Cyberhawk Expands Management Team to Support Rapid Growth

New hires press release
17 Apr 2024

New Operations Managers Bring Extensive Experience in Drone-Based Inspections of Utility Asset Infrastructures

Cyberhawk™, a global leader in drone-based inspection and surveying services and visualization software, announces expansion in its leadership to meet the needs of its rapidly growing field operations team. This comes in response to increasing demand for the company's popular transmission and distribution asset inspection capabilities with its Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) and sophisticated iHawk™ cloud-based data visualization, management and analytics software.

To enhance its service offerings within the power utility, energy provider and capital construction sectors and maintain its position as a leader in the industry, Cyberhawk welcomes a team of seasoned Operations Managers. Each brings extensive experience in aerial inspections, surveys and conducting precise assessments of elevated, challenging-to-access structures and facilities.

With an extensive transmission maintenance and GIS project management background, John P. Hansen, PMP, will serve as Manager of U.S. Operations. He will oversee UAS operations and spearhead efforts to further enhance Cyberhawk's aerial inspection capabilities, which are crucial for wildfire mitigation and powerline integrity. Additionally, Hansen will oversee initiatives in oil and gas assessments, emission monitoring, and tracking the progress of capital construction projects. Hansen has a B.A. in Geographic Information Systems from the University of Minnesota, a Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Project Management from Colorado State University, and PMP certification from the Project Management Institute.

"I am thrilled to become part of the Cyberhawk team, driven by the significant potential to apply my skills and expertise in utility asset management, fire mitigation, and geospatial technology to elevate our current operational team and address the market's needs. I am eager to play an active role in the ongoing advancement and expansion of Cyberhawk's U.S. operations, collaborating closely with an established industry-leading team and valued customers," noted John Hansen.

"John joins us at an exciting time at Cyberhawk. We are growing significantly in all our U.S., Europe, and Middle Eastern locations. John's vast expertise and leadership will be instrumental as we continue to innovate and expand our services to meet the evolving needs of our clients and industries. We're excited to have him on board as we embark on this journey of growth and excellence," stated Phil Buchan, Cyberhawk's COO.

Further additions to the UAS management team include Scott Lashmit as U.S. Aviation Manager and Tony Rappa as U.S. Field Operations Manager. An FAA Part 107 licensed pilot and a Pix4D certified photogrammetrist, Lashmit will handle complex UAS operations for Cyberhawk, including FAA regulations and Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) authorizations and compliance. Rappa, an FAA-certified remote commercial drone pilot, brings extensive Remote Pilot-in-Command (rPIC) experience to the team and will manage flight operations and daily collection of utility assets.

Cyberhawk uses trailblazing drone and data analytic technology to conduct aerial inspections, surveys and close-quarter aerial inspections of high, live, and difficult-to-reach structures and facilities. By leveraging drones, the company provides clients with comprehensive and accurate data to support informed decision-making and ensure the integrity and safety of critical infrastructure.

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About Cyberhawk

Founded in 2008, Cyberhawk™ was the first company in the world to use unmanned vehicles to inspect industrial assets. Cyberhawk’s world-class pilots and inspection engineers have completed over 200,000 UAS inspection missions, with 300+ customers, in over 40 countries.

Today, the Cyberhawk team continues to lead close visual inspections of critical assets including electrical grids, power generation sites, oil and gas structures and capital-intensive industrial construction projects – while always putting safety at the forefront of our operational excellence.

Using Cyberhawk’s intuitive, cloud-based, AI-powered visualization software platform, iHawk™, we consolidate diverse sources of inspection data to provide a single source of truth for assets at any scale and translate these findings into actions. We are experts at finding defects in critical energy infrastructure which can impact our environment and the communities our customers serve, and we deliver solutions which are critical to our customers’ ability to document capital intensive industrial sites, supporting them along the way.

Cyberhawk is changing the way our industry has operated for 75-years by empowering our customers to harness the full power of their data and visual assets, integrating both within workflows, and sharing this information across their enterprises. This leads to better decisions, safer, faster and greener, saving our customers hundreds of millions of dollars in the process and significantly reducing their carbon footprint.

Our people are the secret to our success. We thrive because of our team’s incredible talent and outstanding service committed to our clients.