About Us

American Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (AATI) is a builder, integrator and operator of long-endurance, long-range Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). The company’s fixed-wing unmanned aircraft fly for 10+ hours and are capable of flying hundreds of miles per day. AATI’s UAS include the entire end-to-end system required to fly safely, legally and cost-efficiently while acquiring and delivering critical data products to end users in near real-time. Our sensors, analytics and communications systems are designed specifically to address the requirements of linear infrastructure operators and emergency responders. AATI builds industrial-grade systems to aviation standards utilizing civilian technologies in order to achieve high-level performance at low capital and operating cost as compared to re-purposed military systems.

AATI has been flying long-endurance UAS Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) in the National Airspace System of the U.S. – with full approval of the FAA - since 2010. It has completed hundreds of safe and successful UAS flights on civilian missions – perhaps more than any other company outside the military industrial complex. AATI has operated under nine Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COAs) across the country. Flight operations have been conducted in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Texas, Florida Virginia and New Jersey.

AATI also develops airspace as a service to its public entity customers. The company has assisted customers in obtaining airspace approvals for long-endurance UAS operations covering more than 16,000 square miles across the country.

Missions to date have included the flight of a dozen different sensors for applications including linear infrastructure patrol, wildland fire, hurricane response, tide surge/flood mapping, coastal sciences, precision agriculture, airborne cellular and survey-grade mapping. AATI specializes in pipeline and power line patrol and has conducted BVLOS UAS campaigns funded by the oil and gas and electric utility industries to test and develop the use of long-endurance UAS for those sectors.

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.