Dr. Tulinda Larsen is CEO and Founder of Skylark Drone Research. She has turned her research from commercial aviation to the emerging drone industry in September 2016. She specifically is analyzing the large unmanned aviation vehicle (UAV) and urban air mobility (UAM) markets. She is also private pilot and an insured and licensed Part 107 Remote Pilot in Command.
Currently, Dr. Larsen is serving as Executive Director of Deseret UAS, a nonprofit in Utah focused on the large UAV and emerging UAM market. Deseret UAS mission is to facilitate rural economic development in Utah through unmanned aircraft systems. Deseret UAS is establishing multiple test sites in Utah for UAM market, providing UAS and UAM education programs, facilitating applied research and advocating to evaluate Utah in the UAM industry.Deseret UAS was launched in October 2018. Dr. Larsen successfully secured a second year of funding from the Utah state legislature. Successes in the first year include selected as part of the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS), Deseret UAS is on the NASA TCL-4 and FAA UPP project teams;
Dr. Larsen has prepared several white papers on the UAS and UAM industry, including Fundamental Economic Laws of UAV- Adopt or Die, Forecast of UAS Commercial Package Delivery, and Flight Testing Market for Large Unmanned Aviation Vehicles (UAV) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) vehicles. Recently, her editorial on promoting small drone businesses was published in Aviation Week and Space Technology - Opinion: Drones Enable Small Businesses And Help Drive U.S. Economy.
Additionally, Dr. Larsen has been a principle with NEXA Advisors for more than a decade. Last year, she provided research to support the Crown Consulting contract with NASA to understand the UAM market.
Dr. Larsen was recognized as a leader in the unmanned aviation industry by Women and Drones' Awesome Program. The premier unmanned aviation organization, Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) named her Chairman of the Agriculture and Environment Working Group for the Trusted Operator Program (TOP). The 2018 May/June issue of Women for Aviation, a publication of Women in Aviation International, profiled Dr. Larsen.
She is currently sponsoring a capstone project in the Systems Engineering program, George Mason Univeristy on the use of drones in package delivery. In 2018, Dr. Larsen sponsored with GMU a capstone project for the use of drones in ski lift management. The students took first place at the Dean's Business Competition, first place at the US military academy, and first place at the Andrew Sage Memorial Conference. Design of a Ski Lift Inspection & Maintenance System
Dr. Larsen was an invited guest to the FAA Drone Advisory Committee meetings hosted by the RTCA. Dr. Larsen is an active member of the DC Drone User Group, AOPA UAS Pilots, Women in Commercial Drones, and the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International (AUVSI) named her Chairman of the Agriculture and Environment Working Group for the Trusted Operator Program (TOP). She was named a leader in unmanned aviation by Women and Drones Awesome program. Larsen Profile
She is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus.
Dr. Larsen began her career as a staff economist for the US Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary. She served on the in-house task force on regulatory reform for both the trucking and aviation industries. She left USDOT in 1977 to serve as a transportation economist for the National Transportation Policy Study Commission. Following her work with the National Transportation Policy Study Commission, she joined the Regional Airline Association. She was Vice President of the Regional Airline Association (RAA), representing U.S. regional airlines. She was responsible for government relations and was a key industry spokesperson presenting and providing testimony to Congress, federal agencies and industry organizations. She was a delegate on the U.S. – Canadian Bi-lateral negotiating committee for open skies and received recognition by Aviation Week and Space Technology for outstanding contributions in the field of aerospace in addressing the needs of disable passengers.
She took a two year leave of absence from RAA from 1980 to 1982 and served as the President of the Alaska Air Carriers Association and Executive Director of the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation. She was awarded the FAA Alaskan Region Special Commendation by the FAA Regional Director for outstanding contributions to Alaskan Aviation Safety and FAA certificate of appreciation for contributions to a better understanding of Hazardous Materials.
In 1987, she joined a transportation-consulting firm, Airline Economics, based in Washington, DC. and has served as a transportation consultant ever since. For a decade she was a Director with the international aviation-consulting firm Simat Hellisen & Eichner, now ICF.
In 2000, she joined BACK Aviation Solutions to develop new aviation intelligence products and value added services. Following BACK’s acquisition by Commonwealth Business Media (CBM), she served as managing director of analytical services for CBM. CBM was an international trade and transportation services company.
She was featured in the 2007 Outstanding Transportation Professional Profile, Transportation Research Board, and March TR NEWS. In 2008, she was named to National Academies, Transportation Research Board, and Blue Ribbon Panel on Essential Air Service program.
Dr. Larsen is a private pilot, Certified Part 107 Remote Pilot, President (2016) of the International Aviation Club, past-President (2001) of the Aero Club of Washington DC, member International Aviation Womens Association, member Women in Commercial Drones, Member AUVSI, member Academy of Model Aeronautics, and served as Chairman, Regional Aviation Subcommittee, Transportation Research Board, National Academies 1995-2007.