Jonathan is a self-proclaimed “geeky pilot” and three time startup co-founder. He was a professional pilot for 17 years and has over 3,000 hours of flight time. He possesses an airline transport pilot (ATP) license, and commercial and flight instructor ratings in airplanes and helicopters. Beginning his career as a UH60 Blackhawk pilot, Jonathan served as an Aircraft and Air Mission Commander for the 236th Medical company; one of the Army’s fabled “Dustoff” units. His three years based in Germany with the air ambulance company also included six months flying in support of peacekeeping operations in Kosovo. Jonathan was selected to fly for the Army’s 12th Aviation Battalion, an aviation unit charged with protecting the Washington DC area and flying presidential cabinet members, congressmen and top Pentagon officials. In both units, he served as the company network administrator, where he built and managed secure computer networks and databases during a period when the Army’s digital systems were rapidly evolving.
As a commercial pilot in civilian life, Jonathan flew medical crews to trauma scenes and hospitals for air ambulance companies in New Mexico, Alaska, and Oregon. He also flew in support of resource management and development projects in rural Alaska before settling in Oregon. He joins the aerial robotics industry with a deep love of aviation history cultivated since boyhood, and an unbridled optimism for what’s possible as the skies become digital.