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Robert Pappas

Manager, Program & Data Management Branch
Federal Aviation Administration

Rob is the Manager of the Program and Data Management Branch in the FAA’s UAS Integration Office. He oversees management of special programs, including the Partnership for Safety Program, the UAS Test Sites, and the UAS Support Center. Working with internal and external stakeholders, Rob ensures special programs are aligned to support the myriad of activities to integrate UAS into the NAS, including regulatory, policy, and standards development. Joining the UAS Integration Office in 2014 as the Special Rules Coordinator, Rob managed implementation of Section 333. More recently, Rob managed the UAS Focus Area Pathfinder Programs with CNN, PrecisionHawk and BNSF, implementing additional UAS integration firsts: operations over human beings and beyond visual line of sight. Rob also managed the implementation and start-up of the UAS Integration Pilot Program (UAS IPP). Rob has been at the FAA since 1999. Prior to joining the FAA, he worked at the Naval Air Systems Command as a System Safety Engineer.


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