Who We Are

Nate Ernst
Founder and President

Nate founded Sky Scape in 2014. Prior to Sky Scape, He worked in corporate finance while obtaining high B.S. (Business Marketing) and MBA (Finance) both from Monmouth University. 

An entrepreneur, unmanned pilot, finance professional, and policy advocate, Nate comes from a long family history of aviation. Since Sky Scape's inception, he has served on multiple UAS policy boards, is an active member of industry innovation committees, and is a strong supporter of the unmanned aviation industry. 

Nate has worked on many ground-breaking operations. in 2015, he worked to be one of the first unmanned pilots to integrate sUAS into electrical grid operations. In 2017, Nate served as pilot-in-command within a large cooperative for national deployment of UAS involving disaster response and 4G LTE network coverage. Most recently, he has served as mission commander for an operation involving delivering emergency supplies (via UAS) to emergency first responders off shore. 

"The unmanned aviation industry is truly revolutionary. I am incredibly humbled to have a stake in changing the way our world thinks about aviation." - Nate Ernst 

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Andrew Giordano
Operations Support Specialist 

Andrew joined the Sky Scape team in early 2019. Before Sky Scape, he attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida where he majored in a B.S. of Unmanned Aircraft System Science with honors and earned his Commercial Pilots License (fixed winged).

 

An Eagle Scout, manned and unmanned pilot, and senior member in the civil air patrol, his career in aviation began at a young age. He serves SSI as a subject matter expert (SME), crew chief for UAS operations, sUAS pilot, and teacher of unmanned aviation nationwide.

 

Unmanned aviation has changed the outlook of what is possible in the aeronautical industry. I am honored to be a part of this revolutionary wave and look forward to contributing to the new generation of flight.”– Andrew Giordano

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Ronald Ernst
Support Specialist - Helicopter Operations 

Ronald started his helicopter career in 2014. He is a commercially rated roto-craft pilot, certified flight instructor, and has over 2,000 hours of flying time to date. Ronald's experience in aviation, FAA regulation, and UAS all contribute to Sky Scape's manned flight operations. 

His experience in crop-spraying, low altitude ops, and airline transport pilot (ATP) ops all contribute to the unique qualities Ronald brings to the Sky Scape portfolio. Despite flying multiple classes of both piston and turbine-driven helicopters in high-risk environments, Ronald has a 100% accident-free safety record and continues to develop safe operating practices.