On December 7, 2023, in our Pennsylvania state capital, at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, the PA Drone Association celebrated the significant contributions of Dr. Larry Nulton and Influential Drones, the 2023 Ellie Awardees for Individual and Corporate contributions to our commonwealth’s drone economy and industry.
“The service that both Dr. Nulton and Influential Drones have afforded Pennsylvania cannot be overstated,” explained Dr. John G. Duesler, Jr., President of the PA Drone Association. “The vision and just plain hard work have filled our drone industry with the expertise and guidance that has set us on a path for success moving forward.”
During his acceptance speech, Dr. Nulton explained that aviation was an unexpected turn in his professional career, but one that he gladly pursued once his son told him of his interest in flying planes. That moment helped spark the formation of Nulton Aviation in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, where the non-profit Aerium is now located. With a priority in training future remote pilots and manned aircraft pilots, Aerium supports the aviation industry through its partnerships with AOPA, local elected officials, and the John Murtha airport in Johnstown.
Influential Drones has played a significant role in training our commonwealth’s public safety officials, as well as conducting the National Institute of Standards and Technology‘s (NIST) aerial robotics skills program. In addition, Influential Drones (a woman-owned business) has also had an impact on regional and national airspace policy throughout its efforts with FAA officials in Washington DC and throughout the United States. Emily Hines and David Krause have been the PA Drone Association’s go-to sounding board on an entire range of aviation issues encountered within our commonwealth. Their guidance and support have made us a better organization.
For the audio recording of the award presentations, you can listen here.
For a photo collection of meaningful moments at this year’s Ellies, enjoy our slideshow below. Special thank you goes to Annette Ginocchetti for providing these photos.