Dave Krause, co-founded Influential Drones and is the company President. He is an accomplished software architect, project manager and consultant with over 20-years experience. He has earned numerous technology credentials while traveling the world supporting Fortune 500 customers.
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). The DAC became the Advanced Aviation Advisory Committee (AAAC). 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).
In 2023, Dave was elected onto the new Drone Advisory Council (DAC) and the Drone Safety Team (DST), previously called the UAST. The DST is a different council than the FAAST program administered by the FAA. Both are industry positions, one focuses just on drones and works with the UAS Integration Office, the other involves all facets of aerospace and works with the safety division of the FAA. The Drone Safety Team (DST) has adopting the same collaborative model as the General Aviation Joint Steering Committee (GAJSC) and the Commercial Aviation Safety Team (CAST) when working with industry and the FAA.
Dave is a senior advisor to the Urban Low Altitude Transport Association. He is on both the Unmanned Threat and CyberSecurity subcommittee 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.
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. Krause is not a federal employee.
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. He has written articles, presented at tradeshows, moderated and guest spoke on panels, talked on the radio, and was a subject matter expert on television regarding drone technology.
Dave is approachable, creative, honest and doesn't mind taking calculated risks. He is active in philanthropic endeavors and when not working 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
EPA Commercial Pesticide Applicator
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)
APSA (Airborne Public Safety Association)
AUSA (Association of the US Army)
AUVSI (Assoc. Unmanned Vehicle Systems Int'l)
DST (Drone Safety Team)
EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association)
EAA Warbirds of America
NATA (National Air Transport Association)
NBAA (National Business Aviation Association)
Pennsylvania Drone 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