Dave Krause, co-founded Influential Drones and is the company President. He is an accomplished software architect, project manager and consultant that has earned numerous technology credentials traveling the world supporting Fortune 500 companies.
Dave is a volunteer member of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Safety Team (FAASTeam program). He is recognized by the FAA Safety Team's national office and the Philadelphia flight standards district office as a DronePro, Lead Representative and an Industry Member. Dave actively promotes safety, the importance of developing standards and the value of an aviation safety culture. He also helps to create content for the UAS community on the FAA Safety Team website.
He was the 2021/22 co-chair of CompTIA's Drone Advisory Council. He contributed to the FAA's Drone Advisory Committee (DAC) as a member of TaskGroup 8 (Safety Culture) and TaskGroup 9 (UTM + Notify/Fly). Dave has been a member of the NBAA's Emerging Technologies Committee since 2019. The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) is the largest aviation membership association in the world. The committee maintains a focus on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), advanced air mobility (AAM), unmanned traffic management (UTM), commercial space, other future technologies and associated infrastructure that will integrate with the National Airspace System (NAS).
Dave is a senior advisor to the Urban Low Altitude Transport Association. He is on both the Unmanned Threat and CyberSecurity subcommittees for the US Coast Guard Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC). He is the liaison for the DroneResponders Technical Advisor Program and an instructor for the Airborne Public Safety Association for the NIST sUAS Test Methods.
Dave teams with the Intelligent Systems Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in promoting operator proficiency and equipment capability standards for the unmanned industry. NIST is a federal agency under the U.S. Dept of Commerce.
Dave understands what it takes to run a successful business. He is an advocate for open communications and believes strongly in the importance of establishing relationships. Dave is approachable, creative, honest and doesn't mind taking calculated risks. He is active in philanthropic endeavors and supports projects relating to aviation history, veterans and conservation.
CERTIFICATE(S) & LICENSE(S)
FAA Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate (Unmanned Aircraft)
FAA Part 137 Agricultural Operations for UAS
FAA Part 61 Student Pilot
France DGAC Unmanned Pilot
FEMA UAS for Disaster Management
Infraspection Institute: Level I Thermographer
AOPA (Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association)
AUVSI (Assoc. Unmanned Vehicle Systems Int'l)
EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association)
EAA Warbirds of America
NATA (National Air Transport Association)
NBAA (National Business Aviation Association)
Urban Low Altitude Transport Association (ULTRA)
AWARDS / RECOGNITION
- IBM, Bravo Team Award
- IBM, Innovative Development Award
- IBM, Superior Leadership Award
- PECO Energy, High Energy Award for Outstanding Leadership
- PECO Energy, High Energy Award for Outstanding Software Development
- PECO Energy, Outstanding Power Delivery Award
- FAA Eastern Region Administrators Award (Philadelphia FSDO Safety Team)
- FAA Safety Team 2021/22 Representative of the Year Nominee
- CompTIA North America Spotlight Award: Technology Leadership Finalist