Partner, Business & Technical Specialist
Basil is nationally recognized as an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and advanced air mobility (AAM) leader, consultant, and engineer with over 15 years of experience in aviation. He served as UAS Program Manager for NCDOT where he Led creation of the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s nation-leading and award-winning Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Program from 2016 through July 2020. During his tenure, he Led development of the first concept of operation for a statewide unmanned traffic management system presented to the Federal Aviation Administration to expand UAS operations in North Carolina, and managed the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s participation in the Federal Aviation Administration’s three-year UAS Integration Pilot Program, which completed more UAS missions and achieved more national firsts than any of the other nine teams selected for the program.
Basil is a founding member and President of AeroX, a non-profit focused on building an AAM ecosystem in North Carolina. AeroX was recently awarded $5 million from the state legislature to build a UAS Traffic Management system in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Basil served as Vice President of Hovecon Consulting, which provided subject matter expertise and program development for emerging aviation technologies. He is also an appointee to NASA’s Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable, whose mission is to define and explore critical issues related to the nation’s aeronautics research agenda including UAS, electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) technology and Urban Air Mobility. Basil was also recently appointed to the Smith Reynold’s Airport Board.
Basil holds a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and lives with his family in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.