We are an independent, nonprofit professional association connecting drone professionals in government, public safety, university, and commercial organizations. We provide education, mentorship, training, and community to drone operators and those interested in the business of drones. Our regional focus is Cleveland and northern Ohio.

Supporters

None of our work would be possible without the generous support of our community members and sponsors.  Thank you for your trust and commitment.

Committees

Our activities are created and arranged by our four key committees.

  • Programming and Events (Co-Chairs: Kent Iler, Corey Snipes)
  • Public Safety and First Responders (Chair: Chad Hankins)
  • Regulatory (Chair: Tom Taconet)
  • Membership (Chair: Bobby Oliver)

Board of Directors

    NORCODA BOARD PRESIDENT

    AVON UAS

    Tom Taconet

    NORCODA BOARD VICE PRESIDENT

    Roger Mortimer

    Ohio Drone Repair

    Since 2015, We’ve been getting drone repairs done right. From drop off to pick up, we’re the professionals that get you in the air sooner!

    NORCODA BOARD SECRETARY

    Bobby Oliver 

    Lakeland Community College

    The focus of my career to date has been as a Professor and Department Chair of Geography and Geospatial Technology, as well as a Geospatial Lab Manager and GIS Manager for Lake Metroparks.

    NORCODA BOARD TREASURER

    Jason Damann

    V1 Drone Media

    Using the aviation experience that I have gained, I started my own business, V1DroneMedia, offering aerial services to a variety of industries using “drones.” The sky is not the limit, the sky is home!

    NORCODA BOARD MEMBER

    George Armann

    Associate Lecturer at Ohio University

    NORCODA BOARD MEMBER

    Patricia Austin

    Curious about Flying

    The goal of Curious About Flying is to bring aviation to the public, instead of waiting for the public to come to aviation. To explain, in non-aviation terms, how pilots control the airplane, what all those instruments are telling the pilot, how to work the radios and figure out what is being said, how to read a sectional chart. How pilots get from location to another without using GPS. And how to land an airplane.

    NORCODA BOARD MEMBER

    Dan Chan

    Commercial Drone Group Inc.

    I am the Head Pilot, Bottlewasher and General Manager with the Commercial Drone Group, Inc. We perform Aerial 2D and 3D Mapping/Imaging Missions for the Commercial Construction Industry, Aerial Inspections of Commercial Buildings, Roofs, Properties and Grounds for Proactive Data on Issues before they escalate to problems.

    NORCODA BOARD MEMBER

    Devon Sheehy

    Results-driven management professional with four years of experience in administrative operations, production management, organizational development and team building across diverse industries. Highly adept in planning, coordinating and executing successful production strategies. Successful track record in improving operational stability, efficiency and profitability.

    Operations & Sales Manager at Tamarack Aerial Services

    NORCODA BOARD MEMBER

    Corey Snipes

    Twomile Heavy Industries, Inc.

    NORCODA Board President

    Corey Snipes is an aerospace software engineer, FAA-certified (Part 107) drone pilot, and OpenDroneMap contributor based in Cleveland, Ohio. He works across a variety of aviation software research projects from air traffic management to avionics to cybersecurity, many in support of the Federal Aviation Administration and NASA.  He specializes in drone work supporting urban planning, design, and conservation.

    NORCODA BOARD MEMBER

    Chad Hankins 

    Patriot Aerial Services

    Executive Director

    Lead Instructor Cuyahoga Community College

    NORCODA BOARD MEMBER

    Kent Iler

    AUVSI Director

    Iler Aerial Imaging

    Outstanding leadership background, combined with strong technical expertise over a broad range of key technologies in today’s fast changing technical environment. Unmatched skill set, dedication and work ethic to ensure projects get done the right way, the first time.

    NORCODA BOARD MEMBER

    Christopher Pugh

    Taramak Aerial Services

    NORCODA BOARD MEMBER

    Mike Schaler

    Akron Drone

    For over 30 years we have been working in the video and film production industry. Our work has taken us to destinations across the world including Europe, The Middle East, Canada and of course many places in our United States. The vast number of productions over the years have ranged from studio and location 16 & 35mm film shoots, sporting events and every kind of video production imaginable.

    NORCODA BOARD MEMBER

    Howard Thompson

    EHM Advisors

    Business development professional with a career in sales marketing strategies, economic development and aligning industry relationships. Determination, dedication and dam hard work is how I have been taught to pursue successful business deals.Business development professional with a career in sales marketing strategies, economic development and aligning industry relationships. Determination, dedication and dam hard work is how I have been taught to pursue successful business deals.