Rocky Mountain AUVSI finds newest board member in AVIAN expert

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February 18, 2016

With its ever-growing support to the Department of Defense and commercial unmanned systems programs, AVIAN is distinguished as an expert in unmanned aviation.

At the forefront of our involvement in the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the world’s largest unmanned systems community, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), is our very own Jason Maddocks, a skilled test pilot and unmanned enthusiast.

With 1100 members of AUVSI residing in Colorado, and only five voting member positions on the board of directors for the Rocky Mountain Chapter, Maddocks secured a position as the board’s Secretary during their recent elections this January.

According to their website, the role of each member of the chapter’s executive committee is to further the mission of the Rocky Mountain AUVSI throughout the community as well as upholding their mission to advance the unmanned systems and robotics community through education, advocacy and leadership.

As the board’s secretary, Maddocks will be responsible for maintaining the chapter’s membership directory; preparing the annual activity report; submitting proposed amendments to chapter by-laws to the board; coordinating chapter meetings; and maintaining meeting records.  He will also co-chair the chapter’s membership committee, working to recruit new members from Colorado’s rapidly growing unmanned systems industry and student population.

“I’m very passionate about unmanned aircraft technology, and this is a great opportunity to give back to the community in that area,” Maddocks said.

Maddocks has been active with Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) organizations in Colorado since 2013.  Last year, he was one of the founding members of Think Before You Launch, a national safety and awareness campaign for manned and unmanned aviation in the low-altitude regime.  He also spearheaded an unprecedented test program last fall to assess the ability of aerial application (“cropduster”) pilots to visually acquire unmanned aircraft during agricultural operations.  The test debrief was well received by a group of Colorado UAS professionals this month and demonstrated AVIAN’s flight test professionalism and expertise.

A skilled test pilot and former AV-8B attack pilot, Maddocks joined AVIAN two years ago in support of the workforce development and training division after serving 20 years in the United States Marine Corps. Since joining the team, he has developed and instructed close to 10 courses for the Naval Air Systems Command.

A long-time UAS hobbyist, a resident of the great state of Colorado and a member of AVIAN’s Mountain West region, Maddocks is passionate about UAS technology and its enormous potential, but wants to see it expand in a safe, responsible manner.


For additional information:

Tara N. Strickland

Director of Communications