Marilyn Pearson is an ATP rated pilot in Single and Multiengine Land and Seaplanes; Commercially rated in Rotorcraft and Gliders, holds a Remote Pilot Certificate with sUAS rating.
Additionally, Ms. Pearson holds instructor ratings for single engine, multiengine, land and seaplane, glider, gyroplane, and instrument with over 40 years of experience as an aviation professional. Ms. Pearson served as a corporate and commercial pilot in several jet aircraft types before taking a position as an Aviation Safety Inspector at the FAA. Ms. Pearson worked as a Principal Operations Inspector and as a staff specialist at FAA Headquarters where she was tasked with approving UAS operations by exemption prior to the part 107 rule, serving on the part 107, sUAS rulemaking team as well as writing policy for part 107 operations. She wrote the exemptions and waivers for the first BVLOS UAS operation, the first multiple UAS operation and the first part 137 agricultural UAS operation. She served as Core Team member of the FAA Weather Community of Interest and lead for the UAS Special Weather Action Team. In 2002, Ms. Pearson was awarded the FAA Administrator’s Award for Excellence in EEO. Ms. Pearson retired from the FAA and currently works for CAE as the Global Regulatory Affairs Specialist in AAM/eVTOL/UAS. She is Co-Chair and founder of SAE International G-35 Committee: Modeling, Simulation and Training for Emerging Aviation Technologies and Concepts, one of few women to lead an international standards committee.