Lieutenant Commander John Livingstone (Retd)

Founder, Trustee, Accountable Manager and Instructor 

Indian Institute of Drones

Lt Cdr John Livingstone (Retd.) is also the Founder CEO & Product Architect of Johnnette Technologies Pvt Ltd. After working as a UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) External Pilot in the Indian Navy, he ventured into the business world with more than a decade's experience in Unmanned Systems both in the military operations and civilian applications. He is also the first Indian Naval Officer to get First Merit Award at UAV Tettra School, Indian Air Force in 2007. Under his leadership, Johnnette Technologies has been awarded with Best Technology Product Startup of the Year at Startups Entrepreneurship & Disruptive Innovation Awards 2015. He currently conducts test flights for UAVs. He is also a writer and his articles about UAVs have been highly applauded in the Unmanned Systems Industry. His book on “Life Saving Drones” is one of the highly appreciated accounts in the drone industry. Alongside being the leading light to one of the biggest names in the Unmanned Industry, he has been also coined as a fitness freak and an outdoor adventurer.


Chief Technical Director 


M S Prasad is currently the  Director of Amity Institute of Space Science and Technology, Amity University, Noida. He was a Group Director in DRDO and then had a successful entrepreneurial journey before he ventured into the academic platforms. He has decades of experience in space science and technology. He is an expert in Digital Signal Processing (image & object identification Military objects), multiple target tracking with integrated Guidance & control, Missile/Aerospace systems, Software Development and Secure data & voice network design. Amity students have been able to develop an incredible UAV under his meticulous supervision and guidance.

Maj Gen RC PADHI (Retd)

Program Director - Military Drone Technology


Maj Gen RC Padhi (Retd) is the company's Defence Adviser with more than 36 years of military experience from the Indian Army. He was ex Additional Surveyor General before his retirement from the Indian Army. With a vast knowledge on survey, military mapping, UAV geospatial survey and much more his presence in the company has been quite instrumental in serving the defence markets.

Wg Cdr S Vijay

Visiting Faculty - Drone Technology


S Vijay, graduated with a B.Tech in Electronics & Communication Engg in 1993 from JNTU, Hyderabad. After graduation, he did PG certification course in Aeronautical Engineering from prestigious Air Force Technical College, Bengaluru. He is also certified on Lean Six Sigma (Green Belt) and Business Management from Administrative Staff College of India.  He, was Commissioned as an Aeronautical Engineer in 1993, he has held many important command & staff appointments in his 23-year service career. He has extensive experience in Operations, Aerospace Technology and Project Management.  He is qualified on all variants of Surface to Air Missiles in IAF, Kiran Trainer aircraft, Electronic Warfare and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - Searcher Mk-II and Heron. In the year 2007, he presented a paper on collision avoidance system for UAS at World UAS Conference held at Paris, France.  In the year 2010, he was deputed to National Technical Research Organisation under Prime Minister’s Office as Group Director (Engg) for induction and operationalisation of Satellite Communication UAVs for internal & external security role. He is trained on Satcom enabled Heron UAVs at Israel Aerospace Industries, Tel Aviv. Currently he is working as Vice President at Marvel Geospatial Solutions Pvt Ltd, Hyderabad looking after Operations of LiDAR, Aerial Survey & Mapping projects.

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G Ram Sarath Kumar

Chief Flying Instructor & COO 

Indian Institute of Drones, Chennai


Ram Sarath is our Multi rotor UAV Pilot and Instructor at IID. He is an Aeronautical Engineer having more than 6 years of experience in updating Avionics data to maintain department records and data bases. An effective communicator with exceptional interpersonal skills and hands on experience in training and development. Maininting workflows and project - client relation and handling the clients in different scenarios are his expert roles at Johnnette. He has a mixed experience on business development as well as Drone Avionics.

Cyril Christopher

Multirotor and Fixed-wing Drone Trainer 

Indian Institute of Drones, Chennai


Cyril has Masters in Aerospace Engineering from University of Salford, Manchester and is specialized in UAV with 3 years of experience in design, manufacturing and testing techniques. He is our UAV fixed wing pilot as well as a Pilot Instructor at IID. He is also our Aerostructure Designer. 


Multirotor Drone Trainer 

Indian Institute of Drones, Chennai

Srinivasan is an Aeronautical Engineer. He is a UAV pilot and Designer having expertise in Computer-Aided Design (CAD), Simulation and Research and Development. He is also a Drone pilot instructor at IID and a Staff drone pilot

Vinoth Krishnan

Multirotor Drone Trainer 

Indian Institute of Drones, Chennai

Vinoth Krishnan is an Aeronautical Engineer. He is an UAV pilot and Designer having expertise in Computer Aided Design (CAD), Simulation and Research and Development. He is also a Drone pilot instructor at IID and a Staff drone pilot.

Anuj Sharma

Multirotor and Fixed-wing Drone Trainer

Indian Institute of Drones, Noida

Anuj Sharma is our Multi rotor UAV Pilot and Instructor at IID. Engineer enthusiast in Avionics design and having more than 2 years with good experience in fabrication techniques & electronics design. He has an interest in ground robots and has good knowledge in different types of control boards, also he is our drone pilot Instructor. 

Sudhir neerudu 


Indian Institute of Drones, Hyderabad

Sudhir neerudu is the founder/Director for Drone world technologies pvt ltd, He is a multirotor and fixed wing UAV pilot and instructor in IID and having more than 2 years experience on aerial cinematography and also he is a filmmaker in Telugu film industry.

Capt. Virendra Panchal


Indian Institute of Drones, Bharuch


Capt. Virendra Panchal A Corporate Pilot holding Commercial Pilot License from DGCA India. Having Flying Experience on Beech Craft B-200 and Beech Craft C-90 Corporate Aircraft. 15+ Years of Experience in Pilot Training for aspiring students to become Commercial Pilot in Different Country.

Capt. Virendra got his  Remotely Piloted Aircraft – Controller Certificate, a Drone Pilot License from Civil Aviation Authority of Philippines - CAAP, an ICAO Member Country as per FAA standard in 2018. Having hand-on experiences on different Multirotor and Fixed Wing UAVs. Good understanding of DGCA procedure and regulation as well as Global Drone Policies.    

Mayur Panchal 


Indian Institute of Drones, Bharuch



Mayur Panchal is a Certified Drone Pilot and in process of pursuing BBA in Aviation Operation from the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies – UPES with his Commercial Pilot Licence – CPL.

Mayur Having Sound technical background about Multicopter and Fixed-wing UAVs. Trained in Different reputed institutions/organizations for Unmanned Aircraft Systems. Having good hand on Experience on Fixed-wing and Multirotor UAVs.   

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