Robotic Skies expands from a solid aviation business foundation into a burgeoning new market with tremendous growth potential. Drone manufacturers are eager for commercial operations to begin, and we believe that a talented network of aviation authority-approved repair stations will accelerate this effort.
Our network includes service centers across nearly every region of the world that are optimized to provide certification, maintenance and repair for the emerging commercial drone aircraft fleet.
Drawing on only the best FAA and aviation authority approved maintenance organizations that currently maintain manned aircraft, Robotic Skies offers a comprehensive turnkey field service program designed to keep UAS flying safely — and affordably.
Brad Hayden, President & CEO
Brad grew up in the aviation industry, working as a repairman and a dealer from a young age in his family’s avionics sales and service business. After graduating from the University of Utah, he left aviation to begin a nearly 20-year career managing global, high tech marketing programs for companies such as US Robotics, 3Com, Informix and EFI.
In 2007, Brad returned to aviation as one of the original employees of Aspen Avionics, a venture-backed cockpit display manufacturer, where he was responsible for creating and building the emerging company’s brand and overall marketing presence. In 2010 he was given responsibility for all product strategy at Aspen, and led the definition and rollout of the company’s groundbreaking Connected Panel product line, which has revolutionized the synchronization of data in the cockpit.
Today, in addition to running Robotic Skies, Brad remains an active member of the manned aviation community, and has been invited to speak about the emerging UAS opportunity at events for the Aircraft Electronics Association, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), The Rotorcraft Business & Technology Summit, and other aerospace events. He is a voting member of ASTM Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, The NBAA Business Aviation Management Committee, and the Helicopter Association International (HAI) UAS Committee. Brad is also a contributor to aviation publications, covering UAS integration and emerging avionics technology trends.
A certified private pilot, and an avid First Person View drone pilot, Brad believes that the future of aviation lies in embracing and supporting emerging technologies, like unmanned aircraft, into the mainstream of the civilian aerospace industry.
Brad lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Thea, a marketing executive with Dell, and their three children.
Eric Butler, COO & CFO
Eric brings to Robotic Skies a diverse professional background in international finance and program management to Robotic Skies. His career began with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Los Angeles where he audited investment funds and insurance companies, specializing in valuation and financial modeling. Eric later transferred to Zurich, Switzerland, where he led the global audit of one of PwC’s largest clients across over 50 countries.
Eric also has experience working as an analyst in investment management, leading investment decisions across multiple sectors, including the airline and aviation industries. Prior to joining Robotic Skies, Eric worked in the oil and gas industry as the Director of Finance and Analytics at an exploration and production company where he was responsible for financial strategy, capital allocation, corporate budgeting and forecasting, capital raising and business development.
Eric graduated from Miami University with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in business, and later earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. He holds a Certified Public Accounting (CPA) license and the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Colorado.
Eric lives in Denver, Colorado with his wife, Lorien, and their two children. He is currently working on obtaining his drone pilot license.