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Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM PDT
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5:15 pm - 6:35 pm Check-in, Networking, Dinner (6PM)
6:35 pm - 6:45 pm Introduction
6:45 pm - 8:15 pm Indoor Presentation and Q & A
8:15 pm - 8:30 pm Networking

(Library (indoor) closes at 9:00 pm. The Room will be closed after 8:30 pm)


Katy Geissert Civic Center Library 
3301 Torrance Blvd
Torrance, CA 90503

(aka. Torrance Public Library (Main Library))
Meeting (Community) Room (On the left right after entering the Library)
(Next to the Torrance City Hall)

(Nearby major crossroads: Torrance Blvd. / Madrona Ave., or Torrance Blvd. / Hawthorne Blvd.)

Driving Directions 

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LA Section Events/Programs Chair
AIAA Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section

Ticket Information

  $5 Presentation Only -No Meal
$10 AIAA Student / Educator Member Price
$15 Non-AIAA Member -Student / Educator
$20 AIAA Professional Member Price
$25 Non-AIAA Member -Regualr Price  

(No Refund within 7 days of the event or afterwards)

Dress Code

Business Casual

Dinner (except for Presentation Only tickets)

Sandwiches (Varieties) (special request please contact  us / comment)

Refreshment (for all attendees)

Snacks and hot/cold beverages

AIAA LA-LV 5/23 Dinner Meeting

Remotely Piloted / Unmanned Aircraft:
A Pilot’s Perspective on Flying Drones


Mark Pestana
Colonel, USAF (ret)
Research Pilot and Spaceflight Operations Engineer

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The Topic

Remotely Piloted / Unmanned Aircraft:A Pilot’s Perspective on Flying Drones

Colonel Mark Pestana, USAF (ret), presents a short history and recent developments in the revolution of remotely piloted, or unmanned, aircraft systems. He served as a NASA research pilot, in collaboration with the FAA, and helped develop and test advanced drone capabilities for safe and efficient flight in the National Airspace System.

The Speaker

Mark Pestana
Colonel, USAF (ret)
Research Pilot and Spaceflight Operations Engineer


Mark Pestana, Colonel, USAF (ret), is a consulting research pilot and systems engineer. He flew aeronautics research and Earth science missions from NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards AFB, CA. He is adjunct faculty in the aviation safety program at the University of Southern California’s Viterbi School of Engineering. He previously served NASA as a flight crew operations engineer in the Astronaut Office, Johnson Space Center, TX, developing crew operations for the International Space Station. In the USAF, Mark served in NORAD and the DOD Space Shuttle Program as a space operations officer. A rated Command Pilot, he’s flown over 5000 hours in over 30 aircraft types, and logged 213 combat intelligence missions. Decorations include the Air Medal (9), Distinguished Service Medal (3), Armed Forces Expeditionary Service Medal, and the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. He is also an award-winning aerospace artist. Eleven of his paintings are in the USAF Pentagon collection.