Wesley Alexander

Commercial UAS Customer Program Manager

Wes Alexander is a Customer Program Manager for Commercial and Civil UAS at Insitu. He is responsible for cost, schedule and performance of customer programs for commercial and civilian UAS efforts. He has managed Arctic UAS Pathfinding initiatives and most recently the Paradise Fire rapid response effort.
Wes was previously head ScanEagle UAS Designated Pilot Examiner for Insitu, responsible for developing the first Designated Pilot Examiner Course, and managing certification process for UAS pilot instructors and examiners.  Wes was a member of the Training Standards Development team, responsible for creating practical test standards, oral examination guides and the Insitu UAS Qualification Manual.
While at Insitu, Wes has supported FAA R&D efforts as a subject matter expert for UAS pilot and crew training and certification as well as ScanEagle UAS systems and operations SME for the William J. Hughes Technical Center NIEC Lab in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  Wes is a published contributing author of a study commissioned by the FAA in September 2014 – Human Factors Investigations of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the National Airspace System.  
Originally studying computer science at the University of California, Santa Cruz, he has conducted simulation development and testing for ScanEagle UAS and was a member of Insitu’s Flight Safety Analysis team.  Wes contributed to ScanEagle restricted type certification efforts as well as developed the first ScanEagle approved AFM (aircraft flight manual).
Before joining Insitu in 2009, Wes worked for Japan Airlines and Korean airlines conducting ab-initio pilot training for first officer crew.  He served as a team lead at Korean Airlines, conducting instructor standardization training and was responsible for developing and successfully conducting the first ever ATPL captain transition course for first officer cadets.

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