Lieutenant Commander John Livingstone

Lieutenant Commander John Livingstone

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.


M S Prasad, Scientist [Ex - DRDO]

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.



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.

Wing Cdr S Vijay

Wg Cdr S Vijay

Visiting Faculty - Drone Technology

S Vijay is a B.Tech graduate in E&C; Engg. (1993) from JNTU, Hyderabad. He did a 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 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, Searcher Mk-II and Heron UAVs. In the year 2007, he presented a paper on collision avoidance system for UAS at World UAS Conference held in Paris. In 2010, he was deputed to NTRO under PMO as a 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 IAI, 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.

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 7 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 & Development.
He is well expertise in handling the project - client relations in different scenarios and maintaining workflows at Johnnette. He has a varied experience on business development as well as Drone Avionics.

Cyril Christopher

Multirotor and Fixed-wing UAV Instructor
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 and Fixed-wing UAV Instructor
Indian Institute of Drones, Chennai

Srinivasan is an Aeronautical Engineer with specialization in Research and Development of UAV structures and mechanics with expertise in design and analysis software tools focused to generate high-end sustainable aero models. He is a Fixed-wing and Multirotor UAV pilot as well as UAV Pilot Instructor at IID.


Multirotor and Fixed-wing UAV Instructor
Indian Institute of Drones, Chennai

Vinothkrishnan is having a Bachelors degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Anna University, Chennai and specializes in UAV design, analysis and testing techniques. He has experience in Aero structure Design and Structural Analysis, possessing a comprehensive knowledge of designing and developing projects of required specification focusing on quality, sustainability and implementing commercial off the shelf-based solutions. He is a Fixed-wing and Multirotor UAV Pilot as well as a UAV Pilot Instructor at IID.

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.