Jerry Whittaker- Chief Executive Officer (CEO)- FAA Certified UAS Pilot
Jerry is a FAA Certified UAS Drone Pilot and founder. Jerry has 35 + years of aviation experience working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and the United States Navy. He has extensive experience leading and managing teams of aviation professionals and systems engineering teams to develop and implement complex technical solutions. He is a leading expert with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Air Traffic Control and Systems Engineering. Jerry served as an FAA Air Traffic controller for 26 years and participating on several aviation industry working groups advancing Air Traffic Management (ATM) concepts and technology standards. Our team is fully committed to aviation education and promoting safety in drone technology uses.
Joe Friesen- President- Chief Operations Officer (COO), FAA Certified UAS Pilot
Joe is a FAA Certified UAS Pilot and founder of CrossFlight Sky Solutions. He is the President/ Chief Operations Officer (COO) leading the CrossFlight Teams of aviation and video/data professionals. Joe has extensive experience working with and building high performing teams. He is an excellent communicator and relationship builder, serving as a Pastor for over 35 years. Leading mission trips and ministry teams working in several churches on their staff and leadership team. Joe has developed great relationships in the Low Country in the past 12 years. Joe is passionate about building strong teams and building business relationships with partners, clients and vendors.
Bill Strickland- Chief Pilot, Senior Aviation Consultant, FAA Certified UAS Pilot
Bill Strickland serves Crossflight Sky Solutions as its Chief Pilot. Bill is a former Lieutenant Commander in the US Coast Guard (USCG) with over 26 years of military service. Bill has 4000 flight hours in 6 different airframes and 10 years experience flying Unmanned Aerial Systems. During his Coast Guard career Bill was a counter-narcotics Mission Commander, Rotary Wing Air Intercept (RWAI) Aircraft Commander and served as a unit Operations Officer. He has extensive experience as an Instructor Pilot/Flight Examiner and is a former fleet Standardization pilot specializing in Crew Resource Management (CRM) and Operational Risk Management (ORM). Bill has a Bachelor’s Degree from Park University, attended the US Navy School of Aviation Safety and served on two USCG Commandant Mishap Analysis Boards. He brings a wealth of aviation experience to the team and will lead our Pilots with ensuring Safe and Efficient Operations.
Brian McGuire- Vice President, Business Development Sales & Marketing
Brian is serving as Vice President of Business Development. He is responsible for sales & marketing efforts and programs, brand management, and business development. Brian has extensive experience building and leading sales teams, with an emphasis on emerging markets and market penetrations. Brian's greatest strengths are his communication skills, commitment and leadership. He thrives on challenges, particularly those that expand the company's reach into new and untapped markets. In his free time, Brian enjoys travelling with his family, playing golf and volunteering for missions and outreach at Low Country Community Church where he is an active member. We are extremely excited to have Brian join the CrossFlight team.
Mark Howard- Director of Administration
Mark joins CrossFlight as our Director of Administration which means he is here to work for you and he is going to keep all of us organized and moving in lock step. He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with over 30 years of providing support to, and leading many different types of teams in multiple environments worldwide. Mark is passionate about building positive relationships and providing outstanding support to our customers and team. Mark was recently accepted to Winthrop University's graduate program and will begin working toward an MBA in Strategic Leadership in the fall of 2018.
We are very excited for Mark to join the CrossFlight team as our newest member of the team.
Benjamin Martinez, UAS Expert- Lead FAA Certified UAS Pilot
Benjamin is serving as lead FAA certified UAS Pilot. He is a United States Air Force Veteran who served in foreign combat zones. He is a highly experienced drone pilot with experience with filing waivers and complex missions. He is an expert is aerial imaging and photography and various mission planning tools and software. He served for 2 1/2 years as a Savannah Police officer and has a Associates Degree in Aviation Information Technology. He is leading mission planning and photogrammetry and surveying support. He also will be supporting sales and marketing efforts for CrossFlight. We are excited to have Benjamin as a key member of the CrossFlight team.
Justin Clemmer, Private Pilot, Aviation Analyst- FAA Certified UAS Pilot
Justin is a Private Pilot and Aviation Analyst, he is a current FAA Certified Private Pilot and UAS Pilot. He recently graduated from USCB with honors studying business and marketing. He was the president of the USCB Chapter of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). He will be working with clients and marketing as well as developing Pilot related Safety Procedures for our UAS Pilots. He is aspiring to become a Commercial Airline Pilot, working towards his Instrument Flight ratings. Justin is working on sales and marketing and client delivery and production.
