Dr. Gregory S. McNeal, JD/PhD, is a tenured Professor of Law and Public Policy at Pepperdine University and the co-founder of AirMap. AirMap’s platform provides airspace information and services to drone operators, drone manufacturers, software developers and aviation stakeholders—reaching over 85% of the drones in operation today and more than 125 airports.
Dr. McNeal is an expert on drones and topics related to technology, law, and policy. He is a nationally recognized commentator for Forbes, and a frequent keynote speaker at industry events and academic conferences related to drones, technology, law, and public policy.
Dr. McNeal has, on multiple occasions, testified before Congress and state legislatures about the legal and policy issues associated with drones and has aided state legislators, cities, municipalities, and executive branch officials in drafting legislation and ordinances related to drones. He served on the Federal Aviation Administration’s Micro Unmanned Aircraft Systems Aviation Rulemaking Committee, and on the Federal Aviation Administration’s UAS Registration Task Force, Aviation Rulemaking Committee.
He serves as Chair of the Consumer Technology Association’s Industry Standards Working Group on Unmanned Aircraft Systems (R6 WG 23) and as a voting member of the ASTM technical committee creating scientific standards to govern unmanned aircraft and their operation. He is also a member of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International technical advisory and advocacy committees, and sits on the advisory council for the Humanitarian UAV Network. He has advised drone start-ups, sensor manufacturers, law enforcement, consulting firms, insurance companies, and Fortune 500 companies about the legal and regulatory issues and benefits associated with drone technology.