The senior management team at Altitude Angel, a UTM software provider and airspace integration start-up, has been strengthened by the appointment of two key industry figureheads.
Altitude Angel has confirmed Mike Gadd is joining the company as head of international regulatory affairs from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), where he was policy lead for UAV.
Phil Binks, formerly employed at NATS as a domain expert in drones, has been appointed as head of ATM. Together, Binks and Gadd will lead Altitude Angel’s rapidly expanding team of engineering and aviation professionals.
The senior appointments follow Altitude Angel securing a $4.5m (£3.2m) Series A funding round, led by the Seraphim Space Fund, with participation from ADV and Frequentis AG.
Binks and Gadd’s industry and regulatory experience will also boost Altitude Angel’s ability to ensure its platforms continue to drive change in the sector through its cohesive solutions to bring ATM and UTM together, and open up the skies to more automated use on the global stage.
Richard Parker, founder and CEO of Altitude Angel, said: “Their extensive industry expertise will really help us to deliver on our mission, helping airspace managers to safely integrate drone flights into their normal operations using familiar, tried-and-test robust aviation equipment; a crucial step towards enabling routine BVLOS operations.
“Working with our product teams, Mike and Phil will head up a team of aviation industry experts to design UTM solutions that meet real-world requirements.”
Altitude Angel is currently looking to expand its footprint later this year as it scales up, in both Europe and the US. The start-up is investing heavily in growing its team and is recruiting 20 new team members in software engineering by the end of the summer.