Tom “Oaty” Oatmeyer is a professional aviator with over 26 years of military and air rescue flight experience. As a former U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue pilot, he has extensive experience in air rescue and disaster response missions, demonstrated during the aftermath of hurricanes Andrew, Floyd, and Katrina. Oaty is credited with saving over 150 lives during hurricane response operations as a pilot.
Oaty currently serves as an Aircraft Commander with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (MDFR) where he pilots one of the department’s four Bell 412 helicopters. He also serves as MDFR’s UAS Certification Program Manager where is oversees the Part 107 certification of all department personnel tasked with operating sUAS. He was the first remote pilot to fly UAS alongside the department’s manned rescue helicopters.
Tom Oatmeyer also serves as the Chief Pilot and Senior Instructor for Airborne Response ®, a Miami-based provider of UAS services and training to industry, government, and academia. Oaty operated sUAS for Airborne Response in the 2017 hurricane Irma response effort.
Oaty holds FAA certifications for Airline Transport Pilot – Helicopter, Flight Instructor and Instrument Flight Instructor – Helicopter, Commercial Pilot and Commercial Instrument Pilot – Airplane, and sUAS Remote Pilot. Tom graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Accounting, and serves as the treasurer for the AUVSI Miami Satellite Chapter.