Leaders, Pioneers and Professionals – Drone Special


The Air League will be hosting it’s 5th instalment of Leaders, Pioneers and Professionals on the 11th August 2020 at 17.00 via Facebook Live.

This episode will feature Sion Roberts and Kevin Taylor who will give us an overview of the usage of drones across various industries, especially in Policing where dedicated drone units are now becoming common place to help with crime prevention and detection.

We will also be finding out more about the amazing drone scholarship opportunity that Eagle Eye Innovations are offering through the Air League again this year. Applications are open as of the 20th July 2020 so do make sure to apply. Further information about this opportunity can be found here.

About Sion

Sion Roberts is the CEO of EEI & RUSTA which was founded in 2014. This was after 22 years in the Royal Air Force. Sion started his flying career as a Weapons Systems Operator on the venerable Nimrod MR2 Maritime Patrol Aircraft before moving to the USA to operate the MQ9 Reaper as an operator and later with the USAF, as an instructor.

Sion started flying SUAS in 2013 and formed EEI/RUSTA in 2014. Since then RUSTA has trained over 2500 operators worldwide to successfully operate SUAS in emergency services and commercial roles.

Sion Roberts, CEO Eagle Eye Innovations Ltd

About Kevin

Kevin joined RUSTA back in November 2018. Coming from a Policing and aviation background, Kevin brings extensive experience and flying skills to the team. Kevin is a senior instructor at RUSTA.  Kevin is well versed in all aspects of SUAS and as well as being senior instructor at RUSTA he also leads the Lincolnshire Police Drone team which has operated SUAS operationally since 2017.

Kevin Taylor, Senior RUSTA Instructor and Chief Pilot of Lincolnshire Police Drone Unit

About Eagle Eye Innovations and RUSTA

Eagle Eye Innovations Ltd are a team of ex-MQ-9 Operators who specialise in consultancy, training, support to operations, and contracted turnkey ISR solutions of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) ranging from Small UAS (SUAS) to Medium Altitude Long Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS). EEI can provide you with the tools needed to operate UAS’s effectively and safely within a range of constrained environments. Our aircrew are the most experienced UAS operators available in Industry.

Established in 2014, RUSTA is the training arm of Eagle Eye Innovations and is one of the longest running CAA Accredited National Qualified Entities (NQE) in the United Kingdom.

Based on a solid aviation experience, RUSTA has trained over 2000 operators from many varied industries across the world. Uniquely, all of RUSTA’s instructors and management come from a rich background in aviation from such organisations as the Royal Air Force, Army Air Corps , Policing and Civil Aviation. This has not only allowed RUSTA to provide recommendations to the CAA but has also allowed accreditation through ProQual to allow RUSTA to award NVQ level 3 and 4 qualifications.

RUSTA’s experience in the UAS field has allowed the development of world class, industry leading courses and services.

With regards to Emergency Services RUSTA has trained many Police and Fire Service operators throughout the United Kingdom. RUSTA is also proud to have delivered its course to elements of the Armed Forces Including the Royal Air Force.

RUSTA offers scholarships through it’s association with the Air League and is a proud Silver Award recipient of the Armed Forces Covenant Employers Recognition Scheme.

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