At the Kellington Law Group, Patrick Sherman is responsible for all things drone. He flies aerial photography missions to document our clients' property, consults on cases that involve drone laws or drone operations and has provided training to our firm's attorneys to help them earn their Part 107 certificates.
He is a pioneer in the drone industry, with 10 years of operational experience with drones. An award-winning speaker, writer and educator, he is a full-time Instructor of the Practice at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Worldwide Campus Department of Flight. He shares his knowledge and insights around the world.
Recognized for his contributions with an individual Xcellence Award as the “Drone Instructor of the Year” by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), he has been quoted in the New York Times and the Washington Post as a drone expert. He is a certified Level 3 Remote Pilot Instructor (RPI) through the AUVSI Trusted Operator Program (TOP) and a DronePro serving with the Federal Aviation Administration Safety Team (FAAST).
Patrick is the author of more than 150 published articles about drones and their applications, which have appeared in magazines including RotorDrone, Drone360, Drones and Drone in the UK. He is also a regular contributor to Model Aviation, as the author of the Advanced Flight Technology column, read by the more than 250,000 members of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).
A top-rated speaker, he has given presentations at events across the United States and around the world, including: CES, AUVSI Xponential, Commercial UAV Expo, the Drone World Expo, Drones Data X, the Drone User Group Network National Conference, the International Drone Expo, AMA Expo West, as well as InterDrone, where he has been a featured speaker every year since the show's launch in 2015. In 2017, he was invited to the Middle East to speak at the Drones Oman conference in Muscat and to interview the deputy director of the United Arab Emirates civil defense UAS program.
Always seeking opportunities to support the acceptance and growth of the drone industry, Patrick serves as a member of the AUVSI Cascade Chapter board of directors and is a founding member of the AMA's SUAS Task Force and the Oregon State Legislature's Drone Working Group. He is also a technical adviser to the DroneResponders public safety alliance, as well as an advisory committee member and brand ambassador for the AUVSI TOP program.
Patrick is known to fans worldwide as “Lucidity,” the public face of the popular Roswell Flight Test Crew YouTube channel, which has more than 31,000 subscribers and nearly seven million video views. Sharing their adventures online since 2011, the crew promotes the safe, beneficial and non-intrusive use of drone technology.
A master scuba instructor and licensed private pilot, he holds an undergraduate degree summa cum laude from the University of Southern California in sociology and English, as well as an MBA with honors from Willamette University. He also holds a Part 107 Remote Pilot In Command (RPIC) certificate and is a certified Level 1 Thermographer.