Dan Hesselius has been the Director of Flight Operations since 2016. He is a native of Boulder and has been flying radio control aircraft (drones) since he was 8 years old, winning 5 US national championships. He is an Airline Transport Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, and former Air Force pilot with experience in flight test and has served in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanastan. He has also worked with the NTSB on numerous accident investigations. Dan enjoys teaching new UAS pilots the many ways drones can open up new possibilities in their studies, research, and work here at CU Boulder.

Aidan Sesnic has worked for the Flight Operations department since July 2019. Prior to that, he worked for the IRISS (Integrated Remote and In-Situ Sensing) laboratory at CU which afforded an opportunity to participate in atmospheric research using UAS, such as flying an aircraft in a storm environment for severe weather research. He graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Aerospace Engineering from CU-Boulder in 2021, and is now working on a Master's Degree. Outside of work, he is an avid private pilot and also serves as the President of Boulder Aeromodelling Society.

Emerson Beinhauer started working for the Flight Operations department back in January of 2020. He too is studying Aerospace Engineering at CU and expects to graduate May of 2022.  Originally from Illinois, in high school Emerson found a passion for model aviation. Building close to 30 different types before attending CU he was excited to apply more engineering-based approaches to future UAS designs and explore clubs like Design Build Fly. As a manned aviation commercial pilot and flight instructor he is familiar with FAA regulations and operations in the national airspace system. Emerson really enjoys sharing and teaching aviation and is excited to be working for the department.