Lowland Rescue expands with new head of drone regulations role


Lowland Rescue has continued to expand its offering, doing so most recently with the appointment of David Walters.

Walters has been appointed to a newly created role and will operate as the head of drone regulations, a move Lowland Rescue says will work to recognise the seriousness and important of safe and legal operations.

He is employed by Altitude Angel as head of strategic programmes and currently leads the work conducted in the CAA Innovation Sandbox, while also managing opportunities such as the Government-funded Future Flight call.

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As a drone operations professional with specialist knowledge of a wide range of industry applications, Walters is described as a visionary, innovative thinker and industry leader with almost a decade of experience in technical drone operations and management.

He has conducted and managed complex operations from EVLOS flights to semi-autonomous BVLOS flights while some activities have also involved the co-ordination of manned and unmanned joint operations.

Walters also sits on the CAA UAS Stakeholder Working Group and has recently joined the CAA Electronic Conspicuity Working Group.

Commenting, Walters said: “Back in 2013, I was approached by Lowland Rescue’s Neil Balderson and David McBurnie, both local to me in Northamptonshire to demonstrate my current operational skills, and also the capabilities of systems at the time. Drone technology has come such a long way since then, but the principles of operation have not changed. Safety is always the primary factor in all activities, as is complying with the Air Navigation Order.”

Adding: “I’m an active, passionate member of the industry, and being able to bring my skills and expertise to Lowland Rescue and support their operations is fantastic. Gemma Alcock has already begun some fantastic work here in standardising operational workflows, and I am excited to be able to support and unlock the potential of drone operations for Lowland Rescue.”

While Gemma Alcock, director of Lowland Rescue’s air operations, said: “I invited David to join the Lowland Rescue Air Operations Department because of his industry-leading knowledge of air law and safety management, and because of his longstanding relationship with the CAA. David will play an integral role towards ensuring Lowland Rescue drone operations become world class.”

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