Tony "Pooch" Pucciarella is a retired U.S. Navy Commander that served as a Patrol Plane Mission Commander, Operational Test Pilot, VIP Pilot, and Aviation Engineering Duty Officer (AEDO) during his naval career. He has an aeronautical and astronautical engineering degree from The Ohio State University and an MBA from Loyola University Maryland. Tony is certified as an Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and is rated in aircraft ranging from the B-25 to the fastest business jets flying today. Tony is also certified as an FAA Remote Pilot in Command (RPIC) and as a Project Management Professional (PMP) with extensive experience in managing projects of all sizes and complexities. He is an active multi-rotor and fixed-wing Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Pilot with extensive experience in small and large UAS operations.
After completing his Navy career, Tony flew commercially for General Dynamics before serving as the Airspace Integration Certification Lead for the Navy’s Triton UAS program where he led the development of the program’s safety case for Sense and Avoid (SAA). He participated in UAS rulemaking and standards development as a member of the FAA’s UAST and ASTM’s F-38 Committee. Tony has led multiple “firsts” in unmanned aviation, including in April of 2019 when he led the flight operation that delivered the world’s first human organ by an unmanned aircraft for successful transplant. Tony started Alaris, LLC in 2014 which specialized in UAS operations, safety, training, and consulting. Alaris merged with the new company MissionGO when it was co-founded with Tony, Scott Plank and Dr. Joe Scalea in 2019. Tony currently serves as President of both MissionGO and AlarisPro – the UAS industry’s leading UAS Operations and Maintenance software.