Donald L. Shinnamon, Sr.


Unmanned Aircraft New Market Development

Donald L. Shinnamon, Sr. has over a decade of unmanned aircraft industry experience; including work with Boeing’s unmanned aircraft company Insitu, Aeryon Labs of Canada and Argus Unmanned.  Mr. Shinnamon specializes in UAS market development projects and has experience in oil and gas, energy and public safety applications. Before entering the UAS industry, Mr. Shinnamon had a distinguished career in public safety, last serving as the Chief of Police for the City of Port Saint Lucie, Florida.

A subject matter expert in police aviation, both manned and unmanned, Mr. Shinnamon served as the chair of the Aviation Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) for over 15 years.  In 2008, he was selected to serve on the historic, first FAA rule making committee to draft regulatory language to integrate small unmanned aircraft systems into the national airspace system that eventually became FAR Part 107.  He also authored the Guidelines for the Use of Unmanned Aircraft by Law Enforcement for the IACP to address the contentious privacy issue.

Mr. Shinnamon holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore and completed a fellowship at Harvard University.  An experienced police aviator, he is an active commercial pilot, rated in both helicopters, airplanes and unmanned aircraft.