About Us

Years of Dedication To Unmanned Flight Systems

OVERVIEW

In early 2020, Volatus Flight Systems acquired a controlling interest in the technology and manufacturing capabilities of Brican Flight Systems. By virtue of that transaction, Volatus initiated the commercial offering of the most advanced Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems available.

Our flagship products, the E100 Enterprise,  and the M100 Voyageur are the result of 11 years of development, testing, and demonstration beginning with the TD100 Technology Demonstrator. These remarkable unmanned aircraft offer superior capabilities for VLOS or BVLOS operations with longer range, more endurance, and greater payload capacity.

In addition to defense sector and government applications, Volatus technologies offer high performance and cost-effective commercial solutions for use in energy, oil and gas, precision agriculture, surveying and inspection applications, environmental monitoring, wildlife, forestry, search and rescue, disaster relief, first response, and mining operations.

We pride ourselves on being a full-service solution provider including the sale of unmanned systems, customized applications, or drones as a service through our sister companies.

Volatus Flight Systems is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and is a subsidiary of Volatus Aerospace Corp. Volatus has activities in design engineering, manufacturing, pilot, academic, and industry training, and commercial drone services.

Safety

We value safety above all else and hold ourselves and each other accountable for the safety of our teammates, workplaces, products and services, and our customers. Safety is our first priority.

Quality

Though a commitment to excellence and continuous improvement, we strive to exceed expectations.

Respect

We recognize the value of every person through a culture where everyone is treated fairly and where we treat our customers and one another with the utmost respect. We take responsibility for our actions and holds ourselves to the highest ethical standards.

Inclusion

We foster a collaborative workplace that engages the strengths of a diverse team where everyone has the opportunity to contribute.

MANAGEMENT

President & CEO

Glen Lynch

CFO & CCO

Luc Massé

CTO & Director, Products

Brian McLuckie

Director, Business Development

Rob Walker

President & CEO

Glen Lynch

Glen Lynch is the current President and CEO of GAL Aerospace, a group of companies specialized in aircraft cabin interiors with offices in Canada, the USA, and Colombia, and with teams dispatched in over 12 countries. He is also the co-founder and President of Volatus Aerospace, an incubator dedicated to the aerospace industry. Prior to his position at GAL and Volatus, Glen spent seven years as President and CEO of Starlink Aviation where he successfully led a corporate transformation resulting in an industry leader.

Glen is also a current holder of a Canadian and USA Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) with multiple type-ratings and of RPAS Pilot Certificate.

A past member of the President’s Council of the National Air Transport Association (NATA), in Washington DC., the advisory board of Air BP for North America, the North American Customer Advisory Board for CAE, and the MACC Foundation, he presently serves on several committees of the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada (AIAC), and the Board of Directors of the West Island Cancer Wellness Center (WICWC).

CFO & CCO

Luc Massé

Following the completion of a Marketing & Business Law degree Luc has over 40 years of aviation experience both in business aircraft operations and with manufacturing companies. His early career includes 23 years at Bombardier Aerospace in contract negotiation and management, business development, marketing and strategic planning. The development and launch of the Challenger 604/605 and Global Express aircraft by Bombardier was the result of the strategic orientation process managed by Luc.

Luc left Bombardier to assume executive positions a two aircraft management companies, Skyservice Aviation and Starlink Aviation. At Skyservice, he re-structured the aircraft management program and contributed to the managed fleet growth from 6 aircraft to 53 in 8 years, with the distinction of not losing one client to a competitor. Similar growth and success were achieved at Starlink Aviation over 3 years. Luc joined Partner Jet earlier this year to lead the company in its next phase of growth.

Over the years, Luc has counseled owners in the acquisition and sale of over 50 business aircraft, to ensure the right transportation solution for each particular need.

CTO & Director, Products

Brian McLuckie

Brian McLuckie is the Chief Technology Officer of Volatus Flight Systems. In this role he is responsible for the alignment of enterprise technology priorities and resources with the company’s overall vision and response to emerging trends in the field of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems.

