Richard W. McCreight is an airborne scientist with over 8,000 flight hours. His career began by fighting and researching 75 wildfires for the U.S. Forest Service. The research led to NASA sponsored projects monitoring global environmental impacts and climate change. Richard is an active member of the NASA and USFS Tactical Fire Remote Sensing Advisory Committee.
Richard has over 25 years of aerial imaging experience and has worked in government, academia and the commercial sector. Richard has mapped the Panama Canal for the Department of Defense and surveyed floods in Venice, Italy for Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He has documented numerous national disasters for the National Science Foundation including California wildfires and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Richard has a B.S. in Physical Geography/Environmental Science from the University of California, Riverside, and a M.S. in Forest Physiology from Oregon State University.
Gus Calderon is a commercial pilot with 25 years of aviation experience. He has over 3,100 hours of flight time and has owned and operated an FAA certified air charter operation. He owns a Beechcraft Bonanza A-36 and flies it for aerial mapping and photogrammetry missions.
Gus provides consulting and aerial imaging services to the public and private sector. He was an early-adopter of unmanned aircraft and has been using them for environmental monitoring and conservation. Gus also uses unmanned aircraft for “ground truthing” of aerial data acquired from full-size aircraft. With years of experience in aerial imaging and video production he uses these tools to communicate scientific services to the general public.
Gus is also an adjunct professor at Palomar College in the Drone Technology Program. He has a B.S in Geology from Boston College and a M.S. degree in Geology from the University of Arizona.
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