About Us

Founded in 2002, American Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (AATI) is an employee/investor owned small business with offices in Conshohocken, PA and Mountain View, CA. We’re an integrator, provider and operator of Medium Altitude Long Endurance UAS. AATI UAS are end-to-end systems capable of operating safely and effectively in the NAS while delivering critical data products to end users in near real-time. Our deep roots in aerospace, telecom, aviation and remote sensing enable us build UAS at disruptively low capital and operating cost.

AATI has been flying BVLOS in the National Airspace since 2010. We’ve conducted flight operations under eight (8) Certificates of Authorization (COAs) across the country as well as in Restricted Airspace in California, Arizona, Utah, Florida, Virginia and New Jersey.

Since 2012 we’ve focused on developing sensors, analytics and systems for patrol, inspection and mapping of linear infrastructure including oil & natural gas pipelines and power lines. AATI also has been working in disaster response including wildland fires, floods, hurricane response and oil spill remote sensing. While working hard to open the skies to long endurance UAS, we also provide flight services with manned aircraft.

AATI assists public entity and private industry customers in developing airspace, with over 15,000 square miles of active airspace in use today. Customers include oil & gas, electric utility, telecom and avionics companies as well as academic institutions and civil government agencies.

David Yoel

Founder and CEO

Dave is an applied physicist, entrepreneur, pilot and airspace expert with 35 years combined experience in space systems, industrial manufacturing, remote sensing and aviation. As a graduate student, he was Payload Manager for the first university student experiment to fly on the Space Shuttle (STS-4 in June, 1982). He then worked for Boeing where he led space industrialization efforts during the early Shuttle era. In the ’90’s he manufactured industrial-scale furnaces to melt & refine metals and alloys, semiconductor crystals and other advanced materials. David founded AATI in 2002 as a space systems consulting firm. In 2010, AATI began delivering long endurance UAS systems and providing flight services with both manned & unmanned aircraft. Yoel is the recipient of 3 patents on UAS and pipeline patrol and has authored numerous large area Certificates of Authorization. He is an AIAA Associate Fellow, Past-President of the Keystone Chapter of AUVSI and a member of the National Research Council’s NASA Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable.

Marty McGregor

VP Engineering & CTO

Marty has over twenty years of experience in the electronics and telecommunications industry. He has worked as a systems integrator on several advanced radar systems for military aircraft and as a team member designing and testing the S-band and Ku-band Communications and Tracking subsystems for the International Space Station. Other experience includes designing and testing equipment for cable and telcom fiber optic networks. Most recently he has been involved in testing S-band video systems for UAS applications, as well as developing UAS sensor packages for civilian missions such as emergency response and pipeline surveillance. Marty holds five issued patents and one published application in the telecommunications industry.

Al Pizzica

Vice President, Strategic Programs

Al has 18 years of experience in operations, management and strategy in highly technical fields to include nuclear reactor and submarine operations, aseptic lyophilized vaccine manufacturing operations, and electric space propulsion. Al also has experience consulting, working for, or owning numerous startup companies and is experienced with managing the challenges of a rapidly growing organization. Al holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University and a Masters of Business Administration from Villanova University. Al also teaches Executive MBA strategy classes at the Villanova School of Business.

Gabriel Ladd

Director, Geospatial Systems

Gabe holds a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Maryland. Gabriel did his undergraduate research at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center where he focused on sensor design and testing, as well as building data collection systems for CO2 and water vapor eddy correlation. Gabriel continued to work with NASA Goddard during his Master’s research when he collaborated with the AeroScience Lab in the design and development of a data collection and processing system for small UAS, as well as ground sampling equipment. After graduate school, Gabriel joined Enegis in Washington, DC, where he developed geospatial computer models to answer national level policy questions. After four years in the DC area, he joined AATI for whom he designs and implements large dataset collection and processing systems, including custom camera systems and processing code.

David S. Linden, PhD

Chief Scientist

Dave has thirty-five years of experience with geospatial data acquisition from satellites as well as both manned and unmanned platforms. He is a recognized geospatial expert, having served on committees and panels for the National Research Council, NASA, USDA, and USDI. He has been involved in the autonomous processing of airborne imagery since the early 1990’s. His PhD dissertation was entitled “The Automated Mosaicking of Airborne Videography” and was completed in 1995. His sensor expertise includes EO/FMV; wide-area motion imagery; IR; HSI imagery; synthetic aperture radar; SIGINT; and multisource, multi-INT fusion. He has extensive hands-on experience through international deployments around the world.

J. Edward Kunz, GISP

Senior Project Manager

Ed has over 25 years of photogrammetry, GIS, and remote sensing project and program management experience in private industry and government. He holds a Master’s Degree in Policy Analysis from the University of Pittsburgh. Ed served as Senior Associate and Division Manager of a geospatial division at one of the Top 40 largest engineering companies in the US, where he radically improved division profitability and employee utilization by integrating GIS, remote sensing and real-time analytics into business practices. He has served as a Senior Program Manager and Liaison to NASA, USDA and NGA. Ed is a published author, frequently presents on remote sensing topics at industry conferences and is a member of the Remote Sensing Faculty at Harrisburg University Harrisburg, PA. His present area of focus is in managing Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) projects and assisting companies, academic institutions, public-private entities and governments working with UAS.

Abraham Mathew

Senior Software Engineer

Abe has over 20 years of experience in aerospace, start-ups and financial industries. Having worked at large organizations such as NASA designing rocket engines, at Goldman Sachs in finance, and at smaller, high paced start-ups, Abraham provides a diverse portfolio of experience to American Aerospace. He brings to the team his experience in hardware design and software integration. Abrahams holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Penn State. At American Aerospace, Abe has designed and built the next generation of advanced sensor payloads as well as integrated them into sophisticated software packages.

Rachel Egenrieder

Geospatial/Project Control Specialist

Rachel has 10 years of experience in the geospatial/GIS industry. As a graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Geography, she moved to the Front Range of Colorado in 2006 where she worked as a Geospatial Analyst with Microsoft in Aerial Acquisition Planning with the BING-Maps program. In 2015 Rachel moved back to Pennsylvania to join American Aerospace. Among her many duties, she performs complex geospatial analyses, QCs and processes data, and participates in critical mission planning activities, including flight planning for manned & unmanned aircraft operations.

Rob Zybrick

UAS Engineer

Rob has been working at American Aerospace as a UAS Engineer since his sophomore year at Rowan University where he studied Mechanical Engineering. Rob graduated in May 2016 and joined AATI as a full time employee. During his time at American Aerospace, Rob has helped to design and build multiple payloads using CAD programs such as SOLIDWORKS. He is a fully qualified Crew Chief and has supported historic flights in both Virginia and New Jersey. American Aerospace sponsored and funded his senior project where he designed, developed and created a multi-camera assembly connected across the aircraft via IP protocol. He’s looking forward to integrating the system onto AATI aircraft and exploring sense and avoid applications. Rob is a Private Pilot and has logged over 100 flight hours.