Captain Charles Maynard is a veteran pilot with more than 5,000 hours of flight time in both military and civilian airframes. He is currently a Boeing 767 Captain with a major U.S. airline and a retired Navy Captain and former F/A-18 squadron commander. He has extensive experience in FAA regulatory matters involving both manned and unmanned aircraft and their safe integration into the National Airspace System. Most recently, Captain Maynard was the FAA Liaison for one of the six FAA designated commercial Unmanned Aerial System (drone) test facilities in the United States. His extensive knowledge of unmanned regulatory statutes and his professional relationships with FAA personnel gives him keen insight into the challenges of introducing UAS into the National Airspace System.
Mr. Maynard successfully obtained some of the first FAA Section 333 exemptions allowing commercial drones to operate seamlessly and safely alongside their manned counterparts. Additionally, he is the Training Committee Chairman for the Washington, DC domicile for the Air Line Pilots Association, ensuring FAA mandated training is complete and standardized. As a Naval Aviator, Captain Maynard was also a designated mishap investigator and Aviation Safety Officer.
Captain Maynard’s capabilities are:
- Unmanned Aircraft Systems Consulting
- Operator Training
- FAA Liaison Services
- Aircraft Mishap Investigations
- Airspace Coordination
- Liability Insurance Assistance
- Safety Management System Support
- Risk Management System Support
- FAA Test Center Coordination
- FAA 333 Exemptions