How Does the FAA Regulate UAS w/Jim Williams

How Does the FAA Regulate UAS w/Jim Williams

In this episode I speak with industry icon, Jim Williams. As the FAA’s top executive on unmanned aircraft (UAS) he led its first UAS Integration Office and wrote the rules for unmanned systems. We discuss executing a compliance strategy, the relationship between the industry and the FAA, the secret sauce behind how drone regulations are made, and why you should never describe your drone as “autonomous” to regulators.

Leadership Excellence at the Vanguard of Autonomy

Leadership Excellence at the Vanguard of Autonomy

My next guest is Sanjiv Singh, CEO of Near Earth Autonomy, Research Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, and Editor and Chief of the Journal of Field Robotics. His company makes some of the most advanced autonomous navigation systems in the world. He drives a bold vision for air vehicles within the industry and the company. Being part of the team nominated in 2018 for the famed Collier Trophy indicates he's right on target.

Autonomous Vehicle Security Deep Dive w/Bruce Schneier

Autonomous Vehicle Security Deep Dive w/Bruce Schneier

This encore episode with cyber-guru, Bruce Schneier, is in response to the requests we received on Reddit, LinkedIn, and email for a deeper dive after our recent conversation with him. We drill all the way down to the CPU level in this discussion of autonomous vehicle security.

We start with a simple question, “Who is the threat actor we need to protect our vehicles from?” Bruce’s answer has lessons in it for everyone from a user to a government regulator.

Bruce Schneier talks the Cybersecurity Risks of an Autonomous Future

Bruce Schneier talks the Cybersecurity Risks of an Autonomous Future

In this interview, we speak with cybersecurity expert Bruce Schneier. Bruce is internationally renowned with multiple books, including, Click Here to Kill Everybody. Bruce shares his perspective on the broad security issues that need to be addressed in our autonomous future. The crucial question to answer is, “Who will dictate policy?” and we talk about it.

"When would a city ban autonomous vehicles?" w/ Karina Ricks

"When would a city ban autonomous vehicles?" w/ Karina Ricks

In this interview, we ask the City of Pittsburgh’s Director of the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure a very important question.

“How does a city decide when the autonomous vehicle operations are no longer safe?”

If you’ve ever wondered if a city might suspend operations after an accident, what metrics city officials care about, or how someone gets into a role to be making such decisions, this is the interview you should be listening to.


Remarks at the SAE Panel on Automated Vehicle Safety, Reliability at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019

Remarks at the SAE Panel on Automated Vehicle Safety, Reliability at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019

Pleased to join a distinguished panel of colleagues at AUVSI Xponential to discuss the safety and reliability of autonomous vehicles. One of the challenges that the industry faces is dealing with synthetic metrics such as “disengagement rates” -which really relate more to risk tolerance than safety and reliability. I point out that going down this road has huge pitfalls for manufacturers and public policy implications. Thanks SAE for the invitation!

Catalyst-Go Featured: May 2019 Airlines International Magazine

Catalyst-Go Featured: May 2019 Airlines International Magazine

Catalyst-Go, Managing Partner, Ken Dunlap, joined AirMap CoFounder, Ben Marcus, in providing insights into the UTM and CUAS decisions that the airline industry is confronting. In the May 2019 edition of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Airlines Magazine, Ken shared why airline industry protection efforts should focus on "crown jewel" infrastructure and not the unattainable goal of "we must protect everything."

Urban Planning, Office Design, and Sustainability in the Age of Autonomy: Amy Korté's Blueprints

Urban Planning, Office Design, and Sustainability in the Age of Autonomy: Amy Korté's Blueprints

Amy is a global visionary in designing mixed-use projects and commercial buildings that allow the driverless cars, drones, and air taxis of tomorrow to operate safely and efficiently. Her plans start by embracing what people need. 

Podcast: Drone CEO/Industry Inclusion/C-UAS/EU Regs

Podcast: Drone CEO/Industry Inclusion/C-UAS/EU Regs

In our first trans-Atlantic podcast we talk with DroneAlert's, founder and CEO, Brooke Tapsall. We learn about her journey from EU Commission scientist to CEO of a hot drone industry startup that's rewriting C-UAS and how to inspire women and girls to pursue STEM careers. We round things out with a discussion on the March 2019 changes to EU drone regs.

Better Designs, Teams, and You: Our New Podcast

Better Designs, Teams, and You: Our New Podcast

Innovation & Autonomy with Author John Coyle

We talk with John about designing for autonomy, public trust, making vehicles compatible with humans, building better teams, and understanding it when he says, "Persistence is awesome, until it is stupid."


John K. Coyle
 is one of the world's leading experts in Design Thinking and author of the new book Design for Strengths. His accomplishments include an Olympic silver medal in short track speed skating, he is a Stanford d.school grad, Kellogg MBA, NBC Sports analyst, and Professor of Innovation.

Catalyst-Go Featured: Feb/Mar Edition of Aviation Security International Magazine

Catalyst-Go Featured: Feb/Mar Edition of Aviation Security International Magazine

Counter-UAS lessons and thoughts based on our research — all of which can be executed by you and your teams today. Featured in Feb/Mar 2019 issue of Aviation Security International. In aviation, we are now more likely to suspend flight operations over an uncorroborated drone sighting report than we are to suspend airport operations to prevent ramp injuries or animal strikes. We expedite multi-million-dollar procurements and can’t even say where drones fit in the industry threat matrix. Why does this matter? 

Cautious Optimism on the FAA Drone ANPRM

DOT Secretary Chao took an important step in mid-January by announcing an ANPRM (or advanced draft rule) on safe and secure operations and an NPRM (or draft rule) on flights over people. In many ways, these provisions set the stage for good countermeasures and avoid the current industry and government paradigm of “fire, aim, ready” when responding to drone incursions.

Pre-release today of: Countering Tomorrow: The Age of Materials, Coatings, and Deception

We are pleased that after months of research our new White Paper: Countering Tomorrow: The Age of Materials, Coatings, and Deception is in pre-release. It was fully subscribed to and has been sent to those “early adopters” eager to read the paper before everyone else. We will be offering previews of the report over the next several weeks leading up to the general release on January 22, 2019.