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Captain Joe Burns

CEO, The Airo Group, Advisory Board Member Presidential EXCOM for PNT
Aero Group


Captain Joe Burns is a thirty-five year veteran of Aviation, Technology, and Communications industries. He is currently the CEO at The Airo Group – a mid-tier Aerospace and Defense firm. He was most recently the CEO at Airo Drone/Sensurion Aerospace – an Unmanned Systems manufacturer and technology operations firm. He was also an Officer at United Airlines as Managing Director of Technology and Flight Test responsible for over $250M in annual NextGen programs. At United Airlines, Joe held positions as Managing Director – Flight Standards, FAA Certificate Director of Operations, Director Flight Standards, Chief Pilot FFDO Program, Manager Automation Systems, and Pilot Instructor. Joe was instrumental in the United-Continental merger as the operations lead. Type-rated on many large jet transports, he is current as International Captain on the Boeing 767.His engineering and management experience also includes CEO positions at Xcelar, Inertia Technology, Chief Pilot and systems engineer for Coffeen Associates, Chief Systems Engineer for Ericsson, Inc.’s Fiber Optic Division, and Engineering Manager for Sprint.He is currently on the President’s EXCOM Advisory Board for Position, Navigation, and Timing (GNSS); Board Member for Aspen Avionics; Board Member for Airo Group, Inc.; Prior member of the NextGen Advisory Council Subcommittee; Board Member Emeritus for EMS Technologies (NASDAQ:ELMG); Board Member and CEO Emeritus of ATN Systems, Inc.; Former Advisory Board Member for the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR/UCAR); Chairman Emeritus for the ATA Air Traffic Control Council and Operations Committees. Captain Burns holds an M.B.A. from the Miami University distinguished Farmer School of Business and a B.S. from Miami University. Joe has over a dozen patents in aeronautics, security, and communications technology applications.


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