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Jim Scanlan FRAeS
University of Southampton

I have known Paul Heckles for over a decade. The university has used his services for many years both for undergraduate teaching as well as unmanned systems research and development.

He has an extremely professional approach to his work which adds considerable value to the process of developing unmanned platforms and systems. It goes without saying that he is well known for his world class piloting skills which have, on many occasions, averted expensive platform loss. More importantly we have learnt the value of involving Paul early in design/project discussions in order to tap into his wealth of experience in many areas of aviation.

He has a fantastic "can-do" attitude in order to maximise the flight-testing time on the airfield. He is very generous with his equipment and resources. This is particularly the case with undergraduate projects where students might have equipment failure or other difficulties; Paul will typically step in with the loan of a receiver, servo, battery, fuel or starter motor etc.

Paul has an obvious passion for all forms of aviation and, combined with his delightful interpersonal skills, is able to inspire the younger generation.

I wholeheartedly support the vision around the UAV Test Pilots business. It is vital, in the design of new systems to think about the test schedule early in the project. Paul and his team can help to focus on testing (as part of good systems engineering best practice) at the concept design phase in order to minimise overall project risk.

Jim Scanlan FRAeS Professor of Aerospace Design

Co-Director Rolls-Royce UTC in Design
Director of University Strategic Research Centre in Autonomous Systems
Head of Computational Engineering and Design Research Group

University of Southampton

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UAV Test Pilots

We are highly experienced professional UAV Test Pilots. The weight of our extensive experience can help to reduce any potential erosion of investment returns and, more crucially, may reduce your time to market.

Draycot Farm Aerodrome
Near Chiseldon
Swindon, Wiltshire SN4 0HX
Phone number
+44 7866 599988