Erik W. Amend is the Manager of the Executive Office within the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office. Erik is responsible for overseeing the creation, development, and coordination of enterprise-wide communication initiatives that articulate the agency’s vision for UAS integration.
Erik works closely with internal and external stakeholders to identify messaging opportunities, delivery vehicles, and measures for quality and success. He oversees coordination for numerous executive level strategic stakeholder groups, including the interagency UAS Executive Committee (ExCom) and the industry-focused Drone Advisory Committee (DAC). Working in conjunction with the FAA’s Office of Communications, Erik also oversees the development and execution of all UAS-related internal and external communications product and platforms, including web content, outreach campaigns, the FAA’s UAS Civil Integration Roadmap, the promotion of FAA’s UAS work at conferences and events, and the planning and execution of the FAA’s annual UAS Symposium. Additionally, Erik envisioned the idea for and managed the development of the FAA’s B4UFLY mobile application, which received a Secretary’s Team Award in 2017. The application now has over 650K downloads and Erik is leading a new effort to improve B4UFLY through a public-private partnership.
Prior to joining the FAA in 2009, Erik worked for United Airlines for 15 years in a number of operational and planning leadership roles, most notably as the Planeside Manager at O’Hare International Airport, where he oversaw ground operations for more than 325 daily United Express flights. A graduate of the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Political Science, Erik has been a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2006. When he is not working, Erik is an avid skier, runner, softball player, and fly fisherman. He also enjoys rooting for his hometown Washington Nationals.