Leveraging UAS technology to capture aerial data driving economic, environmental and public safety solutions




Aero Drone is an asset-based UAS Solutions company providing Flight Services, Drone Training Academy, and UAS Consulting for enterprise and public sector clients.

We are headquartered in Tygh Valley, Oregon at our 6,000 square foot Academy Campus, with over 9 miles of outdoor flight testing grounds in Class G airspace.  




Russell Hargrave, President and CEO

As CEO of Aero Drone Corporation, Russell Hargrave brings more than 25 years of experience creating and managing organizations that develop and support both software and data products. As IT Director at Intel, Mr. Hargrave created and managed capabilities such as Intel’s IT Global Software Development and Intel’s India Development Center. These capabilities successfully provided Intel with a significant competitive advantage. Prior to being an IT director, he was part of the leadership team at Wang Laboratories developing innovative office automation products. Mr. Hargrave holds a degree in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering from Cornell University.


Irl "Mike" Davis, Director of Services and Chief Pilot

Mr. Davis, the founder of Aero Drone, has over 35 years of experience with business startups related to aviation, manufacturing, and international logistics across 17 countries. He also previously owned and operated an FBO, created a flight school, and managed a successful charter operation. In addition to holding FAA certification as a remote pilot, he is a commercial pilot, instrument rated in both single and multi-engine aircraft.  Mr. Davis also brings a degree in Electrical Engineering and a Masters in International Law. Mike is active in his community and is serving as a member of the Wasco County Planning Commission.