Unmanned Systems Canada/Systemes Telecommandes Canada (USC-STC) has revealed Michael Cohen as its new chair.
Cohen will replace the incumbent chair, Mark Aruja, who led the association for four years and will continue as an advisor.
The president and CEO of Industrial SkyWorks and former airline captain, Cohen holds a master of aeronautical sciences degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and has served as chairman of Air Safety.
Cohen said of his appointment: “This is a particularly exciting time for the autonomous and remotely piloted world – especially the RPAS industry.
“One of the key reasons for that is due to the tireless work of Mark Aruja, working jointly with regulators and industry leaders on behalf of our members. I want to express our thanks to Mark for his outstanding service and dedication to moving the industry forward.”
Cohen is set to push safety and diversity further within the association while working closely with regulatory authorities in Canada.
Vice-chair, operations, Mike Campbell, said: “It’s great to have Michael in the Chair role and I’m looking forward to working with Michael and Glenn to move the Association forward into 2020 and beyond, leveraging the great foundation that Mark Aruja has built for us.
“It was an honour to work with Mark and we’re pleased that he has graciously agreed to remain in an advisory capacity to USC-STC for the coming year.”