Who We Are

American Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (AATI) is an industry-leading provider of airborne intelligence and communications systems and services for enterprise. Designed to address the requirements of critical infrastructure operators and emergency responders, InstiMaps™ is an end-to-end system that includes airborne sensors, analytics and communications systems that deliver critical airborne data through a cloud-based intelligence gateway to end users in near real-time.

AATI has integrated and flown a wide variety of sensors and devices on manned aircraft, Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and small electric drones including flying cell sites, survey-grade mapping payloads, precision weather sensors, methane probes and corona sensors, among others. The company helps its clients efficiently develop and evaluate use cases for airborne sensors and intelligence systems.

AATI has been flying long-endurance UAS “beyond visual line of sight” (BVLOS) in the National Airspace System since 2010. AATI has operated under eleven FAA-approved Certificates of Waiver or Authorization (COAs) and completed hundreds of safe and successful BVLOS UAS flights across the country. AATI also assists customers with large-scale airspace development and establishing UAS policies, procedures and best practices. The company has assisted customers in obtaining airspace approvals for UAS operations covering more than 16,000 square miles across the country.

AATI also produces UAS-related equipment for enterprise, serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) to many companies, and supports special projects. With over 14 years of operational experience built into its products and services, the company prides itself on its reputation for high performance, reliability and safety.

David Yoel

Founder and CEO

Dave is an applied physicist, entrepreneur, pilot and airspace expert with 35 years of combined experience in space systems, industrial manufacturing, remote sensing and aviation. As a graduate student, he was Payload Manager for the first university student experiment to fly on the Space Shuttle (STS-4 in June, 1982). He then worked for Boeing where he led space industrialization efforts during the early Shuttle era. In the ’90’s he manufactured industrial-scale furnaces to melt & refine metals and alloys, semiconductor crystals and other advanced materials. David founded AATI in 2002 as a space systems consulting firm. In 2010, AATI began delivering long-endurance UAS systems and providing flight services with both manned & unmanned aircraft. Yoel is the recipient of 3 patents on UAS and pipeline patrol and has authored numerous large area Certificates of Authorization. He is an AIAA Associate Fellow, Past-President of the Keystone Chapter of AUVSI and a member of the National Research Council’s NASA Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable.

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David Linden

Chief Scientist

Dave has thirty-five years of experience with geospatial data acquisition from satellites as well as both manned and unmanned platforms. He is a recognized geospatial expert, having served on committees and panels for the National Research Council, NASA, USDA, and USDI. He has been involved in the autonomous processing of airborne imagery since the early 1990’s. His PhD dissertation was entitled “The Automated Mosaicking of Airborne Videography” and was completed in 1995. His sensor expertise includes EO/FMV; wide-area motion imagery; IR; HSI imagery; synthetic aperture radar; SIGINT; and multisource, multi-INT fusion. He has extensive hands-on experience through international deployments around the world.

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Marty McGregor

VP Engineering

Marty has over twenty years of experience in the electronics and telecommunications industry. He has worked as a systems integrator on several advanced radar systems for military aircraft and as a team member designing and testing the S-band and Ku-band Communications and Tracking subsystems for the International Space Station. Other experience includes designing and testing equipment for cable and telcom fiber optic networks. Most recently he has been involved in testing S-band video systems for UAS applications, as well as developing UAS sensor packages for civilian missions such as emergency response and pipeline surveillance. Marty holds five issued patents and one published application in the telecommunications industry.

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Nate Ernst
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Founder and President

Nate founded Sky Scape in 2014. Prior to Sky Scape, He worked in corporate finance while obtaining high B.S. (Business Marketing) and MBA (Finance) both from Monmouth University. 

An entrepreneur, unmanned pilot, finance professional, and policy advocate, Nate comes from a long family history of aviation. Since Sky Scape's inception, he has served on multiple UAS policy boards, is an active member of industry innovation committees, and is a strong supporter of the unmanned aviation industry. 

Nate has worked on many ground-breaking operations. in 2015, he worked to be one of the first unmanned pilots to integrate sUAS into electrical grid operations. In 2017, Nate served as pilot-in-command within a large cooperative for national deployment of UAS involving disaster response and 4G LTE network coverage. Most recently, he has served as mission commander for an operation involving delivering emergency supplies (via UAS) to emergency first responders offshore. 

"The unmanned aviation industry is truly revolutionary. I am incredibly humbled to have a stake in changing the way our world thinks about aviation." - Nate Ernst 

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Andrew Giordano
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Operations Support Specialist 

Andrew joined the Sky Scape team in early 2019. Before Sky Scape, he attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida where he majored in a B.S. of Unmanned Aircraft System Science with honors and earned his Commercial Pilots License (fixed-winged).

 

An Eagle Scout, manned and unmanned pilot, and senior member in the civil air patrol, his career in aviation began at a young age. He serves SSI as a subject matter expert (SME), crew chief for UAS operations, sUAS pilot, and teacher of unmanned aviation nationwide.

 

“Unmanned aviation has changed the outlook of what is possible in the aeronautical industry. I am honored to be a part of this revolutionary wave and look forward to contributing to the new generation of flight.”– Andrew Giordano

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Ronald Ernst
Support Specialist - Helicopter Operations 

Ronald started his helicopter career in 2014. He is a commercially rated roto-craft pilot, certified flight instructor, and has over 2,000 hours of flying time to date. Ronald's experience in aviation, FAA regulation, and UAS all contribute to Sky Scape's manned flight operations. 

His experience in crop-spraying, low altitude ops, and airline transport pilot (ATP) ops all contribute to the unique qualities Ronald brings to the Sky Scape portfolio. Despite flying multiple classes of both piston and turbine-driven helicopters in high-risk environments, Ronald has a 100% accident-free safety record and continues to develop safe operating practices.