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Jim Williams

Jim Williams is the founder and president of JHW Unmanned Solutions LLC where he advises clients on issues related to aircraft and space operations with specific emphasis on all things related to unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)—a.k.a. drones. Jim has nearly 40 years of experience in the Aviation and Space sectors with NASA, Lockheed Martin, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). While working at the FAA, Jim recently served as Manager of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Integration Office. This office functions as the single agency focal point for all UAS-related activities. Before taking the helm of the UAS Integration Office in March 2012, Jim spent six years as the Director of Engineering Services in the FAA’s NextGen Organization, where he led the coordination and integration of all systems engineering work needed to move the NAS toward NextGen. During his extensive career with the FAA, Jim led the organization tasked with lifecycle management of all FAA air traffic control communications systems, worked at the FAA Command Center, and led the team that designed, procured and fielded the FAA’s prototype Air/Ground Data Link Communications System. Jim also led the FAA Team that negotiated with other federal agencies to create a second civil GPS frequency. Jim started his career working in NASA’s Mission Control Center as a flight controller for the Space Shuttle program. Jim graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1983 with a BS in Aerospace Engineering.