organization beyond just training, ensuring an effective drone program that minimizes risk and maximizes results.

MEET OUR EXPERIENCED TEAM

BRENDAN STEWART
President

BRENDAN STEWART
President

As the face of AeroVista Drone Academy, Brendan has almost a decade of unmanned aviation experience and over 2,500 flight hours to show for it. His expertise with drones is equaled only by his passion for building a community of world-class pilots across industries that believe in safety and efficiency above all else. Brendan holds his FAA Sport Pilot Certificate as well as his Remote Pilot Certificate, and his enthusiasm and charisma makes him the perfect Lead Flight Instructor.

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CHRIS DAVIS
Flight Instructor

CHRIS DAVIS
Flight Instructor

Chris is an AeroVista Drone Academy flight instructor with 10 years of experience in law enforcement and a passion for all things aviation. He takes pride in challenging students from the public safety sector to develop and refine their aeronautical decision-making abilities, equipping them with the skills they need to fly under pressure and serve their communities safely, legally and effectively. Chris holds a Master’s degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as well as his Remote Pilot and Private Pilot certificates.

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KEENAN NEWTON
Public Safety Advisor, Flight Instructor

KEENAN NEWTON
Public Safety Advisor, Flight Instructor

Keenan is an active firefighter with the Lynwood Fire Department in Illinois and serves as an EMT, Engineer, Instructor and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) coordinator for his village. As the benefits of UAS have permeated the Public Safety sector, Keenan has had the privilege of being on the front lines and gaining firsthand knowledge on how UAS can further enhance scene safety and hazard mitigation at an incident. Keenan is also a member of both the MABAS Illinois UAS Working Group and the Illinois Incident Management Team.

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MELANIE HARRIS
Chief Engagement Officer

MELANIE HARRIS
Chief Engagement Officer

Melanie has a keen eye for emerging technology and a drive for delivering cutting-edge solutions that can change our world for the better. She’s responsible for keeping AeroVista Drone Academy focused on identifying and executing the most optimal solutions for each of our clients, while also spearheading all sales and marketing initiatives. Melanie is an FAA-certified Remote Pilot.

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HANK CLEMMENSEN
Fire Chief (Retired)

HANK CLEMMENSEN
Fire Chief (Retired)

After serving in the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, Chief Clemmensen began his fire services career in 1973 and worked his way through the ranks, being promoted to Fire Marshal, Fire Chief, President of Illinois MABAS Division 1, President of the IAFC Great Lakes Division, and President & Chairman of the Board for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) 2013 – 2014. As a public safety advisor for AeroVista Drone Academy, Chief Clemmensen is a commercial pilot, an airplane, seaplane and rotorcraft helicopter flight instructor.

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PETER SPERO
Chief Creative Officer

PETER SPERO
Chief Creative Officer

A creative entrepreneur with a unique perspective, Peter is the force behind all of AeroVista Drone Academy’s video content, from training courses to promotional materials. He’s an experienced film director and editor, leading our post-production department in creating impactful, educational content that inspires pilots to maintain safety in every mission. Peter holds his FAA Private Pilot’s Certificate, Remote Pilot Certificate and has logged over 500 flight hours using drones.

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GEOFFREY COOKER
Law Enforcement Sergeant

GEOFFREY COOKER
Law Enforcement Sergeant

Geoff has served as a law enforcement official in the Chicago suburbs since 1984. During his tenure, his work has spanned across patrol, investigations, undercover narcotics and administration duties. Geoff is a graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command as well as the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement Training Academy. As a public safety advisor for AeroVista Drone Academy, Geoff holds his FAA Private Pilot’s Certificate and Remote Pilot Certificate.

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