Ian Smith has been working in the commercial drone industry since 2013. He has worked at two of the world’s leading drone startups—one, a hardware OEM in France building long range, fixed-wing drones called Delair-Tech. The other, a cloud-based drone data and mapping software company in San Francisco called DroneDeploy. Ian also created a now-defunct drone service company in Houston called SkyCapture.
With 11 years of broad international experience in the aviation industry, Ian is also an FAA-certified commercial helicopter pilot, flight instructor, drone operator, aerial photographer, and subject matter expert on the aviation fuels industry. Ian has a passion for anything that flies and loves the smell of jet fuel in the morning.
Recently, prior to starting Commercial Drones FM, Ian created the Commercial Drones Slack group, which grew to 100+ members in 5 days—of which include CEOs/founders from Google X, Pix4D, DroneDeploy, Skyward, Propeller, Redbird, Skyfront; team members from PrecisionHawk, Kespry, QueenB, Drone Base, Skysense, Skycatch, DJI, Esri, Delair-Tech, Airware; global commercial drone advocates; legal experts, and more.