drone advisory council

Drone Industry Advisory Council

Who We Are

The CompTIA Drone Advisory Council works to increase awareness and adoption of business opportunities in the unmanned aerial systems ecosystem. Our members include industry leaders from hardware manufacturers, video and component manufacturers, mapping software developers, platform providers, insurance companies, experts in FAA regulations and policies, drone pilots and instructors, lawyers and flight service providers.

What We Stand For

The Drone Advisory Council explores new routes to market for this fast-growing industry and acts as a think tank of subject matter experts. The group provides invaluable insight in the development of educational materials, research, tools, certifications and other business-enablement resources. The council collaborates with CompTIA’s other industry advisory councils around business applications, internet of things, blockchain and the IT channel. By working together, we are able to:

  • Identify and document industry best practice standards.
  • Showcase the application of emerging aerial technologies in business.
  • Refine and enhance industry requirements.
  • Foster greater adoption and expansion of drone technologies.

How We’re Making an Impact

We address relevant industry trends and issues affecting the drone market and its rapidly evolving platforms and methodologies by:

  • Analyzing best practices.
  • Helping the industry improve its operations and processes to accelerate success.
  • Demonstrating value for businesses to profit from market expansion and innovation.


Dave-Faceshot (1)

David Krause


Influential Drones

Jeff Powell – DRAC Headshot (1)

Jeff Powell


American Unmanned

Headshot Only (2)

Kimberly Penn

Vice Chair

Founder and CEO,
Professor Drones

Gregory Agvent - DRAC

Greg Agvent

Senior Director of CNN Aerial Imagery & Reporting,
CNN Worldwide

Michael Carlson - DRAC Headshot (1)

Michael Carlson

Director of Business Development,
Performance Drone Works

Robert Dahlstrom - DRAC Headshot (1)

Robert Dahlstrom

Founder and CEO,


Adam Gittins

General Manager,

Hanlon Headshot 2 (1)

Michelle Hanlon

Center for Air and Space Law

David Kovar - DRAC

David Kovar


Brian Kravets - DRAC

Brian Kravets

UAS Operations Manager,

Taylor-Mitcham-USA (1)

Taylor Mitcham

Found & Chief Drone Ninja,

Ted Parisot - DRAC

Ted Parisot

Helios Visions

Sharon Rossmark - DRAC

Sharon Rossmark

Chief Executive Officer,
Women And Drones LLC


Enrico Schaefer

UAV & IP Attorney,


Douglas Spotted Eagle

Instructor/Examiner UAV,
Sundance Media Group, Inc.

Probyn Thompson III

Probyn Thompson III

President & CEO,
Office Air Probe LLC

Related Resources

Drone Standards and Best Practices

Learn intelligence business practices and guidelines for implementing drone operations or hiring professional service providers in the U.S.

Published : April, 7, 2021

Tips for Drone Service Providers

Enrico Schaefer with Traverse Legal shares top tips for drone service providers, including pricing, market barriers and standing out from the competition.

Published : July, 6, 2018

Top Five Accelerators and Barriers to Drone Adoption

This infographic explores the top ways to increase business, as well as challenges to overcome, in the dynamic drone/UAS industry.

Published : June, 4, 2018