Tad McGeer has 25 years of experience in the unmanned aircraft world. He is responsible for Aerosonde and the Scan Eagle as well as the first unmanned transatlantic flight (1998). If you want to hear the history of drones hear it from a guy who lived (and helped invent) it.

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BTW - I've started using Cheer laundry detergent! ;-)

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Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 5, 2014 at 11:51am

Tad is the Steve Jobs of our world

Comment by Patrick Egan on November 5, 2014 at 11:51am

Definitely a Silicon Valley technology Garage start up!

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 5, 2014 at 11:57am

Is one of those guys in the picture Andy von Flotow?

Comment by Patrick Egan on November 5, 2014 at 12:02pm

IDK??

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 5, 2014 at 12:14pm
Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 5, 2014 at 12:31pm

This is a great read for anybody interested:

http://www.aerovelco.com/papers/LaimaStory.pdf


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Comment by Gary Mortimer on November 5, 2014 at 12:46pm

I read that several times a year. It really is a great inspiration. We really do like Tads new aircraft at sUAS News, here it is on the poster for my next event ;-) I can't embed videos of the Flexrotor for some weird reason otherwise I would be now.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on November 5, 2014 at 12:47pm

Another great read on the first transatlantic flight:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/drones-are-ready-for-t...

The reason I asked about Andy, was because they've been working together for a long time, so I suspect he's one of the guys in that photo.  I had the pleasure of talking to him about a month ago.  It was an interesting conversation because I realized this guy REALLY knows what he's talking about, which is rare.  The funny thing is, I didn't really know who he was until I looked him up afterwards.  Really nice guy too.  Would be fantastic to get Andy, Tad, Tridge and Paul Riseborough in a pub together sometime.

Comment by Mecha on November 5, 2014 at 6:52pm

@ Rob, I don't think any of those is Andy, he has brown hair and is half bold!

I met him a few years back while doing some work with the scan eagle in Hood River, Oregon. Very nice fellow and his house and workshop sit in the middle of an apple orchard, beautiful farm.

Comment by Harry on November 5, 2014 at 7:59pm

Good one, Patrick.   I watch Wicked Tuna and see that one harpoon boat working with a 172 and I say all he needs is someone onboard flying FPV and talking over a walkietalkie to the harpoon guy out on the bow sprit.

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