Martek Aviation has strengthened its senior management team in a bid to cement its status as a world leader in unmanned aerial services.
The manned and unmanned aerial systems specialist has hired Mark Wharry as its new head of aviation.
Wharry boasts over 20 years of aviation experience, in both high-profile leadership and training roles.
He began his flying career as a qualified flying instructor with the RAF, training students going through the RAF’s Basic Fast Jet Training course. He was later selected to fly Tornado GR4 aircraft and flew his first front-line missions from RAF Lossiemouth.
His time there took him on detachments across the world, including combat missions flown in Afghanistan.
On leaving the RAF, Mark worked as an aviation consultant on projects ranging from examining small unmanned air system pilots to designing training syllabi for nations procuring military RPAS.
The appointment ‘fulfils a crucial element’ of Martek’s strategy to be one of the leading providers of unmanned aerial services around the world.
“I am delighted to join Martek Aviation who are pioneering high-end UAS services at this exciting time for the unmanned industry,” Wharry said.
“With a strong operational background and excellent safety and quality processes behind us, I look forward to building a professional team who can deliver best in world unmanned operations. As the sector continues to develop, we will be superbly placed to take advantage of the opportunities and become industry leaders; in service provision, operations, and training.”