Kevin ‘Lucky’ Fallico joins NIAS having 25+ years leadership and flying experience in manned and unmanned aviation. He has a distinct vision of the future of autonomy and unmanned aviation. He joins NIAS after a distinguished United States Air Force (USAF) career and years in the private sector as a Government Contractor and a founding member of a drone startup.
Lucky spent over 20 years as an Air Force officer retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. As an aviator, he has over 2500 hours as a Navigator/Electronic Warfare Office/Weapons System Officer flying the RC-135 Rivet Joint and F-16 Fighting Falcon and the RQ-170 Sentinel as a Pilot & Mission Crew Commander. During his flying career, he was ID’d for early upgrade to instructor and evaluator. His expertise lead to his selection to attend the USAF Weapons School. Weapons School is the Air Force’s most prestigious and challenging course teaching advanced tactics and integration. His efforts were recognized, and he earned the Distinguished Graduate award.
After retirement, Kevin worked for a government contractor building their West Coast Regional Office. That office was awarded its first West Coast contract under his leadership. After a short period, he joined the startup, AviSight, as a founding member and VP of Operations. Kevin led all aspects of AviSight’s manned and unmanned flight ops including training and currency, scheduling, recruitment, safety and the transition of manned to unmanned operations. His oversight extended to the leadership of AviSight’s state-of-the-art and one-of-a-kind Mission Control Center and data distribution hub.