DCAA, Head of Airspace Safety Section
Michael Rudolph was born on 06th March 1961 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He joined the Air force in 1980 and was recruited as a Flight Controller. Michael was then specialized in Air Traffic Control and remained in the Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller until 1999, when he was recruited to join Air Traffic Navigational Services, ATNS to continue his career path as a civilian Controller. Michael specialized as an Area Controller at Johannesburg International and he left on 1997 to continue controlling in Muscat Oman. In 2008 Michael came to Dubai as an Approach Controller before being offered a new career path in Airside Operations, at DXB. Consequently, he joined the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, DCAA in June 2009.
Why is Michael the top 50 most influential individual in UAS industry?
Michael is currently Head of Airspace Safety, Aviation Safety & Environment Sector, DCAA. His responsibilities pertain to Airspace Safety Oversight of both Commercial, as well as other aviation entities within the Emirate of Dubai. His portfolio includes regulated commercial Air Traffic but it extends to other aviation entities like Extreme Avaition such as Aerobatic displays, Jetman, Gyrocopter Paragliding, Airships, Radio Controlled High Speed Aircraft, Base Jumping, Drone & RPAS Operations, Aerial Works & Surveys, Autonomous Aviation Vehicles as well as Aerial Surveillance using Drone Technology. Further responsibilities include Heliport Operations, Ground based Aerial displays such as Pyrotechnics, Laser light displays, Ballooning and many others.