Skylark Drone Research

Dr. Tulinda Deegan Larsen

Founder & CEO

Skylark Drone Research

A Women Owned Enterprise

Doctorate of Management, University of Maryland University College

B.A. Economics & Political Science, The George Washington University

M.A. Economics, The George Washington University


2017 Part 107 Remote Pilot in Command


1982 Part 61, Private Pilot

Dr. Tulinda Larsen is CEO and Founder of Skylark Drone Research, a Women Owned Enterprise[1]. She has turned her research from commercial aviation to the emerging drone industry. She specifically is analyzing options for integration of drones into air traffic management and commercial air space.  She is also an insured and licensed Part 107 Remote Pilot in Command.


Working with Darryl Jenkins, Dr. Larsen prepared a white paper on the fundamental economics of integrating commercial drones into commercial airspace, Fundamental Economic Laws of UAV- Adopt or Die Aug 2016.pptx and most recently released Forecast of UAS Commercial Package Deliver.

Dr. Larsen was an invited guest to the FAA Drone Advisory Committee meetings hosted by the RTCA.  Dr. Larsen is an active member of the DC Drone User Group, AOPA UAS Pilots, Women in Commercial Drones, and the Academy of Model Aeronautics.


She is an Adjunct Professor in the School of Business, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Worldwide Campus.

Dr. Larsen began her career as a staff economist for the US Department of Transportation, Office of the Secretary.  She served on the in-house task force on regulatory reform for both the trucking and aviation industries.  She left USDOT in 1977 to serve as a transportation economist for the National Transportation Policy Study Commission.  Following her work with the National Transportation Policy Study Commission, she joined the Regional Airline Association.  She was Vice President of the Regional Airline Association (RAA), representing U.S. regional airlines. She was responsible for government relations and was a key industry spokesperson presenting and providing testimony to Congress, federal agencies and industry organizations.  She was a delegate on the U.S. – Canadian Bi-lateral negotiating committee for open skies and received recognition by Aviation Week and Space Technology for outstanding contributions in the field of aerospace in addressing the needs of disable passengers.
 
She took a two year leave of absence from RAA from 1980 to 1982 and served as the President of the Alaska Air Carriers Association and Executive Director of the Alaskan Aviation Safety Foundation.  She was awarded the FAA Alaskan Region Special Commendation by the FAA Regional Director for outstanding contributions to Alaskan Aviation Safety and FAA certificate of appreciation for contributions to a better understanding of Hazardous Materials.

In 1987, she joined a transportation-consulting firm, Airline Economics, based in Washington, DC. and has served as a transportation consultant ever since. For a decade she was a Director with the international aviation-consulting firm Simat Hellisen & Eichner, now ICF. 

In 2000, she joined BACK Aviation Solutions to develop new aviation intelligence products and value added services.  Following BACK’s acquisition by Commonwealth Business Media (CBM), she served as managing director of analytical services for CBM.  CBM was an international trade and transportation services company. 

She was featured in the 2007 Outstanding Transportation Professional Profile, Transportation Research Board, and March TR NEWS.  In 2008, she was named to National Academies, Transportation Research Board, and Blue Ribbon Panel on Essential Air Service program.

Dr. Larsen is a private pilot, Certified Part 107 Remote Pilot, President (2016) of the International Aviation Club, past-President (2001) of the Aero Club of Washington DC, member International Aviation Womens Association, member Women in Commercial Drones, Member AUVSI, Member RTCA, member DC Drone Users Group Network, member Academy of Model Aeronautics, and served as Chairman, Regional Aviation Subcommittee, Transportation Research Board, National Academies 1995-2007.