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Theiss UAV Solutions

Theiss UAV Solutions is a company focused on providing quality UAV Systems designed and built to meet the various needs of our clients. From UAV Systems for carrying special payloads, to UAV Systems to protect the public from malicious activities, Theiss UAV Solutions is dedicated to delivering success. Our aerial solutions serve a variety of clientele, such as utility companies, first responders, municipalities, and agriculture, as well as continued support and system development for the Department of Defense.

Our solutions range from custom UAV System design and production, to flight services, to pilot training and certification, to consultation. By utilizing cutting-edge technologies coupled with experienced aircraft designers and builders, Theiss UAV Solutions provides superior custom platform and system designs. If you are in need of quality visual inspection data, let our seasoned group of FAA Certified pilots and state-of-the-art UAV Inspection Systems provide the visual documentation you require. For those clients that have the hardware but not the experience and certifications, Theiss UAV Solutions provides pilot/operator training and pilot certification and assistance in obtaining airworthiness certificates, certificate of authorizations (COAs), and 333 Exemptions. In addition, we provide consultation to help our clients navigate the legalities associated with forming UAV Operations Groups that will operate within FAA guidelines.

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Company


Theiss UAV Solutions

Theiss UAV Solutions is a company focused on providing quality UAV Systems designed and built to meet the various needs of our clients. From UAV Systems for carrying special payloads, to UAV Systems to protect the public from malicious activities, Theiss UAV Solutions is dedicated to delivering success. Our aerial solutions serve a variety of clientele, such as utility companies, first responders, municipalities, and agriculture, as well as continued support and system development for the Department of Defense.

Our solutions range from custom UAV System design and production, to flight services, to pilot training and certification, to consultation. By utilizing cutting-edge technologies coupled with experienced aircraft designers and builders, Theiss UAV Solutions provides superior custom platform and system designs. If you are in need of quality visual inspection data, let our seasoned group of FAA Certified pilots and state-of-the-art UAV Inspection Systems provide the visual documentation you require. For those clients that have the hardware but not the experience and certifications, Theiss UAV Solutions provides pilot/operator training and pilot certification and assistance in obtaining airworthiness certificates, certificate of authorizations (COAs), and 333 Exemptions. In addition, we provide consultation to help our clients navigate the legalities associated with forming UAV Operations Groups that will operate within FAA guidelines.

A Little History

Theiss UAV Solutions began as Theiss Aviation, Inc., and was originally founded in 1991. Based in Salem, OH, Theiss Aviation, Inc. designed, built, and tested Light Homebuilt and Ultralight Aircraft for General Aviation. The company developed and refined an inexpensive, lightweight construction method that proved to be very strong and easy to work with for aircraft applications.  Theiss Aviation, Inc. was able to produce aircraft that resembled popular aircraft from the 1920's and 30's, but at a weight and performance level that classified them as Ultralights. Through numerous national and international magazine articles, Theiss Aviation, Inc. was exposed to all realms of aviation and their members.
 
In 1998, The Head of the Tactical Electronic Warfare Division's Offboard Countermeasures Vehicle Research Section for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratories  (Washington, D.C.) contacted Theiss Aviation, Inc. after reading one of the aforementioned magazine articles. The military was in need of lightweight, expendable, Tactical UAV's for use in conjunction with I.T.T., and Theiss Aviation seemed to have the solution! Within 90 days of the first meeting with NRL, Theiss Aviation delivered their first Tactical UAV. 

From that point on the company became committed to supplying the Department of Defense with quality inexpensive, high performance Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and their associated Sub-components. Theiss Aviation established itself as a “Leader in Innovative Aircraft Design”, providing services such as UAV designing, prototyping, testing and production for clientele such as I.T.T, the Naval Research Laboratories, NAVAIR, CECOM, the U.S. Army, the Air Force Research Laboratories, NASA, and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI). 

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Shawn Theiss


Shawn Theiss

Shawn Theiss


Shawn Theiss

Shawn Theiss is Founder and General Manager of Theiss UAV Solutions. He has over 27 years of professional experience in all aspects of Aeronautical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Fabrication Processes, Business Management, and Government Regulations. During his nearly three decades in the aviation design and manufacturing industry, Shawn has produced working blueprints, illustrated manuals, technical military operations manuals, visual/oral presentations, and advertising literature, as well as promoted, established, and maintained Client Relations within both Commercial and DoD fields (NRL, AFRL, DARPA, CECOM).
 

Shawn has created and managed testing plans and operational flight plans, and has worked with the FAA to acquire approvals for conducting these UAV operations plans. He also has over 15 years of active UAV piloting and operations experience, and has acted as both a classroom and flight instructor in Theiss UAV Solutions’ UAV Operator Training Programs.

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Richard Theiss


Richard Theiss

Richard Theiss


Richard Theiss

Richard Theiss was appointed Vice President of Theiss Solutions in 1991, the year his son Shawn formed the company. His responsibilities include designing and building prototypes, as well as fulfilling various administrative tasks. Richard has been a huge supporter of Shawn’s passion for aviation. You can read about this experience in his 2012 book “Surprise, Surprise."

Richard is a graduate of Kent State University in Kent, OH.  He holds a Bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He has been a private pilot for over 48 years, an aircraft designer and builder for over 48 years, and has owned/managed a successful engineering firm.  He specializes in lightweight construction techniques, composite structures, and production methods.

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Ric Musselman


Ric Musselman

Ric Musselman


Ric Musselman

Joining the Theiss UAV team is Ric Musselman. Ric comes to us with an extensive background and over 30 years experience in remote controlled aircraft. From building, flying and competing with giant scale aircraft, to putting together complex multirotor systems, his knowledge and expertise is a perfect match for this growing industry. Ric came to the company in 2014, filling the position of lead flight instructor for both college UAV Pilot students and commercial UAV operators. After working in multiple industries from sales to banking, construction, and even his local church, we at Theiss UAV Solutions are blessed to have Ric as part of our team.