Aaron Pierce founded Pierce Aerospace out of grad school and quickly dove into the world of unmanned aircraft systems. He got started in aviation in 2006 when he joined a volunteer organization that restored and operated UH-1H Huey helicopters for educational and veteran events. He gained valuable experience as a flight crew-member which eventually lead him to write UAS policy & operations manuals. Pierce Aerospace is recognized by the International Civil Aviation Organization and serves on the White House-chartered Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team.
He received his BA in English from Indiana University and studied Geographic Information Science (GIS) and Remote Sensing in grad school. He also taught Earth-Space science at the University of Indianapolis. Pierce interned in a PR role with Rally America while in college and later worked PR/Marketing for rally car racing teams, including leading a campaign to the X Games in Los Angeles.
As a volunteer EMT and security professional in college, he gained valuable experience working alongside EMS and law enforcement; including their aviation components. Pierce is a professional photographer, has studied under Magnum/National Geographic photographers, and taught photography in an afterschool youth program with College Mentors for Kids. He previously served on the Stutz Artists Association Board of Directors while overseeing and curating several large shows, including an art exhibition celebrating the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.