DroneUp has added two new personnel to its company staff.
Rod Rodriguez – Pilot Engagement Specialist
Rod Rodriguez is a 20-year veteran of the United States Navy, having retired honorably as a Navy Chief Information Systems Technician specializing in network defense and classified assignments. At DroneUp, Rodriguez is responsible for community development and mission creation, as well as pilot deployment and technical support. Part 107 certified, he brings comprehensive inspection experience, including land and sea flight operations for inspection of power lines and bridges in extreme heat and cold temperatures. His background includes radio control flying, maintenance, search and rescue, power restoration and storm assessment flying.
Amy Wiegand – Marketing & Communications Director
Amy Wiegand is passionate about securing the safety of national airspace for both fellow aviators and remote pilot operators. Most recently, Wiegand was the Flight School Manager with Horizon Flight Center, LLC in Chesapeake, Va. While focusing on program development at Horizon, Wiegand became the first woman in Hampton Roads to develop an FAA sUAS Part 107 training program, which assisted in efforts for the military and local and state emergency management teams. In 2017, she was recognized by Inside Business as a 2017 Women In Business Achievement honoree. She often volunteers her time to STEM opportunities and traces her interest in flying to flight pioneer Amelia Earhart, of whom she is a distant cousin.
DroneUp is the industry-leading community solely focused on safer skies through Continuous Education and Sense of Purpose. Membership requires regular completion of our free DroneUp Safe Operations course, occasional participation in sanctioned missions, and compliance with our Standards of Conduct and DroneUp Safety Guidelines. Headquartered in Chesapeake, VA, DroneUp has been serving the sUAS community since 2016 and partners with organizations like AirMap, IACDP and others to enhance the drone experience.