ACUO Management Committee (MC) is made up of 7 full members of the association elected annually by their peers.

The Management Committee meets regularly to make decisions on the strategies, policies & growth of the association, to discuss matters of importance to ACUO and its members, and to ensure the integrity of the association and its core values are being maintained.


President: Tom Pils

The Drone Lawyer

Tom is a lawyer by profession and has specialised in drone law since 2016, coming from a background in commercial law and litigation. His intimate knowledge of the drone regulatory landscape combined with an understanding of the greater commercial environment in which drone businesses operate, places him in a unique position to advise his clients on the drone regulations while also considering the big picture commercial regulatory aspects of an issue or decision.

When Tom is not writing contracts, advising on complex areas of the drone legislation, or representing clients in court, his passion lies in drone law education. One of Tom’s great pleasures, somewhat oddly, is to take a seemingly confusing Instrument or regulatory amendment, analyse and dismantle it, and then express it in a plain manner yet without losing its meaning, so that drone operators can understand their legal rights and obligations.

As President of ACUO, Tom aims to use these skills, and to work alongside the Management Committee to protect the interests of CASA Certified RPAS Operators, and to promote the growth and expansion of the commercial RPAS industry in Australia.

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MC Member: Ty Tamblyn

Air Inspect Australia

Ty has been involved in the drone industry since 2016 when he purchased his first phantom. He enjoys using his creative photography skills in the air. He has spent the last 13 years as a Professional Photographer in the Sunshine Coast, specialising in Commercial Photography, Real Estate and Virtual Tours.

By making the leap of swapping his DSLR for a drone, Ty knows what truly drives change, innovation, and revolution within the realms of photography and drones.

Ty is a senior remote pilot and has recently taken on the role as business development manager at Air Inspect Australia. When he learned about the integration of aerial data acquisition into digital representations, he knew this is where is professional future would take him. Ty has worked on successful campaigns that have connected clients with aerial data acquisition solutions to commercial property problems.

Ty believes life is too short to do work you hate. He is always working directly with people and wants to develop a new generation of like-minded people with a desire to live in a world with drones.

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MC Member: Sean Mattheisz

Air Inspect Australia

Sean is a digital native starting his career in Robotics and transitioned into the IT and services industry. He has over 20 years’ experience in the telecommunications sector from working hands-on in software development, to managing large scale projects and programs to ultimately drive business development due to his commitment in achieving customer outcomes.  His continual passion in digital systems has nourished his technical skills into unmanned aircrafts and the benefits of their societal impact. He is the Chief Remote Pilot and Business Development Manager at Air Inspect Australia –  a safe aerial data acquisition specialist – providing end-to-end aerial imagery solutions.

Sean is a strong advocate of aviation safety, sustainable development and innovative solutions. He has delivered cutting edge aerial strategies and innovative campaigns that increase efficiency and safety, accelerate growth and maximise the budgets of commercial enterprises.

Sean is always open to challenges, discussions and exchange of ideas from various stakeholders in the UAV industry.

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MC Member: Michael Coyne

Unique Aerial Solutions

Director and Chief Remote Pilot Michael Coyne. Michael firsts gained his Commercial Pilots Licence (manned) in 1996 and has held his Licence with numerous aircraft types and endorsements since. As a subject matter expert in Air Law and Legislation, Michael has been called on to consult with Civil Aviation Safety Authority over the last 9 years in relation to official forms templates and requirements, to changes in legislation.

Michael was first introduced into RPAS (drones) in 2010 and has been actively involved in the industry both nationally and internationally on a full-time basis. Assisting multiple Australian and International companies in industries such as Mining, Survey, Construction, Film and Video media, Agriculture, and Education to gain their commercial qualifications through CASA.

Michael has spent time by invitation in Germany, training and as an instructor in flight and maintenance of Multi Rotor RPAS by the manufacturer. Michael’s working experience in RPAS covers Multi Rotor, Fixed Wing and VTOL from micro to 100kg plus MTOW.

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MC Member: Danny Elassad


Danny is the Chief Remote Pilot of one of Australia’s longest operating drone service providers, Hoverscape.

Prior to entering the drone industry in 2017, Danny was a chef for the past 15 years running multiple restaurants and cafes across Sydney, but a love for technology and photography persuaded the career change to the ever-growing RPAS industry.

After taking the plunge into the creative side of the industry and logging hundreds of hours across various categories of RPAS, he joined Hoverscape as a remote pilot and worked through the ranks to become their Chief Remote Pilot.
While specialising commercially in Digital Twins and aerial inspections, Danny also specialises in the creative aspects of the industry, from general photography to large scale cinematic productions.

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MC Member: Aaron McKay

Aus Aerial Media

I am a photographic and video specialist working in both these industries for over 25 years.

My vision is to provide a simple, affordable and excellent photographic and video solution to my clients.

I pride myself on my work ethic and attention to detail and will deliver the best solution to whatever photographic, video or mapping requirements, ground based or aerial you might need.

I’ve taken my vast skills into the aerial media field and has been utilising drones for aerial photography and video, mapping, data analysis and 3D modelling since 2017.

Working with State and local governments bodies, the construction industry, builders and demolition companies his business Aus Aerial Media have become experts in capturing data for the construction and demolition industries specialising in Time-Lapse videos of projects, aerial mapping, 3D modelling and fine art images of the construction and demolition projects.

Please contact the President or Secretary about becoming an MC Member