Nicholas Flom is the Executive Director for the Northern Plains Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site, one of seven sites designated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct critical research into the certification and operational requirements necessary to safely integrate UAS into the national airspace system. In addition to overseeing the UAS Test Site, Nicholas is also charged with executing the FAA’s UAS Integration Pilot Program as North Dakota Department of Transportation was selected as 1 of 10 participants.
Representing the Test Site, Nicholas actively participates in RTCA Special Committee 228, Working Group 1 that is developing the minimum operational performance standards for detect and avoid. As an industry subject matter expert, Nicholas is also a member of ASTM and is a voting member of Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Nicholas also represents the Test Site on the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team.
Nicholas has over 15 years in the aviation industry holds an Airline Transport Pilot certificate for single and multi-engine land with more than 4,000 flight hours.