Founder and president of Airavat LLC
Darshan Divakaran is a technology evangelist, entrepreneur, aviator and keynote speaker with expertise in unmanned aviation, aviation development, flight operations, airborne safety, remote sensing, geospatial analysis and program management. He is the founder and president of Airavat LLC, a company that focuses on education, integration, training and outreach to government, industry, universities and non-profits all over the world on leveraging emerging technologies including unmanned systems in their operations, procedures and processes. His areas of expertise in unmanned aviation also includes Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM), Counter-UAS (CUAS) and Urban Air Mobility. He has been recognized by Interdrone and Commercial UAV News as one of the top commercial drone visionaries. Darshan is presently an Executive Aviation Consultant for Aerospace Arizona Association. In this role, he leads efforts to work with federal government, state & local agencies, public safety agencies, industries and academia to integrate a statewide UAS. Earlier he was an Executive Aviation Consultant for NC Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) Division of Aviation. In his consulting role with NCDOT, Darshan was the subject matter expert on unmanned aviation for the state agencies and public safety organizations. He also led the flight operations and airborne safety during natural disasters and emergency response for the state with focus on infrastructure inspection and airspace deconfliction. In addition to his many roles he also overlooked the flight operations safety for NC UAS Integration Pilot Program that focused on medical & standard package delivery and infrastructure inspections under NCDOT. He is also the President of AUVSI North Carolina, a non-profit organization that focuses on education and outreach in unmanned systems. He has conducted extensive research and outreach on UAS applications and has educated federal, state and local government agencies. He currently serves on boards and committees of national and international organizations that create safety standards and best practices for unmanned aviation for both commercial companies and government agencies.
Currently Scheduled: Day 1 Session 2: Drones Save Lives