Bobby J. Mullinax is a certificated remote pilot and LiDAR data specialist with Texas based SmartDrone where he works together with land surveyors and civil engineers to incorporate drones into their workflows and establish aerial collection programs within their businesses.

Prior to working as a full-time drone pilot, Bobby spent 15 years in law enforcement in South Carolina where he used drones for crash scene mapping. The last 6 of those years were spent as a full-time instructor at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy where he taught crash reconstruction, was a LiDAR instructor, and established the first drone-based curriculum at the state’s law enforcement training center.

In 2018, he was awarded the title of “PhotoModeler Ambassador” for his research in close-range photogrammetry and video recordings. An active instructor, he’s presented at training events and seminars in 11 states and has flown remote mapping missions in 9.