April 30 – May 3: Educational Program | May 1 - 3: Exhibits

Brandon Suarez

Technical Director, UAS Civil Airspace Integration
General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.


Brandon Suarez currently serves as Technical Director for UAS Civil Airspace Integration for General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., where he leads the company’s effort to integrate Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into domestic, foreign and international airspace. GA-ASI manufactures supports and operates a variety of proven, reliable, remotely piloted aircraft systems for military and commercial applications worldwide. In his current role, Mr. Suarez leads a multi-disciplinary team working to solve the technical challenges associated with gaining unfettered access to civil airspace.

Previously at GA-ASI, Mr. Suarez led a collaborative team of experts from the FAA, NASA, and several industry partners to bring together the technology needed for a Sense and Avoid (SAA) system on a Predator® B UAS. He is co-chairman of the Working Group that is developing of national and international SAA standards through the RTCA Special Committee (SC-228). Mr. Suarez is also Vice Chairman of the NATO Industrial Advisory Group (NIAG) Study Group 205, which aims to provide industry recommendations as NATO works to standardize SAA capabilities for militaries world-wide. The goal of these efforts is to write the standards that will be used to certify the unique features of UAS for flight in the U.S. National Airspace System (NAS).

Prior to joining GA-ASI in 2011, Mr. Suarez worked for Aurora Flight Sciences developing unconvential man-packable UAS, some of which are being tested now in combat.

He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Aerospace Enginnering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).


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