Gene Robinson founded RP Flight Systems, Inc. in 2004 and began the design and manufacture of the Spectra flying wing. In February 2015, Gene partnered with Asiatech Drones, to produce and sell the Vigilant fixed wing unmanned system. Gene formed RP Search Services, a non-profit 501 (c)3 in 2007 to bring UAS into the public service roles of search and rescue, fire-fighting and public safety support. He has been Chief UA Pilot for Texas EquuSearch since 2006 and has flown in numerous high profile searches for missing people. In 2012, Gene authored First to Deploy the first “how-to” book on using UAS during SAR and natural disasters. He authored Obstacles to Using UA in the NAS and co-authored Memorial Day Floods, 2015, Wimberley, Texas, White Papers utilized by Texas Department of Public Safety, the Wimberley and the Austin Fire Departments among other agencies.
Gene served as Chief UA Pilot for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Wild land Urban Fire Research Project (WUI) from 2013-2015. He wrote the first successful Certificate of Authorization (COA) granted to a county jurisdiction for Hays County, TX, in 2007. He has worked with higher learning institutions including San Diego State University’s Visualization Lab on drone development, Texas State University’s Forensic Anthropology Program on cadaver detection, and University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire’s campus on UA development, use, and GIS, among others. He is the co-founder of the Remote Control Aerial Photography Association (RCAPA). He has been assigned “Air Boss” during the devastating Memorial Day Floods of 2015 in Wimberley, Texas, and continues to be the Chief UA Pilot for the Wimberley Fire Department. Gene has an active FAA Section 333 Exemption to fly the Spectra in the NAS.
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