Captain William “Chris” Lucius has been involved in the integration of Drones and emerging VTOL aircraft in the National Airspace System (NAS) in both the FAA regulatory and practical integration issues since 2014. His unique skill set is based on his 32 years of violation and accident free Aviation career and his role as Partner at Ivanovic & Lucius P.C. focusing on Aviation issues.
He is a licensed practicing Attorney in the state of California and founding Partner of Ivanovic & Lucius P.C. In his practice he has focused on the safe integration of Drones into the NAS and legal issues that affect Pilots including manned and unmanned aviation. He is also involved in the representation of pilots in actions with the FAA. He is a member of the Lawyer Pilots Bar Association (LPBA) and International Air Transportation Safety Bar Association (IATSBA).
Captain Lucius represented the Air Safety Organization of the Air Line Pilots Association for 5 years. He was part of the initial UAST (Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team), worked on the FAA’s ARC (Aviation Rulemaking Committee) for flight of Drones over people, and presented and/or was part of Expert panels at multiple organizations such as AAAE (American Association of Airport Executives), UL (Underwriters Laboratories), AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International), FSI (Flight Safety International), SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) among others.
Chris has over 16,000 hours collectively in the Airbus A319/20 and Boeing 737, 747-400, 757, 767, 777, and 787 aircraft. Currently, he is a Captain on the Boeing 777 for United Airlines flying to multiple global destinations from San Francisco.
Drones, VTOL (Vertical Takeoff and Landing) Aircraft, and UTM (Unmanned Traffic Management) are his expertise areas accompanied with 35 years of experience in Aviation.