David King

Highlights

  • Over 5000 Incident-Free flights of Aerial Client Content
  • Building and Flying Drones Since 2009
  • FAA Part 107 Certified and Licensed
  • FAA 333 Exemption Commercial Licensed
  • FAA Sports Pilots License for flying a Cessna 162 Sky Catcher
  • Board of Director for Certified Remote Pilots Association of America
  • 25 years Experience in the AV-Electronics-Engineering
  • Bachelor Degree in Information Technology and Electronics

David King is a pioneer in the drone industry. He began his career in 2009 by engineering his own custom heavy lifter drone systems, long before there were ready-to-fly drones in the market.

Having the foresight to see the advantages of using drone technology in many business and service applications, David developed leading services and integration technology specified to each of those areas. Such services include: film-making/cinema, real-estate, commercial use, inspections, public safety (law enforcement & fire) and construction. Before long, he started to be called-on for his specialized services across the country.

Since his beginnings, David has worked all over the country performing drone operations for hundreds of clients, individuals, public service industries and corporations alike.

David flys more than just flying drones, he also enjoys flying the Cessna 1620 Skycatcher when he has time.

Training: David King has trained a wide variety of customers ranging from, recreational flyers, corporations, police departments, fire departments and even news channels. To name a few: Pittsburgh KDKA 2, Charleroi Police Department, Allegheny County Police, Fire Marshall Department and many other companies and individuals seeking expert hands-on training from David.

Teaching: In addition, David teaches drone classes and workshops at dozens of universities and colleges such as, IUP University, Carnegie Mellon University, Community College of Allegheny County and dozens of other Colleges and Universities within the Pittsburgh and Tri-State area. This, of course, does not count the many individual drone-operators that have received one-on-one course teaching.

Speaking Engagements: David has been asked to speak for many special events and media outlets about drone operation. Such speaking engagements include t.v. news and media outlets, special events such as, Howard Hanna National convention in Ohio, the Western PA Chief’s of Police at Shannopin Country Club,  Drone workshop for the AOPA at Butler County Airport and many more.

Jason Costanzo

Jason Costanzo joined Steel City Drones in 2019 and has an important part of Steel City’s Public Safety Training. Jason has brought a tremendous amount of Public Safety Experience to our clients to give great insight into real-world applications.

Jason has been an Allegheny County Police Officer since 2003.  In 2006, Jason became a detective and for the past 12 years has been assigned to the Allegheny County Fire Marshal’s Office, tasked with the investigation of arson-related crimes.

About 6 years ago, the Fire Marshal’s Office began exploring the use of drones to assist in aerial photography of large-scale fire scenes.  This evolved to include accident reconstruction, search and rescue, and various other law enforcement and emergency response incidents.

Jason has been instrumental in the development and progress of the department’s drone program as he developed the Department’s Policies, Procedures, SOP, and applied for the agency’s FAA Certificate of Authorization.

Overall Jason has more than 500 hours of flight time and has trained multiple Public Safety clients since joining Steel City Drones. Jason has experience on DJI Phantom 4, Inspire 1, Mavic 2, DJI Matrice 600, Matrice 200, and Matrice 300 aircraft.

Brent Hannig

Steel City Drone’s Flight Instructor Brent Hannig recently retired as a Captain from Henderson Fire Department, Nevada. He served a total of 29 1/2 years with the department. He was on the Technical Rescue Team, Fire Training Officer, and was heavily involved in the department’s drone program.

Brent joined Steel City Drones in 2020 for Public Safety Onsite Training projects and has been great access to Steel City Drones with his extensive Public Safety background. Brent has over 600 logged hours of drone flights, specializing in Fire Operations and video. He is a published author for Brady Fire books, Fire Department Hydraulics, 2nd, and 3rd Edition.

Brent also has his own UAV company, SkyEye Imagery LLC. which operates in the Las Vegas Valley. Many of Brent’s flights have been on the Las Vegas Strip creating reels for marketing to major sporting events of the strip and casinos.

Brent has been a 107 pilot for 4 years and holds a 107.29 night time waiver and 107.41 airspace authorization for Class B McCarran International Airport airspace. His hobbies include Kitesurfing, Golfing, Racquetball, and Traveling.

Jacob Simkovitz

Jacob Simkovitz joined the Steel City Drones team of Instructors in 2021 to provide his knowledge and experience for Public Safety Training Projects.  Jacob has experience with a wide variety of drones and will be also assisting Steel City Drones for mapping training.

Jacob is a Corporal with the George Mason Police Department in Northern Virginia. He helped found his department’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems program in 2017 in response to the events in Charlottesville in August of 2017. Jacob guided the acquisition of equipment and set up training for Officers to obtain their part 107 licenses.

Jacob led the unit’s first operational deployment to assist the University of Virginia, the City of Charlottesville, and all their mutual aid partners during the subsequent operation in Charlottesville in August 2018. Since then, Jacob has continued to serve as the Assistant Tram Leader for the UAS Unit, leading training, testing, and evaluating equipment, and of course, flying as much as possible.

Jacob has flown and provided UAS support in an ever-expanding range of operations such as civil unrest, barricaded subjects, tactical call-outs, and forensic mapping missions.

Jacob has experience navigating airspace waivers and operating in the Washington DC Flight Restricted Zone. Jacob is also a member of the Special Response Team, General Instructor, and Firearms Instructor.

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