Meet the Team
Gus Calderon is a Commercial Pilot with 25 years of aviation experience and over 3,500 flight hours in piston and turbine aircraft. Gus developed and operated an FAA Certified Part 135 air charter company based in Carlsbad, CA. He began building RC aircraft in 1977 and has been building and flying drones since 2009. As an early adopter of civilian drones, Gus has conducted thousands of flight operations and has over a decade of field experience.
In 2013, Gus was selected as a member of Lady Gaga’s design and development team for her “Flying Dress” which was named the Volantis. On November 10, 2013, Gus successfully flew Lady Gaga on the Volantis at the ArtPop album release concert in Brooklyn, NY.
Gus has an academic background in the physical sciences and has decades of technical writing experience in multiple disciplines. Gus has written operating manuals that met the certification requirement of the FAA, NIST, and NRC. His combined aviation and technical writing experience give Airspace Consulting a unique advantage with the technical writing requirements for drone operations.
Maha Calderon is a Commercial Pilot and FAA Certified Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII) with 20 years of aviation experience. Maha has an academic background in journalism and is a published writer, graphic designer, commercial photographer and video editor.
Maha is exceptionally familiar FAA regulations and has been committed to the cause of establishing safety guidelines for small UAS. At Airspace Consulting, she is responsible for editing the technical documents for commercial UAS operations.
Richard McCreight is a commercial pilot with over 8,000 flight hours supporting NASA, DoD, DoE, DoJ, USFS and NSF projects. Richard is a recognized scientist with over 18 technical publications.
Richard McCreight pioneered the development of the Near-Earth Observation System (NEOS) light aircraft for several NASA research projects. While still meeting NASA’s exacting scientific requirements, NEOS evolved into an integrated approach to environmental monitoring using the latest remote sensing technology.
Richard has documented countless national disasters including wildfires, earthquakes, tornadoes and flooding. In 2010, he used NEOS to remotely sense the Deep Water Horizon Gulf oil disaster. Richard has been contracted by governments worldwide for projects such as the flooding of the canals in Venice, Italy, and cyclone damage on the island nation of Vanuatu.
Jonathan Rupprecht, Esq., is an experienced attorney in Commercial Drone Law and an FAA certified flight instructor. Jonathan has successfully obtained numerous waivers and exemptions for many of his clients.
Jonathan authored a book on the law pertaining to unmanned aircraft in the United States called "Drones: Their Many Civilian Uses and the U.S. Laws Surrounding Them." This book is currently being used as a textbook at multiple universities around the U.S. as part of their UAS degree programs.