Jeff Williams is the President of and Senior Pilot for Empire Unmanned, and brings over 16 years of extensive experience in commercial UAS design, development, and flight testing into his role. His professional qualifications include both commercial and military UAS/UAV programs, operations and UAV systems development.
Jeff is the former CEO of Williams Aerospace, Inc. in Hawaii. Serving both government and commercial clients, Jeff was a UAS Flight Test Coordinator and Mission Commander. He also served as Flight Test Program Manager as part of the Office of Naval Research sponsored UAS development program, and as UAV Mission Commander, Test Pilot and Sensor Operator (EO/IR optical turret), with over 650 hours of flight time in Hawaii, Thailand and the Philippines. He has experience with both Piccolo and Kestrel autopilot systems and GCS. Jeff was responsible for leading flight crew teams during preflight, flight and postflight operations, and wrote for companies the test flight, CRM, safety and mishap plans and UAS flight checklists. He analyzed all flight test data and prepared detailed reports to ONR and other agencies.
He served as a Naval Air Crewman and Special Projects Sensor Operator in the U.S. military for over 30 years. Jeff’s military service includes operational experience in aviation and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission positions in combat situations in Afghanistan and other countries. Jeff is an expert sensor operator, flight test coordinator, imagery analyst with a solid understanding of GIS products, the intelligence network, covert/overt air operations, and advanced sensor system troubleshooting theory. He also possesses specific expertise in Electrical Optical/IR, SAR, ISAR, Acoustics, Hyperspectral, Laser, ELINT, SIGINT and UAV technologies. Experienced in Secure Military Communications Procedures.
Jeff Williams holds a Masters of Aeronautical Science Degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree from the University of Phoenix. Jeff has also served as an adjunct college professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University at the campus located in Kaneohe, Hawaii.