Joe Urli

Chief Technology Officer Head of Flight Operations

Based in Ripper Brisbane office, Joe heads up Ripper flight operations as Chief Technology Officer, Head of Flight Operations, and Chief Pilot. He is a highly experienced manager with unrivalled industry experience.

He is currently a member of the Australian Government’s peak Aviation Industry Consultative Council, tackling high-level strategic and policy issues, and a member of the CASA CEO Director’s Advisory Panel dealing with Regulatory Reform, Standards, and Certification.

Joe has more than 30 years of experience in the aerospace industry, having held senior leadership and advisory roles with brand-name organisations like Airbus, Boeing, General Electric and broad exposure to civilian and military regulations having worked as a CAA Airworthiness Inspector & CASA Air Transport Safety Inspector for two Federal Regulators across separate continents.

Joe has high-level stakeholder relationship skills, forged through diverse relationships such as customers, suppliers, and internal stakeholders. This leadership experience also encompasses appointments as a senior manager to oversee the restructuring of teams and appointments to create new teams.

Career highlights include;
2020 – Appointed as Executive Board Member at UVS International & Chief Remote Pilot at Rio Tinto (RTIO).
2019 – Appointed as a member of the Airbus Star (Advisory) Program.
2019 – Obtained ‘the first-of-kind World’s first CASA approval for Airobotics BVLOS RPAS operations from a ROC.
2018 – Member of NASA AMES Research Centre AOSP industry workshop.
2017 – Appointed as Director of Flight Operations and Chief Pilot for Airobotics.
2016 – Appointed by CASA CEO as a member of Aviation Safety Director’s Advisory Panel.
2015 – Appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister of Australia as a member of the Australian Government’s peak Aviation Industry Consultative Council (AICC), tackling high-level strategic policy issues.
2014 – Appointed as a non-Executive member of the Board of Directors for Paris-based RPAS Coordination Council of UVS International representing 3000 companies + 44 countries.
2010 – Appointed as an Air Transport Safety Inspector for CASA.
2009 – Elected as President of ACUO national association.
2008 – Appointed as FAA Accountable Manager for The Boeing Company MRO. Obtained ‘first-of-kind capability.

Joe Urli

Chief Technology Officer Head of Flight Operations