New York/Florida, USA
I am an aviation attorney and regulatory consultant to airmen and aviation entities specializing in issues related to compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations and international air safety standards. I am also an adjunct professor at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology where I teach International Air Law, Aviation Safety and other courses both in New York and Hyderabad, India. Previously, I was an attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration for over 30 years, more than 20 of those years as Regional Counsel in New York. As head of the FAA’s New York legal office, I was responsible for advice and counsel on all FAA legal matters arising in seven states and enforcement of the Federal Aviation Regulations in those states, the District of Columbia, Europe, the Mid-East, Africa and parts of Asia.
My students at Vaughn College of Aeronautics first got me interested in drones. One of the course requirements for my Current Topics in Aviation class that I co-teach is for students to prepare current topics for discussion in class. Several students were regularly bringing in topics related to unmanned aircraft. One student frequently brought in images and videos shot by drones. The more the students researched and discussed drones in class, the more I became interested.
Eventually my own research led me to the Phantom 2 Vision. I bought one a year ago and a few months later the Vision+. I use my Phantoms to photograph my world – in New York, Miami and the Florida Keys – from the air.