Prior to joining Volatus, Brian held the position of President of Brican Flight Systems where he first conceived the TD100 UAV in 2009. Since that time, he has overseen and led the development of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and technologies.

With an aerospace and automation career spanning more than 40 years, Brian is the visionary leading the company’s Product Team and guiding a culture of innovation and continuous improvement. He oversees all design, engineering, research and development activities, and is responsible for the evolution and safeguarding of our Intellectual Property. Brian was educated in Scotland and Canada and is a machinist certified in advanced tool design. He is a creative, highly effective, detail-oriented/results-driven executive with extensive experience and expertise in aerospace and automotive advanced manufacturing, automation, concept engineering. He’s a licensed pilot, a driven professional, and an important member of the Volatus Leadership Team.

Director, Business Development

Rob Walker

Rob Walker is the Director of Business Development for Volatus Flight Systems. In his role, he is responsible for sales and client-relationship management, tracking new markets and emerging trends, recommending new products and services, developing new strategic partnerships, and guiding long-term objectives.

Prior to joining Volatus, Rob spent two years as the Managing Director of Canadrone Inspection & Imaging Services during which time he gained valuable insight into the evolution of the UAV commercial services market. Overall, he has 35 years’ experience in Aerospace and more than 20 years in business development, marketing, communications & promotions in aerospace, infrastructure, advertising & economic development industries.

A highly qualified executive manager/entrepreneur with a talent for “out-of-the-box” thinking, Rob has a proven record as a negotiator with strong relationship building and partnering skills on an international basis.

Rob is educated in Manitoba completing a Bachelor of Commerce Hons., Marketing at the University of Manitoba, and Communications and Media Studies at the University of Winnipeg. He was named a Regional Finalist in 2005 by Ernst & Young as “Entrepreneur of the Year” and earned the Manning Innovation Award in 2006. Rob is an important member of the Volatus Leadership Team.

DEVELOPMENT HISTORY

In the last decade, our research and development team has grown our knowledge base exponentially. From initial concepts, to first tests, to now 2 different aircraft, the progress is undeniable, while the story is still only just starting.

History

2020
May

Volatus Flight Systems launches the commercial effort for the E100 & M100

2016
May

First Flight with Magnetometer for ASW – NRC/DND

May

First Flight with NW-44 Multi-Fuel Engine 

May

Designed & Built Composite Prop – IRAP

2015
December

Propeller Wind Tunnel Testing

October

First Auto-Landing with Piccolo AutoPilot & RTK 

August

First Flight with Piccolo AutoPilot – CfAR/UVIC

June

BCIP Award for ASW Evaluation – DND/NAE

2014
October

First Flight with Differential GPS – 1cm Accuracy

August

 First Flight with Cubewano Multi-fuel Engine 

2013
September

First ADSB & BVLOS – Goose Bay, 35 km from Launch Point

August

Test Stand for Multi-fuel Engine (IRAP)

August

Abbotsford Airshow Flight Demonstration

July

Bowhead Whales Photography – Igloolik, Nunuvut 

June

First Long Duration Flight – 2 hours

May

First Forest Fire Detection IR – Burwash

March

First Flight with Applanix IMU

March

First Flight Testing with Flaps

March

First Flight Using Pneumatic Launcher

February

First Pneumatic Launch from Pickup Truck

2012
September

First Stitched Images – Goose Bay

May

First Flight with Micropilot Heli Autopilot

2011
March

Beginning of TD100E Flight Test Program

2010
September

First Flight – Bungee & RC

August

Wind Tunnel Testing of Wing Airfoil – UTIAS

Wind Tunnel Testing of Wing Airfoil – UTIAS

January

Presentation of Concept to UofT and NRC

2009
September

Class II UAV Opportunity Identified & Initial Concept Sketches