Justin Robinson, Vice President of Education & Training- FAA Certified UAS Pilot & Instructor
Justin Robinson comes to CrossFlight with a variety of business, engineering, and teaching experiences. He has been a long time entrepreneur and has a passion for changing the way education is taught by helping to create lifelong learners able to thrive using all of the resources around them. Justin sold his landscape design and construction business at the age of 26 and began his teaching career. He has been teaching high school engineering for the past 10 years. He also wrote the curriculum for a mechanical design course for the South Carolina Virtual School. Justin’s goal is to continue helping students of all ages through an educational consulting business by working with teachers, helping connect businesses with schools, and grow the understanding of a true STEM Education. Justin is excited to partner with CrossFlight to deliver the best drone curriculum and teacher training to students around the world.
Cary (CB) Gaffney, Director of Engineering
Cary (C.B.) is our Director of Engineering, an FCC Licensed Broadcast Engineer who owns Gaffney Technical Services, LLC. He has nearly 40 years of technical experience in multiple Disciplines of Engineering; including Broadcast, Electrical and Electronics, Structural, and Civil. Cary has extensive experience with Towers, RF Signal Propagation and Antennas, Private and Municipal Project Management and Site Management, and Geographical Information Systems (GIS). He has managed multiple Municipal projects based upon Aerial Imaging and Aerial Thermal Imaging data. His training and certifications include Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Incident Management System and South Carolina DHEC Inspector roles. Cary has worked at Palmetto Electric Cooperative, the Town of Hilton Head Island, and as the Chief Engineer of many AM and FM Radio Groups in South Carolina and Georgia.
David Nelems- Business Mentor Senior Advisor
David is the former Chief Executive Officer of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation (DRCI) in Bluffton SC. DRCI helps small businesses who create jobs and economic growth in South Carolina. He is an experienced aviator and licensed commercial pilot. He has been very instrumental in planning and supporting Crossflight's team in the Low Country. David in an seasoned business professional who built up a very successful technology business and now is helping numerous small and large businesses with becoming successful. We are very honored to have David as a part of our team and for his leadership with our team.
Brian Messman- Video Post-Production & Training, UAS Pilot
UAS Drone Pilot- Brian Messman is serving as the Video and Post-production and training lead. He started Page 1 Media which is a growing small business in Bluffton SC. Brian has extensive experience with Video Productions for the filming and Media industry and Airborne Photography standards. Brian is a very experienced drone pilot and an expert in Media Photography and films. He is also an active member of the Don Ryan Center for Innovation Board of Directors in Bluffton SC.
Mark Brazelton- FAA Certified UAS Pilot
Mark is the owner of Blackhawk Visions where he delivers aerial solutions utilizing Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)/ drone technology to the greater Charleston South Carolina region. Commercial operation, FAA Part 107 licensed. He provides high resolution photography and videography services to real estate and construction industries. He is an expert is job site progress and monitoring of work sites and projects. Experience performing 3D mapping utilizing various commercial tools, such as Drone Deploy and Pix4D. Residential and Commercial real estate property and panoramic views. We are very pleased to have Mark join our team of CrossFlight certified pilots.
Kacey McGuire, Film and Editing Consultant- Aerial Imaging and Film Expert
Kacey serves as CrossFlight Sky Solutions’ Film and Editing Consultant. In this position, Kacey takes the videos and photographs obtained by the CrossFlight drone pilots and turns them into packaged finished products by color-correcting and editing each of the assets. She is an experienced photographer and editor, and has a passion for film and photography. She is
currently a Film & TV major at the Savannah College of Art and Design. We are very excited to have Kacey working with our clients to produce amazing aerial images and productions quality films and videos.
Amy Sandoe, FAA Certified UAS Pilot, Expert Videographer & Photographer
Amy is the newest member of our CrossFlight Certified Pilot Program. She is building experience as a UAS Pilot with a willingness to learn and strengthen her skills as a Pilot in Command and Video and Media expert. She is a passionate photographer who is successful at capturing powerful images with significant hours of operational UAS experience. She is an excellent writer with strong verbal communication skills. She is a highly skilled photographer, team player, goal oriented, and a problem solver.
She owns and operates a Phantom 4 Pro to obtain imagery and video for roofing inspections and building envelopes as well as aerial photography for Real Estate and Marketing. She has submitted several Aerial photos to the news and had them aired in their media. Amy has taken several courses to become a UAS pilot and photographer. We are thrilled that Amy has chosen to work with the CrossFlight team as we continue to expand our service offerings and our team and are excited to see what our future holds.
We have a great team, consider joining us!
We are recruiting experience UAS Pilots and Instructors for our Training Courses:
We are recruiting FAA Certified UAS Pilots and Instructors who are experienced educators. We also look for people with special skills depending upon our customer requirements. We are always looking for highly experience FAA Certified UAS pilots. We recruit UAS Pilots for various jobs around the country based on customer requirements.