Applied Navigation welcomes Bill Vaglienti as an official advisor to the company. Bill has been working in the UAV industry since 1997 when he joined Insitu. While at Insitu Bill worked on the flight, simulation, and ground station software for Aerosonde. Bill served as site lead and pilot for the landing of the first-ever crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an autonomous UAV in August 1998.
In 1999 Bill and business partner Ross Hoag left Insitu to found Cloud Cap Technology (CCT) in Hood River OR. Over the next 10 years they built CCT into the premier supplier of high quality UAV flight management systems (The Piccolo™ FMS) and stabilized camera gimbal systems (The TASE™ family of gimbals).
Bill served as the technical visionary of Piccolo development: specifying system requirements and architecture. He was also the lead software developer and responsible for implementing several key features of the system that enabled CCT customers to be successful in a wide array of missions and markets.
Bill and Ross sold CCT in 2009 and later turned their attention to UAV engine technology with the formation of Power4Flight in 2014 (https://power4flight.com). In his role as advisor to Applied Navigation, Bill will be lending his wealth of experience to shape a new generation of flight management products at Applied Navigation.